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 Songs of Praise and Worship <link> </link> Open The Eyes of My Heart, Lord (Michael W. Smith) <img src=""> Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:55:27 EST Team Weight Challenges for September 2017 Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Good Job on your Weight Management and Weight Loss Goals for August. We will continue on for another fantastic month of September. <BR> <BR> Who is with me? Let's Do it.... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 03:36:02 EST Monthly Team Challenges for September 2017 Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> Congrats on a great job of meeting your goals for the Month of August, Keep up the great work. Your Team Awards will be sent out in the next few days. Good Job Everyone! <BR> <BR> Today begins the opportunity to jump on-board for another Month of Team Challenges. This month let’s work on increasing our fitness levels with raising the Bar to our Personal Best! ... <BR> <BR> This Month there are 2 Challenges to chose from, there is something for everyone; you ... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 03:24:23 EST September Daily Hi's for Emoticons <em>524</em> Fri, 1 Sep 2017 03:08:22 EST Weather in your Area Temps of 84 degrees with both sunny and cloudy skies... <em>67</em> <em>536</em> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:13:55 EST August Daily Hi's for Emoticons <em>524</em> Tue, 1 Aug 2017 02:06:49 EST Team Weight Challenges for August 2017 Good Morning Team <BR> <BR> We are embarking on another new Month of August and will continue on with the Challenge of either Maintaining our Optimal weight and or for those who are Aiming to Lose Weight. <BR> <BR> Let's aim for the best results we can do, you decide how much and what you can do to bring your weight to a healthy range that is best for you... <BR> <BR> So who is with me?? Let's <em>593</em> On Together!!! Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:45:37 EST Monthly Team Challenges for August 2017 Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> Congrats on a great Month of July, you all worked so hard and did a fantastic job at meeting your goals. Good Job!!! <BR> <BR> I will send out your Goodie Awards in the next few days. <BR> <BR> WOW, Hard to believe that August begins tomorrow, let's get started and have a Fantastic month ahead... <BR> <BR> As always I stand with you and cheer you on your journey...Keep Sparking and Keep up the Wonderful work...You CAN do it... <BR> <BR> I have 2 Team Chal... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:22:07 EST New here Hi. I'm new to the group...I'm a Weight Watchers drop out. Really don't like their new program. I'm a Christian. I am married to a pastor. I have a lot of weight that I would like to lose. I have 3 kids. My oldest boy is married. My 2nd boy is grown but still lives at home going to college and working. My girl is 12 and homeschooled. I would love to hear all your favorite weight loss tips, favorite foods etc. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:52:56 EST What Made you Feel Happy Today? Mine was fantastic, I had a Luncheon Meeting with 12 Ladies from the Group I teach during the year, we are on Summer break but gather 2x thru the Summer to stay connected and plan the following season ahead... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:39:18 EST Hi from Ontario, Canada Hi everyone, just a quick hello and brief introduction. I am a 62 year old, retired teacher with 90+ pounds to lose. I decided to join this team as its title, I Can Do All Things Through Christ reflects perfectly what I believe about weight loss. I know I need to do the work but I also know that I can only succeed at this with God's help which is why every morning I ask Him for the strength to remain on track and committed to becoming healthier. To this end, I must admit that lately I have b... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 01:21:12 EST Team Weight Challenges for July 2017 Congrats Team for a Month and working hard to maintain and or lose the weight you were hoping for. We will continue on for this next new month of July...Hope to see you onboard. <BR> <BR> Back for Maintenance <BR> <BR> Saturday July 1st 125lbs <BR> Sunday July 2nd <BR> Monday July 3rd <BR> Tuesday July 4th <BR> Wednesday July 5th <BR> Thursday July 6th <BR> Friday July 7th <BR> Saturday July 8th Sat, 1 Jul 2017 02:21:00 EST July Daily Hi's for Emoticons <em>524</em> Sat, 1 Jul 2017 02:07:18 EST Monthly Team Challenges for July 2017 Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> We are about to begin a brand new month with new Goals and Challenges ahead. .. <BR> <BR> Congratulations on a Well Done Job this past month in sticking to your Plan and meeting your Goals <BR> <BR> I am hoping you will continue on and join me for July’s Team Challenges. <BR> <BR> This Month I have “Combined” both Nutrition and Fitness rolled into one Challenge. They are numbered 1 thru to 6, 3 activities for each category. <BR> <BR> You chose what works... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:22:58 EST June Daily Hi's for Emoticons <em>524</em> Thu, 1 Jun 2017 01:54:38 EST Team Weight Challenges for June 2017 Good Evening Team, <BR> <BR> We continue on with this Mini Challenge for this New Month of June.... <BR> <BR> I will continue on with Maintenance and hope you will join me! <BR> <BR> You all have done a Fantastic Job with your Team Weight Challenges. <BR> <BR> You did a great job in maintaining your weight... <BR> And for those who were losing weight you did Great... <BR> <BR> Keep up the Great Work...I cheer you on your journey... <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Let's aim to Maintain our o... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 01:51:41 EST Monthly Team Challenge for June 2017 Good Evening Team <BR> <BR> You all have done a fantastic job in meeting your goals for the Month of May...Good Job everyone. Keep up the fantastic work...Hope you will join me for this next month.. <BR> <BR> For this month we will work on 2 Challenges... <BR> <BR> Team Challenge # 1 <BR> <BR> Eat at least 5 to 6 Servings of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables <BR> Drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water per day <BR> Increase my Fiber intake with getting at least 25 grams per day <BR> Maintain my C... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 01:31:10 EST Team Weight Challenges for May 2017 Evening Hello Team, <BR> <BR> You all have done a great job with ether maintaining your optimal weight and or those who wanted to lose between 3 and 5 pounds or more, you have done a fantastic job... <BR> <BR> We will continue on with this same challenge for May. Hope to see you onboard joining me. <BR> <BR> You chose what you are doing, Maintenance or Weight Loss... <BR> <BR> Let's Go For It.... <em>381</em> <em>593</em> Mon, 1 May 2017 02:17:24 EST May Daily Hi's for Emoticons <em>524</em> Mon, 1 May 2017 01:40:54 EST Monthly Team Challenge for May 2017 Good Evening Team <BR> <BR> Congratulations on all your hard work for April's Team Challenge, keep up the great work. I encourage you to post your results so I can give each one of you who participated your Spark Goodie Award. They will come out this week... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we begin another new month and I am encouraging you all to keep up with your daily fitness and eating healthy, remember to post your daily Nutrition and Fitness results daily. <BR> <BR> Let's Keep Pushing Ahead ... Mon, 1 May 2017 01:39:58 EST April Daily Hi's for Emoticons <em>524</em> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 00:36:58 EST Team Weight Challenges for April 2017 Good Afternoon Team <BR> <BR> You have done a great job in your March Goals to either Lose Weight or Maintain your optimal weight. Keep up the great work... <em>593</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> We will continue on for this next new month and aim to lose between 3 and 5 pounds or more. I encourage you to work at keeping the weight off for the month of April. . <BR> <BR> For those who are on Maintenance I encourage you to come on-board and aim to maintain your optimal weight for the mon... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:12:17 EST Monthly Team Challenge for April 2017 Good Afternoon Team, <BR> <BR> Congratulations on your achievements this past month of March. You all have worked hard in going about to meet your goals and do the very best you could. <BR> <BR> Your Team Spark Goodie Awards will be posted on your Spark Page before the week is done!. Good Job! <BR> <BR> For this month of April we are going "Back to Basics" I invite you to join me in this new challenge and join as many of these as you can....You are welcome to join them all or do a few,... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:50:09 EST Easter Devotionals for 2017 The Lenten Journey <BR> <BR> by Sarah Phillips <BR> <BR> As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyre'ne, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross. Matthew 27:32 <BR> <BR> I have to confess, Lent is my least favorite liturgical season. Many have written beautiful reflections on this season and the many opportunities for spiritual growth it holds. I couldn't agree more. But the reason this season is often so fruitful can be attributed to one overarching theme: sacrifice... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 04:48:24 EST Team Weight Challenges for March 2017 Good Job everyone for your February Goals for loosing the weight you were wanting <BR> And for those who are working at maintaining your optimal weight...Keep up the Great work! Team... <BR> <BR> We will continue on in this challenge for March...You chose how much weight you want to lose and for those who are maintaining your weight, hope you will join me again for this new Month of March, keep up the great work... <em>306</em> <em>593</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:19:03 EST March Daily Hi's for Emoticons <em>524</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:33:58 EST Monthly Team Challenge for March 2017 Good Evening Team, <BR> <BR> I want to congratulate you on all your hard work in accomplishing your February's Challenges, good job. Your Team Goodie Awards will be sent out within the next few days. <BR> <BR> The following is your new Team Challenge for the Month of March. Hope to see you on-board. <BR> <BR> As always I cheer you on your journey. Don’t forget to enter all your daily results for this past month so I can send you your Spark Goodie Award to congratulate you on your well e... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 21:57:56 EST Weight Loss Excel Spreadsheet I have made this amazing excel spreadsheet to help with weight loss and honestly it keeps me motivated more than anything. <BR> <BR> I'd be more than happy to share it with anyone who might find it helpful. <BR> <BR> Free of course! Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:06:23 EST Greetings from Alaska Hello! <BR> <BR> Born again Christian and losing it all for Christ. If my body houses The Holy Ghost as a temple I want it to be physically well! <BR> <BR> I am a former athlete and know a lot about nutrition and physical fitness. Survivalist, outdoors person, I am feeling lost with all this weight on me. <BR> <BR> I had five surgeries the last several years which took their toll on my mobility. I gained 150 lbs! So now I am healed and ready to do it. <BR> <BR> I am been dieting for... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:03:47 EST Greetings from Delaware Hello from Delaware! I just got back on SparkPeople after many years absent. I have lost 3 pounds so far. I am shooting for 47 more. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:37:01 EST Five letter word - change 1 letter I like the games where you change 1 letter of a 4-letter word but I'd relish more of a challenge by using 5-letter words. Let's really get creative! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> first word "SPARK" Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:54:55 EST Team Weight Challenges for February 2017 Good Job Team on your Weight Maintenance and for those who Lost Weight this past month. <BR> <BR> We will continue on with this challenge...I invite you to jump onboard and let's get to a healthy weight that is best for us. I cheer you on, so who is onboard to lose between 3 to 5 pounds of weight or more, you decide, and for those who are on maintenance I challenge you to maintain at your optimal weight for the entire month of February. <BR> <BR> Let's Go For It.... <em>381</em> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:39:23 EST Monthly Team Challenge for February 2017 Congratulations on all your hard work for January's Team Challenge, keep up the great work. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to post your results so I can give each one of you who participated your Spark Goodie Award. They will come out this week... <BR> <BR> Hard to believe but tomorrow is when we begin a brand new month of February and I am encouraging you all to keep up with your daily fitness and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> Let's Keep Pushing Ahead to become Healthy, Stronger and Fitter Men ... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:29:23 EST Hi everyone! I started Sparkpeople a few days ago and found this forum today and am so excited. I am 65 and need to lose 50 lbs to reach my goal of 135. I gave up sugar, eating clean, and gave up my diet cokes! I started on Jan. 1 along with my husband Rick. Looking forward to meeting you all....and happy to support everyone. :) Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:37:56 EST Monthly Team Challenge for January 2017 Good Job Team on your accomplishments for December 2016...Your Goodie Awards will come out sometime this week.... <em>386</em> Team and Keep up the Great Work!!! <BR> <BR> This month I have 2 Challenges for you. Are you ready? So Let's Go for it.... <BR> <BR> Challenge # 1 <BR> <BR> I will with God's Help and Strength <BR> <BR> 1. eat healthy meals <BR> 2. drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water per day <BR> 3. eat between 5 and 6 veggies and fruit or more per day. <BR> 4. I will al... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:19:36 EST Team Weight Challenges for January 2017 Good Job everyone, we will continue on with this challenge and work at either maintaining or losing weight this month. <BR> <BR> Let's work at maintaining our weight within 3 lbs of optimal weight. <BR> <BR> For those who are losing weight,, I challenge you to lose between 3 and 5 lbs this month and keep it off for the entire month... <BR> <BR> So who is with me?? <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:17:28 EST Daily Christmas Devotions for December 2016 An Unhurried Holiday - Christmas Devotional - Nov. 30 <BR> <BR> by Karen Ehman <BR> <BR> <BR> "So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger." Luke 2:16 (NIV) <BR> <BR> "Hurry up! We're going to be late to the choir concert!" <BR> <BR> "Come on kids. Help me unload these groceries right now. I've got to get these cookies baked before bedtime." <BR> <BR> "Is it 6 a.m. already? I gotta get to that door buster sale as soon as it opens so I don't ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 02:33:33 EST Team Weight Challenges for December 2016 Hello Team <BR> <BR> Good job in keeping within your weight maintenance goals and or losing between 3 and 5 pounds this month.. <BR> <BR> Let's keep going and see how much weight we can lose this month and or maintain our optimal goal weight to 2 pounds all month... <BR> <BR> So who is onboard with me? Hope to see you here again for another great month... <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 02:16:42 EST Monthly Team Challenge for December 2016 Hello Team <BR> <BR> Congrats on a great Month of November, I will send out your Goodie Awards this week. <BR> <BR> WOW, A brand new month is here, let's get started and have an awesome December ahead... <BR> <BR> I have 2 Team Challenges for you this month...Hope you will join me and make this month the best one ever...We can as we <em>593</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Team Challenge 1 <BR> <BR> Eat between 5 and 8 servings of Fresh Veggies and Fruits per day <BR> Stay within our ... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 02:06:56 EST Monthly Team Challenge for November 2016 Hello Team <BR> <BR> Today starts our New Team Challenges for a Brand New Month of November.... <BR> <BR> I have 2 New Challenges for you. Hope you will join me... <BR> <BR> Team Challenge # 1 <BR> <BR> Stay within your daily calorie range <BR> Drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water <BR> Eat A Variety of Fresh and Cooked Veggies and Fruits <BR> Increase your Daily Fibre intake <BR> <BR> Team Challenge # 2 <BR> <BR> Cardio daily, aim for 5 to 10 minutes or more per session <BR> Strength ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 03:39:39 EST Team Weight Challenges for November 2016 We will continue on with our Mini Team Challenges and either join for maintenance and or lose between 3 and 5 pounds this month and maintain that loss for the month... <BR> <BR> Who is with me? Let's do this together... <BR> <BR> Tuesday November 1 <BR> Wednesday November 2 <BR> Thursday November 3 <BR> Friday November 4 <BR> Saturday November 5 <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2016 03:38:46 EST Team Weight Challenges for October 2016 Good Morning Team <BR> <BR> You did well for September's Challenge so let's continue on in October with our Goals for Weight Loss and or for Maintenance <BR> <BR> Challenge # 1 Lose 3 to 5 pounds this month <BR> <BR> Challenge # 2 Maintain your optimal weight range <BR> <BR> So who is onboard? Hope to see you join us... <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 05:37:16 EST Monthly Team Challenge for October 2016 Good Morning Team <BR> <BR> We are beginning a brand new month of October with new Goals and Challenges ahead. Let's push ahead and decide today to create a "healthier you" we can together... <BR> <BR> You have done a great job in meeting your goals this past month, I encourage you to post your results for September so I can reward you with our Team Goodie Awards for your hard work and achievement. <BR> <BR> For this next month I have 2 Challenges for you...You can chose which Team Chal... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 05:33:51 EST Thoughts for the Day This is a New Daily Forum, I encourage you to share either a Positive or a Christian Thought for the Day....Hope you enjoy participating.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:13:27 EST Team Weight Challenges for September Evening Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a great Month of September...You all have done well in your Weight loss and Maintenance Program...Keep up the great work... <BR> <BR> For this Month, I challenge you to lose between 3 and 5 pounds or more and maintain that weight loss for the month...So who is up for the Challenge? <BR> <BR> For those on Weight Maintenance I challenge you to maintain your weight within 3 pounds of your optimal weight for the month... <BR> <BR> Can I count ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 01:24:43 EST Monthly Team Challenge for September Evening Hello Team <BR> <BR> You all have done well in your Team Challenges and Goals...keep up the great work... <BR> <BR> I have New Challenges for you for the Month of September, Fitness and Nutrition Challenges you are welcome to work on each one or you can chose what works best for you... <BR> <BR> Team Challenge # 1 <BR> <BR> Fitness Challenge: <BR> <BR> Strength Train 3 times per week between 15-20 minutes or more per session <BR> <BR> Cardio 5 to 7 Days per week; between 15-... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 01:23:26 EST Hi I am a friend of Jesus! Hi! My name is Michelle. I am new to Sparkpeople and new to the team. I look forward to getting to know everyone and participating in activities to improve myself mentally, physically, and spiritually. <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:20:11 EST Monthly Team Challenge for August 2016 Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> Hard to believe but here we are with beginning a brand new Month of August that will give us new opportunities and new goals to meet. I invite you to come onboard for another great month. Let’s keep sparking on together.... <BR> <BR> For August I have 1 Team Challenge that will include both Nutrition and Fitness Challenges... <BR> <BR> You are welcome to chose the Challenges that work best for you. <BR> <BR> Team Challenge <BR> <BR> Fitness Challenge: ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 04:33:52 EST Team Weight Challenges for August 2016 We will continue on with our Team Weight Challenges with either losing between 3 and 5 pounds of weight and will also keep the Maintenance Challenge for those who are Maintaining their weight...Keep up the great work Team, <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> I am in maintenance and join you all again... My optimal weight is between 123lbs and 125 lbs with averaging 124lbs... <BR> <BR> Monday August 1 124lbs <BR> Tuesday August 2 <BR> Wednesday August 3 <BR> Thursday August 4 <BR> Friday August 5 <B... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 04:31:38 EST Good morning! Hello! I just joined this team yesterday. I'm trying to remind myself that even in difficult times, God is with me. So, I changed my username to "Gods_handiwork". This reminds me that I was, not just created, but crafted by God and that He wants good for me. It is His strength in me that I should rely on to get me through this journey to a healthier me! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:37:02 EST Hi from Oz! Hi All, <BR> Just joined this team. I live in Melbourne, Australia, which is the second largest city in Australia and the capital city of Victoria. <em>676</em> <em>213</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 03:53:56 EST Have You Received a Compliment? Let's do something else fun and inspiring -- announce compliments we receive! <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> This can be weight loss related, or not. <BR> <BR> As a starter: <BR> <BR> I am a director of a large regional bowling <em>294</em> association in Central Florida. I was appointed chairman of the All-City Team selection committee and asked to write selection guidelines to use in choosing which bowlers make our various All-City Teams each year. As a writer, this was pretty easy but as... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:41:29 EST Team Weight Challenges for July 2016 Evening Hello Team <BR> <BR> We will continue on with our Challenge for the Month of July... <BR> <BR> You have done a good job this past month in either maintaining your optimal weight and for those who are working at losing weight, you all have done a great job... <BR> <BR> As always I cheer you on your journey... <BR> <BR> Let's get healthy together 1 Day and 1 Step at a time... <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:45:10 EST Monthly Team Challenges for July 2016 Good Evening Team <BR> <BR> Congratulations on all your hard work for June's Team Challenge, keep up the great work. I encourage you to post your results so I can give each one of you who participated your Spark Goodie Award. They will come out this week... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we begin another new month and I am encouraging you all to keep up with your daily fitness and eating healthy, remember to post your daily Nutrition and Fitness results daily. <BR> <BR> Let's Keep Pushing Ahead to b... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:40:48 EST Team Weight Challenges for June 2016 Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> We will continue on with our Challenge here.. <BR> <BR> You have done a good job this past month in either maintaining your optimal weight and for those who were working at losing weight, you all have done a great job... <BR> <BR> As always I cheer you on your journey... <BR> <BR> Let's get healthy together 1 Day and 1 Step at a time... <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:50:30 EST Monthly Team Challenge for June 2016 Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> We are beginning a brand new month with new Goals and Challenges ahead. Let's push ahead and decide today to create a "healthy you" we can together... <BR> <BR> You have done a great job in meeting your goals this past month, I encourage you to post your results so I can reward you for your hard work and achievement in May <BR> <BR> I am hoping you will continue on with our new Team Challenges for June. <BR> <BR> Let's stand together and Create a Fitter and ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 09:46:28 EST Hey Ya'll I'm new to teams.I tried some before but couldn't figure it out. Can you help me out? What do I do? I'll soon be 56 and have had an unhealthy lifestyle for 30 years. I lost 30 lbs a few years ago, but which a change in circumstances I gradually gained it all back. I need to lose at least 60 lbs. I started at 224. I've lost 14, down to 210. I want to take care of God's temple and in my worldly mind I want to look good too. <img src=" Wed, 4 May 2016 14:18:21 EST Team Weight Challenges for May 2016 Hello Team, let's continue on with Maintenance of aiming to maintain our optimal weight within 3 to 5 pounds.... <BR> <BR> And for those who want to lose weight, lets strive to lose between 3 and 5 pounds of weight this month and aim to maintain that loss throughout the month... <BR> <BR> Who is with me? Let's Spark on Together.... <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> <BR> May1 125lbs <BR> May 2 <BR> May 3 <BR> May 4 <BR> May 5 <BR> May 6 <BR> May 7 <BR> Sun, 1 May 2016 13:54:05 EST Monthly Team Challenge for May 2016 Good Morning Team, <BR> <BR> We are about to begin a brand new month with new Goals and Challenges ahead. .. <BR> <BR> Congratulations on a Well Done Job this past month in sticking to your Plan and Striving to meet your Goals <BR> <BR> I am hoping you will continue on and join me for May's Team Challenges. <BR> <BR> This Month I have 2 New Challenges for you...You chose the ones that work for you. <BR> <BR> Team Challenge # 1 <BR> <BR> Eat at least 5 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:28:18 EST New to this team-not new to Jesus Christ Hi there. I'm a very active pastor, 74 years old, and married for 47 years. I have four grown children and five grandchildren. I am struggling to honor God in all my ways-including honoring my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. I'd like to lose 40 pounds by the end of this year. I recently lost my sister to cancer and diabetes, my brother-in-law to heart disease, and my daughter-in-law's grandmother to heart disease. They all died within one week. I need encouragement. I pastor seven chur... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:35:02 EST Team Weight Challenges for April 2016 Hello Team <BR> <BR> We will continue on with our Weight Loss Challenge and or for those who are in Maintenance.. Hope to see you all onboard.... <BR> <BR> Let's aim to lose between 3 and 5 pounds this month and for those on maintenance let's maintain our optimal weight between 3 and 5 pounds of goal weight... <BR> <BR> I cheer you on, you can do it... <em>386</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:45:55 EST Monthly Team Challenge for April 2016 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> This next month we are going back to basics, <BR> <BR> For our April Team Challenges: This is what's planned....Hope you will join me... <BR> <BR> Team Challenge 1: <BR> <BR> Eating between 5 and 8 servings of Fresh fruit and veggies per day; <BR> Drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water per day <BR> <BR> Team Challenge 2 <BR> <BR> Focusing on Cardio daily between 10-to 30 minutes per session <BR> <BR> Strength Training 3 x per week, aiming between10 minutes to 30... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:44:14 EST Team Weight Challenges for March 2016 Good Evening Team, <BR> <BR> You all are doing a great job in maintaining your optimal weight, and others are working at loosing between 3 and 5 pounds or more of weight in any given month. Good Job everyone. <BR> <BR> I will continue on with this Challenge for March. Hope to see you all onboard for another great month... <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> I stand with you cheering you on... <em>220</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2016 02:24:24 EST Monthly Team Challenge for March 2016 Afternoon Hello Team <BR> <BR> Congratulations on all your hard work for February's Team Challenge, keep up the great work. I encourage you to post your results so I can give each one of you who participated your Spark Goodie Award. They will come out this week... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we begin another new month and I am encouraging you all to keep up with your daily fitness and eating healthy, remember to post your daily Nutrition and Fitness results daily. <BR> <BR> Let's Keep Pushing Ah... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:43:10 EST Daily Easter Devotionals 2016 Easter Brings Hope - Easter Devotional - February 11-12 <BR> <BR> By Pastor Greg Laurie <BR> <BR> Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." —John 11:25 <BR> <BR> Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and fr... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:08:59 EST How do you know Jesus rose from the dead The resurrection of Jesus is one of the clearest teachings of the Bible. It was witnessed by many people. <BR> <BR> 2 disciples- Luke 24:13-31 <BR> The apostles - Luke 24-36-45, John 20-21 <BR> Mary Magdalena - John 20: 11-18 <BR> Several woman - Matthew 28:8-10 <BR> Some 500 in Galilee - 1 Corinthians 15:6 <BR> James - 1 Corinthians 15:7 <BR> Paul - Acts 9:3-6 <BR> Stephen - Acts 7:55 <BR> John - Revelation 1:10-18 <BR> <BR> Jesus was seen alive again by many people. Because he rose fr... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:07:15 EST God is our refuge and strenght. God is our refuge and strenght, an ever present help in trouble. <BR> <BR> Psalms 46: 1 <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:51:22 EST For I know the plans I have for you. For I know the plans i have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will seek me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 29:11-13 Mon, 1 Feb 2016 21:42:06 EST Monthly Team Challenge for February 2016 Good Morning Team <BR> <BR> Congratulations on all your hard work for January's Team Challenge, keep up the great work. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to post your results so I can give each one of you who participated your Spark Goodie Award. They will come out this week... <BR> <BR> Hard to believe but Monday we begin a brand new month of February and I am encouraging you all to keep up with your daily fitness and eating healthy, remember to post your daily Nutrition and Fitness results da... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:02:47 EST Team Weight Challenges for February 2016 Good Morning Team <BR> <BR> You all have done well in January's Challenge in your quest to lose weight and or maintain your optimal weight. So having said that we will continue on this new month and strive to lose between 3 and 5 pounds or more this month. <BR> <BR> For those who have reached your goal and are working hard to maintain your optimal weight I invite you to come onboard to keep maintaining your weight between a 3 and 5 pound range. I stand with you cheering you on your journey.... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:01:07 EST Greeting from Florida Good evening everyone! I just want to introduce myself and say hello. It's nice to know we are on a path of Christ with this journey of weight loss or maintaining we are all on. Looking forward to seeing eveyone's progress and goals and share my story as well. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:22:28 EST Team Weight Challenges for January 2016 Evening Hello Team, <BR> <BR> You all are doing well and I encourage you to come onboard and join me for another year and month in either maintaining your optimal weight or losing between 3 and 5 pounds or more, You decide what your goal will be.... As always I cheer you on your journey...Let's do this and have a successful New Year and New Month, we can in God's Strength.... <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:41:59 EST Monthly Team Challenge for January 2016 Good Evening Team, <BR> <BR> I want to congratulate you all on a great job you have done this past year of 2015. I encourage you to keep pushing and keep up the great work. I will be sending out your Team Spark Goodie Awards in the next few days so I encourage you to post your results so they are up to date. I don't want to miss anyone. <BR> <BR> Having said that we are on the eve of entering into a brand new year with new opportunities and new possibilities. <BR> <BR> Keeping in mind t... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:32:00 EST Monthly Team Challenges for December 2015 Evening Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Hard to believe but here we are with a brand new month of December upon us for another month for new opportunities and goals to meet. I invite you to come onboard for another great month. Let’s keep sparking on together.... <BR> <BR> You all have done a great job in your November Challenges; I invite you to post all your latest results so I can send you your Team Goodie Awards for your accomplishments. <BR> <BR> For December I have 2 Challenges for you <BR... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 00:15:56 EST Team Weight Challenges for December 2015 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> You all did a great job on last months challenges, this next month let's raise the bar and aim to lose between 3 and 5 pounds aiming for the 5 pound mark, can we do it, yes, I believe we can, 1 day and 1 step at a time... <BR> <BR> If you are on weight maintenance I encourage you to jump onboard and join us and record your maintenance, I encourage you to work at maintaining your weight within the 3 to 5 pound range... <BR> <BR> So who is with me on this challenge?? <... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 23:13:09 EST Daily Christmas Devotionals 11/28 to 12/31 Star - Christmas Devotional - Nov. 28 <BR> <BR> STAR <BR> <BR> When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. <BR> Matthew 2:10 <BR> <BR> FROM THE FATHER'S HEART <BR> My child, search for Me daily with as much diligence as the wise men on the night of My birth. My "star" still shines. I still bring hope. I continue to light the way for anyone who seeks to worship Me. And as long as you keep Me on the throne of your life, you won't have to look far to find Me. <BR> <BR> A GRATEFUL RESPONSE <... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:59:54 EST Hi, fellow losers! I'm Carla from Arkansas. Married for 20 years. Mother to a 20 year old son and an 18 year old daughter. I look forward to getting to know others and sharing this journey together. Please feel free to add me as a friend if you wish. :) Sat, 21 Nov 2015 20:41:30 EST Favorite Motivating Quote or Image <img src=""> Thu, 5 Nov 2015 02:22:55 EST Monthly Team Challenge for November 2015 Good Evening Team, <BR> <BR> Congratulations on all the hard work you have done this past month, you have worked hard at your fitness and have raised the bar to your personal best. <BR> <BR> Today is the final day for posting your results of your October daily levels, please catch up with recording so I can send out your Spark Goodie Awards for a job well done. You receive awards for both joining and accomplishing your month's challenges. <BR> <BR> So having said that, we are on the eve... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:45:19 EST Team Weight Challenges for November 2015 Good Evening Team <BR> <BR> You did a great job in your Weight Challenge for either maintaining or losing between 3 and 5 pounds....Hope to see you onboard for another successful month ahead.... <BR> <BR> Let's Push ahead for a fantastic month ahead... <em>306</em> <em>381</em> together! Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:14:38 EST Pre-Destination PRE-DESTINATION <BR> <BR> I found the following articles at www.gotquestionsorg (Bible Questions Answered). Which do you believe - Monergism or synergism? I’ve highlighted with *** the points I found most interesting. <BR> <BR> Question: How are predestination and election connected with foreknowledge? <BR> <BR> Answer: Certainly, since God knows everything, it would have been possible for God to base His predestination and election of individuals upon His foreknowledge of the future. ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:48:02 EST Monthly Team Challenge for October 2015 Good Evening Team, <BR> <BR> We are beginning a brand new month of October with new Goals and Challenges ahead. Let's push ahead and decide today to create a "healthier you" we can together... <BR> <BR> You have done a great job in meeting your goals this past month, I encourage you to post your results so I can reward you for your hard work and achievement for September. <BR> <BR> For this next month I have 2 Challenges for you...You can chose which Team Challenge is best suited for yo... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 02:55:00 EST Team Weight Challenges for October 2015 Evening Hello Team, <BR> <BR> You did a great job in losing and maintaining your weight for September so we will continue on for October. I challenge you all to lose between 3 and 5 pounds this next month and maintain your weight once you get there. <BR> <BR> For those who are on weight maintenance I challenge you to maintain your optimal weight within 3 and 5 pounds... <BR> <BR> I know you can do this.... <BR> <BR> So who is up for the Challenge? Let's Go for it and be the very best we... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 02:30:16 EST How I became a Christian When I first looked through the teams at Spark People I chose the ones that sounded interesting. Hopefully, with this kind of topic we can draw more people to the Lord. <BR> <BR> I was baptized Lutheran. My parents sent me to Sunday school. In my twenties I got into the "New Age" movement of which I am now totally ashamed of. <BR> <BR> Then, Glory Be, I was walking around a plaza and saw a sign that said "New Age". I went back on the day and time posted. It turned out to be a church! That... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:57:52 EST Team Weight Challenges for September 2015 Evening Hello Team <BR> <BR> Here we are beginning another new month. You did a great job with maintaining and or losing your weight in August. I invite you to come and join me for another great month. <BR> <BR> This month we will continue to either maintain and or lose between 3 and 5 pounds or more, whatever you can do, every ounce and pound counts... <BR> <BR> Cheering you on as always... <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> <BR> September 1 124.8lbs <BR> September 2 <BR> September 3 <BR> Sep... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 01:26:07 EST Monthly Team Challenge for September 2015 Evening Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we begin a brand new month, let's keep pushing on for a fantastic month together, we can 1 step at a time... <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Team Challenge # 1 <BR> <BR> Track Nutrition and Water intake <BR> Eat between 5 and 8 servings a day <BR> Strive to drink at least 6 glasses of water per day increasing it to 8 cups <BR> Stay within your calorie range <BR> <BR> Team Challenge # 2 <BR> <BR> Strength Training 3x a week ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 01:24:09 EST Cremation vs. Burial Many people today are choosing cremation instead of burial. Is cremation correct for a Christian? <BR> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:03:57 EST Selfish Believer I used to think that I wanted to be a believer because I didn't want to go to H___ or to a non-existence. The Lord started a good work in me but I still had my doubts. He made me realize that these thoughts / feelings were from the D____! Praise the Lord!!! Has anyone else had an experience like this? Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:26:54 EST Team Weight Challenges for August 2015 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> You have done well in meeting your goals in either maintaining your current weight and or losing your weight this past month of July. <BR> <BR> This month we will continue on with our maintenance and or losing between 3 and 5 pounds...So who is onboard with me? I know you can do it...Cheering you on as always... <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> August 1 125lbs still maintaining at the top of my optimal level <BR> August 2 <BR> August 3 <BR> August 4 <BR> August 5 <BR> Augus... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 02:22:14 EST Monthly Team Challenge for August 2015 Evening Hello Team, <BR> <BR> Here we are another new month with Day 1 beginning tomorrow & another opportunity to push ahead and reach our goals and be the best we can be...I know you can do it, you have done so well on your July Challenges, <BR> <BR> If you haven't yet filled in your days for July's Challenge I encourage you do it, there is still time. Your Team Awards will be coming out this weekend for your accomplishments! <BR> <BR> So having said that here are your August Team Cha... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 02:19:41 EST JESUS LOVES YOU &#8206;Saturday, &#8206;11 &#8206;July, &#8206;2015 <BR> I have been reading in Matthew and studying and in James with my granddaughter , Nothing has changed you know ,,, Jesus went about doing good and the enemies of the cross hated him ,, It is still the same the enemy is constanlty trying to change good to bad ,, we the Children of the most high who have accepted Jesus as Savior and have given our life to walk as he instructs us must keep our eyes on why we are still here ,, we have work... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 08:08:53 EST Hold Judith up in Prayer at this time. Judith, I am sure that many of us are praying for you and yours at this time. May the Holy Spirit strengthen and lift you up, may His grace and mercy wash over you, and may His peace fill your soul. <BR> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:13:48 EST Monthly Team Challenge for July 2015 Good Afternoon <em>524</em> Team, <BR> <BR> The purpose of this new Team Challenge is to get us moving so we can be fitter and stronger for Jesus. God has given us these bodies and He desires the very best for each of us. After all, we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit so I encourage you all to join me as we work together to obtain healthier, fitter and stronger bodies for the Lord inside and out. <BR> <BR> I have 2 Team Challenges for you to pick from. You are welcome to do both or chos... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 16:05:21 EST WE MUST STAND Good Morning , <BR> So many have come to me upset over the new developements in our goverment ,, I will say this we know as the Bride of Christ that one of 2 things will Happen ,, #1 2 Chronicles7: 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. <BR> God means us not the world ,,, MY people he said .. so if we his people r... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:36:27 EST Team Weight Challenges for July 2015 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> We will continue on with our Weight Loss and or Weight Maintenance for this coming month. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you all onboard for another great month...Let's do this together, we can in God's Strength.. <BR> <BR> July 1 <BR> <BR> July 2 <BR> <BR> July 3 <BR> <BR> July 4 <BR> <BR> July 5 <BR> <BR> July 6 <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 02:38:33 EST who I am. Hi, I was 'born fat' as a 6.8lb preemie. Was victim of sexual abuse. Used food to cope and take away guilt. Obviously that didn't work out for me. Hated me. Used to try to make healthy choices on my own but I would still use food to cope under stress. Also chose inactivity and being alone much of the time. While I don't trust people easily, I do now put God at the center of my life. I am trying to remember to take all things big and small to him in prayer. Prayer works. My choices resulted in... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:33:12 EST Team Weight Challenges for June 2015 Good Evening Team, <BR> <BR> Another New Month for New Opportunities; to either maintain our weight or to lose those extra pounds, I invite you to come and join me for a great month, hope to see you onboard to either maintain your weight or lose between 3 and 5 pounds, <BR> <BR> Who is with me for June? <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> My optimal weight maintenance is between 123 to125 pounds with averaging 124/125lbs. <BR> <BR> Below is a chart of how this wi... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 00:42:18 EST Ready to Lose and Win! Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Cindi, and I am looking forward to getting to know you all and join you on our journey towards a healthier lifestyle. With God's help, we can do this! Have a blessed day all :) Wed, 27 May 2015 04:45:47 EST Northern Thailand Newbie! Hi everyone! My name is Julie and I'm a long-term missionary in Northern Thailand. (Chiang Rai Province) I'm in the process of attempting to change my eating habits (fried chicken and sticky rice are SO good) and make healthier choices in my life. I have to make some new recipes as most of the recipes here on site contain ingredients I have no access to. <BR> <BR> My biggest obstacles are my mind and my mood! I eat because I feel good! I eat because I'm sad! I eat because I am frustr... Sat, 16 May 2015 20:50:12 EST Scripture Memorization 2015 Please post here instead of in Scripture Memorization 2013. Thank you!! Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:31:41 EST Warrior's Prayer Devotional Series Here is a Brand New Devotional Series, Hope you enjoy...I will post daily if that is alright with everyone... <BR> <BR> Standing Strong Through the Storm - April 8 <BR> <BR> THE WARRIOR’S PRAYER <BR> <BR> “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.” Ephesians 6:11 <BR> <BR> The Bible clearly says to use the full armor. We usually feel we are doing okay if we have most of the pieces of armor in place. Yet, if even one piece is missing, we ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 01:55:46 EST Easter Devotional 2015 The Satisfaction of the Cross - Easter Devotional - Mar. 27, 2015 <BR> <BR> by Rachel Olsen <BR> <BR> "When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied."Isaiah 53:11 (NLT) <BR> <BR> <BR> Devotion: <BR> <BR> Approximately 600 years before Jesus was condemned to the cross, the prophet Isaiah foretold of the event. Open up and invite those words to penetrate your soul today: <BR> <BR> "See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. Many were ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:11:51 EST Here I come again Hi team members. I am not new to this team. I have been here off and on since 2007. However, I am back again because of the pre-diabetes which I have known about for the last 3 years. I keep coming back because I love SP and when I started I lost weight and did good. I always seem to lose interest after 2 or 3 days and go back to my old habits. So I am here again. I pray that this time around I will make myself accountable and stick with it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for always being there... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:15:06 EST Greetings from Appomattox, VA Well, my name is Susan, but many sparkers just call me "Cat." You can all me either one. I am catlaydx8 because I do, indeed, have 8 cats. recently lost one to a diagnosis of diabetes so I am a little sad. it was actually a week ago I sent her across the Rainbow Bridge. but i do know God loves animals and is surrounded by them so He is taking good care of my sweet Callie girl. <BR> <BR> I originally joined SP in Oct. of 2010 and did very well. In the last few years I kind of gave up on... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:11:36 EST Inspirational Quote Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. - Jim Ryun Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:50:08 EST 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 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