SparkPeople Christian Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13205 We are a Spark Team of Christians that choose, for various reasons, to live a Vegetarian or Vegan life style. We welcome all who are interested in this healthy way of eating. SparkPeople Christian Vegetarians and Vegans Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=13205 All team members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x59139971 It appears we have again got an inactive team leader-anyone interested? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:06:42 EST Gratefulness game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x59139944 To play this game you go through the alphabet,using the letters to name things you are grateful for.I'll start: A-I am grateful for animals. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:01:21 EST Gluten free http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x59064101 I have heard that going gluten free is very helpful for those with autoimmune disease. I'm <BR> hoping to try it though since I have already eliminated meat-it should be interesting! It is <BR> expensive so I will need to find some simple,inexpensive & gluten free bread recipes! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 19:55:18 EST Another Word Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58989694 See if you can change one letter in the word to make a new word. <BR> I will start! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:22:48 EST Volunteer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58951421 Do you serve or volunteer in the church you call home? My daughter and I started teaching Sunday School once a month, and I must say I am glad it is only once a month. Two hours of twenty preschoolers pretty much does me in for the rest of the day! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:34:14 EST What did you name your current pet and why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58880180 My dog (a Boxer/Husky mix) is named Moses. I got him as a puppy from a rescue-his mother <BR> had her puppies at a church where she hid them under a log & covered them with mud to keep them safe. He was called Baldwin,but when I heard the story-I had to name him Moses! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:08:37 EST Church builletins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58866784 One joke "type" that seems particular to Christians is the church bulletin humor. Since I was a church secretary for many years these are especially funny to me. If you know any, please share! I will start: <BR> <BR> "Sunday evening at six we will have a church wide bean dinner. Music will follow." Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:06:02 EST Age? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58866770 What is your favorite thing about the age you are right now? What is your least favorite thing? Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:03:54 EST Favorite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58826244 What are your 3 favorite fruits & vegetables? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:46:27 EST transportable food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58817672 Any ideas for healthy vegetarian food that is easy to transport? I am rather tired of "bars" with their million ingredients, high cost and blah taste. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:01:43 EST Left hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58751565 OK - here is a new game. Since we are all probably sitting at a keyboard, what words can you make with just your left hand? I will start: <BR> <BR> fast Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:05:08 EST create a topic each week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58732234 I hate that this team seems to be fading...let's all commit to starting a new topic or game each <BR> week about anything! Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:12:59 EST What did you do that's healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58732211 Went to church then took my dog for a short hike! (spirit & body). Sun, 3 Aug 2014 17:10:18 EST Weekly encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x58507512 Let's commit to giving a word of encouragement or goodie (or both)! to a different team <BR> member at least once a week-any thoughts? Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:09:13 EST Doing what you love makes a BIG difference. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x57731909 Okay, so I will just come out and say it. I hate to exercise. I always have, even when I was a kid. I've never found it fun. I hate that sweaty feeling wondering if all the effort you put forth was worth it. But recently I read an article somewhere on Facebook that said if you are doing work out routines that you don't like, chances are you won't lose the weight you want to by doing them. The stress of knowing you "have to" get back on the tread mill or dread going to the gym, can release nas... Fri, 2 May 2014 15:05:22 EST Daniel Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x57579520 Wishing everyone a Blessed Easter! Is anyone interested in the Daniel Plan? While it is not <BR> a vegetarian plan it is is Christ based and I am thinking it could be worked on a vegetarian <BR> level...I am planning to try it.If anyone else is interested-that would be great! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:38:29 EST New to the Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x57446606 Thank you for the welcome, AnnMarie 74! I stumbled upon this group and thought, hmmmm, these folks sound like my kind of people! Let me begin by confessing, I am not a strict vegetarian, but I do follow that lifestyle 95% of the time. I am not a "meat" eater but do occasionally eat fish or seafood. I look forward to getting to know everyone and to sharing our faith and daily journeys. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:46:38 EST interesting finds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x55581524 Numi has a new line of "savory" tea's.I like to try new,admittedly,weird things...this morning <BR> I am trying "Fennel spice"...strange-reminds me of a broth,but I kind of like it. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:40:11 EST Vegie game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x55349159 Very simple game-you go through the alphabet using vegies...I'll start-A-asparagus! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:27:51 EST what's up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x55349136 Anything new? Any new recipes? Crafts? Websites that relate to our team? Any ideas? <BR> Anything? Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:24:51 EST My strange little body! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x54961480 <BR> Hello fellow Sparkers! I'm new to the site and am learning the ropes. This seems like a very supportive place to be and I want to share a little about myself , what brought me here and why this is so important to me. <BR> <BR> I am 1 week short of 63 years old and have a myriad of chronic diseases, some old, some new, some devastating and some easily manageable. First, type 2 diabetes using U500 insulin administered through an insulin pump. Hypertension, portal hypertension, pulmonary... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:31:07 EST Candida Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x54642544 I have been on the vegan lifestyle for 2 months and have lost 20 pounds! Yay!!! <BR> But I can tell I'm having a candida flare up...has anyone else had this problem on the vegan diet? Any advice about what I can do about it??? Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:37:00 EST Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x54598969 I'm asking for prayers for my mom-she went to ER by ambulance on Sunday.She is home <BR> and doing better,but I'm worried about her(& my step dad).I believe in prayer. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:35:56 EST Newbie Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x54573746 Hi, I'm Snow! I became a vegan over the summer this year (2013) when I learned I had a lymphatic blockage. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and exercising can help to clear the blockage. I saw Vegucated and learned about how God's creatures were being consistently tortured and decided I just don't want any part of it. I'm losing weight and getting healthier and I love being a Christian vegan. I truly feel closer to God and more in tune with my place in creation if that makes sense. <BR> ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:34:44 EST Thank you for the welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x54008927 Hi, I am new here and look forward to getting and giving support from/to fellow Christians! <BR> Have a blessed day, everyone! <BR> Tomsgal85 (Susan in Florida) Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:45:47 EST Food Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x53111163 I need some help here! <BR> Test results just came back from my grandson, who is almost four. He spends ALOT of time with us (much happiness!) Anyway, he is allergic to soy, peanuts, wheat and all tree nuts. This puts a serious dent in the diet of somone who mostly eats tofu and pasta. I would appreciate any and all recipies for food that has none of the above ingredients and is still vegetarian . . . and doesn't cost a mint like most "gluten free" foods! <BR> (By the way - can you believ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 22:35:07 EST crafts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x52971712 Anyone into crafts? what are you working on now? I'm currently knitting/crocheting/felting <BR> pot holders. Love Pinterest! So many things I want to try! Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:41:22 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x52636637 Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I am new here. I am also new to being a vegan however it is something I wish I had done years ago. I am excited to speak to you all and make some friends along this journey. In the "real world" I am kind of shy until I get to know someone but not as much on the internet. I have a wonderful son and husband and I love the Lord with all my heart! He has been so good to us! I hope to talk to you soon. =) Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:35:43 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x52555996 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Janet and just joined this team. I'm not new to SP but decided to get onto a team about my way of eating. I don't find too many vegetarians on my other Christian teams. <BR> Up until March 2012 I had been living in southern Spain for 14yrs with my husband who is a missionary preacher. We decided to return to our own country, England and are now living in my former home town. My son, daughter, 3 grandsons and 2 sisters are here. <BR> The actual reason I stopped eating me... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 07:18:36 EST Trying New Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x52536725 So today I tried a new food - quiona. I decided to try it is in the spark recipe "Quiona and Black Bean Casserole" <BR> It wasn't very tasty. Actually it didn't have much taste at all. <BR> And kind of hard to eat . . . . Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:37:12 EST New Co-Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x52410377 Hello! <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is AnnMarie and I have been added to this group as a new co-leader. Though I am not new to the Vegetarian/Vegan life style, I am still fairly new to this Spark Team and welcome your suggestions for this group. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them. Please feel free to SparkMail me and visit my page. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:36:47 EST Where? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x52283985 Where is everybody? What's new? anything to share? Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:06:11 EST healthy sites to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x52145738 I was just on a site called Undressed Skeleton-it's got some great & healthy recipes-including <BR> vegan recipes-and even things like healthy gummi bears! Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:33:59 EST BABY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x51668982 Hi Team! <BR> My little grandson was born on Monday! He is a sweet healthy little boy! His name is Shane (which is Galic for James, which is Greek for Jacob . . . .) <BR> Anyway, I have spent the last two days in the hospital with my daughter, eating the nasty cafeteria food and gaining weight. sigh. he is so worth it. <BR> Hugs from Beth Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:14:53 EST Opinion Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x51561877 I really want some opinions on how to deal with a terrible issue that happened to me last night. <BR> I was @ my Bible Study last night & the subject, as usual, of my not eating meat came up. the woman that leads the Bible Study was complaining & saying that God gave us animals to eat. I actually explained to her that NO God DIDN'T actually give us animals to eat, it wasn't until AFTER the flood that God allowed man to eat meat & that was because the world was covered with water, so there w... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:18:02 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x51325174 I am back to Spark after a big break. I have much weight to lose. God bless you all in your journey! Tue, 25 Dec 2012 15:58:10 EST Find a Sparkpeople Buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x51045049 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Audrianna, 23. I'm a college student and a full time employee at a children and family agency. I'm aiming on losing 30lbs and getting fit. I'm seeking a buddy in which we both can keep one another accountable, pray for one another, and build up one another spiritually, mentally, and physically. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:28:29 EST Portable Dinners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x50956555 What type of dinners do you take to sick people, or those who have just had a baby? I seem to get called on for this rather often, and would like some new ideas! Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:46:18 EST Your favorite vegan dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x50824466 Hi guys, <BR> <BR> what's your favorite vegan dinner? <BR> <BR> It seems like it's easy to go mexican, any other great ideas? <BR> <BR> I'd say this looks like a good one: http://engine2diet.com/recipe/black-beans-<BR>and-brown-rice-extravaganza/ Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:25:26 EST new recipes? fitness tips?ways to save on these? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x50019701 Anyone have anything new to share? Any great new recipes you've tried? Fitness tips? <BR> Ways you've saved? Share! Thu, 20 Sep 2012 06:19:52 EST wow! i never realized there were 277 others... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x49180586 just like me! Well, actually, new to SparkPeople period, and learning as I go. Hi. Kari here. As a fairly new SparkGal it seems overwhelming, but I'm loving it. In my teens I was really into fitness but life and children kind of distracted me. Now I'm back with a vengeance! I'm determined to get in the best shape of my life. I've always believed that age is all in the mind, and that five foot three is way to short to be boring! <BR> I'm committed to working out every single day, but I do ge... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:38:59 EST I'm new to your group. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x49132156 Hello. I tried SP last year then gave up. I just came back and am trying again. I used to be vegetarian but switched to a vegan diet and am loving it. I haven't lost weight because of the switch but I'm working on it. I'm a Christian and often am told (sadly) all about how God says it's OK to eat meat. I don't like that a number of Christians are threatened by the fact that I want to eat this way. I have never pushed my lifestyle on anyone. Even my meat eating husband finds others' attitudes ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 11:20:58 EST I'm new to your group. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x48791515 Hi. I'm new to your group. I joined sparkpeople early last year and was nervous. I wanted to be anonymous but the website made me feel a little vulnerable. Anyway, I've gained even more so I've decided to give this another shot. I found your team today. I'm a Christian and vegetarian, although more recently, doing just vegan eating. I have a lot to lose but am hoping some group support from fellow Christians must help. Mon, 2 Jul 2012 11:33:55 EST 6-27-12 Bible Verse of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x48716993 "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (RSV) <BR> <BR> Taking care of our bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit, by adopting a compassionate plant-based diet is a great way to glorify our Creator! It not only helps us prevent and reverse diseases, but also helps alleviate the suffering of God's animals and restore the environment. I... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:03:28 EST Need Inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x48680788 i am feeling very blah, even yuck about food lately. The radiation treatment seems to have affected my taste, and it makes me very uninspired about food. But I know I need to, because when I don't, I end up getting bigger and bigger (starvation mode, then the occasional binge... stupid, I know). <BR> <BR> SO... what are you eating lately that might inspire me to fix something nice? Even if it is a recipe I can't eat from the vegan standpoint, I can usually tweak it to fit... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:43:24 EST Tanya's Asian Creation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x48541038 My 16 year old daughter made this for dinner a couple nights ago. She's not vegetarian or vegan, but she was flipping through "How it all Vegan" (by Sarah Kramer & Tanya Barnard) and thought it sounded easy and tasty... and it was! In fact, the whole family liked it, which is amazing since they all say they hate tofu :) The author explains in the cookbook that when she was living in Japan she had a hard time sticking to a vegan diet, so she ended up creating simple meals with just a few easy-... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:15:36 EST fitness motivators http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x48486745 As we go through it day by day-what motivates you to keep going? Do you mix up your <BR> fitness routines? <BR> I want to become healthier and stronger-hey, if I'm honest,I'd like to look better too.Losing <BR> weight has made life easier-I am more physically able to do things.The best thing was when <BR> my son first said wow Mom-you've really lost weight-you look good(coming from my son <BR> who "remade"his own body into pure muscle-it was so great)! Motivators,anyone? Tue, 12 Jun 2012 06:17:27 EST Hello everyone ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x48126231 Hello ! <BR> <BR> My name is Victoria and I am new to the team. <BR> <BR> I am a vegan and while it took time to get it right, it is the best decision I have ever made in my life. <BR> <BR> At last my spirit, body and ethics are all in alignment. <BR> <BR> I do it for the animals, even though my efforts may be a drop in the bucket, after all 10 billion animals are slaughtered yearly in the States alone and that does not include puppy mills, fisherires and fur farms, but it is better to li... Fri, 18 May 2012 11:40:50 EST Good morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x48090509 oops - meant to post this in Daily Discussions. Copied and pasted - Kristie, can you delete this? Wed, 16 May 2012 07:37:55 EST Another Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x48067810 Please pray for my daughter - she is in the early stages of pregnancy and having some complications. It is very scary because she has had two miscarriages in the past year. She is currently on bed rest - which means I am spending my days with a very active preschooler! <BR> Please pray for this baby to grow and be healthy! <BR> Hugs, <BR> Beth Mon, 14 May 2012 20:00:52 EST HBO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x48034615 Does anyone have HBO? I am curious about a special they are airing on Monday and Tuesday called "The Weight of the Nation" but I don't have any premium channels. <BR> I wonder if they will have the nerve to mention a plant based diet? Sat, 12 May 2012 11:27:25 EST What specific diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x47691414 I'm just curious.... <BR> <BR> Are any of you doing a specific diet plan? Right now, I'm doing lowfat vegan McDougall weight loss plan. Is anyone else on this team on a vegan diet plan like I am, or are you doing your own thing and count calories? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Kim Sat, 21 Apr 2012 14:14:36 EST Another ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x47553886 Ok, I need healthy snack ideas--they can be vegan or vegetarian, since I am limiting my eggs and cheese to once or twice a week. I am a diabetic, so healthy things that aren't going to shoot up my blood sugars would be really helpful. <BR> <BR> On a personal note, I haven't been to fast food all week!!! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 20:40:02 EST 4-12-12 Bible Verse of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x47551484 I pulled this from the Christian Vegetarian Association's website. I think the scene described in Isaiah is beautiful! And it makes me happy that I no longer contribute to the suffering of the animals God put in our care... <BR> <BR> Isaiah 11:6-9 (RSV) <BR> <BR> "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:22:09 EST Veggie Pot Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x47546606 When my daughter went away to college, she asked me to send her this recipe. Please note that my daughter is NOT vegetarian, so the fact that she requested this made me smile :) I've made it several times, and it's easy and tasty! <BR> <BR> Veggie Pot Pie <BR> (original recipe found here... http://www.cozi.com/live-simply/recipes/ve<BR>ggie-pot-pie) <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 package pre-made pie crust (includes 2 crusts) <BR> 2-3 medium potatoes cut in ½” pieces <BR> 3-4 Tbsp butter <... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:51:19 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x47540320 I'm in need of prayers. Prayers for patience and discernment. We need to make some tough decisions about our oldest daughter. She's a great kid, but she's made some poor choices lately :( Geez, why don't kids come with instruction manuals?? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'd appreciate any prayers you could send our way. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 22:48:38 EST Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x47439959 What does your family do for Easter? Do you have a special dinner? If so, what do you take? Thu, 5 Apr 2012 11:50:26 EST vegan vs vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x47385396 So i am really considering getting the new vegan cookbook from SP. Has any one tried it yet? I think I am 95% vegetarian now (I ate meat yesterday, but found I didn't like it that much) I don't know that I can go completely vegan (I do like my eggs and cheese) but will try to go vegan 2-3 times a wk. How do I get enough protein in my diet though?? what are the benefits of either? Mon, 2 Apr 2012 10:07:49 EST 3-28-12 Bible Verse of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x47307539 I'll get devotionals started again soon. Still getting used to this team leader role :) In the meantime, I thought I'd post a favorite (and appropriate!) bible verse... <BR> <BR> "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Cor 10:31 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:49:06 EST I'm looking for..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x47176972 I'm looking for good vegetarian meals that don't have cheese (too many calories in cheese--I'm TRYING to give it up) or at least only have a little cheese. Also, any good sites to go to for meal ideas? Any good snack ideas for things to eat on the go, something that I can keep in my purse? I am a diabetic, so no sugar is preferable. Thanks in advance!! I do know about cookinglite.com---are there any others? Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:50:39 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x47106738 I am being forced to become a vegetarian. My dr. discovered that I am sensitive to all animal fat. I am afraid that he will take me off of cheese and eggs (there go the omelets that I've discovered liking) I've found that it is easier than I thought, but I am still eating a little bit of meat. Now that I can't sit down to a chunk of meat (after only 16 days, it is really hurting my tummy to sit down to a chicken breast or a peice of fish or something), I am wondering about things like nutr... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:45:51 EST 3-13-12 If Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x47063160 T. Suzanne Eller <BR> <BR> <BR> “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV) <BR> <BR> Have you ever lived in the land of the “if onlys”? <BR> <BR> If only I had more money, then things would be easier. <BR> <BR> If only I lost 10 pounds, then I’d be happier. <BR> <BR> If only they’d recognize my talent, then I’d feel more appreciated. <BR> <BR> Not too long ago my husband and I were praying about his career. Not only did the answer not come, but every door shut... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:02:12 EST What's for dinner? What's for lunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x47054455 Hi, what would you suggest for a great vegan easy delicious dinner? <BR> (would like to hear your suggestions.) Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:38:27 EST 3-5-12 Devotional: How Dearly God Loves Us http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x46909365 How Dearly God Loves Us <BR> <BR> "...we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love" (Romans 5:5). <BR> <BR> For years I had often spoken on the subject of love - the greatest privilege and power known to man. But, as in the case of most sermons on love, something was missing. <BR> <BR> Then m... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 02:42:17 EST Devotional The Courageous Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x46652996 <BR> <BR> <BR> The Courageous Choice <BR> Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20 (NIV) <BR> <BR> I had the most interesting conversation with a friend who lives in Hollywood. Although her family lives in the midst of glitz, glamour and extreme excess, she said they are determined to teach the... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:41:19 EST Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x46569162 I am going to be traveling this upcoming weekend to see my son and his family. Any ideas on how to keep in the calorie range when traveling? Especially when you are visiting somone who is cooking for you! <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:21:29 EST Deli/lunch meat substitution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x46520246 Hello all, I'm slowly changing my hubby's diet and was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a substitution for deli/lunchmeat. Thanks =] Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:56:42 EST I'm new here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x46401348 Hi, all... I found this site through my cell phone, of all things. Looks like a great opportunity to keep on track. except it looks like it's going to be more work than it's worth if I can't figure a few things out. <BR> <BR> Such as: I switched cold-turkey to a mostly-raw vegan diet two years ago. Is there a way to set up the sparkpeople menu suggestions to reflect the vegan diet so I don't have to go and change every single thing all the time? I am very new to this site, and I am willing t... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 15:37:38 EST Devotion 2-1-12 I am beyond....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x46366512 Copied from Proverbs 31 Ministries. Hope you enjoy. <BR> Di <BR> <BR> <BR> Beyond Hurt <BR> Melissa Taylor <BR> <BR> <BR> “All your words are true…” Psalm 119:160a (NIV) <BR> <BR> I’m beyond hurt. <BR> <BR> I’m beyond confused. <BR> <BR> I’m beyond stressed. <BR> <BR> I’m beyond tired...physically, emotionally and mentally. <BR> <BR> I could go on and on. But then I would be beyond depressed. <BR> <BR> When feeling like this, I realize I have to get my mind out of the gutter and a... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:09:08 EST greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x46306411 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Kim and I've been eating a vegan diet for a few months. I've really enjoyed eating this way and feel a lot better without the dairy and meat. Although I've lost a few pounds, I can't seem to really lose weight that quickly. So that's why I'm here. And I'm also encouraged by the idea that many of you as Christians have chosen a vegetarian diet. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you all! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 16:16:00 EST low carb & vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x46304279 Hi all-I am trying to do low carb and meat free. Anyone else doing this? Sun, 29 Jan 2012 13:48:53 EST Devotion 1-28-12 Nothing More Nothing Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x46297804 January 27, 2012 <BR> <BR> Nothing More and Nothing Less <BR> Rachel Olsen <BR> <BR> <BR> “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” Matthew 5:5 (NLT) <BR> <BR> Lord, how can I become content with just who I am, nothing more and nothing less? <BR> <BR> I’m certainly prone to want to be more, or less than I am. To be smarter, prettier, funnier, fitter. To be more productive, happier and higher energy. And then also to be lower key, calmer, more level-heade... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 02:32:35 EST Devotional - Repentance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x46202451 From Tea Time for Your Soul by Dr. Deborah Newman <BR> <BR> Enjoyed this devotion by Debbie Newman - thought you might as well. <BR> Di <BR> <BR> Repentance <BR> <BR> John the Baptist was all about it; it is the only response that God asks us to make—with His help of course. Repentance, so vital to our relationship with God, is often avoided by most church goers. Isn't that why we joined the church? So we can get away from recognizing our need for repentance. Don't we earn... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 20:01:26 EST Did anyone watch Forks Over Knives? Thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x46115996 I watched the documentary Forks Over Knives again this week as I recommitted to my vegan lifestyle. I think the information in that movie would be so beneficial to everyone, but how do you share it with folks who do not yet know it is something they could benefit from. I am thinking about having a FOK screening in my apartment to see if I can get a few folks to just consider some changes to save their lives. Has anyone else seen it?? Thu, 19 Jan 2012 02:00:32 EST Why Shouldn't I Indulge? Devotion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x46115899 This devotion is from Provergs 31 Ministries. Hope you enjoy it. <BR> Di <BR> <BR> <BR> Why Shouldn’t I Indulge <BR> Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <BR> <BR> “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14a (NIV) <BR> <BR> God made you wonderful. Psalm 139 says so. You are beautiful and loved just the way you are, whether you’re a size zero or a size thirty. But, if your size is a struggle or a place of defeat, God loves you so much He doesn’t want you to stay there. <BR>... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 01:39:30 EST 2012 Daily Discussion Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x46107756 Just want to check in and see how everyone's 2012 is starting out. Mine had a rough start, but I am making a new go of it. How about you? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:48:44 EST lean cuisine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x45954248 Just thought I'd let everybody know Lean Cuisine has put out some new frozen vegetarian <BR> meals! Veggie Cuisine. I had Indian style masala today and it was very good. <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:49:50 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x45343633 I was put on the vegan diet today by my doctor. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 19:22:04 EST Any action? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x45104339 Last I heard there were suggestions for challenges-what's happening? Wed, 16 Nov 2011 06:13:53 EST intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x44046912 Hi all, <BR> My name is Unita. I am a homeschooling, vegetarian , homesteading mom . My kiddettes are 6,4, and 6 weeeks. We are gf and df. I like the outdoors the most. Gardening, camping, and hiking are my faves. Hope to get to know you all and learn new stuff. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:20:49 EST Lara Bars - Boca Burgers - Veggie Burgers -Potluck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x44011677 Are Lara Bars, Boca Burgers and Veggie Burgers Vegan? <BR> <BR> Also, do you have ideas for what I can take to a potluck that is vegan and really yummy? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much. <BR> <BR> Is vinegar in? Sat, 10 Sep 2011 15:52:11 EST New here -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x44011637 Checking out the diet Sat, 10 Sep 2011 15:49:05 EST computer question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x43564393 I recently added a site "Learn Vest" that I saw on Spark(so I figured it was safe)to my <BR> computer...when I was opening it-I got all red circles(unsafe).My question is-how can I <BR> unsubscribe without opening it up? Would appreciate any help! Tue, 16 Aug 2011 07:26:10 EST Let's Welcome TBRITTELL To The Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x43081375 <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team ~ do introduce yourself so we can get to know you.... and in that way help you acheive the goals you want to acheive. <BR> <BR> May God bless your socks off today! Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:37:44 EST Saying Hello to all!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x42971791 Hi All! I am very glad to be in the Christian Vegetarian and Vegan Spark team. I have been pretty active since the mid 90's but the last couple of years I have slacked off. Recently I did start to hike again with my dogs more and matter of fact I am just about to go hike with my dogs Logan, and Scoobie. I am 141 pounds now and want to get down to 123. I have given myself two months to do this. I have been into healthy eating, and vegetarian many years of my life, and recently I lean toward v... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:06:41 EST Lets welcome KATELYNNS11 to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x42962138 <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team. <BR> <BR> Hope this team will be a blessing to you ~ please introduce yourself and let us know how we can help you acheive your goals. <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:38:32 EST Let's Welcome MAJOHNSON06 to the Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x42855360 <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team. <BR> <BR> May this team be a blessing to you. <BR> <BR> Do visit often and say how we can help you acheive your goals. <BR> <BR> May God bless your socks off today! Thu, 7 Jul 2011 14:04:39 EST Lets welcome MRYAN6 to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x42799729 <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team. <BR> <BR> Glad to have you here with us. <BR> <BR> Visit often..... togetther we can so do this.... with Gods help. <BR> <BR> May God bless your socks off today! Mon, 4 Jul 2011 17:43:11 EST Let's Welcome IMEMINE1 to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x42783361 <em>235</em> <em>199</em> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the team. <BR> <BR> Pull up a chair and get comfy ~ share whats on your heart..... and visit often. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 18:15:21 EST Did YOU huddle today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x42600021 Yes or No? <BR> <BR> SparkGoodies given on an ad hoc basis to huddlers! Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:05:15 EST Devotions for Dieters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x42580193 Psalm 37:40 <BR> And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. <BR> <BR> <BR> Beth thought the program would never end. It had taken her years to control her weight, and it was still hard to be around scrumptious food for very long without overindulging. All through the evening, heavenly plates of food moved around the room. It was all Beth could do to resist. Whenever the temptation arose, she closed her ey... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:10:39 EST New Vegan with add'l Biblical dietary restrictions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x42085121 Hi out there!, I'm so happy to have found a Christian support group. Jesus lead me to this lifestyle & I want to keep him in the front of what He is doing in my life! <BR> <BR> I have been on this new eating lifestyle for 10 days & I feel AMAZING! I'm 35 & previously felt exhausted constantly but within a few days I feel like I am 21 again! Not to mention I have already lost 8 pounds! <BR> <BR> It took a few days for the gas / bloating / carb cravings to go but now that I am over the... Sat, 28 May 2011 02:34:25 EST "Right eating" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x41677174 So I realized the other day that even though I don't eat meat-I don't necessarily follow a healthy <BR> diet...not enough fruits & vegies-if you can believe it-& too many little snacks...I really want todo <BR> this.I think it goes without saying that non-meat eaters should follow a cleaner diet,but it's not <BR> always true. Thoughts? Wisdom? Motivation? Sat, 7 May 2011 07:10:54 EST What types of Team Challenges would interest you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x40805708 Hi Everyone! I'm hoping to "update" some of our Team Challenges that are currently on the board - but would like to know what everyone is interested in. Please post your ideas for the types of challenges you'd like to participate in. <BR> <BR> Let's go Team!!! <BR> <em>301</em> <em>185</em> <em>7</em> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 12:07:58 EST 2011 Discussion Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x40805217 <em>235</em> <BR> Greetings Everyone! Just wanted to set up a place where we can talk about our team and how we can make it better. Let's keep each other encouraged. <BR> <BR> Keep your ideas coming in! Sat, 26 Mar 2011 11:39:40 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x39505540 Hi! My name is Jen, and I am working on getting healthy. I started at the beginning of the year, and feel so much better already. Starting next month, I plan to be dairy free due to lactose intolerance. I would also like to lead a meat free lifestyle. I am glad to be part of the group! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Fri, 28 Jan 2011 06:54:44 EST Hi! I'm a new Co-Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x39439857 Greetings! I'd like to introduce myself - my name is Susan and I'm a new co-leader for our team. I've been a Christian since the early 90's and a vegetarian off-and-on over several years but full time now. <BR> <BR> I'd like to get to know everyone and help to make our team helpful and fun! <BR> <BR> Look for more posts in the coming days. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:53:42 EST Im searching for a spark buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x38421031 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I want to find someone who will be my "sparkbuddy" <BR> I want someone, that I can work together with, so we can motivate each other and be accountable for each other. <BR> <BR> If your interested please contact me! <BR> Thanks! Sat, 11 Dec 2010 14:59:48 EST I will survive Turkey Song! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x38134495 <link>img816.imageshack.us/img816/4784/oc4<BR>.mp4 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:22:00 EST Introducing myself...new co team leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x38018878 Hello guys. I wanted to introduce myself as the new co team leader! I was aware that the team leader hadn't posted anything in about 60 days, and I feel that this is a very important group of individuals, so I requested to be a leader as well. I am 21 years old, married and a Christian vegetarian. I feel like it is very important to meet and mingle with other people who have the same views as you, and this is a great place to do it! I hope to be a good team leader and motivate you all and hel... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:05:49 EST hi guys! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x37969411 hey ...i wanted to introduce myself! My name is Tana Johnson and I am a vegetarian! And I also LOVE Jesus! I can't wait to hear from some of you all about your veg dieting and fitness experiences along with how the Lord is working in your lives! Feel free to message me for any reason at all! Thanks and God bless you! Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:49:14 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x37794781 How is everyone? My name is Raynene and I'm looking to start eating food that will help my body and not hurt it. Sun, 7 Nov 2010 21:14:58 EST hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x37759124 I'm new. =) <BR> <BR> I went vegetarian for the first time in college in 1999. I was veggie for about two years, then added fish and poultry back in. Ate a flexitarian diet for almost ten years, then this spring I started phasing meat out again. Starting last month I cut it out completely and I feel wonderful about the path that I'm on. I am trying to eat the most compassionate diet I can and although I'm not perfect, I am so much happier not eating meat. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward ... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 20:02:46 EST Hello, My Name is Deonna http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x37025143 My goal is to get down to 127 and be fit and toned. I am going to use the south beach method starting with phase 1. I hope to loose 10 pounds by halloween and 10 more by the end of the year if not more. I plan to eat healthier, work out weekly and keep a journal about everything I experience day to day. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 17:27:18 EST Hi! im new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x36722015 Hi there :) <BR> I just joint this team, I think it looks pretty exciting. <BR> SInce the beginning of this year I have been vegetarian, and have been thinking more about religion too. I plan to go vegan next year :) Thu, 16 Sep 2010 05:41:55 EST Pleased to Meet You. ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x36132211 i am happy to be a part of this group! <BR> <BR> My name is Susan and I am married to Marc, (27 years on January 7, 2011) and our children all have fur, feathers, or fins. We have three dogs, Teddy Bear, Maggie Jane, and Toby, a cockatiel Jessie, two giant Goldfish, and an algae eater. <BR> <BR> I will be 48 years old September 6th, 2010 but I am working out and living healthier more than ever before and loving it. I had to learn a hard lesson though. I had some serious health issues (... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:48:26 EST "meat"loaf recipe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x36089613 I'm looking for a vegan meatloaf recipe. I know I've found one before that I found yummy, but I'm having trouble finding it again. I'm looking for one that doesn't use a ton of fakes, as I can't afford them. It used simple ingredients like lentils, carrots, walnuts, bread crumbs, for example. <BR> <BR> Anyone know of a recipe like this? Mon, 16 Aug 2010 15:10:12 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x35830492 I am new to the group, but not new to Sparkpeople. I have tried for a few years to lose these last 15 lbs, but have tried in vain. I was amazingly blessed when I did the First Place weight loss program a few years ago with my church and lost 40 lbs., but have not found a local group. Am hoping that this forum will be similar to that. <BR> <BR> I love being a vegetarian but also find that it's a struggle to get my protein in since I'm not a big fan of tofu or tempeh. <BR> <BR> Thanks for ha... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 08:14:48 EST Happy Day's Cast Member Jenny Piccolo Raw/Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x35385860 Was looking at a show on Cable - "Where are they now?" and they were doing the cast of Happy Days and Jenny Piccolo (cast name) was the person that caught my attention she has her own show The Healthy Living Show: <link>www.thehealthylivingshow.com/ </link> <BR> She also has her own line of Superfoods and instructs in Raw Food Preparation. Her store is located in Malibu and she also caters an all Raw Vegan or Vegan meal for you. <BR> <BR> Among some of her items Goji Godess Trail Mix, Ca... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:47:46 EST Another celebrity going vegan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x35083792 <link>thecelebritycafe.com/feature/jessica<BR>-simps on-tells-fans-about-vegan-diet-intense -visions-06-28-2010 </link> <BR> I posted this on one of my other veg./vegan teams as well trying to get the word out. <BR> <BR> I haven't read the whole article yet just wanted to post this before I do so to get the news out. <BR> <BR> I think it's wonderful to hear that celebrities are attempting veganism even if it's for a short time. <BR> <BR> The more celebrities go vegan even vegetarian wi... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 16:41:08 EST Hi!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x34963749 Hi! My name is Amber. I just saw this group and thought I should join since I am a Christian and a vegan. I've been vegan for about 10 weeks, since I read Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I'm following his plan very closely and have lost 47 pounds so far! I love the way I feel being vegan, so I plan to do this for the rest of my life. I'm looking forward to meeting new Christian people who are on the journey to health :) Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:10:42 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x33873973 Hi group Been a Vegetarian for about 12 years or so I'm in the process of going Vegan. <BR> <BR> I've been a Christian since I was a teen. <BR> <BR> God Bless! <em>267</em> <em>296</em> Mon, 3 May 2010 10:22:03 EST Hardest part of staying healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x33774695 So what's the hardest part for you about being veg'n and staying healthy? <BR> <BR> My trouble is eating too many carbs and not enough fresh veggies. I sure do love my brown rice, puffed corn cereal, tortilla chips... And I used to have problems with portion control, because I just didn't care. But lately my measuring cups have been getting a workout, so hopefully that helps! Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:56:28 EST HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CHRISTIAN POTLUCKS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x33711723 When we attend potlucks we bring something that 'looks' like any other yummy casserole that has color and looks inviting. As long as we don't tell anyone it's vegan, people scarf it down and love it. If someone lets on we brought "vegan" food, no one touches it but us, like it's poison or something. <BR> <BR> When the church sponsors a dinner it always focus's on animal proteins like "spaghetti AND meatballs" and the meatballs are always in the sauce. And there are the "ice cream social... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:42:23 EST Best. Pancakes. EVER. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x33532478 I just made Arrowhead Mills' Organic Buckwheat pancakes (with agave instead of honey, and included some vanilla for fun) and I don't think I can ever eat another kind of pancake again because they were SO. GOOD. They were just so amazing that I needed to share with someone. <BR> Also pretty excited because I was full after 2 normal-sized pancakes, when typically I like to eat 3 or 4 big ones! Woohoo! Sun, 18 Apr 2010 21:57:17 EST Important News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x33524600 Important article about the veggie burgers in the grocery store . . . I think I need to go back to making my own! <BR> <BR> http://gothamist.com/2010/04/13/popular_<BR>veggie_burgers_contain_pois.php <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 15:29:33 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x33436316 Been on sparkpeople off and on for a few years now, but just became a vegan last August, and just decided to get serious about weight loss and re-joined sparkpeople and found this group today! Glad to have the company of people who care about being Christian and veg as much as I do! Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:31:08 EST Prayer Request - Missing Pet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x33140968 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I would like to ask for your prayers. One of our family cats, Orion, managed to escape earlier this afternoon and we have not been able to find him. We live in a heavily wooded area, so we're hoping he's just found himself a good hiding place but obviously this is extremely worrying and painful. <BR> <BR> I pray that if we are unable to find him, that he is somewhere safe and being loved for. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> RMarie Thu, 1 Apr 2010 21:52:20 EST Newbie here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x32847982 Hi! I've been on Spark for a couple months now, but I'm new to this team. I became a vegetarian 3 1/2 years ago. I'm happy to find a team that combines my love of animals and my faith! Sun, 21 Mar 2010 02:39:36 EST Feeling full? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x32736808 How do I eat vegan and yet get 1200 calories in? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:55:34 EST TPA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x32725374 Hi and Blessings to all. I too would like to know more about TPA and for ideas of what to eat on a daily basis. I do my ricotta cheese bake but it may not be the best maybe someone could look at it and let me know its in the recipes so if nuts are a persons main stay how many can a person eat. I too make my own greet yogurt by buy heat yogurt and straining it till it's so thick you can almost stand a spoon in it. Anyway any ideas would be appreciate. Thank u again Tara Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:40:58 EST praise god http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x32477387 In the last 2days I have lost 5 lbs by drinking water.eating a granola bar and fruit for breakfast and 2 salads everyday. I pray this continues. Sat, 6 Mar 2010 07:16:15 EST i just wanted to update you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x32443092 This was my first day without "normal food" and I feel great and full. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 18:43:33 EST breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x32392830 Can someone tell me what to eat for breakfast that will fill me up? Tue, 2 Mar 2010 23:20:48 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x32392343 Hi my name is RAYNENE and I'm new to the group and veganism. This journey is not a religious one but for my health because I have lupus. Tue, 2 Mar 2010 23:00:49 EST New here :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x32129263 Hi! <BR> <BR> I am brand new to Spark. As "the world's unhealthiest vegetarian", I knew I couldn't live on the macaroni & cheese, ice cream and diet coke diet any more, as much as I wanted to :-) It got me through a couple of big blizzards lately, but to what avail? <BR> <BR> It's hard for people to believe that someone can be a vegetarian and overweight. Has anyone else experienced this? In my case, I should be called a "non meat-eater" instead of vegetarian, since I've ignored vegetables ... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:04:53 EST (HELP!!!) Your FAVORITE High Proteins List? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x31981729 I'd like to hear what YOUR favorite high protein low carb foods are as a vegetarian? <BR> <BR> I did SO well on atkins and lost all my weight and felt awesome and had no cravings and it was the only time I didn't feel literally ADDICTED to carbs and sugar and found it effortless and easy but then MY compassionate heart could no longer bear to EVER AGAIN eat anyone with a face, feelings, heart, soul or family, not to mention who had been abused in farm factories etc. I gained ALL my weight a... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 19:09:59 EST 28 Day Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x31572780 Lets post here about how our 28 day program! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 17:14:12 EST A exciting journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x31409227 I am doing The Spark 28 day program. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am looking forward to learning to live healthier and become fitter. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:12:24 EST Farm Animals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x31206279 I got to play with a three day old calf today! It is a little girl, black, quite frisky and beautiful. The mother rejected the calf, so the farmer that rents some of our fields had her in the barn (actually the mother and the baby) and I got to go in the stall and pet them both and run around with the baby a bit. Still had the umbilical cord! The mom just seemed depressed. Can cows get post partum depression? My husband won't go visit because he doesn't want to see animals that are dest... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:30:13 EST FMP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x31021305 What Fake Meat Products do you enjoy? My husband loves the Morningstar farms breakfast strips. I like the Worthington Super Links - as a matter of fact even my son who didn't remain a vegetarian won't eat a regular hot dog! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:46:46 EST New. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x30857942 Hi, I'm new to this team and vegetarianism, and I am a follower of Christ. <BR> <BR> Recently my sister (who I think has not been following God lately) and thinks I am stupid for becoming a vegetarian said to me, doesn't it say in the /Bible/ to eat meat? And then my mother said that God declared all animals clean. Then I do remember the verses about Jesus feeding the 500 with fish and whatnot. What does everyone think about all of this? I don't think I'm going against the Bible to not eat ... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 12:01:26 EST Earthlings Documentary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x30795114 Has anyone watched the movie "Earthlings"? <BR> It seems well done, but I haven't seen the whole thing yet. <BR> You can watch it free online - <BR> <BR> http://www.documentarywire.com/earthling<BR>s <BR> Tue, 5 Jan 2010 15:28:01 EST Anyone Reading The Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x30778830 Is anyone reading the new book "The Spark"? Tue, 5 Jan 2010 07:36:28 EST Facebook Christian Veggies and Vegans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x30679801 If you are on Facebook and want to keep up with each other that way. Look me up <BR> <BR> I am Virginia Arnold <BR> Brooksville, Florida <BR> <BR> I also have a blog today with a few tips that may help. <BR> <BR> Would love to have my Sparksfriends as Facebookfriends Sat, 2 Jan 2010 10:05:09 EST Soup anyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x30120570 I just posted this soup. <BR> <BR> Any of you have any good soups to share? <BR> <BR> Curried Vegetable Soup <BR> Submitted by: ZAHNASGRANDMA <BR> <BR> This is a quick soup, use any vegetables on hand. I would of used Cumin, but was out and tried the curry, both are good. <BR> <BR> 40 Minutes to Prepare and Cook <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Vegetarian Meals | Indian | Indian Vegetarian Meals | Vegetarian | Vegetarian Vegetarian Meals | Soup | Vegetarian Meals Soup | <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingr... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 17:04:52 EST Introducting myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x30040643 Hi everyone, I'm Veronica. Today is my first day as a Pescetarian. (I hope I can "fit in" on this team even though I still eat fish and seafood!) Maybe one day I can do full on vegetarianism, but just not yet. <BR> <BR> I watched the movie Food Inc last night and it just broke my heart to see the way animals are treated on farms (factories) across our country. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 12:07:59 EST What will you be eating for the Holidays? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x29927083 Since no one in our family likes "Tofurkey" we have always had to come up with something vegetarian on our own. Usually that is a homemade stuffed tofu. What do you all fix? Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:27:17 EST cheap vegan vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x29724047 help <BR> I am on a tight budget and need to find cheap vitamins that have no animal products in them <BR> I can not keep spending so much on them!! Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:42:41 EST Because My Heart Can't Bear It... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x29005658 Hi My name is Yvonne. I'm 41. I just found and joined this group today and am very excited about it. <BR> <BR> I am a very spiritual person. I can't do ANYTHING without God, nor do I even want to try. : D <BR> <BR> I became a vegetarian one year ago as of April because when I learned how animals are being treated I broke down crying and knew never again, could my heart bear to eat anyone with a face, feelings, heart, soul or family just for the selfishness of MY tastebuds. <BR> <BR> I ha... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 18:06:39 EST free to be me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x28394536 Hi I a new vegetarian/vegan. I say that because I want to be truly vegan but have found it hard to give up cheese and eggs all together. I only eat maybe twice a week. I know though, with God all things are possible. My new lifestyle was effortless and when that happens, God is guiding me. It is such an awesome gift. Most of my life I wanted to be vegetarian (did'nt know about vegan) But was unable to give up meat. I read that book Skinny B**** and something flipped in me. I gave up all mea... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 09:24:13 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x27789784 Just wanted to say hi to everyone. I joined this team a few weeks ago but haven't introduced myself yet. My name is Kirstie and I've been back at Sparkpeople for three weeks. I've been a vegetarian for 3 years and a Christian most of my life although I really need to get back to church!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well! Have a great day!! <BR> <BR> Kirstie Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:23:17 EST newbie question(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x27428464 is there such thing as almond butter or pecan butter? I'm looking for a bagel topping. I'm not fond of peanut butter and cashew butter is expensive. <BR> <BR> What's your 'go to food' that you point newbies to that's always a hit? <BR> <BR> ok, so I had another question but I can't think of it right now..(sigh) <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2009 19:22:28 EST news? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x27207522 Anything new going on with anyone? Any great ideas to share? Thu, 23 Jul 2009 18:43:04 EST New to group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x26512797 Hi everyone, I am a fairly new vegetarian. I am looking for support in various ways and this group looked great. Support for my religious views as well as my dietary and ethical views. I hope I can be a great part of this group as well as get a great experience out of it too. Thanks. Tue, 23 Jun 2009 03:03:45 EST new to the team and fairly new to Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x26366101 How nice to find a team that celebrates Jesus and God's love for animals. I love all the inspirational stuff I have been reading on the team site. <BR> <BR> I've been a vegetarian for over 16 years and a vegan for over 4. I'm happy to be part of a cruelty-free lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I have lots of little critters (mostly cats and dogs with a couple of aquariums) that God always finds a way to drop into my life to bring me joy. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being part of the team! God bless... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 17:02:45 EST new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x25873133 Hi I am katheryne, I am almost 25 (in August) and I am married and I have 2 children, Autumn 2 and Logan will be one in June. I am new to Christianity but not new to being a vegetarian. My kids and I will be baptized on June 21st :) As far as weight loss I have lost all of my baby weight and I have a few more pounds to go. Thu, 28 May 2009 08:44:42 EST Hello again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x25820478 Here for a new start and support from fellow Christians. Going veg hasn't always been easy for me, but it's something i keep getting drawn back to. I do believe its a way of healing the body without drugs and the energy, etc is amazing. Anyways, looking for new friends and support on my journey to better health. Tue, 26 May 2009 11:11:31 EST Green Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x25782813 Every time I drink green tea, I get really nauseated-& <BR> I was wondering if anyone else has this problem? I love tea & drink mostly herbal,but also black tea-it <BR> only seems to be the green tea that I have a problem with.Any ideas?-Linda Sun, 24 May 2009 18:45:19 EST What if? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x25398817 I have an idea-what if each day,we would each try to <BR> pick a different team member to add a word of encouragement to their spark page? It would be a way <BR> to get to know and hopefully bless each others day!-Linda Sat, 9 May 2009 08:10:43 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x25053353 Hello everyone. My name is Linda and I am a new member of this site. I choose the christian site since I have been saved for only 4 years. I am trying to loose weight and I am a diabetic with high blood pressure. I know that I can get the help I need and the guidence from my fellow sisters and brothers. Thank you for allowing me to join. <BR> Yours sister in Christ. <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 26 Apr 2009 23:59:47 EST Mon, 4/27 Devotional -- LIFE-CHANGING PRAYER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x25050378 <BR> (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> LIFE-CHANGING PRAYER <BR> <BR> <BR> Read: Colossians 1:9-10 <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:6 says that it's good to bring requests to the Lord, and we often ask Him for certain blessings, desired outcomes, and healing for loved ones. But there are times when, in God's omniscience, He sees that a "no" would ultimately result in greater good. <BR> <BR> So, what supplications can you be sure are in accordance with His will? The apostle Paul recorded speci... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 21:44:39 EST Tues , 4/28 Devotional -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x25050307 (By Micca Monda Campbell of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> ATTENTION: THIS IS ONLY A TEST <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~Luke 12:34 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Say the word “test” and most people cringe. That’s because tests bring undue stress and pressure that we’d rather live without. Nonetheless, tests have many purposes. They analyze our intelligence or skill; determine what we have learned,... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 21:41:36 EST Thurs, 4/23 Devotional -- LOVE ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24950947 **Sorry I haven't posted in a while. My computer has been really messed up. But, I think it's fixed now. Yay! <BR> OJ** <BR> <BR> (By Melissa Taylor of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> LOVE ME <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.” ~Psalm 119:76 (NLT) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> There was a teenage girl who seemed to have her life all together. She had many friends, excelled in sch... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 22:25:47 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x24779473 Hello everyone my name is Rhonda and I would love to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle completely. I have done it off and on for a while but would love to make it a permanent decision to become vegetarian. Any ideas and prayers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a Very Blessed Day. Thu, 16 Apr 2009 20:31:02 EST Thurs, 4/16 Devotional -- FRIENDSHIP FRETTING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24731615 (By Renee Myers, She Speaks! Graduate--Of Proverbs 31 Ministires) <BR> <BR> FRETTING OVER A FRIENDSHIP <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.”~Psalm 103:8-10 (NLT) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> It all started with a simple question from a friend w... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:18:16 EST Wed, 4/15 Devotional -- ANSWER ENVY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24731506 (By Karen Ehman of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> ANSWER ENVY <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”~Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> “How wonderful!!!” I exclaimed! “I am so happy for you!” This was my response to the breaking news that friends of ours from North Carolina had sold their house after it had been on the market for twenty days. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:14:20 EST Tues, 4/14 Devotional -- HOME, NOT JUST A WORD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24691470 (By Marybeth Whalen of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> HOME: MORE THAN JUST A WORD <BR> <BR> <BR> “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” ~Romans 12:10 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> I opened up my email to discover another one of those forwards we all get from time to time. I almost hit “delete” but my eye landed on this acronym for the word “Home”: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Honor the Lord <BR> <BR> Obey H... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 22:43:15 EST Fri, 4/10 Devotional -- HIS LOVE IS CONSTANT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24593940 (From Steve Miller's *One-Minute Promises of Comfort*) <BR> <BR> HIS LOVE IS CONSTANT <BR> <BR> "Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you." ~Isaiah 49:15 <BR> <BR> There is never a moment when you are not on God's mind. His awareness of you is so perfect that He planned every one of your days before you were born (Psalm 139:16). He knew every need you would have and how to supply for it. He k... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 23:07:14 EST Ants on a log pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x24582381 Just submitted this recipe to sparkrecipes: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta<BR>il.asp?recipe=592753&ff=1 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 cup whole wheat flour <BR> 1/4 tsp salt <BR> 2 tsp baking powder <BR> 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon <BR> 1/4 cup ground walnuts (optional) <BR> 1/4 cup rolled oats <BR> 1 tablespoon raw sugar <BR> 1 1/3 cups soymilk or water <BR> 1 tablespoon light flavoured oil (i.e. canola) <BR> 1/2 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 1 large banana <BR> chocolate chips <BR>... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 14:38:23 EST Wed, 4/8 Devotional -- FULLY EQUIPPED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24514962 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> <BR> EQUIPPED TO FULFILL GOD'S CALLING <BR> <BR> <BR> Read: Exodus 3:1-14 <BR> <BR> Our heavenly Father is looking for men and women who will dedicate themselves to His kingdom work. He seeks people willing to accept responsibility and carry out His "assignments" to completion. <BR> <BR> The Lord commended Moses because he persevered in faith to fulfill the divine calling on his life. Chosen to lead the Hebrew slaves out of Egyptian bondage, Moses i... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 12:15:51 EST Thurs, 4/9 Devotional -- RUNNING BY FAITH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24514872 (By Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> RUNNING BY FAITH <BR> <BR> “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” ~2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> It was finally here. My favorite time of year, and my favorite place to be. I hopped out of bed with an unusually eager attitude to do my morning exercise. I stepped out the door into the crisp morning, and inhaled a deep breath of salty beach air. I headed for the soft white sand... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 12:13:18 EST Mon, 4/6 Devotional -- DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24450263 (By Wendy Blight of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Pick up your mat and walk.” ~John 5:11 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Are you familiar with the story of the man on the mat found in the Gospel of John? As the story opens, we find Jesus entering Jerusalem after a tiring journey. His Father led Him to a dirty, smelly pool of water. Every day the lame, weak, and sick gathered at this pool, believing a... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 12:48:47 EST Tues, 4/7 Devotional-- DRESSED FOR BATTLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24450166 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> <BR> DRESSED FOR BATTLE <BR> <BR> Read: Ephesians 6:10-18 <BR> <BR> When you wake up in the morning and get dressed for the day, you're probably not thinking about stepping onto a battlefield. But the enemy is all around us, constantly assaulting our hearts and minds with temptations, adversities, emotional attacks, and more. And some days, it feels as though we are standing on the front lines of combat with no protection whatsoever. <BR> <BR> Therein... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 12:45:07 EST Fri, 4/3 Devotional -- USING A WRONG APPROACH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24325285 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> USING A WRONG APPROACH <BR> <BR> Read: Genesis 3:1-8 <BR> <BR> <BR> God has promised to supply our needs, but that means in His way and time frame. There might be temptations to take a wrong approach in fulfilling those needs, so we must be careful not to push ahead of God or follow a route that leads away from Him. <BR> <BR> Some people think their security rests in a bank account, prestige, or possessions. That mindset can lead to becoming a workahol... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:48:58 EST Thurs, 4/2 Devotional --THE PAIN OF REJECTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24325217 <BR> (By Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> THE PAIN OF REJECTION <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or God? Or am I still trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” ~Galatians 1:10 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> If there is one thing that can make someone feel like they don’t have a friend in the world, it’s rejection. Whether it be rejection from a spouse, a co-worke... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 08:46:27 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x24312499 I can't believe it's almost April, but that means it's time for new team goals. I think a good goal for this coming month will be stretching at least 3x per week (we're supposed to do it every day, and I know that I absolutely feel better when I do stretch regularly!). Here's an article with good information and lots of links to stretches for us: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1034 </link> <BR> <BR> I'll check back here regularly to post my own prog... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:13:40 EST New Team Co-Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x24312227 Hello, all! I'm a new co-leader for this amazing team, so I thought I'd take a minute to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Heather and I currently live in Knoxville, TN (though I grew up in Asheville, NC and have also lived in Dallas, TX and the California Bay Area). I've been a vegetarian since junior year of high school, and I've been a Christian my whole life. I was one of the earliest members of this team, and certainly recognize a lot of names from way back then, but I let my ... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:03:54 EST Wed, 4/1 Devotional -- THE POWER OF PRAYER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24281479 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> THE POWER OF PRAYER <BR> <BR> Read: 2 Chronicles 20:1-15 <BR> <BR> In Scripture, we find examples of people who prayed with spiritual authority. Elijah boldly challenged the prophets of the false god Baal because he knew the Lord would hear and answer. King Jehoshaphat heard that a great army was coming against Israel, so he sought God for direction and strength--and called upon the nation to do the same. <BR> <BR> These examples can teach us importan... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 22:03:13 EST Tues, 3/31 Devotional -- THANK YOU POWER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24281395 (By Rachel Olsen of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> THANK YOU POWER <BR> <BR> <BR> “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” <BR> <BR> 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> In my (part-time) job as a university teacher, I’m frequently reading research. I know, I know … it sounds as dry as an over-cooked turkey. Sometimes it is but often I find interesting stuff in that scientific prose. For example, th... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 22:00:37 EST Thurs 3/26 Devotional -- THE POWER OF WORDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24132610 <BR> (By Melissa Taylor of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> THE POWER OF WORDS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be."~James 3:10 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> My heart is broken today. Yesterday afternoon my son, Dylan, came home from school feeling so down and discouraged. Someone at school hurt his feelings with something they said. With just a few words, Dylan's day was ruined. <BR> <BR... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 21:33:21 EST Tues, 3/24 Devotional -- IN JESUS' NAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24067384 (By Micca Monda Campbell of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> IN JESUS' NAME <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”~Matthew 28:18 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Children learn by copying their parents. They may not always understand their parents’ actions or words, still, they often adopt them as their own. The other day, our son offered the mealtime prayer. In usual fashion he f... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 21:46:41 EST Mon, 3/23 Devotional -- CLEAN HOUSE &CLEAN HEART http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x24018992 (By Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> CLEAN HOUSE AND CLEAN HEART <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” ~Psalm 51:10 (NLT) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> I was tired of tripping over shoes, left over belongings, stray hangers, and dirty clothes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I finally admitted I had to clean out my closet. After hours of sorting clothes, I stepped back to admire my clean, neatly organized c... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 11:32:37 EST Fri 3/20 Devotional -- PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23950903 (By Marybeth Whalen of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME <BR> <BR> <BR> “Do not leave here, I pray You, until I return to You and bring my offering and set it before You. And He said, I will wait until you return.”~ Judges 6:18 (AMP) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> My two year-old daughter has learned a new phrase that tugs at my heart. Whether I am going on a date with my husband, or walking out of the room after putting her to bed, or just ... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 17:51:42 EST Thurs, 3/19 Devotional -- WHAT SHOULD I SAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23909086 **Note: I'm back from my trip. Sorry for missing the past couple days of posting devotionals.** <BR> <BR> (By Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> WHAT SHOULD I SAY? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and petitions.” ~Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> My prayers used to feel kind of flat. I didn't know what to say so I stumbled over my words when I talked to God. I especially didn't know how to ... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 11:24:53 EST How do you handle the Questions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x23862775 ok So now you have become a vegetarian. How do you handle all the questions people ask you? I find it embarrassing. For me it is to be healthy, I have no agenda, not an animal rights activist, I just want to feel good and to be healthy. Mon, 16 Mar 2009 21:39:28 EST Mon, 3/16 Devotional -- I DON'T WANT TO TRUST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23820152 (Lysa TerKeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO TRUST? <BR> <BR> <BR> “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…” ~Proverbs 3: 5 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> I hated middle school. It was one of the worst times of my life. I constantly felt my life was like one of those snow globes. As soon as things would settle and seem normal, something would come along, turn life upside down, and pieces of my s... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 16:43:03 EST Out of town for a few days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x23819827 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you know I'm going out of town for a few days & probably won't be able to post our daily devotionals. (I'll try to get one posted for Monday at least before I leave.) <BR> <BR> So, maybe you could check out an old devotional for the days I'm gone? (OR...Someone else could post a devotional for a couple of days?? Just a thought.) <BR> <BR> Hope you're all doing great! And, if not, let the team know so we can help support you, ok?! <BR> <BR> Grace &... Sun, 15 Mar 2009 16:30:25 EST Team map ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x23803745 I see on the bottom of the page a place called team map , what is that about? is it a walking map to log miles? Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:08:08 EST Another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x23779597 Hi just joined sparks tonight, I hope I can learn to navigate this site, it seems so overwhelming to me, so much info....Im not yet a vegetarian hoping to make baby steps in that regard, I do love to eat whole foods and eat clean, Im not an activist in any form, not a tree hugger but love and appreciate the beauty of the lord in nature, not a animal activist, nor have any political agendas of any sort, I love Jesus, believe in the bible, and not just a Sunday meetin kind of Christian. I belie... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 23:08:55 EST Fri. 3/13 Devotional -- GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23744911 (By Lara L. O’Brien of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” ~Genesis 1:27 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt like one of those toys from the Land of the Misfit Toys in “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer?” Boy, I sure have! Growing up, an overwhelming sadness haunted me. Inferiority and worthle... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 19:32:30 EST Thurs, 3/12 Devotional -- REPLACING FEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23718381 (From Steve Miller's *One-Minute Promises of Comfort*) <BR> <BR> REPLACING FEAR WITH TRUST <BR> <BR> "Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." ~Joshua 1:9 <BR> <BR> Fear--whether imagined or real--can cause you to fall into the sin of doubting God. And when you doubt Him, you become worried and anxious. This, in turn, will rob you of your joy and peace. <BR> <BR> When you are afraid of your circumstances, you c... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 22:32:21 EST Wed, 3/11 Devotional -- RUNNING TOWARD A DREAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23687122 <BR> (By Lysa TerKeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> RUNNING TOWARD A DREAM <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” ~Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my friend Holly and I decided to get up early and run. <BR> <BR> Now ma... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 23:48:01 EST Tues, 3/10 Devotional -- THE BEST I CAN DO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23651632 (By Marybeth Whalen of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> THE BEST I CAN DO <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Is anyone of you in trouble? He should pray. Is any one happy? Let him sing songs of praise.” ~James 5:13 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> I waited for my friend’s small group leader to finish her conversation with another lady before I shyly asked her if she had heard from my friend, whose husband had left her just a few weeks before. I knew my friend was probably no... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 23:15:48 EST Mon, 3/9 Devotional -- MORE THAN ADEQUATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23614501 (From Steve Miller's *One-Minute Praises*) <BR> <BR> MORE THAN ADEQUATE <BR> <BR> "I know that You can do everything and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You." ~Job 42:2 <BR> <BR> Lord, my human perspective is so limited. Just because something looks impossible to me doesn't me it's impossible to You. Just because I cannot see the answer doesn't mean You lack one. <BR> <BR> You are sovereign, so I know You are supreme over every circumstance in my life regardless of how sev... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 22:30:31 EST Fri, 3/6 Devotional -- FULL TO THE RIM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23532139 (By Lee Merrill, of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> FULL TO THE RIM <BR> <BR> <BR> “…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, <BR> attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” ~Ephesians 4:13 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> I am what you might call a perpetual dieter. My husband says I should get an honorary degree in fad diets because I own most of the diet books and magazine articles tha... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 00:13:30 EST Thurs, 3/5 Devotional -- REVELATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23497382 I thought today I'd do something a bit different & put a link to a song that has been my prayer lately. I hope you find meaning & encouragement in it. <BR> <BR> Grace & Peace, <BR> OJ/KB <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEn74zP1glQ&<BR>feature=related </link> Wed, 4 Mar 2009 22:54:19 EST Wed, 3/4 Devotional -- ENCOURAGING WORDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23459459 (By Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> THE POWER OF ENCOURAGING WORDS <BR> <BR> <BR> “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 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> I hate open heights. I can’t stand balconies and when driving across a bridge, you’ll find me hugging the rail along the inside lane. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some friends tried to help me conquer my fear of h... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 21:52:12 EST Tues, 3/3 Devotional -- WAITING WITH PRACTICE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23426227 (By Amy Showalter, a senior Bible and religion major from Harrisonburg, Va.) <BR> <BR> <BR> WAITING PAIRED WITH PRACTICE <BR> <BR> <BR> "When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitu... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 00:17:55 EST Prayer request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x23414537 Please be praying for my family. The downturn in the economy is particularly hard on us. (I know, it's hard on everyone) I'm trying to trust God through this, but it's difficult not to worry. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 17:42:43 EST Mon, 3/2 Devotional -- WHAT'S LEFT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23381831 (By Micca Monda Campbell of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> WHAT'S LEFT? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” ~Nahum 1:7 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Times are tough. People everywhere are losing their jobs, their homes, and their hope. If it has happened to you, then you know how devastating loss can be. You know what it feels like to be at the mercy of a job interviewer, or ens... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 20:58:29 EST Late, but...who wants to do a challenge for March? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x23379059 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Thoughts on a March challenge? <BR> <BR> Share 'em here! <BR> Sun, 1 Mar 2009 19:37:08 EST Vegan for Lent ......and maybe more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x23347480 Hi Everyone <BR> I'm new as of today. I started a Daniel Fast on Ash Wednesday. I was under no pressure to even give up anything but I wanted to go back to a simpler, healthier way of eating and I knew that nothing I could do would be anything compared to what Jesus did for ME. I have mis-used this body for years and have gained way too much weight. I hope by eating this way I will be able to improve my body-temple. I didn't want to join this under any false pretenses - up until Wednesday I d... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 18:43:41 EST Fri, 2/27 Devotion --CONTROLLING YOUR THOUGHT LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23296039 (By Adrian Rogers of Love Worth Finding Ministries) <BR> <BR> CONTROLLING YOUR THOUGHT LIFE <BR> <BR> “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”~Proverbs 23:7 <BR> <BR> There was a sign in a business that said: <BR> <BR> “We are not what we think we are; what we think, we are.” <BR> <BR> What are you allowing into your mind that is thereby controlling your heart, your actions, and your words? God made you so that you can’t think two thoughts at one time. If you’re thinking what’s r... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:07:22 EST The new girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x23266453 Hey fellow vegans! I'm so happy there's a spark team for this group! My name is Sarah, I'm 26, and I've been a vegan for a year now. I love living the vegan lifestyle, but I let myself get carried away with all the amazing vegan junk food out there. So here I am, ready to trade in my soy ice cream for soy yogurt! Well, I'll still have a lil soy ice cream once in a while. Can't give that completely up! <em>211</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 01:32:36 EST Thurs, 2/26 Devotional -- SURVIVING THE TOSS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23257823 (By Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> SURVIVING THE TOSS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” ~Matthew 14:31 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Poor little earthworm. One minute he was squirming around in his grassy home, but when the storm hit, the strong rains tossed him out of his comfortable environment onto the hard, hot road. Have you ever noticed how many e... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 19:26:08 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x23243636 Hi! As a family, we are a trying a vegetarian lifestyle for Lent. For me, it's because I have been a vegetarian in the past and loved it. For DH, he now has some carnivore-diet related health issues. <BR> We're hoping to make a change for a lifetime. <BR> For those who are interested, there are great, easy veg recipes on spark recipes. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Feb 2009 11:38:05 EST Wed, 2/25 Devotional -- HELD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23227182 (By Tracie Miles of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> HELD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.” ~Psalm 18:16 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> When my daughter was just a toddler, I would frequently ask her, “Do you want me to hold you?” She would promptly nod and lift up her arms. Even though her vocabulary was limited, she soon learned that anytime she wanted to be picked up, she could si... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 21:24:00 EST What is everyone giving up for lent? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x23196817 With tomorrow being Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday to follow, I wondered what others were giving up for Lent this year? <BR> <BR> I was thinking of giving up going out to eat, but will be traveling for work quite a bit during lent so I don't think that's very practical. <BR> <BR> I gave up soda (both diet and reg) in January and haven't eaten dairy in awhile either...soooo... I wondered what others were doing, I usually don't have trouble identifying something to give up for lent, but the... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:06:17 EST Tues, 2/24 Devotional -- ON THIN ICE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23192575 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> IS OUR COUNTRY ON THIN ICE? <BR> <BR> Romans 2:1-8 <link>www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search<BR>=Romans%202:1-8&version=49; </link> <BR> <BR> Our country was founded on the premise that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are "unalienable rights," endowed by the Creator. In the mid-1900s, the Pledge of Allegiance was amended to convey a similar idea--that we are "one nation under God." <BR> <BR> Soon, however, morality in our land took a dow... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 21:19:47 EST Mon, 2/23 Devotional -- THE BIG PICTURE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23152867 (By Marybeth Whalen Of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> GOD KNOWS THE BIG PICTURE <BR> <BR> <BR> “They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.” ~Exodus 29:46 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> I’d been reading in Exodus when the Israelites were leaving Egypt and God told them to ask for gold and valuables from their neighbors. He said, “Tell the people that men and women ... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:46:11 EST Fri, 2/20 Devotional -- URGENCY TO BE DEBT-FREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23075367 (By Sharon Glasgow of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> THE URGENCY TO BE DEBT-FREE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth . . The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 21:59:40 EST Dairy Intolera ce...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x23059332 Is there anyone else that is dairy intolerant? I have always been phlemy but am now paying attn to it because ive been tracking what causes my heartburn and decided to go ahead and research my food allergies too. Anywho....looks like i will have to give up dairy for the most part. I'm allergic to soy but good thing is i think the rice dream folks are constantly making more products. Anyways i like this site so check it out if you think you have a dairy intolerance <link>www.dumpdairy.co... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:18:59 EST Thurs, 2/19 Devotional-- LITTLE NOISES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23041633 (By Marybeth Whalen of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> LITTLE NOISES <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing.” ~Isaiah 42:20 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> The squeaking that was coming from under the hood of my car was getting louder and louder, to an unavoidable degree. “Mom,” my son said as he got out of my car in the carpool line at school, “Please do something about that. It’... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 21:27:08 EST Wed, 2/18 Devotional -- BLESS HIS HEART, BUT... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x23010494 (By Katherine Britton, Crosswalk.com News & Culture Editor) <BR> <BR> BLESS HIS HEART, BUT... <BR> <BR> <BR> “Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.” ~1 Thess. 5:11 <BR> <BR> <BR> Beware if ever you hear a southerner begin a sentence with “bless his heart.” I often follow that genteel saying with the critical conjunction “but,” and some criticism of motive or action is about spew forth. An example would be, “Bless his heart, but he j... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 22:53:23 EST Tues 2/17 Devotional -- SECRET PLACES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22973004 (By Lisa Whittle of Proverbs 31 Ministries--She Speaks! Graduate) <BR> <BR> SECRET PLACES <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ”He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light.” ~Job 28:11 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed how often Satan uses secret things to trip us up on our journey…those secret places that reside deep within our soul that we keep hidden from others and even try to hide from God? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Think about it... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 21:13:15 EST So sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22944062 I got the news a little while ago that my homecare patient died. While it was expected, it's still difficult. I'd been with him & his wife since last June, and we were very close. <BR> <BR> If you think about it, please pray for his family--especially his daughter,Sue, who was his primary caregiver. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> OJ/KB Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:42:27 EST Mon, 2/16 Devotional -- I'M NOT _______ ENOUGH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22937665 (By: Sharon Jaynes of Girlfriends in God.) <BR> <BR> I'M NOT _______ ENOUGH <BR> <BR> <BR> Today’s Truth <BR> “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”~1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV) <BR> <BR> Friend To Friend: <BR> I’m not _____________ enough. You can fill that blank in with smart, talented, gifted, spiritual, or any number of positive attributes, but the root source of each one of those lies is “I’m not good enough.” It is one of the enemy’s... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 20:21:21 EST Fri, 2/13 Devotional -- A BAG FULL OF LOVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22860566 (By Marybeth Whalen of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> A BAG FULL OF LOVE <BR> <BR> <BR> “For 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 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Recently, I received a gift bag filled with the following items: a birthday candle, a page from a calendar, a list of words, a thread, and a picture of a baby. I loved what each item symbolized so much tha... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:47:14 EST Thurs, 2/12 Devotional --KNOW WHO YOU ARE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22827171 (By Gail Rodgers of thelife.com) <BR> <BR> KNOW WHO YOU ARE <BR> <BR> The Bag Lady did not understand her identity. She had lived so long as a bag lady. But the letter told her different today. It said she was an heiress. It said she was a wealthy woman. It said she had connections to one of the most powerful families in the area. “Nice”, she thought as she set the letter aside amidst the clutter of her life. It gave her comfort to read the letter now and then. But she continued to think of... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:58:21 EST Wed, 2/11 Devotional -- SECURE IN GOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22794612 (From Steve Miller's *One-Minute Promises of Comfort*) <BR> <BR> SECURE IN GOD <BR> <BR> "I am the LORD your God." ~Joel 2:27 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> When we are deeply unsettled and feeling unsure about our lot in life, the greatest comfort we have is that we can be sure about God. <BR> <BR> Temptations may plague us, and doubts may assail us. Questions may haunt us, and fear may disturb us. We may even reach the point of questioning God's existence, or feel as though He is powerless to help ... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 22:10:19 EST Tues, 2/10 Devotional -- IS JESUS ENOUGH? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22755592 I really needed this one. Hope it encourages you too. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> (By Lysa TerKeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> IS JESUS ENOUGH? <BR> <BR> <BR> “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, <BR> and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” ~2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> I stopped in my tracks the other day as I was mindlessl... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 20:42:09 EST What works for me...at least for now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22744631 I have been working towards veg every since i fell off the vegan wagon (waayyyy back) and have decided that i just want to eat less meat and more veggies for now and if being total veg is something that will happen for me in the future then i will pursue it then but now i feel like this is what i have to do to be consistent. (When veg i'm mainly a carbotarian) I don't like the cruelty of animals but my reason would be for better health (never have gotten off into the ethical reasons for being... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 14:55:46 EST Valentine's Day Letter to Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22737692 Dear Virginia: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As Valentine's Day will soon be celebrated, I want to share this message as my heartfelt gift to you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As busy as we are, and we are so busy, let's never be too busy to make time to enjoy the connection with someone we love. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope you'll enjoy this greeting and will share it with others....Responses welcomed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A group of 4 to 10 year-olds was asked, "What does love mean?" Here's a sel... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 11:50:10 EST Mon 2/9 Devotional -- YOU ARE NOT ALONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22717815 (By Wendy Blight of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> YOU ARE NOT ALONE <BR> <BR> <BR> "All that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it to dry land." ~Exodus 14:21 (NIV) <BR> <BR> Do you feel alone? <BR> <BR> Does God feel far away? <BR> <BR> Does life seem dark - are you afraid? <BR> <BR> At one point in my life, I answered "yes" to each of these questions. Following a tragic incident in my life, fear filled my heart. God seemed so distant. I felt comp... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 20:23:46 EST Fri 2/6 Devotional -- I HATE TO BURDEN YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22633004 (By Renee Swope of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> I HATE TO BURDEN YOU <BR> <BR> <BR> “Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God's people.” ~Ephesians 6:18 (CEV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Although my email was intended to be a prayer request, it started out more like an apology. I needed my friends to pray, but I was hesitant to ask them. I didn't want my request to be a burden. After all, t... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 22:08:52 EST Thurs, 2/5 Devotional -- MY QUILT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22598877 (This may not be considered a true "devotional" but I thought it was a lovely, and wanted to share it with you.) <BR> <BR> <BR> "Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; Save me in Your lovingkindness." ~Psalm 31:16 (NASB) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MY QUILT <BR> (Author Unknown) <BR> <BR> As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. <BR> <BR> Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An Angel sat before... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 21:45:03 EST Wed, 2/4 Devotional -- WHAT IF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22564100 (By Susanne Scheppmann of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> WHAT IF <BR> <BR> <BR> “Then Esther sent this message to Mordecai: <BR> ’Go and gather together all the Jews of Shushan and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day; and I and my maids will do the same; and then, though it is strictly forbidden, I will go in to see the king; and if I perish, I perish.’” ~Esther 4:15-16 (TLB) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> “Are you afraid of snakes?” m... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 21:43:22 EST Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22555686 It's ash wed right? Well my mother and some co-workers are doing it for 40 days leading up to easter i suppose. I said i would do it with her for support. Is anyone else doing it? I have to read up on it as i've never done it before. I am also going to be getting some vegan cookbooks, etc to get myself mentally prepared. Any of you know of any books that aren't saying why it's scientifically good to be vegan? I've read enough of them. Christian books would be preferred. Ok...done ranti... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 16:53:15 EST Uh, so im back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x22555453 So i'm not new to the team (hey oj and all!). Just saying hi once again. I didn't expect to be back cause i thought that i wouldn't be embarking on the vegetarian/vegan path but it seems that it keeps coming my way....that's a good thing though. Looking for support....answers to some questions, etc. Thanx Tue, 3 Feb 2009 16:45:06 EST Tues, 2/3 Devotional -- ODDS AGAINST YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22524916 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> WHEN THE ODDS ARE AGAINST YOU <BR> <BR> Judges 7:1-7 <link>bible.crosswalk.com/OnlineStudyBible<BR>/bible.cgi?new=1&word=jud+7&version=nas </link> <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt backed up against a wall, with the odds stacked against you? In situations like that, Christians too often refuse to acknowledge an important truth. That is, they fail to recognize that God may actually be the one who is orchestrating their challenging circumstances. <BR> <BR... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 19:32:12 EST February Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22521537 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd throw out another challenge to you for this month. (Sorry it's late. I got distracted with the SuperBowl!) <BR> <BR> I was thinking Dumbbell Side Bends. If you don't have dumbbells, you can use bottles of water or canned food. <BR> <BR> What do you say? Are you in? <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 17:34:35 EST Mon, 2/2 Devotional -- UNTIL THE WHISTLE BLOWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22493267 (By Glynnis Whitwer of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> UNTIL THE WHISTLE BLOWS <BR> <BR> <BR> “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”~Luke 18:1 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> My oldest son Josh played offensive line on his football team when he was younger. Solid and strong, Josh’s job on the line was to hold the opponents’ defensive line back long enough for the quarterback to do his job. The o... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 22:42:47 EST Lack of vegan items in SP food list. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22457448 I'm just logging my usual vegan foods so they are in my favourites, but I can't find Gluten flour, or seitan, or four bean mix...do you know of any other names or do you have the calorie and nutrient details of them that I could import from your list? Thanks. Sat, 31 Jan 2009 20:12:54 EST Fri, 1/30 Devotional -- WHEN WE TRUST GOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22399785 (By Rosemary Renninson) <BR> <BR> WHEN WE TRUST GOD <BR> <BR> <BR> Some years ago, as a family, we, along with hundreds of others, faced the reality of my husband's job loss. Around us, couples experienced desperation, panic, fear, and worry at the realization of having to trade a strong, rich, working past for a poor, uncertain future. <BR> <BR> It was indeed an unforeseen shock for all of us. However, through God's grace, we had God in our lives. We had God's Word in our hearts. We had ... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:10:19 EST Thurs, 1/29 Devotional -- GUT-HONEST PRAYERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22365460 (By Rachel Olsen of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> GUT-HONEST PRAYERS <BR> <BR> <BR> “The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.”~Psalm 6:9 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Have you ever grown frustrated with God over situations in your life? Have you gone to Him and poured out those feelings in prayer? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If so, you’ll be able to relate to the prophet Habakkuk, who lived roughly 600 years before Christ. His b... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:24:05 EST Hi God-lovi g-veegie friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x22362503 I'm so glad I found this team! I'm back to vegan (last couple of weeks) after a six month meat eating stint and it JUST WASN'T RIGHT!! Couldn't do it. So back to this, with hopefully more cooking skills, all was crusty and beige before, which understandably put me off. But it wasn't the food, it was my cooking! So as I only know one vegan ages away, and two vegetarians who I only know in passing, I thought this was an awesome team, so nice to find others like me! Glad to get to know all of y... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 19:51:08 EST I Lost my Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22345024 I lost my job yesterday. Or rather, I was informed that my last day would be this Friday. YEs, I am a temp, still, I've been at this place for almost three months. ...I'm choosing hope over fear and believing that God has greater things coming my way now. Please pray for me. Wed, 28 Jan 2009 11:24:40 EST Wed, 1/28 Devotional -- TRANSFORMED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22330298 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> TRANSFORMED INTO JESUS' IMAGE <BR> <BR> 1 Cor 15:45-49 <link>bible.crosswalk.com/OnlineStudyBible<BR>/bible.cgi?new=1&word=1co+15:45-49&ver<BR>sion=nas </link> <BR> <BR> Making the changes God requires can be difficult (Eph. 4:31-32). But through the sacrifice of His Son, our Father set free us from slavery to sin. Pondering all that Jesus underwent to secure our salvation (Phil. 2:6-8) will motivate us to adopt His ways. <BR> <BR> Our mind is where... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 22:03:47 EST Tues, 1/27 Devotional -- COUNTING ON GOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22296880 Here's another "different" kind of devotional for today. I heard this song for the first time on Monday, and absolutely loved it. Hope it brings joy & encouragement to your heart!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz6bxExXwwQ&<BR>p=D39C8A82D64FA7CE&index=15 </link> Tue, 27 Jan 2009 00:26:19 EST Chickpea, Spelt and Tomato Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x22290978 I made this Chickpea, tomato and spelt soup. Yum! I am falling in love with grains like spelt, kamut and rye. They add variety to my life and are so filling. <BR> <BR> Anyway, check out the link to the recipe. I like it best without the saffron and of course used Vegetarian broth (rather than the suggested chicken broth). <BR> <BR> http://www.wholeliving.com/recipe/chickp<BR>ea-tomato-spelt-soup Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:59:03 EST Mon 1/26 Devotional -- AN UNHURRIED LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22244573 (By Glynnis Whitwer of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> AN UNHURRIED LIFE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!’ The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!’ Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked.” ~Matthew 20:30-32 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 16:51:39 EST So how often do you hear... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22165087 "God made animals as meat for humans." I really get tired of that argument for eating meat. I think it's horrible to hear, and really contrary to the Bible. Thu, 22 Jan 2009 23:46:46 EST Fri, 1/23 Devotional --MAKING A DIFFERENCE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22164256 So, today's devotional isn't your *normal* devotional. I actually posted it in another thread (& in a blog) but I don't think anyone but Di has seen it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I hope it inspires you to think of a way you can make a difference in the lives of those around you. <BR> <BR> Grace & Peace to you today! <BR> OJ/KB <BR> <BR> <link>www.stservicemovie.com/index.html </link> Thu, 22 Jan 2009 23:10:49 EST Thurs. 1/22 Devotional -- NOTHING IS TOO SMALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22126295 (By Melanie Chitwood of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> NOTHING IS TOO SMALL FOR GOD <BR> <BR> <BR> “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.”~Matthew 10:30 (NLT) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> When I encouraged a friend at church to pray about a troubling situation, she responded in a way that, at some point, we may have all felt. She discounted my suggestion by saying, “God has much more important things to worry about than my little problems.” I assured her th... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:49:17 EST Wed, 1/21 Devotional -- A LIFE OF BECOMING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22086199 (From Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> A LIFE OF BECOMING <BR> <BR> ~2 Corinthians 4:7-18 [Here's a link to the passage] <BR> <link>www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search<BR>=2+Corinthians+4:7-18 </link> <BR> <BR> Probably the greatest obstacle to understanding God's purpose for brokenness is this: Most believers think of Christianity as something we do. We pray. We read the Bible. We go to church. We sing hymns. We give money. We do and do--and assume that's the Christian life. It's not. ... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 20:31:26 EST Tues, 1/20 Devotional -- THE WEIGHT OF WAITING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22053880 <BR> (By Van Walton of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> THE WEIGHT OF WAITING <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain?”~Job 24:1 (NLT) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> My must-have-in-order-to-survive-today’s-busy<BR>-lifestyle high-tech equipment doesn’t function right. After dialing technical support and listening to instructions, I press one button and then another. Finally the phone r... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 22:07:24 EST Little Things Make a HUGE Difference!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22043176 A friend of mine sent this little inspirational movie today. What a way to make a difference! <link>www.stservicemovie.com/index.html </link> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:45:50 EST Daily Drop In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x22041551 Just a place for us to give a brief overview of how we are doing and how things are going for us. Sometimes the other categories just don;t fit what i want to say. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling since Christmas Day with my eating - well, not so much struggling as capitulating. (Check out my blog). I am spending today getting things prepped for a better tomorrow and will do a 7-Day Vegan Challenge giving my daily progress to help create accountability. Work is incredibly busy and stress... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 15:52:50 EST Mon, 1/19 Devotional -- A GLORIOUS FUTURE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x22009395 (From Steve Miller's *One-Minute Promises of Comfort*) <BR> <BR> A GLORIOUS FUTURE <BR> <BR> "Your sorrow will be turned into joy." ~John 16:20 <BR> <BR> Little did Jesus' disciples know just how intense their sorrow would be within the next few hours. The Teacher whom they loved dearly would be torn away from them and crucified upon a cross. In great fear they would scatter and hide, totally at a loss over what to do next. Life as they knew it would come to a sudden and devastating hal... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 19:25:13 EST Today has not been a good day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x21979410 ...actually, it has been a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Still, I am here, reaching out, and remembering that my Lord loves me even though I may not love myself very much right now....That has to count for something right? Sat, 17 Jan 2009 20:28:32 EST Check out my new favorite recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x21962171 I posted a recipe on sparkrecipe.com It is SOOO yummy. It can be altered to work with whatever leftovers you want to stuff in it, but if you are leary of zuchinni for whatever reason, you totally can't taste it like you would plain, The kids also turn their noses up at zuchinni, but they LOVED this. I also "hid" spinach in it. They literally fight over who gets to take the leftovers to school. <BR> <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de<BR>tail.asp?recipe=476920 Sat, 17 Jan 2009 09:32:30 EST Fri, 1/16 Devotional -- OBEDIENCE ADVENTURE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21913222 (By: Glynnis Whitwer of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> THE ADVENTURE OF OBEDIENCE <BR> <BR> <BR> “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” ~Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> The story is told that when Dr. David Livingstone was working in Africa, a group of friends sent a letter saying, "We would like to send other men to you. Have you found a good road into your area yet?” Apparently, Dr. Livingstone sent t... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 19:51:30 EST Thurs, 1/15 Devotional -- COMFORT FOR LIFE'S HURTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21872451 (From Steve Miller's *One-Minute Promises of Comfort*) <BR> <BR> COMFORT FOR LIFE'S HURTS <BR> <BR> "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you." ~Isaiah 66:13 <BR> <BR> Humanly speaking, a mother's comfort is the best kind there is. Nothing can heal a child's hurts better than a mother's touch, kindness, words, gentleness, and sympathy. When it comes to comfort, no one does it better than a mom. <BR> <BR> Scripture likens God's comfort to that of a mother. When we are in p... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:13:32 EST new too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x21855725 Hey everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself I guess. I've been a vegetarian for about 11 years now, a christian longer. I'm a youth pastor working in the lower east side (nyc). i like to hula hoop because it doesn't feel like exercise but somehow is. ummm. that's enough I suppose. ooh and thanks for those who have sent me nice sparkmail already. Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:03:15 EST Wed, 1/14 Devotional -- TIGHT PLACES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21829906 (By Marybeth Whalen of Proverbs 31 Minstries) <BR> <BR> TIGHT PLACES <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.” ~Psalm 4:1 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> If someone asked you what it feels like to be stressed, anxious, worried or overwhelmed, how would you put it into words? The best way I can describe those feelings is that it is as though something is pressing in... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 19:15:52 EST Tues, 1/13 Devotional --BROKENNESS: THE PRINCIPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21791157 By Dr. Charles Stanley <BR> <BR> BROKENNESS: THE PRINCIPLE <BR> <BR> "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal." ~John 12:24-25 (NASB) <BR> <BR> Brokenness hurts, and most of us would rather live without any seasons of pain. Yet during such times, the Lord often does His greatest work in our li... Mon, 12 Jan 2009 20:09:57 EST hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x21759667 I had to put my dear friend & companion of 14 1/2 yrs <BR> to sleep on Sat. Rosie was a good dog,but mostly she was my friend. It was very peaceful & it was time-the <BR> vet said that at this point if I'd let let her continue <BR> & go on to die naturally-it would've been a very painful death.She went to sleep with me petting her... <BR> I know it was the right thing to do,but it is still so <BR> very hard.- I guess I just wanted to write some sort of <BR> tribute to her.-Linda Mon, 12 Jan 2009 06:33:05 EST Mon, 1/12 Devotional -- A DIME IN MY POCKET http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21749715 (By Karen Ehman of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> <BR> A DIME IN MY POCKET <BR> <BR> ”Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.” ~Psalm 86:3 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Do you remember pay phones? My kids are just sure I’m ready for the senior citizen’s discount when they hear me speak of them. But maybe you’re one of my fellow ‘old folks’ and know exactly what I’m talking about. They hung on the walls at restaurants and airports; in sho... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 21:14:14 EST Fri, 1/9 Devotional -- ONE DAY AT A TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21645510 (From Steve Miller's *One-Minute Promises of Comfort*) <BR> <BR> ONE DAY AT A TIME <BR> <BR> "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." ~Matthew 6:34 <BR> <BR> Worry does not lessen our suffering. Nor does it give us the strength we need to shoulder our burdens. Rather, it robs us of the time and energy we need for dealing with today. <BR> <BR> Worry has a way of getting us to imagine troubles that do not yet ... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 22:10:18 EST Thurs 1/8 Devotional --OUR ALL IN ALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21601879 Simply Scripture <BR> <BR> OUR ALL IN ALL <BR> <BR> <BR> Jesus said, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. <BR> ~Revelation 22:13 <BR> <BR> Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. <BR> ~John 4:13-14 <BR> <BR> Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the des... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 21:07:24 EST Prayer Request - Adah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21564632 As I sit here with tears I thought I would ask you all to pray with me - One of my dear friends is waiting for a heart for his 4 year old daughter who needs an urgent transplant. This is so hard because it means some other families child must die . . . <BR> They have been waiting since before thanksgiving. Please pray for them - the child's name is Adah. She is a sweet child, and so sick. <BR> Thank you all! Wed, 7 Jan 2009 00:04:00 EST I've been thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x21564211 For the last couple of days the Lord has put Deuteronomy 30:19 in my head. And I've realized that it applies to my whole life and not just my spiritual life. <BR> <BR> It says: <BR> <BR> "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants <BR> <BR> Obviously I chose life in my spiritual life when I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord. But I realized... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 23:49:44 EST Wed, 1/7 Devotional -- FRAMING A MASTERPIECE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21560701 (By Amy Carroll of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> FRAMING A MASTERPIECE <BR> <BR> <BR> “Righteous are you, O Lord, and your laws are right. The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.” ~Psalm 119:137-138 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> I love watching Antique Road Show. It never ceases to amaze me when people joyfully discover they’ve had something of great worth under their noses for years. My heart sinks in sympathy, how... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 22:15:35 EST Tues, 1/6 Devotional -- COMFORT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21512114 (From Baptist Bible Hour Devotionals) <BR> <BR> COMFORT <BR> <BR> <BR> "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!" ~Isaiah 49:15(NIV) <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt forsaken, forgotten, or overlooked? Have you ever had your closest friends, and even family, let you down? <BR> <BR> As unthinkable as it may seem, as unnatural as it clearly is, it is possible even for a mother to forget or neglec... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 20:38:56 EST Mon, 1/5 Devotional --ANSWERED PRAYER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21469476 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> ANSWERED PRAYER <BR> <BR> "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much mor... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:23:06 EST Cruelty-Free Website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=935x13205x21465273 If you have not seen this site, it is fantastic for finding household and personal care products that are animal friendly. <BR> <BR> http://www.leapingbunnypledge.org/ Sun, 4 Jan 2009 18:36:29 EST Fri, 1/2 Devotional -- IN TRAINING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21362738 (By Wendy Pope of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> IN TRAINING <BR> <BR> <BR> "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." ~ 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV) <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> I have said it before and I will say it again: I don't like exercise! However, I have once again made the commitment to get in shape. I am sure there are many who can identify with the "once... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 20:25:52 EST New Year Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21345702 <BR> God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows. <BR> <BR> We praise You for Your unequaled greatness. <BR> <BR> Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead. <BR> <BR> Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more. <BR> <BR> To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them. <BR> <BR> To teach others to love by loving them. <BR> <BR> Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us. <BR> <BR> So that Love could be with us, and ... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 11:57:38 EST Hippy Gourmet on PBS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x21345582 I just learned about this show a few days ago. I haven't had time to look for it on my local PBS stations yet. But I thought I would share the website here. It looks very interesting!! <BR> <link>www.hippygourmet.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Happy and healthy new year wishes to you all! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 11:53:52 EST Thurs, 1/1 Devotional -- A VISION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21340679 By Adrian Rogers <BR> <BR> A VISION FOR YOUR LIFE IN THE NEW YEAR <BR> <BR> <BR> “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” ~Proverbs 29:18 <BR> <BR> Helen Keller had vision even though she lost her sight at 19 months of age. A reporter asked Miss Keller, “Is there anything worse than being blind?” “Yes,” she said, “It is to have sight and no vision.” <BR> <BR> Do you have a vision for your life at the threshold of a new year? On New Year'... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 09:13:49 EST January Challenge? Anybody up for it?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x21329787 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd throw out the idea of a Crunch Challenge for January. I've been really slacking the past several weeks, so I thought this might be a good way to get going again. <BR> <BR> The idea would be to do at least 30 crunches per day & post our totals here. <BR> <BR> What do you think? You in?? <BR> <BR> Wishing you a fant-AB-ulous 2009!! <BR> OJ/KB Wed, 31 Dec 2008 19:50:02 EST Hello... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x21307314 Hello Everyone. My name is Kimberly and I am a new team member. I am a Christian, vegan and I live in N.E. Ohio. I am so happy to be a member of this team. I have been on SparkPeople for a while, but have not been very active until now. I look forward to getting to know everyone and sharing pieces of me with all of you. OJ2/KB, thank you so much for the welcome message---I really needed a kind word... <BR> <BR> Peace and Blessings, <BR> Kimber Wed, 31 Dec 2008 03:20:36 EST Wed, 12/31 Devotional -- CLOSE TO THEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21302580 This devotional is by Julia Bettencourt. It's kind of long, but worth the time. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a 2009 walking closely with our Savior. <BR> <BR> Grace & Peace, <BR> OJ/KB <BR> <BR> <link>www.creativeladiesministry.com/janua<BR>rydev.html </link> Tue, 30 Dec 2008 22:18:30 EST Tues, 12/30 Devotional -- UPSIDE DOWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21266854 By Luann Prater of Proverbs 31 Ministries <BR> <BR> UPSIDE DOWN <BR> <BR> “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 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Everything in my closet is shrinking! Do you notice it too? It is amazing how a little extra around my waist causes my pants to rise above my ankles! An... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 20:32:38 EST Mon, 12/29 Devotional -- SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21233360 Here are the lyrics to a song by Natalie Grant & a YouTube video that plays the song too. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh4Grj0Voic </link> YOU are Something Beautiful!! <BR> <BR> <BR> SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL <BR> <BR> This is a song for anyone whose ever been <BR> Knocked down and can't get back again <BR> Stuck in the corner, can't move forward <BR> All alone and you think you're going nowhere <BR> This is a song for anyone whose ever stood underneath the sun <BR> And felt so small, t... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 18:11:40 EST Christmas Day Devotional -- 2 Parts -- A.M. & P.M. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21167796 C.H. Spurgeon's Morning & Evening Christmas Devotional <BR> <BR> <BR> Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. Spurgeon frequently preached to audiences numbering more than 10,000. <BR> <BR> MORNING <BR> <BR> "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."-Isaiah 7:14 <BR> <BR> Let us to-day go down to Bethlehem, and in company with wondering shepherds... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 20:34:49 EST Wed, 12/24 Devotional -- GOD'S WAY TO GIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21149477 I apologize for not posting a devotional yesterday. Not sure what happened... <BR> OJ/KB <BR> <BR> (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> GOD'S WAY TO GIVE <BR> <BR> "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at al... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 19:56:08 EST New year, New goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x21138637 So i want to know what new goals do you have for this upcoming yr? These aren't in any particular order <BR> <BR> 1. Recommit to veg...i have been putting it off because to me its challenging to be a vegetarian especially vegan but i know its one of the best things i can do for my body, etc so i want to stop running from it. <BR> <BR> 2. More organization financially...save money, etc <BR> <BR> 3. Stop putting everyone before myself <BR> <BR> 4. Embrace my shape/fashion now and stop pu... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 10:16:22 EST Special Christmas Dishes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x21130406 Just curious if you have any traditional Christmas dishes you'll be making & sharing? <BR> <BR> We make mashed potatoes with carrots. Yummy, & colorful! (Just boil the potatoes & carrots together, and mash them up when they're cooked like you do your "normal" mashed potatoes.) Mon, 22 Dec 2008 22:58:19 EST Mon, 12/22 Devotional -- BURNING BRIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21104165 By Lisa Robertson of Proverbs 31 Ministries <BR> <BR> BURNING BRIGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.” ~Luke 1:45 (NLT) <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Each year our dining room table is decorated with a beautiful wooden nativity scene. With love and pride we place the figures down the center of the table. Shepherds, camels, sheep and even a duck accompany kings, a donkey and the holy family. <BR> <BR> <BR> A few y... Sun, 21 Dec 2008 21:31:39 EST Fri, 12/19 Devotional-- 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21046367 (An excerpt from Dennis Bratcher) <BR> <BR> THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS <BR> <BR> <BR> The popular song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is usually seen as simply a nonsense song for children. However, some have suggested that it is a song of Christian instruction dating to the 16th century religious wars in England, with hidden references to the basic teachings of the Faith. They contend that it was a mnemonic device to teach the catechism to youngsters. The "true love" mentioned in the song ... Thu, 18 Dec 2008 21:50:38 EST Thurs, 12/18 Devotional -- BAH HUMBUG http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x21023637 (From "Barbara's Entourage" <BR> <BR> BAH HUMBUG <BR> <BR> <BR> Thoughts: <BR> <BR> What is your life like this Christmas season? Are you in turmoil, or feel unloved? Have you perhaps gotten dumped by the 'love of your life', or a friend that perhaps you thought might become the 'love' of your life? Life can be terrible at times. But, when things like this happen right at Christmas, the heart hurts more than ever. You feel very rejected, perhaps a little unloveable. <BR> <BR> Satan is... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 22:35:15 EST Wed, 12/17 Devotional -- JESUS OUR HOPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20999831 (By Jack Zavada) <BR> <BR> <BR> JESUS OUR HOPE <BR> <BR> "We have lasting hope through the salvation we have in Christ ... Hope means that even when it looks like it's all over, it's not all over yet. That's why the Bible says we can rejoice even in our tribulations. God is working in our hard times to produce proven character and hope in us." <BR> -Dr. Tony Evans in *Totally Saved* <BR> <BR> <BR> "May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you." ~Psalm 33... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:01:53 EST Tues, 12/16 Devotional -- GODLY REFLECTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20973289 (By: Susanne Scheppmann of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> GODLY REFLECTION <BR> <BR> “How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures . . . <BR> May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works.” ~Psalm 104:24, 31 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Modern technology is amazing. I remember as a child watching high-speed photography of a flower budding and blooming. The photography captured days of ... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 22:13:38 EST Mon, 12/15 Devotional -- GODLY CHOICES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20947286 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> GODLY CHOICES <BR> <BR> "See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.~ Hebrews 12:15-17 (NIV) <BR... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 22:24:48 EST Gifts for a cause http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x20885968 Here's a unique gift idea: Money spent here helps save monkeys! Check it out, and please feel free to post other links for worthy causes. <BR> <BR> <link>www.care2.com/greenliving/buy-a-bag-<BR>save-a-monkey.html </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2008 23:13:55 EST Fri, 12/12 Devotional -- THE TOUCH OF GOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20885553 (From Max Lucado's *Just Like Jesus*) <BR> <BR> THE TOUCH OF GOD <BR> <BR> "The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." ~John 20:25 <BR> <BR> May I ask you to look at your hand for a moment? Look at the back, then the palm. Reacquaint yourself with your fingers. Run a thumb over your knuckles. <BR> <BR> What if someone were to film a do... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 22:55:56 EST Helpful hints http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x20867665 This is an article by my dietitian, Alison, I thought everyone would find helpful. Let me know what you think. <BR> <link>kingleyhealth.com/conversations/holi<BR>day-eating-support </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:42:36 EST Thurs, 12/11 Devotional -- YOUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20857431 (By: Zoe Elmore of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> YOUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." ~Jeremiah 17:8 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Okay, I admit it, I color my hair. Like millions of women, I color my dull, dingy, drab, lifel... Wed, 10 Dec 2008 22:16:43 EST Thank you Lord! I'm celebrating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x20840055 I went to Curves this morning and got weighed and measured. Since I joined SparkPeople on 11/24 I have lost NINE lbs and 4.2 inches! <em>244</em> That makes my total weight loss 20 lbs since August. SparkPeople was exactly the boost I needed to lose the weight faster. Thank you SparkPeople and all my SparkBuddies, and especially I thank God for all His help along the way! Wed, 10 Dec 2008 10:31:48 EST Wed, 12/10 Devotional -- UNDERSTOOD BY JESUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20827716 (By Dr. Charles Stanley) <BR> <BR> UNDERSTOOD BY JESUS <BR> <BR> "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin." ~Hebrews 4:14-15 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> People often try to comfort others who find themselves in a difficult sea... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 21:33:17 EST Tues 12/9 Devotional -- HE HEARS OUR EVERY CRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20799227 (From Steve Miller's *One-Minute Praises) <BR> <BR> HE HEARS OUR EVERY CRY <BR> <BR> "Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray." ~ Psalm 5:1-2 <BR> <BR> Lord, thank You that You are always ready to hear my voice. Thank You for the psalmist's affirmation that I really am important to You. I don't need to beg You to hear me, for You *promise* to hear me! <BR> <BR> And You hear not only my prayers bu... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 21:49:12 EST Giving Gifts...In nexpensive ideas...'tis the seas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x20780163 Hi Team! <BR> <BR> Just wondering what type of gifts you'll be giving this Christmas? <BR> <BR> Since things are tough for many of us financially, I thought it'd be a good idea to share gift-giving plans here. <BR> <BR> I like to give homemade presents, so this year (as last), I'll be making chocolate-covered pretzles, chocolate-covered raisins, and something new I'm calling "Elfin Magic" (which is just a conglomeration of a bunch of stuff--pretzles, peanuts, Chex cereals, cashews, M & M... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 09:23:05 EST Mon, 12/8 Devotional -- SETBACK OR CUTBACK? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20770425 (By: Micca Monda Campbell of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> SETBACK OR CUTBACK? <BR> <BR> <BR> “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that is will be even more fruitful.” ~John 15:2 (NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> My eldest son is a born leader. That’s a nice way of saying he’s strong-willed. I’ve often heard Dr. James Dobson, President of Focus on the Family, describe determined, strong-willed c... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 21:11:06 EST So happy to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x20705420 I was browsing around, and stumbled upon the vegetarian section and was happy to maybe get some ideas and recipes, and then to find other Christians too, truly a blessing! I am a SAHM of four, and a seventh day adventist Christian, and happy to be here! Fri, 5 Dec 2008 00:19:05 EST TAKE THE PLUNGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20704613 (From "Worthy Devotions" online) <BR> <BR> TAKE THE PLUNGE <BR> <BR> <BR> "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." ~ Isaiah 40:31 <BR> <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard the word “nesting” but have we ever taken a close look at true nesting in action? This is neat. <BR> <BR> When a mother eagle starts building her nest, she begins using items we wouldn’t at all e... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 23:25:10 EST Time for a new challenge?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x20702668 I know, I know, it's already a few days into December, but I was thinking we should try a new team challenge?? <BR> <BR> I've been eating terribly the past few weeks, so how do you feel about doing a food-related challenge? Even tho' we're Vegetarians, sometimes I find I don't get enough fruits & veggies. So...what do you think about that as a goal? <BR> <BR> Let's go team! <em>265</em> <em>267</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Note: I made it a small goal of just 3 fruits &/... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 21:52:48 EST Today's Devotional--See Above http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20679062 Ooops, I goofed & put today's devotional in the wrong forum. Check it out up top! <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2008 00:16:34 EST Thurs, 12/4 Devotional --MY THOUGHTS VS GOD'S WORD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x20679031 (By Melissa Taylor of Proverbs 31 Ministries) <BR> <BR> MY THOUGHTS VS GOD'S WORD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." ~ John 10:10 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Do you ever question if you are good enough? I do. Do you dwell more on what's wrong with you than what's right with you? I do that a lot too. <BR> <BR> <BR> One day, I... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 00:13:59 EST Wed, 12/3 Devotional -- UNSPOKEN QUESTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20650898 (By Mike of Christian Fellowship Devotionals) <BR> <BR> UNSPOKEN QUESTIONS <BR> <BR> "But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' "But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. ~John 16:5-6 (NAS) <BR> <BR> <BR> There are times when a question hangs unspoken. Someone you know tells you they have cancer, or AIDS or some other deadly disease, and you want to know, "How long do I have with you?". A friend confides tha... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 22:46:33 EST Tues, 12/2 Devotional -- AMAZING GRACE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20618559 I thought I'd do something a little "different" for today's devotional. Just Turn up the volume on your computer, sit back, and worship. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtrnB4FZ-yc </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2008 22:06:07 EST Mon, 12/1 Devotional --MOURNING INTO JOY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=980x13205x20590608 (From "Worthy Devotions" online) <BR> <BR> LET YOUR MOURNING BE TURNED TO JOY <BR> <BR> "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand." ~Psalms 37:23-24 <BR> <BR> Failure is never a pleasant feeling. It isn’t enjoyable to lose a job, see a relationship falter, or fail a test. But the disappointment we feel when we face defeat can be turned to joy if we look at it th... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 21:59:46 EST Its great to be here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x13205x20588529 Hi, I'm Pixie, I'm a 47 yr old housewife and mother to two grown boys. I became a vegetarian in 2005, and by 2006 I'd lost 86 pounds. I also worked out 5 days a week at Curves. I went from a size 24 to a size 10! <em>104</em> <BR> But...then I gained the weight back in 2007! I spent most of 2008 trying to get back on track with my diet, without success. I just joined Sparkpeople last week and I'm loving it!! I feel so encouraged and inspired. I'm totally optimistic that with God's help I rea... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 20:20:16 EST I need help, I'm failing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13205x20561205 I am really excited about this new journey as a vegetarian. I am appalled by the cruelty and don't want to support it. My husband is not vegetarian and never will be, my kids are trying to have as many non-meat meals as possible, they like my cooking, but I'm not forcing them. Thanksgiving was a nightmare, all the foods we have always had have meat in them. I was cooking for 11 other non-vegetarian people and although I could have just refused to eat most of it, it would just be for show ... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 11:03:21 EST