SparkPeople I Can Do All Things Through Christ! Team Messageboard A place for Christians to come and encourage each other whether it is through weight loss or any other circumstances in life! SparkPeople I Can Do All Things Through Christ! Team Messageboard Newbie I am new to Sparkpeople. It is so gratifying to know that Jesus hasn't been kicked out once again, like in school and work. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:42:49 EST Hi <em>213</em> Hi. I'm new around here....sorta. I've been on Spark People in the past, but quit awhile ago. I'm back and ready to make some serious changes in my life. I look forward to getting to know you guys. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:39:57 EST Prayer Request I just got off the phone with one of my sisters. She's a very sensitive person, so this is hitting her hard; I prayed with her on the phone. Becky's son (in his 30's) is a firefighter in their small town on the West coast. In the wee hours this morning, a house was on fire. Nathanael was one of the first onsite and could see that it was too bad a fire, even for a firefighter in full regalia, consequently, no one could go inside to save the man and two young children. His wife did escape ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 19:06:52 EST Peter, Paul, Silas and Jody I've posted a blog by that title, and invite you to read it. <BR> Nancy Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:28:06 EST Major Prayer Time We just got a call from hubby Clyde's surgeon. The biopsy on the lymph node they removed a week and a half ago was cancer. They are trying to get him in to the oncology clinic ASAP. Hopefully on Thursday when we will be at the VA hospital to get his stitches removed. <BR> <BR> First my lung cancer that cost me the upper lobe of my right lung in July of this year. Now Clyde has cancer. "What next LORD??" My first comment to Clyde after we found out was, "Well we'll just have to trust God in t... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:49:39 EST Hi from Las Vegas Hi. My name is Andrea. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm an elementary school Music Teacher, a paper crafter, and do Precept Bible studies. I just finished Revelation and I'm now working on Romans. I'm on the Medifast diet. I was the moderator of the Christian Encouragement group on the site until the site changed it's forum and deleted it's groups. I'm just looking for a place to read, encourage, and be encouraged. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:55:56 EST I Can Do ALL Things Through Christ (Gina -newbie) Hello all <BR> <BR> When I saw this Scripture as the Team Day I knew it was for me. I stand on His Word daily, but this one is core to my being. <BR> <BR> Bless you all! <em>41</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 19:08:59 EST I'm a newbie from South Carolina, Y'all I keep coming across new teams. This is great !!!!! I am at an older age where it is hard to lose but I want to stay healthy . God has been good and has blessed in many ways so hope to make some new friends, encourage others and to be encouraged. <BR> Had a stroke when I was 28 , had three months to live but God had other ideas . I was told I could never sing again because of the pressure in my head but three months later I was teaching school and giving concerts to the glory of my Lord. ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:02:12 EST Hello from Tennessee I am SINGINGLADY47, Judy. I live in Mt. Juliet, TN and I was born and raised in Nashville. Yes, I am really a Singing lady. I love music. DUH! I have lost 240 and am in maintenance and I would love to be support and encouragement to anyone on this journey. I could not have made it without my Savior. Please visit my Sparkpage and learn more about me. I am also a leader on another Christian Team. Have a wonderful night. God bless. Hugs, Judy <em>213</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:04:43 EST 3rd letter starts anything from the Bible abStain Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:41:27 EST Prayers Please On Monday night my hubby took me in to the ER because of chest pain and shortness of breath. This has happened in the past but to be on the safe side... <BR> <BR> They did a CT Scan of my chest and compared it to ones done in 9/12 and 3/13. It seems that my doctor, who had been told of the ER trips, didn't bother getting the records for some reason. In 9/12 there was a small soft tissue mass in my right lung that measured 6 mm. It was 13 mm on Monday. The ER doctor who saw me just happened t... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:16:55 EST Let's make June awesome. So let's keep posting and reading and tracking. Let's keep our eyes on Jesus, our King. For indeed we can do all things through Christ, Jesus. <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:49:02 EST Let's make June awesome. So let's keep posting and reading and tracking. Let's keep our eyes on Jesus, our King. For indeed we can do all things through Christ, Jesus. <em>381</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:11:26 EST Thanking the Lord for answered prayer The last couple of days I was stressing. Really fighting to let God take care of my son. I had lost touch with him. He is a missionary and in the middle of the night the stress was so strong I felt my body seem like it was burning. Yea God this morning I heard from him and he is doing fine. The good thing is I didn't binge like my old self would. I kept holding on to the Lord. God does answer prayer. Wed, 28 May 2014 12:54:05 EST Hi My name is Marsha Hi I am Marsha, a grateful believer in Jesus Christ. So thankful for the Spark People Site and for brothers and sisters in Christ who stand with me on this journey. I have been over 200 pounds for over 20 years. My first goal to to reach 150 and then we'll see. Since I have started in March I have fluctuated and so far only lost 3 pounds. I really believe God brought me to Spark because this is where I am going to get victory. Blessings to all of you. Wed, 21 May 2014 11:02:40 EST prayer daily praying and talking to the lord, will make you a stronger person, and when people let you down, the holy spirit will listen, and keep Satan, out of your life family can hurt you but the heavenly father is always there to watch over you in good times and bad praise god.. he is the first in my life. Sun, 4 May 2014 22:29:12 EST Bible Trivia Which is the only book in the Bible that does not mention the name of God? Sat, 3 May 2014 13:32:35 EST lost grandaughter im asking all believers to send a believer to touch m 19 year old for all things, god knows all about her just pray she will be healed and see the light of jesus. god bless I have faith the angels are looking after her. gd bless Thu, 1 May 2014 22:43:13 EST need to hear from grandaughter have not heard from granddaughter am worried where she is at, please add this to your prayer list, continue prayer for a lost soul, and my excerise and food intake, and trip back to ohio, god bless Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:37:57 EST prayer needs to a special prayer for my granddaughter do not know where she is at I need some one to let me know she is ok, please pray with me all my team, give me all scriptures that will help me god bless , Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:08:20 EST prayer for a gandaughter she needs some one to touch her heart for healing 19 lost and lonely, and some one who strong who knows lord and savior she is with the wrong crowd and I can not reach her worried grandma.please help me. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:29:54 EST blessed with the lord to spend time reading with people on spark who knows my lord god bless Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:21:43 EST More SP Changes Coming We're very excited to announce that changes are coming to SparkTeam pages that will hopefully make the Team pages even better, give you a few new features you've been asking for, and engage your Team members in discussions even more! We wanted to give you plenty of notice about the changes coming (probably the middle of next week), so that you have plenty of time to check them out. Coach Denise created a short video preview of the upcoming changes so that you can see what the new team pages w... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:02:51 EST Starting all over again! One of my sons took his life this month. I haven't been paying attention to my goals. After 3 weeks I am taking myself up by the boot straps and going on with my life. I will go back to work Wednesday of this week and I will start back with my exercising. I will also start watching my calories. Been emotional eating way too much also had to get back on Seroquel for Bipolar Disorder so I can work and do a good job and this medicine causes me to eat going to be a large push of a journey to star... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:58:16 EST Starting All Over Again! <BR> Starting All Over Again <BR> <BR> View BRIDGETTEANNB2's Sparkpage <BR> <BR> View All Blog Entries from BRIDGETTEANNB2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday, April 21, 2014 <BR> <BR> One of my sons took his life this month. I haven't been paying attention to my goals. After 3 weeks I am taking myself up by the boot straps and going on with my life. I will go back to work Wednesday of this week and I will start back with my exercising. I will also start... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:47:25 EST Second Chances I've lost 35 lbs this year, and it is because of Jesus Christ that I have had the strength to stick to it and the inspiration of where to start. I want to give the credit to whom it is due today on this Easter Sunday! Because of him we all can have second chances. This video says it all: <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:11:53 EST lost child to all believers need your prayers for my granddaughter who is lost in her world please pray for her. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:43:39 EST Hi, I am Ruth Hi! My name is Ruth and this is the 4th week into getting serious about doing something about my wt. I am 56 years old, have 4 children, and having a 7th grandchild soon. My husband and I are serving the Lord in India. We work with the hearing impaired in a boarding school and church. I would love to have some fellowship on here. I need to lose 125 pounds. I haven't been that since my 20's. I need lots of prayer and encouragement, but I am determined, by God's grace, to lose it. I Corinthians... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:50:43 EST 100 POINTS A DAY TEAM CHALLENGE April 6 <BR> <BR> 186 points today Mon, 7 Apr 2014 02:26:29 EST Urgent prayers need for three of us My baby daughter whose in her 30's had a recent blood test and her Dr says the worst; and her weight gain may be due to her blood issues and her Dr also thinks it may be cancer; I am praying its NOT but just a false positive and a means for G*d to get her attention (from G*Ds point of view). And were praying its not cancer. <BR> <BR> also pray for my Husband whose deteriorated so much ... he not only is dealing with congestive heart failure but also kidney and lung damage. The kid... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:18:37 EST Judging Books for Contest If you are interested in reading and judging a book or books for the Selah awards, a prestigious Christian writing contest, and you use Facebook, send a private message on FB to Eva Marie Everson with your name, address, telephone number, and the genre you'd prefer to read. If selected, you'll read the assigned book, answer a brief questionnaire about the book, return the questionnaire then keep the book. <BR> <BR> Later I'll post the last book I judged and that book's judging guidelines and... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:29:30 EST Happy Valentine's Day Happy Valentine's Day to all my spark friends! Keep moving, keep smiling and keep the love of the Lord with you and you will always have a happy heart. Many Blessing and hugs to all of you. <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>129</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:51:48 EST a prayer for you This morning Lord I again lift up the SP who believe that praying about our health and nutrition reaches your ears and you do act within us strengthening us and are at work within us when we are making our nutrition choices Lord let this ( health and nutrition ) become priority with you coming first. I myself surrender this issue and if others are in agreement they will surrender too. Lord shake us & wake us when temptation comes along. at that moment we must surrender! In the name of Jes... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 08:37:17 EST believing and receiving is biblical I am praying and believing standing on the word of God that He does desire to help his children even in the area of weight loss health and nutrition God cares about every detail of our existence of course we must put forth effort and do our part but I definitely notice a difference in praying about this issue or not praying about it, when I do not pray about it there is far less restraint and I do not stand belie... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:07:37 EST can I get an amen? or 10? : ) Lord I want to lift the members of this group up to you this morning Lord that you would have your every way in the realm of our health and nutrition and yes Lord our weight we want to see those numbers on the scale come steadily down for our efforts and Lord you can aid us in this by speaking to our spirits when we go to put anything in our body that is not conducive to good nutrition and weight loss! Father we... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:45:37 EST Prayer covering for ALL Lord I landed in the right spot finally. My greatest desire is to PRAY. and pray daily My prayers are for all the members of this group and for myself. December and January have been rough.. holidays, travel, etc. But I am back with a renewed determination! However I know all my efforts will soon wane and If I don't fully rely on you to do this, right now I lift up every individual here whose desire it is to shed p... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:05:32 EST praying over us all today! Lord I lift up all the members of the group this morning and I ask you Lord to be in control! Control Lord our thoughts about food let us think only of what food would be most beneficial to our collective goal of health nutrition and weight loss. You live within us Lord so speak to our hearts ad minds what we should and should not eat. prompt and compel us torward movement and exercise. Lord apart from you we can ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:45:37 EST goin for a walk have not been walking in almost a yr. (hairdresser,on my feet 4 to 8 plus hours a day) but today is a short day and its GORGEOUS here in w. central FL. Praise God Jesus is my KING! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:18:28 EST prayer. for you and I, all in agreement say? Hi I am new here but want to jump right in with corporate prayer? please reply that you are in agreement and / or add your own and I will agree in prayer with you? <BR> <BR> Lord here I finally am again I have found another place to pray and ppl who will agree with me and vice versa! The holidays and their excess kind of put a monkey wrench in my weight loss efforts and so did the recent trip to Texas. But I have landed... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:18:05 EST fellowship please Hi my name is Jackie I am 56 I am a career hairdresser and artist mom of 2 grandmom of 3 and I have 60 to 75 lbs to loose I would like to be able to leave prayers here its a habit I got into typing my praters seeing them in print makes them more concrete and tangible also I would like others to pray over my prayers and I would do like wise over yours?, thank you for allowing me in your group Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:19:15 EST Hello and Happy New Year! Hello I have been with spark people for 6 months now and I finally jointed my 1st team for fitness but there is another area of my life I really want to improve. I want to feel closer to the Lord and know Him better and make Him the very center of my life. God has been so good to me and given me many blessing. I want to show him by improving my health that I really value my life and want to do His will. So I am bravely reaching out and saying come visit me on my page and lets praise the Lord... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 23:27:11 EST Hello Hi- <BR> My name is Karla and I started my walk with SparkPeople in July. It has been a wonderful resource and I am looking to expand my community of support. Glad to find other Christians looking to change themselves for the better. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:19:56 EST Hi Hi I'm Danielle and looking forward to getting to know people here. I can't make this transformation without Christ and its good to see others who feel the same way. :) Sat, 28 Dec 2013 07:08:33 EST I can! I will! My name is Richetta my weight has fluctuated since the passing of my parents for the last 2 years I have been going up and down from 230 to now 260.... I am ready for Christ to use me as a light for fighting depression and obesity... two things that work hand and hand. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:37:22 EST I CAN give up Dr. Pepper. A little help, please? I am trying to kick a very powerful and damaging addiction to Dr. Pepper. I would appreciate any prayers! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 15:16:24 EST Christian Radio Listening to & singing along with either KLOVE (here in AZ) or 104.1fm "The Fish" (in OR) allows me to worship God a lot! <BR> <BR> Corporate worship is important but I love to praise my Father & His Son, Jesus, on an individual, daily basis. <BR> <BR> First, I pray & confess any sins that Holy Spirit brings to my attention & then I ask that my worship would be acceptable to God. <BR> <BR> I figure this is just a prelude to when I get to Heaven & have the privilege of praising the LORD al... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 22:28:06 EST The Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later, the Kennedy Assassination Still Haunts a Generation---------------this is the heading of an article I just read and I thought it would be interesting to hear if you can remember where you were or what you were doing when you first heard this terrible news. <BR> <BR> I remember that I had just got in from writing my high school final exams and was shocked and even distressed on hearing the news on the radio. <BR> Roz. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:24:24 EST Fun Bible Trivia Site From Greg, BIGDAD1211: <BR> <BR> Try these free Bible trivia quizzes and see how you score against others. Your score with questions and answers will be shown after you've finished each Bible quiz, then compared to average scores of previous visitor's Bible trivia answers. The <link> </link> Bible search is a handy reference to help you if you need it. <BR> <BR> The Scripture references are taken from the KJV Bible version to avoid confusion. New online Bi... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 03:54:57 EST Long Time Spark Member, New to this team I have been navigating weight loss for a long time. My recent journey has taken me from 239 to 149 since July 2012. My goal is to stay fit and maintain my wiegh tloss for life. I track my food and fitness, I listen to Bible readings and Bible teaching while I walk each morning, and I try to stay active with my family by walking, swimming, biking, hiking, etc. I am enjoying the active lifestyle I have gained over the last year. I still struggle with a powerful desire to eat (binge) on unh... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:46:10 EST Prayer need A week ago today my husband had back surgery- which was a complete success! Praise God. Wednesday we were told that Terry has a small pancreatic cancer actually more in the bile duct than the pancreases . It has not been there long and no blood vessels are involved. Praise God for that! Please keep both of us your prayers. They tried for 3 hours on Thurs and 3 hours on Friday before they were able to get the drain in. Needless to say, he is in pain now. His nick name is Deannie , which m... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 06:30:42 EST Help Please Pray for me Hi <BR> In the last year life has taken some ugly turns on me and I am at my last straw to hang onto which is God. So far this year my Mom had a stroke and needs 24 hour care, my well has went out on me so had to get money to fix that so I could live there, while I was living at my Mom's a storm took out my power two different months and my sump pump went out and flooded my basement destroying a lot of my things both times, Another storm took my two 35 foot blue spruce trees and up rooted th... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 11:51:14 EST Hi, starting 10/14/13 Want a community of other Christians trusting God/Jesus to get them to their goal of being a great Ambassador for Him! Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:39:37 EST God is good! Hello all! I feel extra blessed to have this page. I always have faith in Christ to lead me in the direction, even when I get off track! I just joined spark 3 mos ago and have lost 14 pounds and 6 inches from my waist. I am so determined to reach my goals and I'm so glad to be able to share my thoughts and experiences with other who are walking the walk. May thegood Lord continue to bless us, each and everyone on our journeys! Xo Tue, 1 Oct 2013 23:55:42 EST New and ready to learn. I am encouraged to see so many Christians on Sparkpeople. I am looking for friends who can help me be accountable in my health and my faith. God bless. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 00:10:02 EST Hello to everyone Hi , my name is Phyliss and I am new to this team. I came to Sparkpeople a few years ago, did really well and began to lose the weight that I had put on over the years. I got busy with work and life and stopped logging in faithfully. I have returned and am so glad because of all the great people and help I get here. I know that God has directed me back here for the help and support I needed. He is so dear to my life and I depend on his strength everyday. I look forward to being a part ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 18:24:59 EST Feel scared and guilty I'm Annie and was born with 3 different heart defects. These problems have affected me all my life. I'm 59 and am alive only because of God's grace and modern technology. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 45 lbs., which would really help my heart function better. <BR> <BR> But I have a problems with exercising. Either I do too much and I get out of breath or I just exercise a little and I get impatient and bored. I don't like walking (way too boring - no parks near me) and biking is hard because I... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:14:28 EST Bible Verses & Quotes Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:01:24 EST Bible Verses & Quotes Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:34:08 EST A sad but joyous day My Spark friends, I would appreciate your prayers for my family. My husband went home to be with the Lord today after battling cancer. My heart is broken, but Our Savior is the Healer of broken hearts. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 00:01:04 EST Emergancy Prayer This is a lady I council on line.. The only thing I did was remove her last name PRAYER NOW.. Help this Godly Woman out.. She is on edge now and It is because of Family and Please stop and say a prayer for her safety.. I will be on the Phone with her now.. Love In Christ and In His Grace Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank Jane, I really needed that and in spite of your trouble I would like for you to do me a favor, will you, Robert, your Pastor, church members or who ever you can get to pray, ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:02:18 EST Newbie introduction ... Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I'm on a quest to lose 160 pounds. I have a very long road ahead of me, and I would love to make some new friends so we can encourage each other along the journey. I look forward to getting to know all of you. God bless! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>296</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>296</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:09:21 EST commentarys I am thinking of buying some bible commentarys off craigslist 19 of them for $60. <BR> <BR> anyone ever read bible commentarys ? Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:03:21 EST What is your gripe today ANGELS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead the angels were given a space in the cold basement. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied..."Things aren't always what they seem". <BR> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:55:25 EST reboot I'm going to try this again! No unusual foods, no new menus, no buying special stuff, just elbow grease and determination. I know I can do this with God's help, just as I know I haven't been able to do it without His help!!!! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:26:05 EST Life Verse :) Hello! :) My name is Allison. I am so excited to find other Christians on Sparkpeople! I have been a Christian for just over a year. I grew up Catholic, and had never actually heard (or maybe never understood) what Jesus did for me! I was so thrilled to find this group, as "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" has become my life verse. <BR> <BR> I am happily married to a wonderful Godly man (we've known each other since grade school!) We have two beautiful children, an almo... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 22:13:07 EST My friend, ORDINARY1's cat Died Today My Spark friend, ORDINARY1 (Andrea), just had to put her little cat to sleep. She is living in England while her husband is in the military and is very lonely, and feels really devastated. If you all could send her your love? She really needs it. God bless you for reaching out. <BR> <BR> Love, Chelsea <em>247</em> <em>39</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 16:03:14 EST TODAY'S THOUGHT! TODAY’S THOUGHT <BR> 7/2 <BR> We might think that as we grow older this thing called sin will get easier; that we will get a handle on the flesh and we will be able to live above sin. Dream on my friends! The sins that tempt you today may not tempt you when age comes creeping in, but I am certain that there will be a whole bunch of others sins just waiting to take their place. DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:04:39 EST New My name is Sharmelle but you may call me by my nick name Shar if you would like. I am a graphic artist, graphic designer, and photographer. And I write poetry sometimes. So I a constantly sitting down at my computer and I do get out to take photographs and do other things. <BR> <BR> I also have what you call familial spastic paraparesis which will have me in a wheal chair later on in my life I hope. I walk slow and cannot do much for exercise due to this. I can only do sit down upper exerci... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:03:54 EST Let Him Prop you up Contentment is not possessing everything but giving thanks for everything you possess. <BR> <BR> Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, 'Lord, prop us up on our leanin' side.' <BR> <BR> After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently. <BR> <BR> He answered, 'Well sir, you see, it's like this.... I got an old barn out back. It's been there a long time; it's withstood a lot of weather; it's gone t... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:31:20 EST Our Troops Pray for them always.. They are the reason for our Freedom In His Love and Grace Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>n/index.htm Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:47:20 EST Are you Gods Wife? God's Wife <BR> An Eye Witness Account from New York City on a cold day in December some years ago: <BR> <BR> A little boy of about 10 years old was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and said, "My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?" <BR> <BR> "I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the boy's reply. The lady took him by the hand and went into the sto... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:55:04 EST A word from the Word June 10 <BR> <BR> Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. <BR> <BR> We are always looking for the right way to pray. Looking for the words that will have our prayers answered. <BR> <BR> The book of Daniel tells us that Daniel would stand at the window facing Jerusalem when he prayed (Daniel 6:10). In the Book of John the Samaritan woman asked J... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:07:05 EST Hello Everyone Hello my name is Tiffany. <BR> I am 30 years old. <BR> I have one daughter that is 10. I am raising her on my own. <BR> I have been on & off spark for a while now, but never really “ON” it. If that makes sense. I want to actually use it, and have it help me. <BR> I am starting my journey to find the healthy, true, godly, happy person I know that I can be. Just figuring out how to do that is a journey in itself &#61514;. <BR> Motivation is the biggest thing for me. I feel like I am lacking... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:53:17 EST Something Funny <BR> <BR> <BR> Painting the Church <BR> There was a Scottish painter named Smokey MacGregor who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often thinned down his paint to make it go a wee bit further. <BR> As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the local church decided to do a big restoration job on the outside of one of their biggest buildings. <BR> Smokey put in a bid, and, because his price was so low, he got the job. <BR> So he set about ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:20:03 EST Do something good for someone UPLIFTING THINGS TO DO TODAY <BR> <BR> <BR> * Smile at a stranger <BR> <BR> <BR> * Drop a coin where a child can find it <BR> <BR> <BR> * Learn something new and teach it to someone <BR> <BR> <BR> * Tell someone you love them <BR> <BR> <BR> * Hug someone <BR> <BR> <BR> * Forgive someone who has wronged you <BR> <BR> <BR> * Try saying "I'm sorry" when you ought to <BR> <BR> <BR> * Tell a child how great they are <BR> <BR> <BR> * Sing a song about Jesus to yourself <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:54:20 EST Prayer for Clyde Clyde broke his wrist on Friday. He and I spent all day at the hospital today. Because of it being the VA Hospital in Seattle, after a long weekend, we went to the ER. I am glad now. The triage nurse put him in the "cardiac" section of the Emergency Department. We went to get a cast on his left arm and pain he had developed over the weekend in his left hip. His BP was 204/156 with a heart rate of 176. They discovered an irregular heartbeat through having him hooked up to a heart monitor. Clyd... Wed, 29 May 2013 01:42:41 EST Seven Magical Food Tricks Want to wow your grandkids without spending lots of time and money pulling things together? These seven super-easy food tricks work like magic. You just need a few everyday items and ingredients easily found in any supermarket. <BR> <BR> Hot Dog Spaghetti Monsters <BR> <BR> Mess with your grandkids’ minds: Serve these mystery spaghetti bites for dinner, and let them guess how you made it happen. <BR> What you need: <BR> <BR> A pot full of water <BR> Hot dogs <BR> Thin spaghetti... Thu, 23 May 2013 11:24:41 EST Endless Grace, Endless Love So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness . . . and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. — Colossians 2:6–7, 10 <BR> <BR> <BR> Come Monday morning I forget. A child loses a book, has an exam, is late for practice. I stress over the trite, a phone call, what’s for dinner, a deadline. <BR> <BR> Am I living God’s best for this life o... Thu, 23 May 2013 11:15:32 EST Greetings! I just knew that I had to join this team when I saw the name of the team! I had chosen the scripture associated with the name of the team as my mantra with it following my postings! This must have been a God thing! <BR> <BR> My name is Gail and I am from Maryland. I am 51, overweight by about 80 pounds, and ready to make changes so that I may better serve our Lord! I actually excited for the journey this time and trust that God is going to guide me to make healthy habits that improve m... Thu, 23 May 2013 00:13:40 EST Urgent Prayer Needed for Ariel My 22 year old granddaughter, Ariel, called me an hour ago from the hospital in Gig Harbor, WA. She has been having abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding at times other than menses. Sorry to be graphic but... Thankfully she had someone I could talk to who wasn't on morphine and could give me the details. Ariel has an ovarian cyst on her left ovary. I am really concerned because that was the start of my "journey" to a total hysterectomy at age 28. And her mother has suffered from endometriosis f... Wed, 22 May 2013 01:44:17 EST 'Ello Hi! My name is Tiffany and I am 22 years old. I've had food issues and weight issues ever since I was little. My weight was constantly yo-yoing. About three years ago, I was at my highest weight I have ever been. I was sitting at 290-300 pounds have was extremely unhealthy. At one point, the doctors told me that I was on my way to having diabetes if I didn't change my life around. I often ignored them because I thought I was invincible (I think we all do at one point). <BR> <BR> Since three ... Tue, 21 May 2013 13:28:14 EST 7 wonders of the world SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A group of students studied the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. At the end of that section, the students were asked to list what they considered to be the Seven: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Suez Canal <BR> <BR> 2. Dneproges Dam on the Dnepr River (USSR) <BR> <BR> 3. Atomic Energy Research Establishment Harwell, England <BR> <BR> 4. Alaska (ALCAN) Highway <BR> <BR> 5. Golden Gate Bridge <BR> <BR> 6. Eiffel Tower <BR> <BR> 7. Empi... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:28:10 EST Feedback Wanted hi everyone <BR> <BR> i am in a speech class & have to give a speech so i thought i'd make it about SparkPeople. i wrote & posted the contents of the speech in today's blog and i'm looking for your opinions about how the speech could be improved or if it's ok the way it is <BR> <BR> thank you! <BR> Marie Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:40:39 EST Hello from Miami I joined SP years ago, but I became serious about losing weight just before the holidays. It's been about 4 months now and I lost about 16 lbs, some weeks are slower than the others. I get discouraged that the process is slow, but am in this for the long run. I realize this is a lifestyle change, despite some ups and downs, am committed to see this through. <BR> I am a spirit filled believer and I know that I cannot do this by myself, so with Christ all things are possible. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:14:38 EST The Fire of Your Heart The Fire of Your Heart <BR> <BR> My God, I want to do what you want. Your teachings are in my heart. —Psa_40:8 <BR> <BR> Want to know God's will for your life? Then answer this question: What ignites your heart? Forgotten orphans ? Untouched nations ? The inner city ? The outer limits? <BR> Heed the fire within! <BR> <BR> Do you have a passion to sing? Then sing! Are you stirred to manage? Then manage! Do you ache for the ill? Then treat them! Do you hurt for the lost? Then teach them! <B... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:35:19 EST Hello Hello, I'm new. I am refocusing and putting my eyes on the Lord. I am not surprised that I have had a hard time meeting my goals since I have not asked the Lord for his strength daily. I need to lose about 90 lbs. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:47:33 EST I feel the love Thank you for the warm welcome to your team. I mean, "our team", lol. Nothing is ever by accident, so I was not surprised, but pleasantly aware that God led me to this team. Actually, Vic found me somewhere in another post or team and reached out to me. I'm looking forward to visiting some of your Spark pages and getting acquainted. I'm married (nearly 49 years), raised 3 sons and 2 granddaughters and am now retired and enjoying the new babies as they come along. Elizabeth (6 months old) is o... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:00:39 EST Going To Try Again I first joined Sparkpeople in 2012..........I can't really remember why I did not continue. I did lose weight at that time - went from 215 lbs. to 190 lbs. Then I got sick and did not eat correctly and the weight slowly came back. <BR> I get discouraged easily, but am determined to KEEP TRYING until Jesus comes back or I go HOME one! Would love to hear from others who are going through same thing. <BR> I'm not very disciplined. But one thing I do know........"I can do all things through... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 08:47:21 EST 9 Cheapest, Healthiest Foods at Your Supermarket Don't blow big bucks on pricey health food when you can get wholesome groceries for much, much less. <BR> <BR> By Kristen Sturt <BR> <BR> Bananas <BR> Beans and lentils <BR> Brown rice <BR> Canned tomatoes <BR> Carrots <BR> Eggs <BR> Frozen Spinach <BR> Peanut butter <BR> Sweet potatoes <BR> <BR> Read the whole article here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>being/diet-and-nutrition/cheap-healthy<BR>-food?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium<BR>=Food&utm_content=... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:49:56 EST Put that away!!! John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" <BR> <BR> Peter was defending his friend and his Lord, Jesus. He thought he was defending the entire future of the kingship of Christ and the freedom of the children of Israel. His actions, however, were not aligned with the word of God, the will of God, the plan of God. Well intentioned though Peter's actions were, they were harmful to the kingdom of God. He lashed out, reacting ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:33:50 EST Hi I'm BridgetteB Hi I am 53 yrs old. Have reared 5 children and in need of motivation. I need to loose 26 lbs that Serouquil has put on me. I was diagnosed Bipolar in 1990 but I am ok. I believe that the LORD will help me through. As of now I need the encouragement to get from a size 14 to a size 8-10, that is what I am supposed to weigh. I used to be the motivator now I need the motivation.I plan to put all goal into full swing this Monday. Starting from the beginning of the week makes for a better start for... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 01:30:36 EST What is God saying? I wanted to start a thread about what God has revealed to you today? It is a chance to just share a word from the Lord. My hope is that sometimes God will lead us to a portion of scripture that someone else was lead to also. There is nothing like being in the vein when God is speaking to his children. 3/5/13 God has laid on my heart to start some house worship sessions. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:49:19 EST Bad Breath? Somethings are rarely spoken of but often suffered. Bad breath is such a thing. I hope this is helpful! <BR> <BR> An excerpt follows. The whole article can be read here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>being/health/bad-breath-remedies?utm_s<BR>ource=Newsletter&utm_medium=553 </link> <BR> <BR> Fix It: Parsley, Mint or Mouthwash <BR> <BR> If you've got occasional bad breath, time will take care of the odor, but to help the process: <BR> <BR> • Eat fresh pa... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:53:06 EST Hello everyone My name is Katie. I am a single mom of a 11 year old daughter. I began my weight loss journey in 1996 where I weighed 250 pounds. this time last year I weighed 220 pounds. currently I am 186 pounds. 46 pounds away from my goal weight. I look forward to getting to know you Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:28:03 EST Prayers Needed for My Daughter I got a call from my daughter while I was working my shift at the Christian Bookstore this evening. She has been having seizures off and on for years and more frequently over the past 3 or 4 months. She takes anti-seizure meds 2X a day. They did an MRI in December and another one on Feb 14. They were looking to see if she had had "baby" strokes. Thankfully not. But her neurologist told her today that there is what seems to be blood on/in the right side of her brain. She is going to be admitte... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 01:10:53 EST The Lord with You Equals Success The Lord with You Equals Success <BR> <BR> The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man… Genesis 39:2 <BR> <BR> You may have no qualification, position or wealth — nothing in the natural. But when the Lord is with you, you will end up with everything because He will cause you to be successful. <BR> <BR> Joseph had nothing when his Egyptian master Potiphar bought him from the slave market. Yet, even then, it was said of him, “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man…”... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:00:51 EST Prayers Needed I have 2 prayer requests, both for neighbors. <BR> <BR> 1. For Deb who is going into alcohol/drug rehab on March 1st. She will appreciate all prayers for success. <BR> <BR> 2. For Laurie who is going in for a brain scan on March 7th. The first one was for her eyes, she is now legally blind. This one is for other problems they found on the first one so they can determine how long she has to live. <BR> <BR> Both of these ladies are special to me and Clyde. They have been our neighbors and fr... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:23:51 EST TODAY'S DID YOU KNOW? 2/24 <BR> Jesus wants us to be in an intimate, abiding relationship with Him. Jesus doesn't want His people gleaning in His field one day and another field another day. He wants us to live a life that is consistent; one that feeds by our relationship with Him; one that requires Him to exist. He wants there to be a hunger in our heart for Him. Did You Know? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with those you love.... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:42:22 EST TODAY'S DID YOU KNOW? 2/23 <BR> The Lord Jesus is interested in you today! Wherever you may be in your spiritual journey, Jesus is interested in knowing you better. If you are lost, He is interested in knowing you in salvation. If you are cold and backslidden, He is interested in knowing you intimately. If you are defeated, He is interested in leading you to the place of power and victory. The question is: Are you interested in what He has to offer you? Did You Know? For more details on scriptures, story and le... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:25:28 EST TODAY'S DID YOU KNOW? 2/21 <BR> Ruth wanted to "please him (BOAZ)." He has been good to her and she wants to do that which pleases him. This needs to be the goal of every child of God! Stop trying to live pleasing to everybody in the world and just live to please the Lord! Friend, that will make your life real simple, real fast! He is already pleased when we give ourselves to Him. We are as righteous as we are ever going to be in Him. However, day by day, we need to live our lives in such a way that we please t... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 07:04:58 EST God has always blessed me . . . . Hi, my name is Valerie and five years ago, my husband and I lived in a tent in the woods. But God was always with us and watched out for us and we never went to bed hungry or were ever too cold to sleep. Now we have a beautiful apartment with AC and heat, running water, electricity, computers, new furniture, pets, food, and everything, and especially each other. We are so BLESSED and SO HAPPY! Thanks be to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and to our Almighty Father, our GOD who watche... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:38:39 EST Love That Lasts Forever Love never fails. — 1 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV) <BR> <BR> "Love," Paul says, "never fails." <BR> <BR> The verb Paul uses for the word fail is used elsewhere to describe the demise of a flower as it falls to the ground, withers, and decays. It carries the meaning of death and abolishment. God's love, says the apostle, will never fall to the ground, wither, and decay. By its nature, it is permanent. It is never abolished. <BR> <BR> Love "will last forever" (NLT). <BR> <BR> It "never dies" (MSG... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:37:49 EST Raspberry ultra Just seen a special on the natural fat loss supplement. It sounds good but I thought i would ask," Anyone have any experience with this?" Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:44:55 EST My Heart Must Sing Let this song wash over you! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 13:50:43 EST WHAT ARE YOU SAYING ? 9:58 AM 2/4/2013 <BR> Good Morning all <BR> God is so good .. 2 Things hes talking to me about today .. you know the Song where he leads I will follow .. when we used to sing it don't hear it much today .. <BR> BUT I used to think do I mean this .. he talks about taking up his Cross and following him .. think,,, all the men who just dropped all they did to follow him <BR> why do you think that was .. I can only imagine God radiated out of him .. He was anointed from Birth but Gods Spirit was ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:47:56 EST DO YOU HAVE YOUR ARMOR ON ? 5:10 AM 2/2/2013 <BR> Hi all <BR> Wow I have been so busy attending a online Divine Healing Course that my Preacher is teaching .. I am not sure how much I will get to listen to today as we are having company .. <BR> Is a good thing .. My Granddaughter is coming and it will be a awesome time .. well God is directing me to your Armor today .. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 6: 10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. <BR> 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 08:31:00 EST WELCOME TO COME ITS FREE DIVINE HEALING CLASSES <link><BR>ministries </link> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:24:37 EST ARE YOU HIS BRIDE ? 0:59 AM 1/29/2013 <BR> Hi all <BR> Today .. I feel God wants me to Share somethings .. Are you Happy ? .. there is only one thing that can make you happy .. That is Jesus Christ .. Accepting him .. asking him <BR> to be lord of your life .. Daily I have to die to self or if you will the Flesh and soul .. My Spirit wars with them .. I yield my way to God in the morning .. I say not <BR> my will but yours .. God created us to need fellowship .. we have a hunger in us that wants that uncondition... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:53:21 EST Lets Pray everyday ! 8:33 AM 1/27/2013 <BR> Father .. Today We give our wills over to you not our will but your will .. We love you Lord thank you .. thank you .. thank you for the access you made <BR> for us to talk to our Father .. today is the day a lot go to worship our Father .. But Father we worship you always .. We want to bask in your loving <BR> presence .. your peace the peace that nobody who doesn't really know you understands .. Father we are on the potters wheel mold us .. We are all different in <BR... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:14:40 EST TODAY'S DID YOU KNOW? 1/26 <BR> We are often in need of a revival. There are two basic times in life when God’s people need revival. The first is in times of wickedness, and the second is in times of weakness. During both those times, we need for the Lord to miraculously open His word and give us the resources we need to have our strength restored. If we could ever drink deeply of the word of God, we would seek God’s deliverance from our times of wickedness and from our times of weakness. We would see him revive o... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 07:38:22 EST Do you Really Trust Him ? Hi all <BR> Well today as I read Matthew so many things stood out .. Matthew 14: 1 ¶ At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, <BR> 2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. <BR> 3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. <BR> 4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. <BR> 5 And... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:39:40 EST DAILY PRAYERS ! 8:22 AM 1/25/2013 <BR> Father .. I pray this am .. I pray for our nation again .. Father draw the people who want to be yours .. I pray that someone goes to them .. That they will be <BR> saved so we can come home .. Father I know we need to get closer to you I pray you help your Children get to where they Trust you completely that we give <BR> everything over to you and that you lead us as we walk in The Spirit .. Father not our will but yours .. we ask you touch our President and government... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:11:30 EST DID YOU KNOW? How long has it been since you praised God for the victories He has given you in your life? He worthy to be acknowledged for His power! Think of all the prayers He has answered for you. Think of all the times that He has enabled you to serve Him. Think of how many times He has made a way when there seemed to be no way. Think of how His power has been manifest in your life, and praise Him for it! He is worthy! Did You Know? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLL... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:35:53 EST TODAY! 1/24/2013 <BR> Father today I pray I ask you to touch our world .. I see your coming soon and I feel we have to get more workers .. I know this all comes from you as I have the mind <BR> of Christ .. Father draw them .. I pray for more that truly know you ... that will lay down their life as you have asked us to .. Father I pray for the World I see <BR> the time is getting closer and closer .. I pray you touch the people .. I pray for Israel strengthen her people as I know you are coming soon... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:43:21 EST Rest a While Rest A While <BR> <BR> <BR> MARK 6:31 KJV And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. <BR> <BR> One preacher paraphrased this verse by saying "come apart before you come apart." <BR> <BR> God is our Source, so resting should be a turning to God, not a turning away from Him. It would be unwise to take a "vacation" and ignore God. <BR> <BR> Our bodies need rest, but ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:34:24 EST DID YOU KNOW? Samson is a man whose life should be studied, but not duplicated. Yet, the lessons we learn from the life of Samson teach us that the greatest enemy we have is ourselves. If we can learn to conquer self, we can walk in this life in spiritual victory and power. But I fear, there is more Samson in each of us that we would like to admit. Did You Know? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH”. Vic. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:12:11 EST DID YOU KNOW? Often churches and church people use ungodly means to achieve their goals. God, in His sovereignty, is able to bless in spite of our failure to walk in His will. I am glad that my sin will not derail God’s plans! I am glad that the wicked tactics of my enemies will not derail God’s plan. God will do what He is going to do either with, or without, our cooperation. Our foolishness will not even slow Him down! He has a plan, and He is working that plan day by day. No matter how things may appea... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 07:16:47 EST What Is Your Name? <BR> What is your identity? <BR> <BR> How do you identify yourself? <BR> <BR> Who do you consider yourself to be? <BR> <BR> Do you identify yourself by your past experiences, or do you identify yourself by what God -- your Creator -- says about you? <BR> <BR> God created you. He knows what you can do. He knows what you can be. He has a great plan for you, starting now, but extending through all eternity. <BR> <BR> God wants you to begin seeing yourself according to His plan for you, in ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:55:12 EST DID YOU KNOW? Far too many in the church have adopted the motto, “You have to go along to get along”. They are afraid to take a stand for the truth because they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. They are afraid to say anything, do anything, or take any position that might “rock the boat.” Let someone dare to “rock the boat”, and that person will often find themselves standing alone, while the very people who ought to stand with them make deals with the enemy to protect their own hides. Did You Know? ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:51:47 EST Be an Encocurager Be An Encourager <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11,14 ESV <BR> 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. <BR> 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. <BR> <BR> People accomplish more if someone believes in them and encourages them. <BR> <BR> All of us can grow fainthearted without encouragement. <BR> <BR> HEBREWS 3:13 NIV But encourage one another daily, as long as i... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:37:12 EST DID YOU KNOW? 1/21 <BR> We need to be aware that when we attack Satan’s territory, he will not sit idly by and take it. He will swiftly launch a counterattack against us. When we begin to give our time to the things of God, we can be sure that Satan will attack us. He will send distractions into our life that will hinder us from the Bible, from prayer and from serving the Lord. He will tie us up so that we do not have time to serve the Lord. Did You Know? For more details on scriptures, story and lesso... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:06:07 EST DID YOU KNOW? 1/20 <BR> Did you know that scientists have determined that there is a part of the brain that produces feelings of pleasure and satisfaction that is stimulated when we act in revenge? That’s right; we find pleasure and satisfaction in getting even. It’s part of our human nature. It is hard wired into us and we have a hard time walking away and simply letting things go. A lady was sick, so she went to the doctor. He examined her, did a number of tests and told her the bad news. “I’m sorry to... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 07:09:45 EST Listen to Your Heart Listen to Your Heart <BR> <BR> “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.” <BR> (Proverbs 16:23, NKJV) <BR> <BR> The scripture tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. God Himself spoke the worlds into existence by the creative power of words. Think about that for a moment — you can bless your future with your words, or you can curse it. <BR> <BR> There are many influences over our words. In the heat of the moment, we can let our emoti... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 15:04:44 EST DID YOU KNOW? 1/19 <BR> Seeking to attract people using gimmicks is like someone said, “If you get them in with a hot dog, you will have to keep them with a hamburger.” That is exactly right! A lot of the churches that have resorted to worldly methods and gimmicks to draw their crowds will see a falling away when they run out of gimmicks to keep them there. That is why we need to examine our motives. Why do we serve the Lord? Why do we come to church? Why do we do the things we do? If we are motivated by... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:00:31 EST More quotes Yesterday's failures are today's seeds that must be diligently planted to be able to abundantly harvest tomorrow's success. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:10:36 EST Indoor Activities for Kids Indoor Activities for Kids <BR> 10 Surefire Ways to Have Fun Indoors <BR> <BR> By Apryl Duncan, Guide <BR> <BR> <BR> Indoor activities for kids can easily translate into a day spent watching cartoons or playing video games. Keep the kids from climbing the walls with indoor activities that challenge their creativity, teach them something new and are a downright good time for all of you. <BR> <BR> 1. Create Wall Art <BR> <BR> Your wall is the perfect easel for artists in training... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:59:55 EST One Choice Can Change Everything One Choice Can Change Everything <BR> by Sheri Rose Shepherd <BR> <BR> "God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful." <BR> — 1 Corinthians 1:27 <BR> <BR> I used to feel angry with God for the family He chose for me. I wanted a happy home but had no choice but to grow up in a dysfunctional home that ended in divorce. I questioned why He chose to let me cry myself to sleep ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:58:37 EST DID YOU KNOW? Remember that God warns His people against forming close relationships with unsaved people. He forbids marriages like the one Samson was about to enter. That prohibition extends beyond marriage to all the associations we enter into in life. It includes our friendships, our business relationships, our social relationships, etc. Believers need to be very careful about the kind of people they form close associations with in life. The wrong kind of relationships can have a devastating effect on y... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:00:45 EST Sweet and Sour Chicken Sweet and Sour Chicken <BR> Anabel Gillham <BR> <BR> <BR> Betty, my sis, is a gourmet cook. As I look back on our growing-up days, I can see that I was much more willing to dust and mop and clean out drawers than to spend time in the kitchen. Maybe that’s why she’s a gourmet cook and I’m still dusting and mopping and cleaning out drawers! <BR> <BR> She has a recipe for sweet and sour chicken that is out of this world — simply delicious. The night she prepared it for Bill and me I asked for... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:57:05 EST DID YOU KNOW? Our reactions to the negative actions of the people around us are a window into our heart. When we are like Jesus, we will react like Jesus. When there are problems in our heart, we will react according to our fallen nature. We will be bitter, unforgiving, vengeful, hateful and mean-spirited. Our reactions are indeed a window into our souls. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:21:16 EST Daddy's Girl This devotional is written for Daddy's Girl, but it stands true for Daddy's Boy, too. In our society, daddies are in scarce supply. So many kids grow up not knowing a daddy's love and guidance and correction. God provides for us what the world does not and cannot. He is SO good! I hope this blesses you as it blessed me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daddy's Girl <BR> Suzie Eller <BR> <BR> <BR> "He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rej... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:54:29 EST DID YOU KNOW? A person has real spiritual problems when they cease to be affected by their sins. We all sin, but when we sin as “believers”, there is chastisement and conviction. There is the sense that we have dishonored the Lord and damaged our fellowship with Him. When we sin, we look for a place of repentance. When that sense of sin is missing, it is an indication that the heart has grown hard toward the Lord. It is an indication that the conscience has been seared. It is an indication that sin has pl... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 06:49:35 EST You Are Not A Loser God says you are -- you are. For whatever God speaks comes to pass. If God were to say you are a monkey -- you would become a monkey. <BR> <BR> God has said many things about you. He says you are an overcomer. That means you are a winner, not a loser. <BR> <BR> 1 JOHN 4:4 ESV Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. <BR> <BR> 1 JOHN 5:5 ESV Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who <BR> believes that... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:38:37 EST DID YOU KNOW? In Old Testament time, a period of time of marriage would begin called the betrothal period. This usually lasted about 1 year. During that time, the bridegroom would prepare a place for the couple to live. The bride would take this time to prepare her wedding wardrobe and to get ready for the arrival of the groom. At an unannounced hour, usually at night, the bridegroom would come for his bride. He would arrange for a feast to be ready. He would take his friends and go after his bride. He... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:53:38 EST The beam in my eye I started reading the Bible today; 1 chapter a day. I have always liked Proverbs, so I started there. The first chapter made me cry, as we have a family problem with my daughter; well, it seems I have the problem as my husband doesn't seem to care. I tend to blame him but I didn't do all I could when she was little, either. I need prayer to get myself right with the Lord and only then can I help my daughter and maybe my husband. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:33:20 EST count back one place starting with 1000 1000 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:00:10 EST A-Z Name a fruit apple Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:59:04 EST name a junk food to avoid M&M's Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:58:24 EST Start a sentence for the next person to finish. Be sure when you finish the sentence that you start another beginning sentence for the next person. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:53:16 EST Name a common word and a Proper Noun for it Example: <BR> day= Valentine's Day <BR> boy=Michael Smith Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:48:26 EST Name something you are thankful for. Beautiful sunsets Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:47:21 EST Add words to make this sentence more exciting. It is okay to replace the verb. Be sure to add adjectives and adverbs. After you finish, write a simple sentence for the next person to make more exciting. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> The dog ran across the street. (Last Monday, I saw a large German Shepherd quickly dodge the fast-moving cars on our busy street.) <BR> <BR> Leave a new simple sentence. <BR> Begin with this one. <BR> <BR> <BR> The boy and girl drank a milkshake. <BR> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:43:51 EST write a compound word Airplane Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:37:26 EST Name one fact about Goliath He was a giant! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:30:15 EST Name a favorite Bible Character Paul Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:29:36 EST Name an occupation Lawyer Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:28:51 EST Z back to A: name an article of clothing Zipper Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:28:14 EST write one noun then 5 words to describe it clown=big,funny, colorful, cute, nosey Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:25:47 EST Been here before Hi everyone!!!!. I have joined this group a while now, but haven't been coming to the site. Sorry because this is my favorite group. I was so dedicated to Spark People when I first started , then surgery on my foot and it seem i just can't get back focused. So I say yes I been here before but this time i want to stay with the program. So I am asking that you all please encourage me and pray for me to help stick with the program. God bless you all. <em>39</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:00:17 EST What the Elderly Can Offer What the Elderly Can Offer <BR> <BR> Psalm 145:3–7 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:30:37 EST So glad I found you! I just found you by accident as I was sending a goodie to someone and noticed you on their page. What really stood out was your team name is the verse I use as an anchor for my journey in losing weight and getting healthier. Philippians 4:13 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:14:30 EST DID YOU KNOW? When we willfully disregard God’s will for our lives, we always pull others down with us. You see it in families all the time. One member will get out of God’s will and they will pull the rest of the family away from God with them. It is sad, but true, most of us never stop to think about the impact our decisions have on the lives of others. That is part of the deceptiveness of sin. It blinds our eyes to the true consequences of our actions. All we see is the pleasure, we can never see the p... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:55:01 EST Thinking of You Thinking of You <BR> <BR> Pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. —Php_4:6 <BR> <BR> Heaven knows no difference between Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon. God longs to speak as clearly in the workplace as he does in the sanctuary. He longs to be worshiped when we sit at the dinner table and not just when we come to his communion table. You may go days without thinking of him, but there's never a moment when he's not thinking of you. <BR> <BR> Knowing this, we ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:58:13 EST DID YOU KNOW? The disobedient heart always shows itself through disobedient actions. It does as it pleases without regard for God or for the consequences. When you do as you please, even though you know God is against it, it is a huge, red, flashing warning sign that you are headed for trouble. Did You Know? Vic Sun, 13 Jan 2013 07:12:05 EST Nighttime Activities for Kids Nighttime Activities for Kids <BR> 10 Night Activities for Kids That are Also Fun for Parents <BR> <BR> By Apryl Duncan, Guide <BR> <BR> Unplug those gadgets, turn off the cell phones and spend some quality time together tonight. Try nighttime activities for kids that the adults will enjoy too. <BR> <BR> 1. Stargaze <BR> <BR> Big and little kids are fascinated with the night sky, which makes stargazing one of the top nighttime activities for kids. Teach them about space and astr... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:16:20 EST God Loves a CHEERFUL Giver This is a very important lesson. I want to point out, though, that the verses before Luke 6:38 pertain not only to giving of material possessions to others. It talks about giving love, giving mercy, giving whatever the opposite of passing judgment is (some would say grace and I would agree). We can give in SO many ways. We absolutely should tithe and give offerings to ministries, churches, missions, so many worthwhile charaties as God leads us. There is SO much more to give. Let us give... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:10:15 EST Did You Know? When there is rebellion in a heart, that rebellion will manifest itself through disrespect for others and for the things of God. When you find yourself doing as you please with no regard for how your actions impact others, you are headed for trouble. When you could care less about what God says in His Word; when you could care less about how your actions could hurt others; when you show no regard of people’s feelings, you are headed for trouble. The desire to live for self; what I think... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 07:16:39 EST Origins I love learning where words or phrases originate. If you have some of this pretty much worthless but interesting knowledge, share it with us! <BR> <BR> Lily-livered <BR> Meaning <BR> Cowardly. <BR> <BR> Origin <BR> I suppose it is the job of idioms to provide richness to the language by creating meaning that is different to the literal meaning of the idiom's individual words. Almost any idiom serves as an example - 'cloud cuckoo land', 'fancy-free', 'hat trick' and so on, but 'lily-livered... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:50:04 EST In Your Weakest Moment... In Your Weakest Moment You’ll Experience the Benefits of Being His <BR> by Sheri Rose Shepherd <BR> <BR> "The righteous may fall seven times, But they will get up again." <BR> — Proverbs 24:16 <BR> <BR> One of the greatest battles we fight every day is the one in our mind. Our flesh tells us to “Quit trying to live for God...We will never be good enough.” <BR> <BR> That is a lie. <BR> <BR> Too many times we allow our failures to define us. So let me take the pressure off you. No man or wo... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:40:12 EST Did You Know? It would do us well to remember that our problems in the spiritual realm begin in the same place that Samson’s problems began. They begin within our own hearts as we seek to fulfill our own selfish, sinful desires. The problem of sin is an internal problem. It doesn’t begin with someone else. It doesn’t even begin with the devil. Our sin problem begins with us. This should be a warning sign to us. When we begin to long for things that God forbids, it is a sign that we are headed for trouble.... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 07:35:00 EST Did You Know? Parents, you are doing your children no favors when you bow to their every whim. They need to know that there are boundaries in life. They need to know that there are limits in life. They need to know there are consequences in life. They need to hear the word “no” every now and then. It won’t kill them, but it might just salvage their lives! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 07:39:33 EST Our Time Together Our Time Together <BR> By Anabel Gillham <BR> <BR> So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn, And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth. <BR> Hosea 6:3 <BR> <BR> Lord, I want to talk with You this morning. <BR> <BR> The verse says that Your “going forth” is as certain as the dawn, so I’m confident that You’re here with me. And this bare winter ground is ready to drink in the early rain with a soft, pliabl... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:41:34 EST Did You Know? Barrenness was often seen as the judgment of God against a home. In that culture, every young woman wanted the same thing. They all wanted to be a mother who would bear many sons for their husbands. And, they all wanted to be the woman through whom God would send the Messiah. To be barren crushed both those dreams. To be barren in that culture meant that a woman was always exposed to the danger of being divorced by a husband who wanted sons. It meant that when her husband died, she would b... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:29:48 EST His Goodness Leads You To Him His Goodness Leads You to Him <BR> <BR> “...the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” (Romans 2:4, NKJV) <BR> <BR> In the natural, when we’ve wronged someone, sometimes it’s easier to avoid them than to face the discomfort or potential rejection. It isn’t surprising that people sometimes have this same approach to God. Have you ever heard someone say, “If I walk into a church, the roof will cave in?” They think they should keep their distance because of what they’ve done. But not... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 17:52:14 EST Did You Know? Who is this “Angel of the Lord”? We have every reason to believe that this is a pre-Bethlehem, pre-incarnate appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, this is a “Christophany”. Jesus Christ steps out of eternity and into time to bring good news. This is not the only time Jesus showed up in the Old Testament. A few more of His “Christophanies” are: He appeared to Hagar, (Gen. 16:7-14, Gen. 21:16-20). He appeared to Abraham, (Gen.18:10; Gen.18:17, Gen. 22:11). He appeared to Jacob, (Gen... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:33:26 EST Music This may better be placed under the Spiritual Things Forum, but it's also entertaining, so I put it here. I hope whoever will be blessed by this will be drawn to this thread. That is my prayer. This morning the Lord brought to mind this old song that I loved so much when I first gave my heart to Jesus on January 5th, 1977. Amy Grant is as beautiful today as she was then and her music continues to bless so many of us. Let God's Word be a lamp unto your feet today! <BR> <BR> <link>www.y... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:24:41 EST Did You Know? Never try to strike a bargain with God. Your plan will not change His plan. Regardless of what you offer Him it will not change His mind about what He plans to do. Our God is sovereign and He will not be coerced into anything that is not part of His perfect plan! We are to walk by faith and trust the Lord to do with us as He pleases. Don’t bargain, simply obey! Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:54:18 EST At Home With God At Home with God <BR> <BR> If people love me, they will obey my teaching. My father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John14:23 <BR> <BR> <BR> God wants to be your dwelling place. He has no interest in being a weekend getaway or a Sunday bungalow or a summer cottage. Don't consider using God as a vacation cabin or an eventual retirement home. He wants you under his roof now and always. He wants to be your mailing address, your point of reference; he wa... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 19:55:20 EST Did You Know? When there is victory over some sin, over some enemy, over some difficult period of life, we should always be quick to praise the Lord and thank Him for the victory. If victory came our way, it came to us through Him, and He deserves all the glory for it! We should never take any credit for any of the victories in our lives. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:32:09 EST You Are Born To Win You Are Born To Win <BR> <BR> 1 JOHN 5:4 NIV for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. <BR> <BR> God does not expect any of His children to be failures. <BR> <BR> There is nothing wrong with failing. It's part of learning. No child learns to walk without falling down multiple times. But they do not stay down, they get back up. <BR> <BR> No one is a failure until they accept and believe they are a failure. <BR> <BR> Grow... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:27:10 EST Did You Know? “If you will do this for me, Lord, then I will do something for you.” Have you ever done that? Have you ever tried to bargain with the Lord? I think we all have at times, but I think we all fail to recognize the serious nature of the vows we make to the Lord. God expects you to fulfill every vow you make to Him! Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 07:52:33 EST Fresh Brewed Faith While I didn't write this, I could have! I, too, am a total coffee girl, but I drink a blend of two parts Community New Orleans Blend and one part pure coffee. Mmm mmm good! And even that cannot come close to the sweet savor of time spent with our Jesus. Run to Him, brothers and sisters. Rush to Him to energize you, strengthen you, calm you, thrill you!! <BR> <BR> A Fresh Brewed Faith <BR> Gwen Smith <BR> <BR> Today's Truth <BR> "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:59:54 EST Did You Know? A man who makes a rash vow may live to regret it. Jephthah teaches us that we need to take heed to every word that comes out of our mouths, and nowhere is that more important than when it comes to the words we speak to the Lord. Oh, be careful little mouth, what you say, For the Father up above, Is looking down in love, So be careful little mouth what you say. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:07:39 EST The Best Worst Thing The Best Worst Thing <BR> Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <BR> <BR> "He replied, 'You of little faith, why are you so afraid?' Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." Matthew 8:26 (NIV) <BR> <BR> I failed at being a wedding planner. <BR> <BR> No one wants a planner who gets so undone by the neurotic mother-of-the-bride that she throws up in the parking lot right beside the guest sidewalk. <BR> <BR> Really, nothing says, "Welcome to my wedding" quite like tha... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:10:47 EST Did You Know? Whether we will accept it or not, how we treat others is a direct reflection of the place God holds in our hearts. If we can spitefully mistreat and attack those who are made in God’s image and bought by the blood of His Son, it does not say much for our opinion of Him. When we love Him as we should, we will love others as we should. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 07:25:43 EST Did You Know? What a shame! This is how many people treat the Lord. They refuse to be faithful. They refuse to serve Him. They refuse to honor His word, His will or His house. They treat Him like He is an unwanted intruder in their lives. They treat Him like He is the spare tire on the car of their life. He is to stay in the trunk and keep quiet, but He better be ready when they have a flat and pull him out! Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 07:59:19 EST Just in. . . Me...I'm a new to the team but a returnee to Sparkpeople. I am looking to connect with other Christians and go thru this walk together. Gluttony has been a problem of mine for years and it never really dawned on me till recently that it keeps me separated from God. <BR> I work full time, have 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren and a husband. I also have 4 little darlin's - dogs. <BR> Message me anytime. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:01:25 EST Bad News <BR> The devil wants us to feed on bad news. God wants us to feed on good news. Which will you choose? <BR> <BR> Bad news promotes fear. Good news promotes faith. <BR> <BR> We live in a society addicted to news. What we get is mostly entertainment packaged as news, designed mostly to keep you watching, not to actually inform you of truth. Through it the world offers its views designed to manipulate your thinking and believing. <BR> <BR> Our news program's most glaring fault is that they l... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:56:07 EST Read through the Bible One of things that I have found that keeps me on track in all areas of my life is keeping a regular devotional time. If I keep on track with devotions I keep on track with exercise and diet. I think that my personal relationship with God is way more important then my physical weight but on the other hand know that I can serve Him better healthy and that is what he desires for me. <BR> My church is doing the OWNIT365 NT+ program. The plan is to read through the New Testament in one year. The... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:31:24 EST Did You Know? Most of us do not trumpet our abilities, yet we go to great lengths to conceal our problems. This just reminds us that we are human, and as long as we live in this world, we are going to remain less than perfect. No matter how far up the ladder of holiness we climb, we will still be sinners, and we need a Savior still desperately. Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 07:45:56 EST Prayer request for 2013 Need prayer to lose weight and keep it off. But I have a hard time with.... going without chocolate. Not sugar as much as much as I have a problem with the caffeine in the chocolate. I have tried to go off chocolate many times, but fail; because I know I am hooked on it and the sugar comes as a byproduct of the chocolate. And the weight with the sweets! Its a habit that I cant seem to break. Cant go off the chocolate, and I have tried. I will be okay for about three days then the h... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:30:48 EST Affirmations and Encouragement A-Z Post an affirming or encouraging word or phrase that begins with the letter A, then B, and so on. <BR> <BR> A: Awesome! You are ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! <BR> <BR> Next post should begin with B. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:45:21 EST Sports Tell us about your favorite sport if you participate. Tell us about your favorite teams if you are a spectator. Who's your favorite athlete? Please be Christlike and kind if someone cheers for your team's rival! lol Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:11:20 EST Books What are you reading? Tell us about it! Who's your favorite author? What books do you not enjoy? Share, share, share! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:09:28 EST Movies What movies have you watched lately? Were they good? If so, why? If not, why not? Help us out so we can choose movies we've not yet seen! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:08:09 EST Resentment This devotional is SO empowering. I pray the Holy Spirit will lead each person who needs this message to this thread. May the children of God be set free by the truth, free indeed! Lay at the feet of Jesus whatever resentments are weighing you down and holding you back, even if it's resentment toward yourself. Let Him replace those burdens with peace and joy that only He can provide. I love you, brothers and sisters, and I desire to see you free of resentment and offense and all those ot... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:57:30 EST Did You Know? The spiritual climate in Israel during those days is summed up by the last verse in the book. Judges 21:25 says, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” And, what is so discouraging about this book is that there is ample evidence that we humans do not learn our lessons well. Left to ourselves, we can do little but get ourselves in trouble time and again. Did You Know? God Help Us! Vic. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 07:29:10 EST Stand Tall Through All Storms STAND STRONG THROUGH ALL STORMS <BR> Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither… Psalm 1:1-3 <BR> <BR> Concluding Thoughts: <BR> <BR> 1. Ours is the Kingdom. No matter what setbacks we see or expe... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:07:26 EST Did You Know? Why would any of us be discouraged like the disciples, when they saw Jesus walking on water? They were afraid. How about us? Why is it that after we got the job, after we are in remission, after we find the lost document or the right house, after we have seen Jesus perform a sign ....we turn to the next crisis, the next storm in life, and we don't hear, "It is I, don't be afraid". Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:40:24 EST Thorns Thorns <BR> Anabel Gillham <BR> <BR> “I fall upon the thorns of life, I bleed!” - P.B. Shelley <BR> <BR> THORNS DO NOT PRICK UNLESS YOU FALL AGAINST THEM. <BR> <BR> So there are “thorns” in your life; don’t pretend they aren’t there. <BR> <BR> That would deny God the chance to wrap the thorns with roses and would prevent the fragrance of your testimony from delighting and encouraging others. <BR> <BR> No. Don’t do that. <BR> <BR> Just don’t lean on them or work with them till your finge... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:52:52 EST All You Really Need This is such a thought provoking question. I look forward to seeing your responses!! <BR> <BR> ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.<BR>~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~. <BR> <BR> All You Really Need <BR> <BR> <BR> The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. <BR> Deuteronomy 33:27 <BR> <BR> I want you to think for a moment of what you'd say to your spouse if you knew you were going to die. What words of comfort would you bring? Where would you point him or her for ho... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:41:44 EST Did You Know? “Tola” means “Crimson Worm”. This speaks of the Coccus worm found in oak trees. These worms were used to produce the red dye that used in the articles made for the tabernacle. It comes from the Hebrew root “tala”, which means “to be clothed in scarlet”. Tola is the son of “Puah”. His name means “light”. Thus, Tola was “the son of light”. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:20:34 EST Overplanners Anonymous Overplanners Anonymous <BR> Suzie Eller <BR> <BR> "In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) <BR> <BR> I sat with pen in hand, surprised by the words on the page in front of me. <BR> <BR> "You will not find my Peace by engaging in excessive planning; attempting to control what will happen to you in the future. This is a commonly practiced form of unbelief." (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling) <BR> <BR> Planning is one of the things I do... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:24:47 EST I am feeling better Hello to all the dog Lovers out there.. I am feeling better today than yesterday but I got this and wanted to share it with you.. I want to thank you so much for the Prayers and thoughts notes and ect.. I still have to go back to the Surgeon and have a little bit removed after the New Year.. I still am not on the computer just wanted to share this with you before the Holidays have gone.. God Bless and May you have the Best New Year Yet.. In Christ Love Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.g... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:32:12 EST Did You Know? God’s people are “the salt of the earth”. Salt, as you know, purifies, adds flavor to bland foods, and helps preserve meat. In Bible times, salt was more valuable than money. The ancient Romans used to give a soldier his pay in salt rather than money. The word “salary” comes to us from the Roman word “salarium”, which speaks of a soldier being paid in salt. The phrase “not worth his salt” comes from this practice. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 07:21:59 EST God Sees Ahead God Sees Ahead <BR> <BR> <BR> GENESIS 22:14 YLT <BR> 14 and Abraham calleth the name of that place `Jehovah-Jireh,' <BR> because it is said this day in the mount, `Jehovah doth <BR> provide.' <BR> <BR> <BR> One of God's names is Jehovah Jireh which is a compound name <BR> meaning the Lord sees ahead and provides. <BR> <BR> <BR> “Jehovah-Jireh” means, “The Lord will see to it,” that is, “The <BR> Lord will provide.” <BR> <BR> <BR> My car recently quit running when I was in another city... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:22:36 EST Did You Know? It’s not always easy to walk in the old paths when everyone around us is looking for something new, but it is right! It isn’t always easy to live for the Lord when others around you are living for the world, the flesh and the devil, but it is right! It isn’t always easy to do the right thing when others around you are acting in bad ways, but it is always right! The fact is we can make a choice to live for God, even when everyone else seems to be going their own way and living for self. Did ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:07:48 EST Christmas Christmas <BR> by Mel Lawrenz <BR> <BR> The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. -Luke 2:20 <BR> <BR> At the birth of Jesus, amidst the dirt and straw of a stable, millennia of promises, prophecies, and hopes were fulfilled. In the birth of a child, something that happens every single day all over the world, something happened that would change the world. Everything the faithful were anticipating ... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 14:57:17 EST Eve Eve <BR> by Mel Lawrenz <BR> <BR> While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born. – Luke 2:6 <BR> <BR> On the night before Jesus was born, the shepherds would have seen the night sky the way they had seen it thousands of times before. That was a quiet night, in stark contrast to the following night, when an angel would appear with “the glory of the Lord,” announcing the birth of the child—then join with a great company of heavenly beings proclaiming glory and peace. On the nig... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 12:31:26 EST God Bless Everyone! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! We will be back on Dec 27th. In His Love! Vic. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 06:08:14 EST Beginning Beginning <BR> by Mel Lawrenz <BR> <BR> <BR> That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. – 1 John 1:1-2 <BR> <BR> Beginning. The Beginning. How much we all want to know about the beginning of all things, in... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 14:34:27 EST Did You Know? Polygamy was tolerated in Israel, but never authorized by God. In fact, in the beginning, marriage was always one women and one man for one lifetime. The first polygamist was a man named Lamech. He was from the line of Cain, and has no regard for the will of God. In Deut. 17:17, the rulers of Israel were forbidden to take multiple wives. God knew that many wives would divide the hearts of the kings and pull them away from God. In fact, anywhere you find polygamy in the Bible, you find proble... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:23:01 EST Light Light <BR> by Mel Lawrenz <BR> <BR> <BR> For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. – Luke 2:30-32 <BR> <BR> The winter solstice on December 21, the darkest day of the year, means for many of us who live halfway between the equator and the North Pole, that we have breakfast when it is still dark outside, and that by supper, the sun has long set. That slide toward the s... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 13:37:42 EST Did You Know? An ephod was a garment used in the ministry of the high priest. It was a sleeveless outer vest that came down to the hips. The high priest of Israel wore a linen ephod that had twelve stones on the front which represented the twelve tribes of Israel. There was a pouch on the front that contained the “Urim and the Thumim”, which were stones used to discern the will of God. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 07:51:17 EST Flesh Flesh <BR> by Max Lawrenz <BR> <BR> How does “Spiritual Influence” work? <BR> <BR> The word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us. – John 1:14 <BR> <BR> Not only did the Son of God become a baby, but also he became flesh. Divinity joined to corporeal muscle, blood and bones. In this humbling of the eternal Son of God, the Word who was with God from the beginning and was God, chose to begin in the way all flesh does—as a newborn. <BR> <BR> But what does “flesh” really mean? Doesn’t... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:09:27 EST Did You Know? Did you know that the majority is not always right? It was the majority that cried “Crucify Him!” the day Jesus died. It was the majority that tried to throw Jesus down a cliff in Nazareth when He preached in the synagogue. The majority of the people refused to enter Canaan at God’s command and caused the rest of the nation to die in the wilderness. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:00:12 EST Do You Believe the Love? 1 John 4:16 ESV So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has <BR> for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. <BR> <BR> It is one thing to mentally assent that God loves you. It is another thing entirely to know and believe it. <BR> <BR> Do you truly believe that God loves you? <BR> <BR> If not, you should meditate on God's Word until it becomes clear to you. You should think about the great price God paid to redeem you. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:41:20 EST How To Beat The Festive Fatigue We all know how dangerous fatigue can be, affecting our entire well being. This article gives some very good tips to help us fight holiday fatigue. Click the link below for the rest of the article. <BR> <BR> How To Beat The Festive Fatigue <BR> by Kyrsty Jade Hazell <BR> <BR> <BR> It's no secret that Christmas is a stressful time, what jam-packed schedules of family time, present buying and excessive Christmas eating. <BR> <BR> According to a recent study by the University of Edinburgh... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:36:08 EST Star Star <BR> by Mel Lawrenz. <BR> <BR> They went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. – Matthew 2:9-10 <BR> <BR> In Psalm 19, David gives voice to the stars: <BR> <BR> The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:29:01 EST Did You Know? Where do some people get the idea that they can join a church and never do anything? Wherever those ideas come from, they certainly did not come from the Lord. We all grow weary from time to time in the battles of life. When we do, we need to look to Jesus and learn from His example. We will only be in the world a short time, and then we will fly off to glory to be with Him. While we are here, let us determine to do all we can for His glory! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:44:55 EST Magi Magi <BR> by Mel Lawrenz <BR> <BR> <BR> After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” – Matt. 2:1-2 <BR> <BR> Mary and Joseph stayed in Bethlehem many months after the birth of Jesus, yet we know nothing about that time. How was Mary treating her baby, knowing she would have to submit to him as her Lord... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:40:53 EST Unwrap the Gift Inside of You Unwrap the Gift Inside of You! <BR> by Sheri Rose Shepherd <BR> "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" <BR> — 2 Corinthians 9:15 <BR> <BR> There is something about a pretty package wrapped in a beautiful ribbon that puts a smile on our face. It adds an element of surprise to our day as we wonder what’s inside the gift. Is it something we want or need? Is the Gift something we asked for? <BR> <BR> Our God gave us two gifts that we cannot live without. <BR> <BR> He gave us His only S... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:26:05 EST Did You Know? Some Christians today are still playing politics. There are some who play politics with the things of God. You see there are no gray areas when it comes to the work of the Lord. You cannot be neutral when it comes to serving Him. Jesus put it this way, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad,”( Matt. 12:30). Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:37:32 EST Prince Christmas Joy <BR> A Devotional by Mel Lawrenz <BR> <BR> And he will be called…Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6 <BR> <BR> In ancient times, princes, whether they desired it or not, often became warriors. Rulers of nations may talk about peace, but nothing is more elusive than peace. And so, when Isaiah talked about a child who would be born, a son who would be given, who would be called “Prince of Peace,” it sounded like high rhetoric, wishful thinking. Could it ever possibly happen? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:56:25 EST Did You Know? Not everyone is excited about the great victory God has given us through Christ Jesus. It seems that some are more concerned about their personal profit and pride than they are about what God has done for them and this nation. They failed to grasp the big picture. They are too focused on their own interests. Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:18:32 EST Making Meaningful Christmas Memories The link for this article follows the introduction. A breakdown by age group is provided in the article. I hope it blesses you! <BR> <BR> Missy <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Making Meaningful Christmas Memories <BR> by Lynne Thompson <BR> <BR> Christmas is magical. <BR> <BR> Regardless of age, it transports us back to our childhood: tinsel on the tree, stockings hung by the fireplace, colorful packages needing to be shaken, and traditional celebrations with faithful friends and ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:41:01 EST 5 Healthy Christmas Treats to Make With Kids Cookies, popcorn, and other kid-friendly holiday treats are often loaded with fat and sugar. Ditch the store-bought varieties for simple recipes you can make together. <BR> <BR> <link>,,203<BR>24042,00.html </link> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:36:18 EST Did You Know? When we submit to God’s plan and carry it out for His glory, there are certain results we can expect: God’s Enemies Are Vanquished ; God’s People Are Victorious; and God’s Name Is Venerated. He has the best plan for living and He has the best plan for leaving. Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:18:12 EST Did You Know? If we are going to see God’s best plan for our life, it too is going to require faith! God is going to ask us to take some steps along the path of life that will be difficult, and that we will be unsure of. But, the path to God’s best is always the path of faith! God always honors faith because faith always honors Him. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 07:20:47 EST Did You Know? God uses many means to speak to His children! <BR> He speaks through His Word, (Rom. 10:17; Heb 1:1-2). <BR> He speaks through the Spirit, (Acts 13:2; 16:6-8). <BR> He speaks through other believers, (Acts 9:17-18). <BR> He even speaks through the circumstances of life, (Gen. 24:12-16). <BR> The bottom line is this; God will always direct your feet plainly! He will not leave you in doubt. His plan is a declared plan! Knowing His plan requires prayer, holiness and patience, but be sure, ... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 07:23:11 EST Did You Know? How does God guide His people? The Bible tells us exactly how God leads us to know His will for our lives. <BR> God guides through His Spirit – (John 16:13). <BR> God guides through His Word – (Psalm 119:105). <BR> God guides through His peace – (Col. 3:15). <BR> God guides through the desires He gives us – (Psalm 34:3-4). <BR> God also guides through the godly counsel of His people – (Pro. 11:14). <BR> When God guides, the leadership of the Spirit will line up with the Word of God. These tw... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:39:15 EST Did You Know? We are living in a time when it appears that the enemies outnumber the people of God. It seems that way because it is true. Satan has far more servants at his disposal that the Lord does. We should not be disturbed by that fact. We simply need to remember that when God’s Spirit is in control of God’s people, He enables them to accomplish amazing victories. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:20:58 EST Did You Know? We are told that the enemies of Israel made their camp in the “Valley of Jezreel”. This valley was the largest and most fertile valley in all of Israel. Many of the crops that sustained the nation were produced there. So, having the enemy invade and take the harvest from that area would have been a serious blow to the food supplies of the nation. Just as a side note, the Valley of Jezreel is also know and the Valley of Megiddo. Many great battles have been fought on that piece of ground. ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:19:49 EST Did You Know? Some of you are much farther along than you used to be. You are willing to trust the Lord for more than you could have at the first. You are able to believe Him for big things that you could not have trusted Him for when you were first saved. Where did this faith come from? It came from God. It came from seeing Him move the mountains, meet the needs, answer the prayers and lift the burdens. It came from seeing His power at work in and around you. It came because He developed you step-by-step,... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:42:13 EST I am going to try this As we all approach this Season.. Check this out... I have been reading a book by Joyce Myers and I ran upon this.. May we all take a second breath as we are rushing around.... <BR> WHO STARTED CHRISTMAS? <BR> <BR> This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable. And after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:55:27 EST Did You Know? While Gideon demonstrated faith in doing what the Lord commanded; he demonstrated fear in that he did what he did at night. He tried to hide his obedience to the Lord under the cover of darkness. It is good that we have a realistic opinion of our own abilities, but we must never forget that success in the Lord’s work is not our responsibility. Success in the Lord’s work is the Lord’s business. Our duty is to submit to Him, allow Him to work through us, and He will accomplish His purpose... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:16:07 EST Did You Know? Baal was the Canaanite god of fertility. The Canaanites believed that Baal was responsible for the success or failure of their crops and herds. They did everything in their power to worship Baal and ensure his blessings. The “grove” was a pole called the “Asherah pole”. Asherah was Baal’s female consort. Worshippers practiced vile sexual acts near the groves. They believed these acts would bring Baal’s favor upon them and their families. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 06:41:42 EST Did You Know? The Lord sometimes used a staff to work His miracle. The staff was an instrument used by a shepherd. The staff was used to comfort, control, protect and lead the sheep. The Lord is teaching us that He will be with us to comfort, control, protect and lead us as well. It is a way of teaching us that we need not fear where the Lord would lead us. For where God guides, God provides! Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 8 Dec 2012 06:20:57 EST Why God gave us friends <BR> WHY GOD GAVE US FRIENDS <BR> <BR> GOD knew that everyone needs <BR> companionship and cheer, <BR> He knew that people need someone <BR> whose thoughts are always near. <BR> <BR> He knew they need someone kind <BR> to lend a helping hand. <BR> Someone to gladly take the time <BR> to care and understand. <BR> <BR> GOD knew that we all need someone <BR> to share each happy day, <BR> to be a source of courage <BR> when troubles come our way. <BR> <BR> Someone to be true to us, <BR> ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 21:00:07 EST Did You Know? A lot of us are just like Gideon. We know the Lord wants us to serve Him; we might even understand that He wants to use us for His glory, but we are so filled with fear and a sense of our own inability that refuse to trust Him. Without the Lord, we are weak, frail and failures. With Him, we are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 7 Dec 2012 06:33:36 EST Did You Know? When the Lord says, “The Lord is with thee”, it literally means, “His power is on you.” Gideon could not see it, nor could he sense it, and it sure didn’t look like it, but he was about to be used of the Lord is a powerful way! The same is true in our lives. If we ever grasp the truth that we are indwelt by the Spirit of God and that His limitless power is available to use, it would change our walk and it would change our lives! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 07:31:26 EST Did You Know? Wheat was usually laid out on a special piece of ground prepared for just that purpose. The ground was very hard and usually circular in shape. The threshing floors were located on top of hills where there would be more wind. The grain would be poured out on the ground, and oxen pulling a threshing sled called a “noreg”, would walk over the grain. It consisted of three stone rollers embedded with pieces of iron that would break and cut the grain. After this process, which broke the hard shel... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 06:36:05 EST Did You Know? God’s grace has been even more real in our life! He has never parted a sea for us. He has never sent plagues for us. But, He did give His Son on a cross for us! He did put us in His plan before the world began. He did love us in spite of our sin. He did save us when we weren’t even looking for Him. He did change our life just because we called on Him by faith. For that reason alone, He deserves our faithfulness, our love and our devotion. Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:27:02 EST Did You Know? Sin strips us of everything we value and everything we live for. It leaves us slack, weak, at the very end of our rope. If you choose to live your life under the control of sin, do not be surprised when you look around and see the things you value taken from you. Some people have chosen sin over a spouse and their marriage is gone. Some people raise their children to be the best, have the best and do the best, but they fail to raise teach them to love the Lord. Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 07:34:18 EST Did You Know? Every one of us deals with certain areas of weakness. There are areas in our lives where we seem to be in a constant struggle for righteousness. The book of Hebrews refers to these areas as “the sin which doth so easily beset us”. Some have problems with their language. Some have problems with stubbornness and submission. Some have problems with gossip. Some have issues with sexual sin. Some have a pull toward alcohol and drugs. People struggles in many different areas. Did You Know? ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 06:52:57 EST change your Pan Nothing is Too Big for God <BR> Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn't. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back. <BR> <BR> The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of seeing this man waste good fish. "Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?" he asked. The inexperienced fi... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:09:33 EST Did You Know? By the way, things have not changed today. The majority of the work is carried out by a minority of the people. The call has gone out for us to tell the world about Jesus, but few go. The call has gone out for us to take our stand against evil, but few have answered. The call has come for us to rally ourselves together and fight the good fight of faith, but few answer the call. I thank God for those who are willing to work! Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 07:05:43 EST On Your Face IT'S IN YOUR FACE <BR> <BR> You don't have to tell how you live each day, <BR> You don't have to say if you work or play, <BR> A tried, true barometer serves in the place; <BR> however you live, it will show in your face. <BR> <BR> The false, the deceit you bear in your heart <BR> Will not stay inside, where it first got a start. <BR> For sin and blood are a thin veil of lace; <BR> what you wear in your heart you wear in your face. <BR> <BR> If your life is unselfish, <BR> if for others... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:21:23 EST Did You Know? Women hold a vital place in the work of the church. They are the ones who, for the most part, teach our children. They are the ones who have the kind of compassion that drives the outreach ministries of the church. They are the ones who bring the gifts of grace, love and mercy to the table. By and large, they are more dependable than the men when it comes to be involved in the work of the church. Did you Know? Vic. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:36:43 EST Did You Know? There is still a high price to pay for disobedience to the will of the Lord. When we choose our ways over His ways, and when we choose to follow other gods instead of Him, we can expect His displeasure. He will send chastisement into our lives. I don’t know about you, but I do not want to experience the displeasure and chastisement of the Lord in my life. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:46:42 EST people that you encounter You will encounter people in this world who are unkind, but that doesn't mean you should act just like them. Instead, be nice and positive. God wants you to and He will bless you for it. Be strong! and give everyone a smile and ponder in your heart what He wants us to say and Love those who are not lovable.. Keep Christ In Christmas this year .. Share the word.. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:39:05 EST Did You Know? All around us, many are laying down their oxgoad and running away in fear of the enemy. Some are running away to join the enemy. Can I encourage you to stay in the fight? Can I encourage you to keep reaching out, to keep teaching, to keep living for Jesus, to keep witnessing, to keep fighting for those things that matter? We are too near home to quit now! Stay in the fight until Jesus comes. Great will be your reward. Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:21:23 EST Blessed today I have found the more I give the more I am Blessed... I just wanted to share this with others that I was blessed today with.. I Pray it will give you a little boost to help you over the hump I get every time I try to start... <BR> I Wish... <BR> I wish I were big enough honestly to admit all my shortcomings; <BR> Brilliant enough to accept praise without it making me arrogant; <BR> Tall enough to tower above deceit; <BR> Strong enough to welcome criticism; <BR> Compassionate enough to under... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:40:14 EST Blessed today I have found the more I give the more I am Blessed... I just wanted to share this with others that I was blessed today with.. I Pray it will give you a little boost to help you over the hump I get every time I try to start... <BR> I Wish... <BR> I wish I were big enough honestly to admit all my shortcomings; <BR> Brilliant enough to accept praise without it making me arrogant; <BR> Tall enough to tower above deceit; <BR> Strong enough to welcome criticism; <BR> Compassionate enough to under... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:39:08 EST Did You Know? We are at war with the world. Like the Philistines, it would invade us and take away everything we value. We are at war, and some things are worth fighting for. Some things cry out for us to stand our ground and fight. If we do not fight and protect the things that matter the most, we will see them taken by the enemy and destroyed! Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:18:26 EST Did You Know? An oxgoad was not a weapon, it was an agricultural tool. It was a pole some 8 to 10 feet in length and about 2 inches in diameter. One end was tipped by a long iron point. This end was used to encourage the oxen he was driving to move. Oxen might not respond to voice commands or the pulling of the reins, but they would respond to the sharp point of the oxgoad. The other end of this tool was shaped like a spade. It was a metal blade used to clean wet clay, roots and other impediments off plow... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:36:57 EST New Here Hello! I am Nicole, I'm 35 and I live in Oregon. I am a pre-bariatric surgery patient and I need to lose about 40 pounds before I can have my surgery. I'm looking for support and accountability and hopefully lots of friends! I'm so happy to be here and I hope to get to know all of you soon! <BR> <BR> God Bless!! Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:36:01 EST Did You Know? We all have problems with the flesh. It is overindulged, self-assured, and out of control. This message is a call for us to take the battle to the flesh. The flesh does not have to carry the day. It does not have to win the victory over us. It does not have to claim the victory in our lives. We can be free! Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 06:48:02 EST What you can not say I Cannot Pray If... <BR> I CANNOT SAY <BR> OUR ; if my religion has no room for others and their needs. <BR> <BR> I CANNOT SAY <BR> FATHER ; if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life. <BR> <BR> I CANNOT SAY <BR> WHO ART IN HEAVEN ; if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things. <BR> <BR> I CANNOT SAY <BR> HALLOWED BE THY NAME ; if I, who am called by His name am not holy. <BR> <BR> I CANNOT SAY <BR> THY KINGDOM COME ; if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereign... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 15:27:34 EST Did You Know? The flesh knows we are crippled. The flesh knows we lack the power to overcome it on our own. The flesh thinks we are weak. The flesh thinks it can control us and rule our life. The flesh is right! But, the flesh forgets one important truth. The flesh forgets about the Spirit of God Who lives inside the believer. The flesh forgets that we have this promise from our Lord, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness”. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 07:00:46 EST Thanks so much Hello to everyone... I have been off of the board for a while.. I just wanted to say thanks for all the Prayers and thoughts.. I had an emergency and had to fly to a friends.. She needed my help.. Missed Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to getting back into the groove of things again.. Looks like they got by without my help... With Grace God sent 50 turkeys to our little town and they cooked 10 and was able to help the others with their meals.. Thanks again In Christ Love Jane Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:46:53 EST Did You Know? Israel faced three nations because of their rebellion against God. They faced the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Amalekites. All three of these nations were continual problems for Israel, and all three were connected to Israel by blood. The Amalekites were descended from Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. The Moabites and the Ammonite were descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. After Lot and his daughters were delivered from Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s daughter made him drunk, had sexual intercourse... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 06:54:40 EST Did You Know? We are indeed a BLESSED PEOPLE! As we celebrate THANKSGIVING today with love ones, remember the many that are not as blessed as we are. Give God all the Glory! From my family to Yours: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 07:56:57 EST Did You Know? The truth is, left to ourselves, we are incapable of serving God as He deserves to be served. The only way we will ever be useful to, and usable by, the Lord is when we are controlled by the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God will enable us to stand against the enemies around us. The Spirit of God will make us powerful for the glory of the Lord. The Spirit of God will use us in ways that we can hardly imagine, but we must yield to Him and His power in and over our lives. That is the secret to... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:32:39 EST Did You Know? If you are saved and you choose to walk away from the Lord, you might as well know that there will be a price to pay. God will bring His chastisement into your life. God does this, not to hurt us, but to help us to get back to where we are supposed to be. Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:55:04 EST Did You Know? Here’s the problem, Israel was to be separate from the world around them. They were unique among all the peoples of the world. They had been chosen, redeemed and set apart to serve the Lord God Almighty, and He expected them to remain separate. Because they didn’t, they opened a floodgate of sin that would end with them facing the terrible chastisement of God. Are we guilty of this? Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:47:48 EST Did You Know? God is no longer looking for judges, but He is looking for leaders. He is looking for men and women He can use to stem the tide of evil that threatens to overtake the church in these dark days. He is looking for people who will rise up, taking their stand with God and the Bible. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:20:32 EST Did You Know? Look around America today and you will see a nation that has forsaken God; rejected His Bible and thumbs its nose in defiance of the God Who formed her. God is given mere lip service in the public arena, while the same people who declare His Name in vain deny Him by their works and their walk. This trend is only going to get worse as the end times draw closer. Judgment is coming and America is going to pay a terrible price for her transgressions unless she repents. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 07:15:12 EST Prayers Needed I am asking for everyone to help with a problem.. I had just copied a poem and I had a phone call.. My best friend in the world called and her son had an overdose of medication over the counters.. They are in need of Prayer.. the boys name is Alex and is not well.. I am leaving to go to Tenn. to be with her but I leave you with a heavy heart and the poem by Unknown.. Say a Prayer for us and safe travel I will update if I can..In Christ Love Jane <BR> <BR> A Message to the Lord <BR> Sometimes... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:44:11 EST Did You Know? America is busy compromising with the Canaanites of our day. There are some that we cannot seem to overcome. They have “chariots of iron.” We cannot seem to deal with drugs, crime, abortion, immorality, sexual perversion and moral decay. When we face these Canaanites that we fear, we simply adjust to them and accept them as “being part of life.” Then there are the Canaanites that we favor. Things like legalized gambling, lotteries and alcohol are accepted by society because they are supposed... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:56:48 EST Did You Know? Today, we stand on the eve of our nation as a free, sovereign country. There is no doubt that America had an amazing beginning. Our great nation was forged on the anvil of truth with the hammer of the Word of God by men who held tightly to their convictions and who were held in the strong grip of their faith in Almighty God. There is no disputing the fact that America was founded, not as a religious nation, but as a Christian nation! There is no question but that God Himself had His hand in t... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:31:51 EST Did You Know? It's time to make up our mind? If the Lord be God then serve Him. If He isn't, then go ahead and serve whatever has your heart. Whatever you do, stop trying to have the best of both worlds! A Christian that refuses to live for the Lord is a poor advertisement for the Lord Jesus Christ! While a life lived in His power and victory is a powerful advertisement indeed! Which are you? Did You Know? <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 07:02:31 EST Please Pray Please Pray.... I got to the church early and I was freezing ..The Pastors wife came over and asked why are you sitting in the cold.. She goes over and turns the heat up.. I guess about an hour later I said..I think it is colder here than in outside.. By this time I have one of the blankets and a coat on.. I told her if someone liked it I would model and give it to them.. She had turned on the Air and not the heat.. None of us could figure out why we cant get the heat to come on.. this little... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:48:52 EST ARE YOU READY ? 7:56 AM 11/13/2012 <BR> Good morning <BR> I see we are fast approaching Thanks giving .. It is a time we are all suppose to gather around a table and have <BR> family and friends .. And tell how thankful we are ... I feel we should do that daily .. The thankful part .. <BR> I see pictures of people on the tv now in our country who don't have shelter and food and water .. no where to go <BR> It breaks my heart .. Again I wish I was Rich I would do all I could .. I see the rich worrying about g... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:28:22 EST Did You Know? We are seeing the church develop an appearance that is more and more like that of the church in Laodicea. A church that has everything it needs, except for the presence, power and glory of God. <BR> Did You Know? Vic. <BR> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:57:47 EST God Bless You ! My name is Valerie. I live with my wonderful husband on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. We're both retired and have a beautiful life. I need to lose 40 pounds and I know the only way that's going to happen is with the help of God. I have to pray everyday for motivation and willpower. I'm so happy that there is a Christian team. God Bless all of you on your journey. <em>252</em> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:23:38 EST Prayers Needed I will be looking forward to taking the morning shift at the center that will be providing relief to Sands Storm... So I will be off and on.. Please Pray for these people and the ones in NY.. It is a real mess and they are working 16hr shifts trying to get everyone back there electricity..So every time you cut on the lights or start your stove think of us up here.. Lots of Love In Christ Jane Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:08:50 EST Did You Know? The God of Elijah is not dead! The God of Moses and of Joshua is not dead! He is alive and well! The problem with our generation is that there are no Elijah’s, no Moses’ and no Joshua’s. God is still willing to use anyone who will make himself or herself available to Him. Are You that person? Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 07:51:25 EST Did You Know? Listen, the whole church does not have to get right with God for you to! We need to lose the mindset that looks at others and measures ourselves against how they are doing. Your relatives, your fellow church members, your friends you neighbors, etc., are not the standard you are to reach for! Our standard is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! God saved us to be like Him and that is what we should strive for. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:29:13 EST Did You Know? It is my conviction that the sins of complacency and apathy are among the most common and devastating sins that exist among the people of God! We have allowed ourselves to adopt a Laodicean attitude…neither hot or cold. The modern church is neither refreshing like a drink of cool water, nor is she stimulating like a hot bath. We are lukewarm and fit for nothing, but to trigger a gag reflex in those acquainted with us! Did You Know? Sat, 10 Nov 2012 07:57:09 EST Did You Know? Jesus is there for our salvation simply because God cares about us! You do not have to remain in your sins. You do not have to die and go to Hell. God has provided a place of safety! He loves you, and He proved His love for you when He allowed His Son, Jesus, to suffer on the cross in your place. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 07:05:17 EST I am moving <BR> I HAVE MOVED!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Can't remember if I told you all, but: <BR> <BR> I have moved out from 1 Beggars Alley, located at 2 Poverty Lane at the corner of Bleak and Buster Circle. As of today, I have a brand new home. <BR> <BR> My new address is: Living Well on 3 Abundance Drive, located at the corner of Blessings Street and Prosperity Peak. No longer! will I allow my self to travel on Begging Peter to pay off Paul route, located at a dead end intersection called I Don't Have... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 12:46:01 EST Did You Know? Most of the cities of refuge were built on top of mountains. They were built of white limestone. When the sun hit these cities they gleamed. Even in the night, under the light of the moon, they would be visible. They were easily seen, even from many miles away. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:20:53 EST My Cross <BR> The Cross Room <BR> The young man was at the end of his rope. <BR> <BR> Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. <BR> <BR> "Lord, I can't go on," he said. <BR> <BR> "I have too heavy a cross to bear." <BR> <BR> The Lord replied, <BR> <BR> "My son, if you can't bear it's weight, <BR> <BR> just place your cross inside this room. <BR> <BR> Then open another door and pick any cross you wish." <BR> <BR> The man was filled with relief. <BR> <BR> "Thank you, Lord," <BR> ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 09:36:01 EST Did You Know? Jesus Christ is sufficient for the need of the soul! Regardless of the past you carry around. Regardless of the depths of your sin; regardless of the hardness of your heart; regardless of anything you wish to name that you feel might keep you from coming to Him, let me tell you that He is bigger than all of it! Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:31:50 EST Please Vote 8:50 AM 11/6/2012 <BR> If you are a Christian and yet are still undecided on who you will vote for, consider this: <BR> 1. If you saw the convention, the Democratic party did not want God or Jesus mentioned in their platform. What true Christian could support any Democratic candidate? <BR> 2. President Obama has now openly declared his support for homosexual marriage, which God's word says is absolutely unbiblical. It's not a homosexual issue, it's a sin issue. How could a true disciple of Je... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:20:56 EST The Visitor <BR> The Visitor <BR> One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out. Another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, "I always park there. You took my place!" <BR> <BR> The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat! You took my place!" <BR> <BR> The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing. After Sunday School,... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:50:27 EST Did You Know? Whatever anyone may tell you about getting to Heaven, the Word of God tells us that it will never happen unless it happens by His grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. It is all God from start to finish! Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 07:14:15 EST Did You Know? Here is our problem. We are born sinners. It isn’t our fault; we are just born with an old sinful nature that we inherited from our father Adam. Even though it isn’t our fault that we are born this way, it is our fault that we stay this way! As we grow older and reach an age where we can make a choice regarding sin, we make the wrong choices. We are guilty by birth and by practice. Did You Know! Vic. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 06:58:34 EST Did You Know? We must refuse to give up, back up, or shut up or be held up, until we have stood up, lined up, read up, prayed up, confessed up, stored up, spoke up, looked up, and filled up on everything the Lord wants to give us! We ought to settle for nothing less than that place of perfect fellowship with the Lord our God! Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 4 Nov 2012 06:22:46 EST Greetings! My name is Linda. I just signed up for SparkPeople and have been looking around the site, including what others have written individually and on the many teams. Was excited to find a Christian team! I have tried many weight loss strategies over the years, including some that were Christian based. It is always better to go on a journey with friends who share your faith! I am looking forward to a new lifestyle of eating in a way that is healthy for me! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 10:21:14 EST Did You Know? Many Christians are guilty of spiritual window-shopping. Now there is nothing wrong with window-shopping! Some folks like it and some don’t. As believers, we need to do more than window-shop with God's promises. We need to appropriate those promises and claim them in our lives. Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 3 Nov 2012 07:50:17 EST Did You Know? Faith is not positive thinking. Faith is not “name it and claim it.” Faith is not optimism. Faith is not looking on the bright side. Faith is simply acting on what God says. Faith is simply taking God at His Word and believing that He will do everything He has promised to do! Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 2 Nov 2012 07:35:31 EST Did You Know? The story is told of a man who rode in his car as it was being towed to be repaired. When they arrived at the repair shop, the tow truck driver told him, “I didn't think I was going to make it up that big hill.” The man replied, “I didn't either. That's why I kept the brakes on.” To live without total dedication to Christ is the same as trying to go forward and to hold back at the same time. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 07:21:39 EST New Here Hello everyone, My name is Jaime I am 29 and have been married for 9 years. I have 3 wonderful children, my youngest is 14 months old. I have not lost any baby weight and am struggling with it. <BR> I am a stay home mommy although at times it does get boring. I love photography, reading and baking. I look forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:37:24 EST Did You Know? To those who may be waiting on easier times to begin serving the Lord: you may never have an easier time than TODAY! We are not promised one more day upon this earth. The only day we have to fight and live our battles is TODAY. Tomorrow may never come for us! Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:12:07 EST Did You Know? As a child of God, you have no right to do as you please! In fact, if you are saved and allowing sin to reign in your life, you are doing so with stolen property! You are the Lord’s and you have no business using His body, His mind, His anything for sin and wickedness. One proof of walking in the Spirit is self-control! Did You Know? Vic. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:28:13 EST Did You Know? As God’s children, we need to remember that everything that happens in our lives has to pass first over God’s desk and it received His stamp of approval. Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:29:53 EST Did You Know? Our sins and mistakes do not have to knock us out of the Lord’s work! When we fail, we need to allow the Lord to use that time of sin, chastisement, correct, repentance and restoration in our lives for His glory. What the devil meant for your defeat can be turned into the source of your greatest victories, if you will allow the Lord to have His way in your sins. Did You Know? Vic. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 07:13:00 EST Did you Know? To break bread with someone in Israel’s day was considered to be a sign of unalterable friendship. But what they considered to be the right thing to do, turned into a problem because they did not take the time to take the matter to the Lord in prayer first, and neither did they take the time to wait on His answer. As a result, they stepped out of the will of God and had to suffer the consequences! Did You Know? Vic. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 07:49:48 EST Did You Know? When the devil comes against you, he will not do so in a red suit with a pointy tail and horns. He will not be carrying a pitchfork and he will not smell like sulphur. When the devil comes to your life to cause you trouble, he will appear as an angel of light. Did You Know? Vic. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 06:59:33 EST Did You Know? There will come a day when the battle with the flesh will end. One day, the Lord will deliver us from this vile flesh and we shall be changed to be like Him. God says that our flesh is dead to sin. Practically speaking it can be, but only as we take the initiative to reckon it dead day by day. One day, we will be changed and we will be delivered from the very power and presence of sin. Did You Know? Vic. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:07:10 EST Did You Know? There is just one way for us to prevail in this battle, and that is for us to learn to appropriate the power of God in our lives. We are unable to fight the flesh, sin and the world in our own power. We need to realize that when we cannot win the battle, only Jesus can! Did You Know? Vic. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 06:48:33 EST Did You Know? We can either live in a place of victory and blessing, or we can live in a place of defeat and misery. We can either have a Bethel kind of life or an Ai experience. The kind of life we live will be determined by where we pitch our tent! Did You Know! Vic. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 07:27:05 EST Medical Tests Today I am scheduled to have an Aortic Ultrasound and MRI this morning. Prayers Please. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:00:57 EST Did You Know? God’s way of handling sin is for His people to throw the covers off their sins and tell Him the truth that He already knows. He can bless a person who handles sin the Biblical way. While God hates sin with His entire being, He still loves the sinner. Even though man is the enemy of God, God still commands men to repent and to come to Him for salvation and for forgiveness. Did You Know? Vic. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 06:57:08 EST GREAT VACATION! We are glad to be back! We had a GREAT Vacation! Saw some of God’s most beautiful scenery and landscape, the Great Passion Play, numerous attractions, two horse-buggy rides, and covered over 2000 miles. We will rest and worship God today and get started again tomorrow. PRAISE GOD! Vic. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:58:57 EST New to this team! Hello my name is Monica...I am aiming to lose 60 lbs by next June (2013). I know I sure need God's and other ppls support and help to reach this! I've lost about 7lbs so far, it keeps fluctuating! The next 2 months I have to do low key exercise because of an health issue, but after that I can step it right now I'm focusing on exercising at least 30 minutes 5x a week and really going to start hammering away at my nutrition...or lack of it! Would love some spark buddies to keep me on tr... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:51:08 EST If this isn't Love I have had a very hard couple of days and God knew I needed this.. It was sent to me and those of you who have read about my Problems on my page.. You will understand.. <BR> <BR> "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28 <BR> Do you feel frustrated about the challenges you face in life? If so, have hope. God is your shelter, turn to Him. Not only will He give you peace but He also gave you everlasting life. Don't be afraid. :) God Bless you. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:42:55 EST