SparkPeople The Love Dare, Make Your Marriage FireProof! Team Messageboard This group is centered around the movie Fireproof. This group is intended for any women who want to help each other make sure that our marriages are FIREPROOF. SparkPeople The Love Dare, Make Your Marriage FireProof! Team Messageboard MARRIAGE IS SPECIAL! <img src=""> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:00:28 EST Couples Devotion by Dr. James Dobson The Marriage Triangle <BR> <BR> “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7 <BR> <BR> God promises to bless those who trust in Him. The Psalms state that joy, deliverance, triumph, mercy, provision, blessedness, safety, and usefulness will come to those who put their confidence in the Lord. We need to rely on those blessings in our marriages—otherwise the stresses of life will pull us apart. And those stresses will come! When the house burns down . . . when a child becomes i... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 11:58:12 EST Positive Marriage Quotes! “Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length.” <BR> -Fawn Weave Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:52:59 EST DAILY SOUL RETREAT "Walk the Path of Mindfulness" <BR> <BR> by Victoria Moran <BR> <BR> To be mindful is to pay life such thorough attention that you glimpse the heartwarming beauty of all that is. With mindfulness, you don't just do what you're doing: you become what you're doing. And when one task or conversation is finished, you move on to the next with the same attentiveness, the same conviction. <BR> <BR> A mindful person is a blessing to everybody else because he or she is fully present. So often the p... Mon, 18 May 2015 13:26:57 EST STRIVING TO HAVY A HAPPY MARRIAGE Happiness is not the most important thing. Everyone wants to be happy, but happiness will come and go. Successful couples learn to intentionally do things that will bring happiness back when life pulls it away. <BR> <BR> Couples discover the value in just showing up. When things get tough and couples don't know what to do, they need to hang in there and be there for their spouse. Time has a way of helping couples work things out by providing opportunities to reduce stress and overcome challe... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:55:15 EST WISDOM FOR YOUR MARRIAGE PROVERBS 4:67 <BR> <BR> 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. 7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:45:43 EST THE TIME WRAP WIFE 5 Ways to Grow Closer as a Couple <BR> <BR> Every day I ask my kids the same question, “How was your day?” <BR> <BR> Every day I got the same answer, “Pretty good.” Until one day I broke the chain, stopped what I was doing and looked them straight in the eyes. <BR> <BR> “Na-uh. I wan’t more from you.” I said, “I want details. Let’s try that again.” <BR> <BR> After a giggle and smirk, I got a run down of an extraordinarily average day. I like to hear about the little things. Maybe they don... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:54:18 EST CAUGHT IN A STORM Caught In The Storm <BR> Julia Bettencourt <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you ever been caught in a storm? Stormy weather can cause some very intense feelings and reactions in us. <BR> <BR> Stormy Weather Can Cause Fear. <BR> <BR> In Matthew 14:22-33 is the story of Peter walking on the water. To set the scene, a storm came up while the disciples were in a ship and they were afraid when they saw Jesus walking on the water toward them. Jesus told them Who He was and then Peter, one of the disciples ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:14:05 EST SPARK POINTS 2 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:53:13 EST DAILY MARRIAGE TIPS Daily Marriage Tip For February 23, 2015: <BR> One way to sacrifice in Lent is to take stock of what you have but do not need. What can you give up so that others may benefit? Start with your own closet and see if it catches on in your family. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:42:27 EST LOVE DARE READING CIRCLE WHAT ARE YOU READING. <BR> <BR> FOR ME I AM READING UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY BY ADAM HOUGE <BR> <BR> AND PROVERBS 31 WIVES HAND BOOK BY LARA VELEZ <BR> THIS ONE I DO ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK. <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:45:05 EST TO LOVE, HONOR AND VACUUME! Are We Expecting the Impossible in Marriage? <BR> <BR> By Sheila on Jan 29, 2015 07:00 am <BR> <BR> Are your expectations in marriage impossible to achieve? <BR> Recently I was going through some older posts that most of you will not have seen, and I came across this one about having sky-high marriage expectations. I thought it was worth re-running today. <BR> <BR> You may have heard it said before that “the enemy of the best is the good”. The French philosopher Voltaire made it famous (th... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:40:51 EST WHY DOES GOD CARE ABOUT ME? <BR> JANUARY 26, 2015 <BR> <BR> Why Does God Care About Me? <BR> RANDY FRAZEE <BR> <BR> "The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." Psalm 121:8 (NIV) <BR> <BR> Randy Frazee <BR> Psalm 121:8 makes a proclamation that is hard to believe: "The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." Does the Lord really watch over me perpetually? How is this even possible? I didn’t have a mental model for the mere scope of this assignment. That is ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:19:44 EST Encouragement for Hurting Wives Encouragement for Hurting Wives <BR> <BR> <BR> by Peacefulwife <BR> <BR> on February 12, 2012 in Godly Femininity, helpmeet, Joy, Respect, respect for husband, Submission <BR> <BR> The good news is that most husbands have good intentions and are good-willed towards their wives (“Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs). And some more good news is that sometimes we expect men to act like women and we can easily misinterpret our men’s motives as malicious when they are just being men ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:08 EST Keep Christ within Us This Christmas (and everyday I don't want to be so concerned with the decorations that I miss the adoration. <BR> I don't want to be so annoyed by the word Xmas that I miss the hurting person speaking it. <BR> I don't want to be so consumed with others that I miss the one who stands above all others. <BR> <BR> Do you know what I mean? <BR> <BR> Truly "Keeping Christ in Christmas" transcends formalities and external traditions. People are going to do what they are going to do. But, we have to follow what God wants us t... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:47:29 EST LOVE IN ACTION Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger... <BR> <BR> Are you still hesitating to knock down old walls of anger and put in a doorway of tenderness to your home--a door that opens to energizing words, gentle touching, and courageous forgiving? <BR> From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:06:18 EST CHALLENGE: READ PROVERBS 31 Wives The $285 Cinnamon Roll <BR> Karen EhmanNovember 21, 2014 <BR> “Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.” Psalm 106:3 (NIV) <BR> <BR> It was a simple cinnamon roll. Well, not the run-of-the-mill, refrigerated whack-open canned variety. It was a jumbo pastry from our local all-night diner, laden with gooey cream cheese frosting. The cost? Just $285. <BR> <BR> My 16-year-old son was spending the night with some boys at a neighbor’s house. A little past dark, they got a ha... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:54:33 EST Ideas From The Young Wife's Guide How to Plan For a Stress Free Holiday Season <BR> <BR> Nov 21, 2014 08:00 am | Ashley <BR> <BR> By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer <BR> <BR> Autumn is my favorite season. I love the cool crisp air, pumpkins, apples, warm drinks and the beautiful colors God paints on the trees. I also love that it means the holidays are right around the corner. It’s a time of celebration, gatherings and good food. <BR> <BR> 3 way to plan for a stres-free holiday season <BR> <BR> However, if I am not care... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:33:23 EST When Storms Rage In Your Marriage What Can You Do? My husband and I have Been going through a storm we live with his sister, <BR> and the farm is going through a rough time of it. for me i just god doing a <BR> new thing in our lives. in our marriage we can't allow the things in life to <BR> come in between our marriage. god gave me this man and I send him text, and <BR> scriptures to help him to know he is not alone. this is a season and it is how we go <BR> through the times of storms, <BR> <BR> Do you complain <BR> DO YOU BLAME EAC... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:43:29 EST DID YOU DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOUR SPOUSE? BEFORE THE WEEK IS OUT, DO SOMTHING FOR YOUR SPOUSE <BR> IT COULD BE A SPECIAL DINNER, READ TO THEM. WHAT EVER IT <BR> MAY BE. STOP IN AND POST HOW HE OR SHE LIKES IT! Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:03:57 EST TIME TI MAKE A CHANGE TAKE SOME TIME TO TELL YOUR SPOUSE <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I’m proud of who you are - I could never tell you this enough. I’m proud to call you my husband and the father of our children. You’re a good man whose character is the evidence of your unwavering faith in God. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:08:07 EST NEED PRAYER FOR YOUR MARRIAGE WE ARE IN NEED OF PRAYER FOR OUR MARRIAGE. SO LET US <BR> COME TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER. REMEMBER, <BR> PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:00:07 EST ROMANTIC MESSAGES, TEXT OR BY NOTE MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE THE COUPLES APP AND WE SEND EACH OTHER <BR> REALLY CUTE TEXT SO TAKE SOME TIME AND SPICE UP WITH LITTLE NOTES <BR> OR TEXT TO YOUR SPOUSE TO MAKE THEM SMILE. <BR> <BR> I constantly wonder if I'm on your mind as much as you're on mine. <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:21:38 EST 40 DAYS CHALLENGE. YOU CAN DO IT! Resolve to say nothing negative about your spouse today. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 4:2 “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,” Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:15:38 EST DID YOU SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE TO YOUR SPOUSE? SOME TIME JUST A POSITIVE WORD FROM YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN <BR> YOUR SPOUSE'S DAY <BR> <BR> YES I DID, JUST LETTING HIM KNOW TO KEEP BELIEVING AND TRUSTING <BR> GOD AND I LOVE HIM. <em>248</em> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:56:53 EST UNVEILED WIFE PRAYER <BR> <BR> Prayer: Reconciliation & Transformation <BR> For Aug 26, 2014 02:27 am <BR> <BR> Dear God, I lift up Your precious children to You! There is so much hurt and pain, things that have happened that are unforgettable and very difficult to move on past. May Your Holy Spirit redeem and transform our minds and our hearts, reconciling them to You! I pray that peace falls heavy and thick on this world in Jesus’ name AMEN! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:53:06 EST LOVE IN ACTION Finding Treasures in Trials... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Whenever I feel fear or worry, I thank the Lord for the feeling, and then test the following six reasons until I understand the source: the future, my reputation, money, possessions, time, or health. After that, I submit the concern to Him." <BR> <BR> From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:13:15 EST Love Dear Devotion Day 1 <BR> <BR> Love is the Greatest of These <BR> <BR> LOVING GOD AND OTHERS IS WHAT LIFE IS REALLY ABOUT. <BR> NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU DO IT COMES DOWN TO <BR> WHETHER YOU'LL LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE OR NOT. <BR> <BR> LOVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT TO AMY MEANINGFUL <BR> RELATIONSHIP. <BR> <BR> DARE <BR> <BR> BEGIN PRAYING TODAY "LORD, TEACH ME WHAT REAL LOVE IS <BR> AND MAKE ME A LOVING PERSON. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:17:30 EST GOD -CENTERED ACTIVITY FOR THE SUMMER God-Centered Activity Ideas for Yourself <BR> <BR> Take a new approach to reading or studying your Bible. Do a word study, listen to an audio Bible, find a devotional book to go along with your Bible reading. <BR> <BR> Find new godly music that will encourage your heart and then share that music with someone you know. <BR> <BR> Use a new prayer routine – Pray with a friend regularly, fast and pray one day a week, use a new type of prayer list using the days of the week. <BR> <BR> Write in... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:05:13 EST A huge personal victory! Happy dance with me! I broke 200! WOOHOO! Praise Jesus! I am one happy girl! I haven't been as active this summer with an actual routine so much as just being active in life. Vacations and such really have prevented me from keeping a routine consistently going. We haven't gone anywhere since July 8th. On the 9th I weighed myself just to see how I had done. I had actually maintained through a month and a half of vacationing! On the 9th it was time to get serious and get back into my routine. <BR> During one of ou... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:33:49 EST Husband"s Devotion Just for You <BR> <BR> A Marriage That Thrives <BR> June 30, 2014 Monday <BR> Husbands, Love Your Wives <BR> <BR> So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. <BR> — Ephesians 5:28-30 <BR> I believe one of the primary reasons why marriages are falling apart at such an alarming rate is because husbands are failing to fulfill their scriptural duties... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:00:20 EST Squadron of Sisters - Daily Thought For You! Daily Devotional For Wives <BR> <BR> Take care of your own heart! <BR> by Debbie Chavez on 06/30/14 <BR> <BR> I often talk and write about how wives were created to be their husband's helper, and while that's true, I feel it's necessary to make a clarification. Yes, we should help our husbands by showing them respect, allowing them to lead the family, and assisting them as they seek to follow God's promptings in their life. However, that doesn't mean a wife should give up her own individ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:42:40 EST HOW MANY SPARKPOINTS DID YOU GET 2 Sat, 24 May 2014 13:29:44 EST What did You and Your Spouse do Today it is the weekend so he works 3-9 and we will have our time of talking <BR> and mostly I will listen. and then we prepare for service and have prayer <BR> and devotion before we go to sleep. Sat, 24 May 2014 13:28:48 EST Challenge: Move that Body Give a Shout Out Oh Yes I did! <em>244</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 13:04:33 EST How are You doing This Week on your Goals So far I am doing better, with my eating <BR> and since they changed my BP med <BR> I am really drinking my water <BR> and sticking closer to my Calories. <em>248</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 12:58:35 EST WAYS TO ROCK YOUR SPOUSE'S WORLD 1. Kiss your wife or husband every day, several times a day. Make sure some of those kisses are the passionate, "I can't wait to get my hands on you" kinds of kisses. Think back to when you first started dating and how you smooched then. Good kissing can lead to sex and sex is very important in a love relationship. <em>224</em> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:06:20 EST Stupid scale Frustrated. I had lost 2lbs this week, well I had until this morning (weigh in day) and I gained 1lb back. Not sure why. It'll come off and I am believing for a great day of healthy eating and good exercise. Just having a mini pity party. Putting my faith in the the One that does not move, always constant and always loves me regardless of what the scale says. This is my favorite song at the moment. And my favorite people are singing it: my church's worship team. (It's actually by Vertical Chu... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:37:32 EST Hope for the weary. Our story is unlike most. It's heart breaking; it's burdensome; it's redemption; it's God moving our mountain; it's love. Generally I would just say "go read my blog," but today I want to share it on here. Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. While I will never be able to fully understand His gloriously amazing love for us, through our marriage I have seen a small piece of it. I am humbled and blessed that He gave me this story to tell. <BR> Still feel free to check out my blog, make sur... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:20:40 EST A wife's Prayer Dear Lord, <BR> <BR> I pray for the energy to go above and beyond in my relationship with you and with my husband. I have a heart to serve and desire to be a blessing, but so often I justify my way out of going the extra mile. Please help me care more and give me the strength and motivation to love as you love. I pray that you remove laziness or tiredness or anything that keeps me from serving you and my husband well in Jesus name Amen! <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:08:02 EST DEPOSITS IN YOUR LOVE BANK DAILY DEPOSITS IN YOUR LOVE BANK ACCOUNT CAN <BR> ASSURE YOU TO KEEP WORKING IN YOUR MARRIAGE. <BR> <BR> LIKE THIS MORNING I WOKE UP TO PANCAKES MY HUBBY <BR> FIXED THEM FOR FOR ME. <BR> <BR> LAST NIGHT WE HAD A GOOD TIME TOGETHER!! <BR> <BR> SO THESE ARE POSITIVE DEPOSITS. <BR> <BR> <BR> WHEN WE DON'T DO ANYTHING BUT COMPLAIN <BR> ABOUT WHAT OUR SPOUSE DON'T DO WE HAVE TO ASK <BR> OURSELVES WHAT WE ARE DOING TO PLEASE THEM? Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:40:17 EST WOO WEE, LORD HELP ME I FOUND I HAD GOTTEN JUST A LITTLE SLACK <BR> IN ROMANCING HUBBY LIKE I SHOULD. SO I HAD TO <BR> SAY WOO WEE LORD HELP ME. <BR> <BR> THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME AND SAY LORD I NEED YOUR <BR> HELP! COME ON DON'T BE SHY BECAUSE WE ALL NEED A <BR> LITTLE HELP WITHIN AND GUESS WHAT I AM BACK ON TRACK <BR> AND SO IS HE!! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:08:15 EST FireProof's Reading Cafe` Hey what are you reading? <BR> <BR> I am getting ready start Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:27:58 EST Check in And Say Hello! I am here and thankful! <em>524</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:08:49 EST PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES OVER YOUR MARRIAGE • Lord, please show me how to find the time to store your commands within my mind. As I turn my ear to Your wisdom, help me to apply my heart to doing things YOUR way. I know you are the giver of wisdom; help me to hear what you want me to learn even if I don’t always understand Your ways, or why you allow certain things to happen in my married life. I want to trust you with my whole heart. Please help me. I know that as I trust in You, You have promised me that You will make my paths straig... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:18:06 EST DID YOU REMEMBER TO ENCOURAGE YOUR SPOUSE? IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE REMEMBER TO ENCOURAGE OUR SPOUSE <BR> WHEN WE WERE DATING YOU PROBABLY DID THAT AND MORE. <BR> TAKE SOME TIME AND JUST SAY SOME KIND WORDS IN STEAD <BR> OF A SHARP ANSWER. NOTE: <BR> <BR> YOU CAN WIN MORE BEES WITH HONEY! <em>43</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:42:56 EST CHALLENGE: THOSE WHO WANT TO JOIN ME! I JUST STARTED SHAWN T'S T25 AND I AM LOVING IT. <BR> DID 25 MIN LAST NIGHT <BR> JUST GOT THROUGH DOING 25 MIN SPEED 1.0 I THINK IT IS <BR> I WILL BE POST MY RESULTS SO PRAY FOR ME! <em>246</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:39:02 EST MARRIAGE QUOTES “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” <BR> -Mignon McLaughlin Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:23:14 EST WIFE AFTER GOD BY JENNIFER SMITH THIS IS A WONDERFUL DEVOTION I DID LAST YEAR AND I TRULY WAS BLESSED <BR> IT HELP ME TO GROW CLOSER IN MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND ALSO <BR> TO KEY IN ON THINGS THAT I HAD GOTTEN SLACK IN.I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME <BR> AND MAY BE WE CAN HELP STRENGTHEN ONE ANOTHER. <BR> <BR> <BR> READ GENESIS 1:27, 2 CORINTHIANS 5:20 <BR> <BR> GOD CREATED YOU IN HIS IMAGE. YOU ARE MADE TO REFLECT GOD'S GOODNESS, AND TO RADIATE HIS LOVE. KNOW THIS YOUR WERE NOT JUST THROWN TOGETHER WITH SCRAPS NOR WERE YOU ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:41:39 EST TIPS FROM TE VINEYARED TODAY'S TIP <BR> <BR> WHEN YOUR SPOUSE ASK IF YOU CAN TALK FOR A MINUTE, <BR> STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND GIVE THEM YOUR FULL <BR> ATTENTION. THIS IS RESPECT ON DISPLAY AND IT SPEAKS <BR> VOLUMES OF HOW COMMITTED YOU ARE TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP. <BR> <BR> NOTE: DON'T LOOK AT HOW THEY ACT.. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:16:01 EST Second Chances - Holly Hi, my name is Holly. I live in Grand Prairie, Texas. I have a elementary age son and have been married for just over 10 years. I am a stay at home right now but am looking at going back to work in the next month. <BR> <BR> I am wanting to get down to 130 lbs. I did a program in the last two years and lost about 40 lbs and did not reach my goal even with this weight loss. Once I went off, I gained it all back plus 10 lbs. I have been able to get the 10 lbs off but I want to get down all the ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:28:47 EST What Healthy Choice Did You Make Today What healthy choice did you make today, in food or Exrecise <BR> <BR> for me I ate some greens and I will do Body Gospel about 7 pm Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:14:18 EST 21 THINGS TO SAY I LOVE YOU 102 Little Things That Say I Love You <BR> <BR> Telling him about my day. The ups and the downs. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:44:27 EST DID I REALLY JUST DO THAT SOMETIMES WE SAY AND DO THINGS WE REGRET BUT <BR> ALL WE HAVE TO TO IS ASK THE LORD TO FORGIVE US <BR> AND IF WE HAVE OFFENDED OUR SPOUSE WE ASK THEM <BR> TO FORGIVE US, NOT FOR THEM BUT FOR US. SO THAT PEACE <BR> MAY ABIDE ON THE INSIDE OF US. <BR> <BR> FOR ME SOME TIMES I WILL SAY TO HUBBY ARE YOU SERIOUS <BR> WHEN MOST OF THE TIME HE IS, SO I AME WORKING ON THAT! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:39:31 EST THE POWER OF PRAYER IN MY MARRIAGE Understand important truths about change. Everyone needs to change, because God wants every person to keep growing to become more like Him as long as they live. Since God is in the business of changing people, there's always hope for change. You and your spouse can change, no matter how tough the struggles you face. Being married creates the perfect opportunity for change because it helps you see how much you need to grow as a person. <BR> <BR> However, you can't change your spouse - only Go... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:35:06 EST I Messed Up But I Will Get it Right! There are times we mess up but you know what get up <BR> and do it agin. You and I can do this together. <em>104</em> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:50:33 EST WOO HOO, CELEBRATING YOU! GOT MY bIKE RIDE IN AND I AM POITIVE THAT I CAN AND WILL DO <BR> THIS. WITH THE HELP OF THE LORD!! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:35:22 EST PRAYING THE WORD OVER MY MARRIAGE! • Lord, please show me how to find the time to store your commands within my mind. As I turn my ear to Your wisdom, help me to apply my heart to doing things YOUR way. I know you are the giver of wisdom; help me to hear what you want me to learn even if I don’t always understand Your ways, or why you allow certain things to happen in my married life. I want to trust you with my whole heart. Please help me. I know that as I trust in You, You have promised me that You will make my paths straig... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:17:03 EST DAILY VITAMIN DOSE YOUR DAILY SPIRITUAL VITAMIN <BR> <BR> "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." <BR> Isaiah 1:18 <BR> <BR> <BR> Steve finished a load of white laundry and he noticed that everything had turned pink. In haste he had put a new beach towel in with the other items. The towel "bled" and left everything with a decisively pink tint. <BR> <BR> "Honey, what should I do," Steve lamented to his wife. "I can't... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 19:41:25 EST MY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK! SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD <BR> WORKOUT 4 TO 5 DAYS <BR> DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER <BR> AND ENCOURAGE MY HUSBAND! <BR> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 21:12:39 EST WHAT WAS YOU CHALLENGE TODAY? I AM UNDER THE WEATHER, SO TO WORK ON THE TEAMS <BR> AND WANTING TO WORK OUT BUT GOT TO REST Fri, 4 Oct 2013 13:55:26 EST Something To Smile About! Hubby sent me a text telling me He loved me, and you know I just had to smile. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:48:59 EST OH Well, I Must Try again Sometime this weight just seems like it does not want to move, but <BR> with the help of the Lord I am going to make. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:47:24 EST Ten Things You Can Do To Have a Healthy Marriage. Ways to Have a Healthy MarriageIt takes work to have a healthy marriage, but it is possible. Just like good nutrition and regular exercise can help you to have a healthy body, there are things you can do to have a healthy marriage. <BR> Here are 10 tips you can use to strengthen your marriage: <BR> <BR> 1) Spend Time with Each Other. <BR> Married partners need time with each other in order to grow strong together. Plan regularly scheduled date nights and weekend activities. If a getaway is n... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:44:55 EST DAILY POSITIVE WORDS OR ACTS FOR YOUR SPOUSE EACH DAY WHEN WE START OUR DAY SAY SOMETHING OR DO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR YOUR SPOUSE. REMEMBER, IT IS NOT WHAT THEY DO FOR YOU THAT COUNTS <BR> BUT WHAT YOU DO FOR CHRIST THAT WILL LAST. SO TAKE TIME AND BE POSITIVE. <BR> <BR> BASED ON 1 CORINTHIANS 13 <BR> SHOW SOME LOVE!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> “Marriage: Love is the reason. Lifelong friendship is the gift. Kindness is the cause. Til’ death do us part is the length.” <BR> -Fawn Weave <BR> <BR> Til do us part so we have to think positive t... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:32:33 EST Let Us Celebrate Your Anniversary With You!! It is Robert's and I anniversary and I am truly happy to be married to a <BR> wonderful man that God placed in my life. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:29:52 EST T.L.C READING CIRCLE SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO TAKE TAKE FOR OURSELEVS AND JUST RELAX <BR> ONE OF MYTENDER LOVING CARE MOMENTS IS MY TIME OF READING <BR> I LOVE TO READ, MY TIME IN THE WORD, DEVOTIONS AND JUST READING COME SHARE WITH US HOW YOU LIKE TO RELAX. <BR> <BR> FOR ME MY TLC IS I AM READING SUMMER PROMISE BY MARIANNE ELLIS Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:49:29 EST DARE TO WORK IN YOUR MARRIAGE! THIS IS LITTL THINGS TO HELP US MOVE IN OUR MARRIAGES WITH THE <BR> LOVE OF CHRIST. <BR> <BR> TODAY <BR> <BR> ONLY SAY POSITIVE THINGS TO YOUR SPOUSE EVEN IF YOU DON'T THINK <BR> HE DESERVES IT! <BR> <BR> HOW DID YOU DO? Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:43:06 EST A Little Upset (This is the Place) Sometimes we get alittle upset so instead of blowing up Let us help to encourage you <BR> through the rough spots. The Lord wants us to be helpers to one another. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:38:48 EST Ignite the Fire in Your Marriage It’s those small things that make him feel ten feet tall. It’s those small acts of kindness that say, “I’m thinking about you.” It’s those small things that make him so glad that he’s married to you. <BR> <BR> And if you could do those small things, why wouldn’t you? <BR> <BR> Even if you’re going through a tough time in your marriage, and you feel really distant, doing these small things can help you see the marriage in a different light, and help him feel more positively, too. When we act... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:34:18 EST SPARKPOINTS 10/5 Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:29:37 EST IGNITE THE FIRE IN YOUR HOME BY WOMEN LIVING WELL <BR> <BR> 5 qualities of a kind wife <BR> <BR> In Galatians 5:22 & 23 we are told that the fruit of the spirit is: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” <BR> <BR> The fruit – or the outcome of following the Lord – should result in kindness being displayed in our marriage. But sometimes we produce the rotten fruit of anger, bitterness, rage, slander, and selfishness. <BR> <BR> It is so much easier to complain th... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:10:03 EST STOP IN AS SAY HELLO! <em>213</em> HELLO EVERYONE HOPE YOU AVE A WONDERFUL DAY! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:01:35 EST A SPOON FULL FO SUGAR Scripture: Matthew 5:38-48 <BR> <BR> <BR> Giving away A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR sometimes requires the following: <BR> <BR> <BR> That We Go Beyond Obligation. <BR> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:00:50 EST WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR SPOUSE LATELY? I AM STILL GIVING MY HUSBAND FOOT MASAGES AS WELL AS GOING WITH HI <BR> TO COLUMBIA ON MY DAY OFF JUST TO BE WITH HIM. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:08:01 EST TODAY'S LOVE IN ACTON Keeping Alive Romance and Security... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Conversely, all it takes to see the romantic spark doused with buckets of cold water is to expose major impurities in one's character." <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley. <BR> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:53:28 EST LORD HEAR OUR PRAY (ALL PRAYER NEEDS) IN NEED OF PRAYER OR FOR SOMEONE, THIS IS THE PLACE, <BR> LET US JOIN TOGETHER IN PRAYER! <em>459</em> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:35:35 EST Make Over Devotion "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman <BR> that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30 <BR> <BR> Some may have heard about the little boy who asked his mother why she was putting on cold cream. She replied that she was making herself beautiful. When she went to take off the cold cream the little boy wanted to know what was the matter. Was she giving up? That little boy misunderstood the concept of the art of becoming beautiful. Sometimes we as Christian wom... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:08:54 EST WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO CHANGE THIS MONTH SOMETIME THERE ARE AREAS IN OUR MARRIAGE, EATING HABITS OR <BR> EVEN OUR WORKOUTS WE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CHANGE. WHAT IS <BR> YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE THIS MONTH? <BR> <BR> <BR> FOR ME IT IS TO BE ABLE TO GET MORE WORKOUT TIME IN <BR> MY HIP HAS BEEN PAINFUL AND I HAD TO REALLY SLOW THINGS <BR> DOWN SO HOPEFULLY I WILL BE BACK ON TRACK SOON. <BR> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:04:10 EST 30 Days of Encouragement for Your Husband! by Nancy Leigh DeMoss <BR> <BR> We're so glad you've decided to accept the "30-Day Encouragement Challenge" to encourage your husband! Your decision means that you truly want to be a blessing in your home. This challenge will also result in spiritual growth in your own life. <BR> <BR> We'd like to encourage you to keep track of what God does in your marriage over this next month. We hope you'll take time to share what God does in your home as you bless and encourage your spouse. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:28:44 EST Daily with the King Devotion Forever His Bride tracy@foreverhisbride. <BR> <BR> "But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.” Psalm 106:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chronological reading for today: Psalm 105-106. Enjoy reading the Word! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Spiritual Forgetfulness”, that's all I can call it; I forget, all too quickly, the amazing things God has done in my life! Why is that? Why do we so quickly forget what God has done and focus on our own "needs” and desires? <BR> ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:36:27 EST PRAYING SCRIPTURES FOR YOUR MARRIAGE! The following are prayers that God has impressed upon my heart that you may find helpful as you pray for your marriage. They are based upon the scriptures that are given after each prayer. We hope they will bless your prayer life. <BR> <BR> • Lord, please show me how to find the time to store your commands within my mind. As I turn my ear to Your wisdom, help me to apply my heart to doing things YOUR way. I know you are the giver of wisdom; help me to hear what you want me to learn even if ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 19:13:07 EST to Love, and Honor, and Vacuum Quotes <BR> <BR> 1. Love is by definition focused on its object. If I’m thinking about me, I am not focused on loving my man. <BR> Elspeth, Traditional Christianity, The Heart of the Five Love Languages Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:33:53 EST FireProofing Our Marriage (The Love Dare) Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 <BR> <BR> Love is Patient <BR> <BR> Ge completely humble and gentle, be patient <BR> bearing with one another in love. ----Ephesians 4:2 <BR> <BR> <BR> Love works. It is life's most powerful motivator and has far greater depth <BR> and meaning than most people realize. <BR> <BR> Today's Dare <BR> <BR> DEMONSTRATE PATIENCE AND TO SAY NOTHING NEGATIVE TO <BR> YOUR SPOUSE AT ALL. IF THE TEMPTATION ARISES, CHOOSE ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:58:05 EST Husbands Some Encouragement Just for You! To fill with courage <BR> <BR> Encouraging your spouse literally places courage in them just like “entrust” means to place trust in someone. Good encouragement will cause it’s recipient to be filled with courage – imagine that! <BR> <BR> The explanation is simple but I love it. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:02:15 EST A Prayer for You! <BR> Prayer Of The Day – Wives With Anxiety <BR> For Jun 06, 2013 05:29 am <BR> <BR> Dear God, <BR> <BR> I lift up wives who struggle with anxiety. Worry and fear hinder our ability to live a joyful, confident life. May your Holy Spirit help us to be aware of when we are under the burden of anxiety. May your truthfulness and wisdom guide us through our circumstance and whatever is causing the anxiety to stir. Whether it is finances, health, security, or anything else that may trigger anxie... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 12:36:23 EST MEN STAY ENCOURAGE We're so glad you've decided to accept the "30-Day Encouragement Challenge" to encourage your husband! Your decision means that you truly want to be a blessing in your home. This challenge will also result in spiritual growth in your own life. <BR> <BR> We'd like to encourage you to keep track of what God does in your marriage over this next month. We hope you'll take time to share what God does in your home as you bless and encourage your spouse. <BR> <BR> Day One: <BR> "The heart of her h... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 12:25:06 EST Hip Hop Abes, Rockin Body, Zumba, Runnig,Anything IT IS TOME TO MARK, MOVE AND GROVE, WORK THAT BODY. <BR> WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO KEEP IN SHAPE. <BR> <BR> TODAY IT WILL BE 20 MIN OF HIP HOP ABE'S Thu, 6 Jun 2013 12:12:21 EST Home for the Heat of Women This is a place to encourage you Ladies when your going through a struggle <BR> in marriage or even within yourself. I pray that you will be lifted up. <BR> <BR> "Listen to your spouse. That special person may be passing on what God wants you to hear" <BR> <BR> Encouragement is needed since husbands and wives are not naturally: <BR> <BR> Inspired - to expend energy on the same path, nor <BR> Motivated - to have the same priorities or take the same course of action, nor <BR> I... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:55:53 EST A Prayer for You! Dear Lord, <BR> <BR> Thank you for marriage. I pray right now that I would always have a heart of thankfulness. I realize that thankfulness and gratitude fuel joy in my heart! Help me to be appreciative of my husband. I pray that there would be encouraging words on my tongue to share with my husband. Words that would express my gratitude. I am thankful for his love, I am grateful for his hard word, and I am appreciative that he encourages me daily. Holy Spirit fill my heart with gratitude. M... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 16:38:17 EST What are some of your day to day Challenges? I sometime have t push really hard to work out as well as maintain <BR> a up lifted attitude with hubby where I once worked only 3 days I now <BR> work 5 days. He is a farmer, as well as have a part time job, so I am now trying to make sure we don't miss each but though the help of the Holy Spirit I doing it. Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:36:50 EST FireProof Bible Study (From the Movie) I f you have seen the Moving Caleb says that Catherine does not not ------------------------------- <BR> him what is it that Catherine does not do? Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:24:23 EST Accountability (Check In) Here and I hope you have a wonderful day! Remember You can do it! <em>213</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 15:40:17 EST 31 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR YOUR HUSBAND by Nancy Leigh DeMoss <BR> <BR> “She does him good . . .” (Proverbs 31:12a [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] ) <BR> <BR> Bless your husband by praying for him! The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another (Ephesians 6:18). This includes wives’ responsibility and privilege to pray for their husbands. Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home (Proverbs 31:11-12). <BR> <BR> Satan desires to destroy your hus... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:42:56 EST ENCOURAGING WORDS OR TIPS Find Poems and Quotations that express the feelings you can't put into words Fri, 31 May 2013 12:36:58 EST 31 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR YOUR HUSBAND “She does him good . . .” (Proverbs 31:12a) <BR> <BR> Bless your husband by praying for him! The Apostle Paul instructed all Christians to pray for one another (Ephesians 6:18 ). This includes wives’ responsibility and privilege to pray for their husbands. Earnest prayer for your husband is good for him, for you and the spiritual health of your home (Proverbs 31:11-12 [ ). <BR> <BR> Satan desires to destroy your husband, especially his character and his leadership in your relationship. Tr... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:35:08 EST Prayer of the Day for Wives Dear Heavenly Father, I lift up my marriage to you. I pray that you would build a solid foundation of trust between my husband and I. Show us how to trust each other in marriage. I pray that our trust grows and multiplies. Also, please help us not to let each other down. Remind us that you are willing to trust us! Thank you for trusting us. I also lift up other marriages. I pray for husbands and wives who are struggling to trust each other. I pray for the ones who feel so hurt and betrayed, t... Thu, 30 May 2013 21:27:52 EST The 40 Daily Dared I am starting the Love dare Challenge Over Here I hope You will Join us in Checking <BR> to see if Our Marriages Are indeed FireProof! I will Be working From the Lord Dare <BR> Daily Cards I Pray that You will take Part because I know that I will Be <BR> <BR> Dare One <BR> <BR> THE FIRST PART OF THIS DAY IS SIMPLE ALTHOUGH LOVE IS COMMUNICATED <BR> IN A NUMBER OF WAYS, OUR WORDS OFTEN REFLECT THE CONDITION OF OUR <BR> HEART. FOR THE NEXT DAY, RESOLV... Tue, 28 May 2013 11:46:48 EST Feel the Need to Vent? This is the Place,Pray Time Sometimes we get frustrated and we need to let it out. And Pray about <BR> for together we can do it! Mon, 20 May 2013 10:43:18 EST WHAT DID YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE DO TODAY? Robert and I got a chance to eat lunch together, usually i am at work, <BR> but i have the day off! Fri, 17 May 2013 14:49:53 EST Challenge: Hip Hop Abes, Rockin Body, Workouts! how many like to dance or just workout, it be walking, running, swimming, <BR> or working out with weights, Insanity, Tap out, come and Join us as we <BR> work on our bodies and encourage one another!!! <BR> <BR> Last night hubby and I did Fat Burning Cardio- Shawn T 37 min <BR> I have been doing Rockin Body which I love so this is new. <BR> <BR> today it will be 20 min on the Recumbent bike!! <em>324</em> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:45:16 EST How many Ways To Say I Love Some times it is just with a touch! <BR> <BR> Share your thoughts. <em>246</em> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:37:01 EST Quick Tips and Encouragements The success of marriage comes not in finding the “right” person, but in the <BR> ability of both partners to adjust to the real person they ineveitably realize they <BR> married. <BR> <BR> John Fischer Wed, 15 May 2013 16:09:47 EST Encouraging Tips and Quotes for Your Marriage! 1. Love is by definition focused on its object. If I’m thinking about me, I am not focused on loving my man. <BR> <BR> Elspeth, Traditional Christianity, The Heart of the Five Love Languages <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a bless night! AR <em>43</em> Tue, 14 May 2013 22:22:53 EST NEWBIE! Love to "meet " you! My name is Melissa and I am new to SparkPeople....Been doing it faithfully for a week now, but did not get on the computer till now! was recently blessed to meet Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. It was a meeting that was unexpected and he gave his time to me, sought me out, it was a God thing! He asked me one question that turned my heart around, finally. He asked me "Who are you, Melissa?" I replied, "I am mom, a fat, lazy mom"..with tears...He grabbed my shoulders a... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 03:13:09 EST Is it worth it Lately I don't beleive so. One person can't hold a marriage together alone. And I'm ready to give up I just can't take it anymore. You can only love someone who doesn't care for so many years before it starts to tear you down Fri, 8 Jul 2011 14:31:07 EST CHALLENGE, FOR JULY! WELL, WE ARE HEADING INTO ANOTHER MONTH, <BR> AND THE 4TH OF JULY IS COMING UP <BR> <BR> OUR CHALLENGE IS TO <BR> <BR> 1.WATCH OUR CALORIES! <BR> <BR> 2.DRINK OUR WATER! <BR> <BR> 3.INSTEAD OF HAVING SWEETS, MAKE IT FRUITS <BR> AND VEGGIES. <BR> 4.HAVE SOME FUN AND REMEMBER WE CAN DO THIS. <BR> <BR> I HAVE STARED BECAUSE I AM DETERMINED TO <BR> KEEP MY FOCUS, BECAUSE I WANT TO PLEASE <BR> THE LORD! JUST ME, PG <em>43</em> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:45:18 EST FEELING FRUSTRATED, OR JUST NEED TO VENT. THERE ARE TIMES WE FEEL FRUSTRATED OR WE NEED TO GET THINGS OUT <BR> AND NOT HOLD THEN IN. THIS IS THE PLACE LET US HELP ENCOURAGE YOU. <BR> REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ALONE. <em>306</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:01:55 EST WHAT IS IT YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR SPOUSE? I LOVE THAT HE ALWAYS TAKES TIME TO LISTEN TO ME. PG Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:53:26 EST What is it your Love About Your Spouce! I love the way he laughs! PG Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:49:19 EST JUST HOW FIREPROOF IS YOUR MARRIAGE? LET'S TALK. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU TOOK INVENTORY <BR> OF YOUR MARRIAGE? HAVE YOU NOTICED SOME <BR> TENSION, OR IS THERE FIRE? IS YOUR HOUSE <BR> A HOME? <BR> <BR> <BR> ONE THING I HAVE COME TO REALIZE IS I <BR> MUST DO A OVERHAUL EVERY SO OFTEN. <BR> I NEVER WANT TO TAKE MY HUSBAND FOR <BR> GRANTED. WHEN GOD GAVE ME THIS MAN, <BR> I NEW HE WAS AND IS FROM THE LORD. <BR> SO WHEN I SENSE SOMETHING IN ME <BR> I HAVE TO GO TO THE FATHER AND ASK <BR> HIM TO TAKE WHAT EVER IS, YOU SEE I WANT TO <B... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 09:21:03 EST Devotion for Dieters June 7 <BR> <BR> 1 John 3:3 <BR> And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. <BR> <BR> One of the best side effects of dieting is the purging our bodies receive. Interestingly, our bodies function best when we eat less. We don't overload our systems, and therefore they work better. Our bodies get cleaned out, and we feel better. It is easy to forget that we are helping our bodies operate at peak efficiency, and that our dieting cleans our entire syste... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:07:08 EST Hey, What's for Dinner Tonight? We had veggies and brown rice. <BR> also some watermelon for snack. Sat, 4 Jun 2011 19:01:56 EST Sparkpoints Don't forget to Spin! 2 <em>347</em> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 10:55:22 EST WORKOUT TIME. Dance, Walking,Bikes, let's Move! what ever you like to do dancing, walking, running, or bikes <BR> let's get up and move! <BR> <BR> today not only did I get a good workout on the <BR> job with the books. I also did power walk <BR> for 14 min 1 mil <BR> <BR> So come come on and join us. <em>224</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 18:24:07 EST June 2011 Goals Post your monthly goals here! Tue, 31 May 2011 11:41:04 EST April 2011 Goals Just wanting to be active I thought I would post this ... <BR> <BR> My particular April Goals are : <BR> <BR> ~ to lose 8 pounds <BR> <BR> ~ drink at least 8 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> ~ to take my B12 and D3 everyday <BR> <BR> ~ to pass all of my classes with an A Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:30:56 EST Don't like strength training or working out alone. Although I'm super close to my goal weight, I haven't noticed much of a change in my body SHAPE recently. I really want to tighten my triceps, abs, hamstrings, and butt. I have some exercises I've found online written out and I also have a video I can do at home. I have a gym I go to, but it's mainly just cardio. How do I get motivated to workout at home? I guess there's really no good answer other than I just need to stop being lazy and tell myself that being fit is more important, but so fa... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:22:36 EST February 2011 goals Post all your goals for next month here! Sorry for starting this so late. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:14:23 EST Cheap anniversary ideas Hello... Does anyone have any 'cheap' ideas that would be special for our 15th anniversary. <BR> The date is four months from today!! (June 1st) So I have time to save a little and to plan but need ideas!! <BR> Hubby is not the sentimental type (but I am). I don't think he would go for the renewing vows idea unless I insisted, and I don't want to start the next 15 years with doing something I want but he doesn't... now I might ask him if we can exchange new vows just between us, write them d... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 09:08:58 EST January 2011 Goals! Post all your goals for next month here! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:05:44 EST All beliefs welcome. How is the book for you? I want people of all faiths to feel comfortable to join this group and post here. While The Love Dare book quotes the Bible, the ideas are universal. I, myself, am not at all religious. I believe in a Higher Power and am still working on trusting my Higher Power. I find it hard to trust anyone so trusting a power I've never seen is tough, but I see how he/she is working in my life. Whatever your beliefs, please feel comfortable expressing yourself here. <BR> <BR> On this page, I encourage yo... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:09:47 EST Needing a new team leader I'm really nervous, but I am going to send a request to become a co-leader for the team. When I come to this page, it says that our leader hasn't posted here in over 60 days and gives me a link to click on to be nominated co-leader. So that's what I'll do. I have never been a leader of a SparkTeam. I don't know what is involved at all. I really wish this team was more active. I don't want to see the team be cancelled because we're not active, so I will do my best here. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 23:05:10 EST Facebook Fireproof If you are on Facebook and want to keep up with each other that way. Look me up <BR> <BR> I am Virginia Arnold <BR> Brooksville, Florida <BR> <BR> I also have a blog today with a few tips that may help. <BR> <BR> Would love to have my Sparksfriends as Facebookfriends Sat, 2 Jan 2010 10:02:30 EST January 2010 Goals Post your goals here! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:58:42 EST Where have all the Firefighters gone I once posted that I needed a fire extinguisher, Thank You God, I do not need one any longer. Our marriage seems to be fireproof. I can honestly say “I love my husband” and I am sure he loves me. <BR> However I am staying on this team, because it is not a fix and forget it. <BR> Yesterday we attended the funeral of my sister in law’s father. He was a great guy, a wonderful, dad, grandfather, and husband. I sat in the church and had to wonder did my own husband know how much he is appre... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 08:28:45 EST Advice Let's just say I woke up last night and found myself in the mess of the exact problems in the "Fireproof" movie. Only my husband isn't going to be doing the "Love Dare". I don't know how much more I can take. He turns to his computer for EVERYTHING. To talk to laugh to spend time with and yes even sex. Caught him again at 1 this morning. I don't know what to do. I love him to death but I can't take much more...I pray but get nowhere... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:59:22 EST October Goals! Post your October Goals here! Wed, 30 Sep 2009 09:59:21 EST September Goals Place your September goals here! Tue, 1 Sep 2009 12:21:44 EST The Importanceof Time Hello, ladies. I hope that all is well with y'all. I just wanted to post some encouraging words and a small testimony. My dh works a schedule where we don't get to spend much time together, especially during the school year when I'm working. The Lord blessed him to take off a few days so we could attend the Marriage REtreat at our church. It was phenomenal. I barely have words to express how much fun we had. We went to New Orleans, rode on a paddle boat and had dinner, did a little sho... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 22:20:37 EST August Goals! Post your August goals here! Thu, 30 Jul 2009 14:58:09 EST Age old question I have seen a discussion similar to this in another thread on this team... but it was going a different direction. However, it leads me to believe this is a problem not just in my marriage!! <BR> <BR> Eventually, the questions are: <BR> Who does what chores in your house and how did you decide to split them this way? <BR> Also, do the amount of time involved in each one's chores reflect the amount of time you have at home (for example, my husband works 40+ hours a week out of the home, I on... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:16:16 EST Married 3 months... have 3 kids and 3step kids. Hello, my name is Oksana. I saw this topic and I had to join. WOW. Great team name. <BR> I am recently married to a wonderful man. Tom (my husband) got baptized one week ago. I gained 3 extra kids and we have had challenges. Oh my... life can be hard. I am here to make sure God is with us in our marriage. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Sun, 19 Jul 2009 01:55:48 EST July Goals Hey all post your July goals here. Sorry we missed June. <BR> My July goals are to drink 48 oz of water everyday, exercise 30 min 3 times a week, and finish out my softball season with church. Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:36:09 EST marriage question (and venting) How do you balance your ideals and expectations with reality? How do you give 100% and still expect to get something in return? How do you respond when the expectations are not met, or even attempted? <BR> <BR> I am a giver... When I see a need I like to contribute on how to meet the need. I like to serve, in my community, in my church, and in my home. I try to do things so that others in my household do not have to... ideally so when we are all home we can have more time together. <BR... Fri, 5 Jun 2009 23:44:25 EST Love Dare Day 10 I am working the Love Dare and I think I'm doing well. My husband was supposed to be doing it with me, but he has yet to start. Which leads to me to my issue. I am on Day 10. This is the one about agape love and the dare is to do something out of the ordinary for your spouse and it gives several examples. I already do all of those things. I "do" for my husband A LOT!!! <BR> <BR> It also poses the question "How can you continue to show love when it's not returned in a way that you had ho... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 09:37:29 EST June Goals! Post your June goals here! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 07:19:10 EST Hello,all! I had a pretty good day today, but I know Tuesday and Friday will probably be better, if the Lord says the same. My husband and I are celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary today! We didn't get to do much, since he has to work. He rarely is able to take off, so I decided to take off Tuesday (his off day) to spend time with him. He surprised me and told me that he managed to take off Friday so that he can take me to the India Arie concert. I love her! We haven't been to a c... Sun, 17 May 2009 18:53:40 EST Hello all Hello all I hope everyone is doing well. I am getting ready to watch the Fireproof DVD with my Hubby we haven't seen since the theater. And he has been gone for almost three weeks so I can't wait to spend time with him!! Sun, 3 May 2009 20:13:13 EST May Goals! Post your May goals here! Tue, 28 Apr 2009 08:08:48 EST New to the Group Good Morning Everyone!! I'm Erika. I've been married to my wonderful husband for 6 years, been together for 10. We live in Northern Indiana with our two children. <BR> <BR> Our church had a marriage retreat last year and Fireproof was the theme. We've done our Love Dare, and are finding that ever since we came back from the retreat our marriage is stronger then ever. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me! <BR> <BR> Grace and Peace, <em>30</em> <BR> Erika Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:01:03 EST Marriage was spelled wrong Hello all I have been gone a while due to some serious health problems. How is fireproofing going?? I hope good and I hope all of you have seen the fabulous movie which is out on DVD. When I started this group I spelled Marriage wrong in our title and it was pointed out to me. I am sorry that was just a typo and it is now fixed. Thu, 16 Apr 2009 18:20:05 EST Nervous WELL, IT'S BEEN ALMOST 2YRS. SINCE I'VE BEEN BACK HOME TO SEE MY MOM AND DAD, AS WELL AS FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I HAVE SEVERAL EMOTIONS GOING THROUGH ME, EXCITED, NERVOUS, ANXIOUS,AND ASHAMED. SINCE I LEFT I HAVE PUT ON ABOUT 20-30LBS. I WORKED SO HARD WHEN I WAS THERE BACK IN 2007 TO MAINTAIN THE WEIGHT THAT I HAD LOST FORM MY WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY BACK IN 2006. WHEN I WENT HOME EVERYONE WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH MY NEW CHANGE AND THE RESULTS OF WHAT I'D ACCOMPLISHED. I FELT SO GOOD ABOUT MYSELF THAT... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:30:08 EST Books!!!! !!!!!!!!! Here is a list of christian self-help books that I have read, <BR> and think you'd enjoy! <BR> Happy reading as follows: <BR> * A Woman's Rolw in the Home-Tony Evans <BR> * Created to be His Help Meet-Debi Pear <BR> * Resolving Conflict in Marriage- Darrell L.Hines <BR> * The 10 Commandments of Marriage- Ed Young <BR> *Love/Respect-Dr, Emerson Eggerich <BR> ... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 07:50:17 EST New to the team... Hi everyone! I have been married for forever it seems, but its only been about 16 years. I have 2 children, 15 and 10. I have been doing the weight ups and downs for many years and have finally decided to make a committment to myself to lose it for good. Don't have a lot of support at home with this. Hubby thinks I'm just fine the way I am. <BR> <BR> I have had a lot happen in my life lately and it seems that I am being tested to the limit right now. I am trying to stay strong and loo... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 12:02:29 EST April Goals Post your goals for April here! Sat, 28 Mar 2009 10:24:43 EST new to the team 2 Hi everyone <BR> I just recently seen the movie and I was excited to see a team from it. I am sure I will enjoy to being apart of this group. Tue, 10 Mar 2009 18:21:28 EST His needs/Her needs My book came in the mail yesterday. I was so excited! I was only able to read chapter 1 and am already saying "yes that's us". Especially the part about how affairs start with friendships. That is what I was trying to explain to DH. I can't wait to get home tonight so I can continue reading. Thu, 5 Mar 2009 09:43:14 EST 40 day challenge. Does any one have the book of the 40 day challenge from the movie fire proof? I was wondering if we could start a site for the 40 days and post the new challenge each day. <BR> Kathy Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:43:54 EST March Goals! Can't believe it is almost that time already! Post your March Goals here. Mon, 23 Feb 2009 18:05:08 EST Happy to be Here Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just purchased the book, "The Love Dare" and while I haven't watched the movie yet, I received it from Netflix the other day. <BR> <BR> I came across the book through a prayer circle I am in. I was praying for my marriage of almost 10 years (our anniversary is on March 13th). I prayed to continue to fight temptation that we all face, and also for more of the spark to come back. It is tough to keep that romance alive, especially with a 2 yr. old and another on the... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 11:57:44 EST Valentine's Day Letter to Share Dear Virginia: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As Valentine's Day will soon be celebrated, I want to share this message as my heartfelt gift to you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As busy as we are, and we are so busy, let's never be too busy to make time to enjoy the connection with someone we love. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope you'll enjoy this greeting and will share it with others....Responses welcomed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A group of 4 to 10 year-olds was asked, "What does love mean?" Here's a... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 11:48:27 EST We could use some assistance, suggestion, &prayer This morning Husband and I spent some time together before the house woke up. We took a test I got off the internet to see how much we knew about each other. Sad to say that after 12 years of marriage we both failed, both of us getting only 13 out of 44 questions correct. It is funny that we had the same score, but the out come is a lot disappointing. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions or exercise, that we can do that will motivate us to get the "spark" back, will be greatly appreciated. Sun, 1 Feb 2009 09:11:01 EST February Goals Post your February Goals here! Fri, 30 Jan 2009 07:42:07 EST What did you do today for the glory of the LORD? Today I'm consecrating my tasks to God for HIS glory including my best efforts in <BR> -being a cheerful, grateful, cooperative wifey, <BR> -eating right, <BR> -exercising, <BR> -laundry, <BR> -cooking, <BR> -budgeting <BR> -wise use of time. <BR> <BR> With God all things are possible! Man this house falls short of the glory of God! Little by little - baby steps - one day at a time sweet Jesus. HE is my helper. What about you? Fri, 23 Jan 2009 13:56:03 EST Best Life Series Have any of you seen the Oprah's best life series. I watched a webcast last night with her and Bob Greene about falling of the wagon(of dieting). It was an awesome webcast if you want to see it go to Also she is having a webcast every night this week at 9 p.m. eastern each night is a different subject on how to live the best life ever. These webcasts are live!! TOnight she is doing one with Dr. Oz He has an Ultimate Health Checklist. I will be tuning in any one want to join me?? Tue, 13 Jan 2009 08:51:04 EST I am back Hello to all. Welcome to all of you new people who have joined recently. ANd to all of you who were here in the beginning Hello!! I just wanted to let you all know I had a rough few months but I am better. For those of you who don't know I have Acute PAncreatitis and Pancreatic Divism. I have had a feeding tube since June of last year. I recently got ill again and spent some time in the hosopital. However Thanks to my heavenly father I am getting better I am actually aloud to eat again and I ... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 21:49:49 EST January Goals Post your January Goals here! Mon, 22 Dec 2008 08:36:17 EST December Goals Posting this just a little early but towards the end of December use this to post your December goals! Fri, 21 Nov 2008 08:20:50 EST The extras - helpful articles Please place any articles you come across that are good for relationships OR loosing weight here. <BR> <BR> Love Never Fails"—Do You? <BR> <BR> WHAT is love? The world over, there are proverbs that highlight the value of true love. <BR> A Zulu proverb says, "Love does not choose the blade of grass on which it falls." <BR> In the Philippines people say, "Love is the salt of life." <BR> A Lebanese proverb states, "Love overlooks defects and hatred magnifies shortcomings." <BR> Similar is... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 07:28:32 EST November Goals Post your goals for November here! Fri, 31 Oct 2008 05:14:05 EST just got the love dare. i just got the love dare and im so excited to start this, i really think its just what i need to help me be the better wife i know i can be. <em>43</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2008 19:14:23 EST Monthly Book Club Schedule Sent this via email but want it to be posted for all the newbies. Please post in this thread suggestions you have for the monthly book club. Below is our tentative schedule with descriptions via the email I sent out. <BR> <BR> So I thought that I would start this just in case you wanted to put some other of these books on your wish list. This is NOT set in stone. If I get feedback that a certain book does not seem appealing I will take it off even if it is in the middle of the month. I want... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 23:28:50 EST new to this team hi im new to this team my name is Krissy and im going to be 22 in 2 months <em>43</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2008 20:55:14 EST The Day to Day Chat Room Use this forum to talk about day to day topics and get to know each other like what we have up for the weekend etc! Wed, 15 Oct 2008 10:37:19 EST October Goals As we know long term goals must be broken down into smaller manageable pieces so every month let's keep accountable and creat monthly goals and check in weekly on our progress. There are still two more weeks so post your goals for the rest of the month here! Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:33:09 EST My Long Term Goals We all came to sparkpeople with weight loss goals of course, but our lives are much more complex than that! Share all your weight loss, relationship, and personal goals here! Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:30:17 EST Yeah Me! Let's celebrate together! There are ups and downs in this journey of weight loss, marraige, familyhood and life in general. We need to celebrate to good times to offset to bad. From job promotions, raises, hitting a weight loss goal, and anything else. Let's celebrate together here! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:28:55 EST Please help! Post any and all difficulties you may be having in this discussion. We are a team and are here to support one another. Whether it is weight loss, marraige or child-rearing related, let us know so we can support you! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:26:58 EST Why I haven't been on Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I wanted to let all of you know why haven't been on here lately. I just got out of the hospital. I have something called Acute Pancreatitis. I have a feeding tube right now. However I am able to eat regular food now. But for 2 months I wasn't. On Weds. I had what is called a Pancreas Attack. It is very painful so I had to go to my local emergency room. They admitted me and I had to stay until this past Sunday. I went today to see the specialist that put the feeding... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 22:59:09 EST Day 8 Yesterday on Day 7 of the love dare I had to write on two different sheets of paper negatives and positives about mu husband. I realized through this process that I am VERY quick to think about the negatives. I came up with my negatives very fast. But after I gave myself some time I came up with more positives than negatives. I also realized that I am a lucky woman because my positives were big deals. Now tonight I have to burn the list of negatives. I will gladly do so get them out of my min... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 21:27:15 EST The Sermon at my church My pastor has been focusing on Fireproofing marriages. He is doing a 5 week Sermon I thought i would share with you guys because today was great. <BR> <BR> Malachi 2:13-16 <BR> "Another thing you do. You flood the Lord's altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offering or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask. "Why?" It is because the Lord is acting as the the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith ... Sun, 5 Oct 2008 22:27:26 EST The Love Dare I am on day 5. How about anyone else have you started?? It has been pretty easy for me so far. Except for my husband being in Missouri right now. And we live in Virginia. I miss him very very much. It is hard to handle all four kids, the house, the bills, and everything else without him here. He hates working like this but right now we don't have a choice if we ever want to get caught up on our bills. I looked ahead a little and some of the dares kind of require him to be here and I am unsure... Sat, 4 Oct 2008 14:34:06 EST What is your weight loss goals??? Okay my weight loss goals are: <BR> To loose 7.5 punds a month <BR> My dates are <BR> October 29 152.5 <BR> November 29 145 <BR> December 29 137.5 <BR> January 29 130 <BR> <BR> So my ultimate goal is to be 130 pounds by the end of January. <BR> I also need to make myself workout much more often. I changed the way I eat and I don't drink soda anymore I just can't seem to make myself work out regularly. <BR> So my goal would be to walk a half hour atleast three days a week. Fri, 3 Oct 2008 22:29:24 EST Monthly Book Club I hope you guys will like this idea and jump on board. But I am a self-help/self-improvement junkie. So I thought it would be good if perhaps once a month or so we focuse on and discuss a book that could improve our relationships and roles as wives. Of course starting with the Love Dare which I just ordered today. <BR> I'm thinking we can start this for November and discuss what we learned, what techniques worked best etc. By that time Patricia you will have just about finished the book a... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 11:19:08 EST How do you difuse the situation?? When my husband and I started out after all the newness wore off we used to argue all the time. When I say argue I mean scream, cuss, throw things, and I swore I was leaving once a week. And one time I actually did for 6 months. I drew clear lines and so did he of what we expected of each other in our relationship. In all honesty though I couldn't live without him. I had not found God at this point in my life and he still is learning but much closer. Now it has been three years since then and... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 00:31:26 EST Name the Ways...... In this area you can name the ways you and your husband show that you love each other. All the special things that you do. What makes your marriage GREAT????? Wed, 1 Oct 2008 23:43:55 EST Our Wedding Story And the second half to recap and keep "that loving feeling" post your wedding story. <BR> <BR> My wedding story - Tashena Lynette Gonzales 08/16/08 <BR> <BR> So I had a rough day on Friday but did have some fun the night before. I came home and set everything out, shaved, whitened my teeth etc. and went to bed around 2:00 a..m. but couldn’t fall asleep immediately. Then I was worried about all the things I had to do and communicate so I woke up around 4:30! I had been taking sleeping pills... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:00:41 EST Our engagement Story One of the best ways (so they say!) to keep the love alive is to remember the love you started with. So post your engagement story here so you can relive it! <BR> <BR> WHEN WE GOT ENGAGED <BR> <BR> September 8, 2007 <BR> <BR> HOW IT HAPPENED <BR> <BR> Well it was a surprise for me at Anton's going away picnic as congratulations from leaving his place of worship at Madison Heights and switching over to Pontiac Spanish. <BR> He did tell me all week that we were going to have a great we... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 08:57:06 EST Vital Stats Here is where we can introduce ourselves to the team! <BR> <BR> Name: Tashena Lynette Gonzales <BR> <BR> City: Waterford, MI <BR> <BR> Wedding Date: 08/16/08 <BR> <BR> Hobbies: Writing Poetry, Reading books Wed, 1 Oct 2008 08:55:16 EST Seen the Movie This discussion is for those of you who have seen the movie or would like to hear what others thought of the movie to help you decide if you want to see it. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 23:20:33 EST Oh yeah Oh yeah I forgot I have been married for a year and 6 months. However we have been together for almost 5 years. Please don't be discouraged by me being a newly wed. I am hoping to help and also learn from others. Thanks Patricia Tue, 30 Sep 2008 23:10:37 EST Hello Hello to everyone my name is Patricia. I am a mother of four wonderful children. I have twins that are 8 years old. I have a 3 year old and my only boy is 1 year old. I am excited about getting to know everyone who joins. I chose to start this group after seeing the movie "Fireproof". However you don't have to have seen the movie to be a part of this group. I just wanted to share with others what I have learned and hope to keep learning from seeing this movie and how it has helped my marriage... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 23:08:42 EST