SparkPeople Calling Christian Women - The Official Team Team Messageboard Calling Christian Women who want to put themselves on the priority list! Let’s support one another so that we can better support our families. This is a more personal team just for the ladies. SparkPeople Calling Christian Women - The Official Team Team Messageboard Day 13 Day 13 <BR> <BR> Record your weight today <BR> <BR> 15 habits to work on <BR> 1) did you eat a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) did you eat 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) did you eat a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) did you eat a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) did you exercise for 10 intentional exercise which DOES NOT include daily activities such as house cleaning or gardening <BR> ***if you answered yes these to #1 through 5 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) no watching... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:15:26 EST Day 12 Day 12 <BR> <BR> Record your weight <BR> <BR> 15 habits to work on <BR> 1) did you eat a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) did you eat 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) did you eat a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) did you eat a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) did you exercise for 10 intentional minutes - this does include daily activities such as house cleaning or gardening <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #5 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) do not watch tv or read wh... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:06:13 EST ** Day 12 ** ** Day 12 ** <BR> <BR> Record your weight today <BR> <BR> <BR> 15 habits to work on: <BR> 1) did you eat a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) did you eat 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) did you eat a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) did you eat a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) did you exercise for 15 minutes of intentional exercise (does not include daily routines such as house cleaning or gardening) <BR> 6) no tv watching or reading while eating <BR> 7) no sugar (except fr... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:23:09 EST Day 11 Apprecipate good support Day 11 Appreciate good support <BR> <BR> Record your weight today <BR> <BR> 15 habits to work on <BR> 1) did you eat a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) did you eat 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) did you eat a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) did you eat a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) did you get in 10 minutes of intentional exercise (does not include daily routine activities which might include house cleaning or gardening) <BR> 6) no tv watching or reading while eating... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:13:58 EST ** Day 10 ** Here's what I want ** Day 10 ** Here's what I want <BR> <BR> WHAT DID YOU WEIGHT ON DAY 1? <BR> WHAT DO YOU WEIGH TODAY? <BR> HOW MUCH HAVE YOU LOST? <BR> IF YOU HAVE NOT LOST GIVE A POSITIVE REASON WHY NOT? (not an excuse) <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING ON <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) I ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I exercise for 10 intentional minutes today (does not include such... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:41:32 EST ** Day 9 ** Help me please ** Day 9 ** Help me please <BR> <BR> <BR> RECORD YOUR WEIGHT TODAY <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING ON TODAY <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast today <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) I ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I exercised for 10 intentional exercise today ( does not include activities such as house cleaning <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #6 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) I did not watch ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:33:16 EST ** Day 8 ** I can do it ** Day 8 ** I can do it <BR> <BR> RECORD TODAYS WEIGHT <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING ON <BR> <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast today <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grain <BR> 4) 1 ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I exercised for 10 intentional minutes today (does not include activities such as house cleaning <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #5 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) I did not watch tv or read while... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:28:24 EST ** Day 7 ** Protect your program ** Day 7 ** Protect your program <BR> <BR> RECORD TODAYS WEIGHT <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING ON <BR> <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) I ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I did 10 minutes of intentional exercise today (does not include general activities such as house cleaning) <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #5 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) I did not watch T... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:02:32 EST ** Day 6 ** Magic notebook ** Day 6 ** Magic Notebook <BR> <BR> RECORD YOUR WEIGHT <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING ON ARE <BR> <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) I ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I did 10 minutes of intentional exercise (does not include general activities such as house cleaning <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #5 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) I did not watch TV or read w... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:56:51 EST ** Day 5 ** Boundaries, not diets ** Day 5 ** Boundaries not diets <BR> <BR> RECORD TODAYS WEIGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING ON <BR> <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grain <BR> 4) I ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I exercised for 10 intentional minutes today (does not include regular activities such as house cleaning <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #5 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) I did not watch ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:37:09 EST ** Day 4 ** Do it anyway ** Day 4 ** DO IT ANYWAY <BR> <BR> RECORD TODAYS WEIGHT <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING THROUGH <BR> <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast today <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grains today <BR> 4) I ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I exercised for 10 intentional minutes (does not include everyday activities such as cleaning the house) <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #5 then you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) I did n... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:25:57 EST ** Day 3 ** Interested or committed? ** Day 3 ** INTERESTED OR COMMITTED? <BR> <BR> RECORD TODAYS WEIGHT <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING ON <BR> <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) I ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I did 10 minutes of intentional exercise (does not include every day activities such as cleaning the house) <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #5 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) I did not watc... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:02:31 EST ** Day 2 ** I used to be that way ** Day 2 ** I USED TO BE THAT WAY <BR> <BR> RECORD YOUR WEIGHT: <BR> <BR> 15 HABITS WE ARE WORKING ON <BR> <BR> 1) I ate a healthy breakfast today <BR> 2) I ate 4 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit <BR> 3) I ate a serving of whole grains <BR> 4) I ate a serving of healthy fats <BR> 5) I did 10 minutes of intentional exercise (this is over and above regular activity such as cleaning the house) <BR> ** If you answered YES to #1 through #5 you are on track <BR> <BR> 6) I did not ... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:38:23 EST Day 1 Getting ready Day 1 GETTING READY <BR> <BR> RECORD TODAY'S WEIGHT <BR> This is so that you will have a starting weight for doing this 100 days. Every day you will be encouraged to write your daily weight. But on each 10th day we will reflect back to Day 1 weight and current weight to see how you are doing. Please do not get hung up about weight daily - just do it <BR> <BR> <BR> READINESS QUIZ <BR> This is an important place to start as it will give you an idea if you are really ready to start losi... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:17:18 EST Names of God Abba <BR> For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" Romans 8:15 <BR> <BR> Lamb of God <BR> The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29 Sun, 5 Mar 2017 11:26:06 EST Can we ask personal questions here? I don't know if it is permissible to ask a womanly question or not. It's not a major thing, I promise. I just can't post on a regular board and I have a Christian group of online friends who I could post it to, but there's an aspect that they probably would have an issue with. (I know them pretty well...) Thu, 2 Feb 2017 19:05:01 EST Interesting reassurance <link><BR>?m=rkk cljvwgt&amp;r=vpyhvpvrpfhk&amp;s=adbtksmpt<BR>btml pwyzgvrvmsldzzlbhmvkkw&amp;q=1477301113&am<BR>p;a=view </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting article on casting your cares on God! Tue, 1 Nov 2016 05:18:54 EST Challenges and Rewards - updated What are your personal challenges in living healthy? What non-food rewards work best for you? <BR> <BR> One of my challenges is late night snacking. A favorite non-food reward is to buy myself some flowers. <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:49:29 EST Familiar but Still Good: bulletin oops<BR>n-bloopers-to-make-you-smile/ Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:37:04 EST Nehemiah 8:10 <img src=""> Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:35:30 EST prayer request My 94 year old mother, who is in a nursing home, seems to be having more serious dementia episodes, even having- basically- temper tantrums. This is so not like her. Please pray for this situation and for God to take her to Himself soon. <BR> I am sorry if that last sounds harsh, but if you have watched a loved one go down like this, you will understand the desire for her to be with the Lord, well and happy again, and with my dad. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:32:08 EST What are you reading? As a retired school librarian and general book lover, I would love to hear what you are reading. <BR> Currently I am reading 14,000 Things to Be Happy About and Issac's Army: a story of courage and survival in Nazi-occupied Poland. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:37:22 EST Hello! New to to running. Christian mom, wife, and teacher who has trouble putting herself first. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:30:53 EST Family spiritual needs Please pray for my family that they would turn and return to the Lord. <BR> If you have family with spiritual needs, I encourage you to post a comment to this topic so we can pray together for our families. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 11:14:08 EST Introduction Hello all, My name is Betsy. I am a retired educator, small business owner, single, cat lady. My interests are books, technology, politics, genealogy. I am involved at my church as librarian, worship computer team member, prayer room coordinator, and some of the choirs. I need to lose less than 10 pounds, but more than that create healthy habits that I can stick to. Emotional eating is an issue for me. <BR> Thanks all Sun, 5 Jun 2016 11:12:22 EST The Lord's Table course I will be doing the Lord's Table Course - if you think you might be interested in joining me, you can find more info here <BR> <BR> <link><BR>board_thread.asp?board=31258x66674x639<BR>94066 </link> <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:55:56 EST prayer request for a friend I have a very dear friend who is on the verge of divorce. She is in her late 50s and has 2 young children they adopted from China. She is in a situation that is emotionally abusive and doesn't know how to get out of it and still have the life she wants. She is feeling this pressure from her husband, siblings, and his siblings. It is almost like they are all ganging up on her. Granted, I only know one side of the story, but she is the one that knows more about child-rearing than her husband. T... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:53:45 EST Impossible brother! My brother is impossible! He flys off the handle for no reason and he doesn't respect me or my parents! He doesn't even talk normally but gesticulates like a monkey and raises his voice unecessarily! And he does this ALL the time! I don't know why he is such an angry person! <BR> <BR> I used to think he wasn't like this at work at least but I heard from his workmates he sometimes does this at work too! I am concerned because I don't want him to lose his job or die from a heart attack! Being... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:35:45 EST New...again Hi there. I'm a 38 yo, homeschool mom living in texas. I want to lose about 55 pounds. Successfully, or not, in the past, I've never turned it into a lifestyle change. That's what I'm trying to do now. I love to cook and bake. I'm from the south and my philosophy is that food makes people happy. So I'm trying to get to a point where I can have both. I also love working out. I try for 20 to 30 minutes 5 days a week. Counting calories works for me but I'm not strict about it, remember lifestyle... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 07:53:05 EST I hate my life! I am on dialysis, thus, I have to limit my fluids to 500ml a day. As you can see, I am not allowed to drink much. To make matters worse, I hardly urinate now. My weight has been climbing up and up and up, esp during weekends. <BR> <BR> I go for dialysis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Which means the weekends are 2 days dialysis free. I normally weigh abt 61kgs plus on Mondays. Lately, though, I weigh 63kgs plus on Mondays. My main problem is Mondays. Currently, my target weigh after di... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:09:45 EST New to group My name is Kelly, <BR> I am a mother of 2 wonderful kids. Hoping to get more active for them. My husband has been out of my home for almost 3 years now. Long story short he is serving time that he doesn't deserve and someone else deserves. I also have 2 step-kids that live with their mother. I am working on getting back in touch with Jesus through bible reading and going to church. My goal is to continue renewing my faith in Jesus and to be able to become a better wife, mother and person ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:45:23 EST 53 and "Mentalpausal!" Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Good morning. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to find others in this group that are over 50 and in Menopause. I went into full blown menopause in Feb 2012 and have been battling the same 6 pound yo-yo ever since, I have been bouncing back and forth between 148-154 consistently and it is so frustrating. <BR> <BR> I have been involved in TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) since Nov 2013, so I do have a weekly accountability weigh in. <BR> <BR> I go to the gym on a regular b... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:29:34 EST Hello I've heard good things about Spark People so I'm trying it out. I am very obese and my family is in fear for my life, so maybe it's time I do something about it. I haven't cared much whether I live or die for a while, now, but I know God gave me the gift of life and I should appreciate it more. Like most of us I could use a prayer every so often and I will return the favor. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:46:53 EST New member from California! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Shellie from Southern CA. I just joined the team this morning. I hope to meet other Christian ladies. I have been a member of SP for awhile now but a new friend I made on here yesterday told me about this Christian section. I hope you all have a blessed day! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:26:58 EST PLEASE PRAY FOR MY PASTOR :) Good Morning :) Gonna be in Church online soon you are welcome to join our pastor is in the Ukraine please be praying for his safety many months back he was there and the new president of the country got saved :) I know he is called to go there however I know they are fighting there so keep him lifted up Curry Blake Thank you all :) Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:56:26 EST JESUS LOVES YOU &#8206; &#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 08:07:52 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 11:35:50 EST WE NEED TO PRAY ! Good Morning Looks rainy here however I feel its all the smoke we need to pray for God to let it rain in Calif and Alaska and Washington where all the fires are burning ,, Father in Jesus name we need it to rain in these places that have Fires and Droughts ,, Thank you Father ,, Have a awesome day :) Be a Blessing to someone :) Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:59:31 EST God will take care of you! I woke up really late today. As a result, I didn't have time to eat lunch. I arrived in the dialysis center hungry but before I left the house, I packed some fried rice that my Mom cooked, intending for it to be my lunch. <BR> <BR> My friend whatsapped me to ask me to Church for Good Friday service. I will be going straight after dialysis. I was kinda worried about what to have for dinner when out of the blue another patient bought me a burger and coke light. One of the nurses also gave me ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:20:45 EST Newbie Hello my name is Mel I have been part of sparks for a long time (7 years). I was really involved when I started and hit my goal weight. I have been off and on again on sparks. I am trying to lose about 10 pounds, but I am 7 years older and it has not been as easy as in the past. I love Jesus and I am glad to be part of this group and I hop I can encourage anyone who is struggling with their weight and eating. My biggest problem is the weekend. I am never on a schedule. God Bless and please fe... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:32:14 EST New Team for Ministry Wives Hi ladies: I wanted to let you know that I've created a new team for ministry/pastor's wives. <BR> <BR> I've had a long-time desire for a team for women in ministry who also would like more strong accountability than the current team demands. I want to create fitness challenges and ask everyone to track food. I'm asking people who join to be willing to check in with the team daily for accountability. I'm also trying to broaden the focus to include missionaries or women who are employed ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:41:50 EST Hey y'all Hey everyone, I'm Liz. <BR> I'm a 25 year old psychology student at Kaplan University. <BR> I left an abusive relationship in January of 2014. Since then I've lost over 100 pounds, which has been a struggle in and of itself, but I'm also fighting PCOS too. Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes run on both sides of my family, and I'm trying to get healthy before I have to worry about them. <BR> Within the last year I've become a lot closer to God. If it weren't for Him I wouldn't be standing h... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:02:45 EST Greetings to All I have perused the Spark site and been a member for some time. I have never been active, but now want to utilize all that it offers. I have 120 pounds to lose and honestly feel very overwhelmed by it all. I'm in my mid forties and feel like time is of the essence. I have accomplished a lot in life and have been blessed with so much but can't seem to conquer this issue of weight. I want to be a success and hope that communicating with others with similar weight loss goals will help encourag... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:19:19 EST Just intoducing Hi I am Beverly I live in Elk City,OK. I am almost 47 years old and in Sept 2014 was dignoised with pre congestive heart failure and pre diabetes. My goal is to lose 25 lbs by April 11th my 47th birthday. I weigh 295, will start my workout plan 2-9-15 Sun, 8 Feb 2015 23:22:30 EST Hello, I am new HI, wanted to drop in and say hi, My name is Angela and I love our Lord,Savior, Jesus Christ and the Father. I live in Northern Utah with my husband and and have two sons still living at home, two other boys our out on their own. <BR> <BR> I joined SP because I am trying to get back down to my smaller weight size, I have gained weight over the years and have recently become heavier than I ever have in my life. I have <BR> Fibromyalgia with chronic pain and other health issues so I decid... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:34:57 EST Newbie Here Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Katie, a mother of 4 and married for almost 10 years. I have been battling my weight for about 3 years now. Having 4 children has really done a number to my body and my metabolism. I am trying to get on the right track. Can't wait to meet all of you and "see" you around here. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:43:38 EST Hello - New to This Team Good afternoon all. I'm new to Spark and am looking to make lasting changes and get back to a healthy lifestyle in the coming year. I've gained 50 pounds in the last three years after the death of my 19 yr. old son. My healing journey has come a long way this past year and I'm ready to fully embrace the new normal I'm creating in my life for which I'm determined will include a healthy lifestyle. I want to have the energy and ability to honor my son's life and be the best mom I can to my almos... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:00:39 EST New Years Resolution Challenge Hi! I have decided to set myself a New Years Resolution Challenge and wondered if anyone would like to join me? It's a way of encouraging myself to consistently pray and read my Bible each day. <BR> <BR> I want to achieve a minimum of 1 chapter read and 1 person/situation prayed for every single day, but I am going to *aim* for 10 chapters read and 10 people/situations prayed for. If you want to join me you can set your own daily Bible reading and prayer goals. <BR> <BR> I will be checkin... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:22:25 EST Hello everyone. My name is Corliss, I am a Christian and child of the Most High God. I am a divorced mom of 11 children, all 11 are from my ex husband. Seven of them are grown and on their own. I am also a grand mother of 4 with a 5th on the way. I am engaged to a wonderful man who loves me and my children. We home school the four children that are still at home. I am from Killeen Texas but currently the six of us live in La Marque, Texas where my fiance' was born and grew up. I started with Spark Peopl... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:51 EST What motivates you today? I realized that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:21:34 EST What good deed dit you do today? I unloaded the dishwasher and folded a load of clothes for the lady I babysit for. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:49:17 EST What is your goal for today? laundry Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:18:43 EST Cardio today? <em>224</em> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:19:36 EST Advent I'm responsible for organising a week of prayer at my Church - and it starts on Advent Sunday. We don't really celebrate Advent much in our Church, but we're planning to this year. What kinds of subjects to other Churches take for prayer and meditation during Advent? We're having as an over all theme 'Prepare the way of the Lord.' Any input gratefully received! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:59:06 EST Exercise today? <em>248</em> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:38:32 EST Did you pray today? <em>248</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 09:55:43 EST I am (alphabetical) average Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:10:44 EST EMOTICON: HOW IS YOUR DAY? &#128515; Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:15:07 EST Newbie! Hello, I am Katie! I have had an account for a while but just recently started to use it. I am a 30 year old mother of 4 and wife to my hubby for 10 years. I am excited to start this new journey in my life and I knew I needed some support from my Godly family. Can't wait to see ya'll around here. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:53:43 EST Hi My name is Katie and I am a 25 year old student. My goal is to be a physical therapist. I want to lose 50 lbs and have always wanted to but never done anything about it but wish. So now I have decided that I want to stop wishing and make things happen. I want to put God first in all things and know that with God all things are possible. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:44:32 EST Songs with days of the week in the title Friday I'm In Love Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:15:46 EST 3rd Letter ~ Name a Food asParagus Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:02:18 EST 3rd letter starts a new positive word adOration <BR> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:57:02 EST How do you know God is talking to you? How do you know God is responding to a prayer even if it's just ''yes'' ''no'' or ''maybe''? <BR> <BR> How do you know the source of perceived ''signs'' or dreams? <BR> <BR> How do you know if you can trust something, someone etc aside from whats written in the bible? <BR> <BR> How do we determine what's God will is? when he wants us to do something? <BR> <BR> Also, what's the point in praying? does it make things happen? is it for God to talk to us and provide answers? why does he want u... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:04:27 EST New Hello My name is Ronda. I am trying to get back on track. Four years ago I had gastric bypass and lost 165 pounds and now I have seen myself picking up some bad habits. I work hard to get lose pounds off and NEVER want to go back to that bad person. I am a Christian and God is my number one priority. I do know when I am overweight and lazy I am not doing my best for Him. I am right now reading the Daniel Plan and starting to work the program as well. Also my husband and I are trying to have a... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:33:29 EST Diet ABC's with Bible Verses I did this several years ago and go back to read it every so often and thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> Accountability (really see your lifestyle and habits as they are, be accountable for them!) <BR> Proverbs 12:17 - A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. <BR> <BR> Baby Steps (It didn’t pack on overnight, some habits were learned over the course of years so take it slow) <BR> 2 Kings 20:10 - "It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:49 EST Hello Good Morning! I'm Janie. Happily married and mother to three grown children. And expecting my first grandbaby in December. I'm new to this site, but looking forward to getting to know everyone! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:29:53 EST Prayers for me and My Mother I attended court with my mother today. Several months ago she was caught shoplifting for the second time. She got probation for two years, but if she gets even so much as a traffic ticket in that time she will have to serve 6 months in jail. I need prayers that she can stop stealing. That she will be caustious and safe for the next two years. I also need prayers for her health. This is really wearing me down. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:10:58 EST New today! Hi everyone - I am new today! I have been working on weight loss for awhile (down 50 lbs. in the last 2 yrs.)but I have a long way to go (another 100 to get off) so I am looking for some friends, encouragers and hoping to be an encouragement as we journey along this path for the Lord. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:00:21 EST How was YOUR 4th of July??? HI everyone! <BR> <BR> We had a great 4th yesterday! We went to mother in-laws for bbq which was a lot of fun! Lots of great food, friends, family. Nice weather! Not too hot or too cool! Yes, we live in Washington State, so go figure on the weather sometimes! LOL <BR> <BR> My mother in law loves to entertain and has some great recipes! (People did bring items to this bbq though.) <BR> FOOD! Appetizers, brats, salmon, roasted veggies, salad, baked beans. Then there was cheesecake, ice cre... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:28:22 EST I Cheated! Okay I didn't cheat like you think...I have been doing great! I have 3 days of Hip Hop Abs down and today will be 4. I have been eating great, sleeping great, and drinking water till I started to float. <BR> <BR> I cheated because I was due to weigh in for my 1st weigh in on Friday...I couldn't resist...I got on this morning!!! <BR> <BR> I am down 2lbs already and I have 2 days to go...I am so this rate I will be back to a healthy weight in no time. <BR> <BR> It fits the scrip... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 10:13:07 EST Brand New & Searching for Spritiual Accountability Hello everyone! I am 32 year old wife and mother of 3 wonderful kids. Currently I live in SC where I was born and raised. I homeschool our children, serve as a board member for Operation Rudolph (a local non-profit organization that provides Christmas for needy children and families), volunteer with the Be a Voice Network, and serve as a bi-monthly contributor to a year round homeschooling site. <BR> <BR> I grew up very active always at a healthy weight, indulging as most kids/teenagers do o... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:54:31 EST Hi and Intro Hi Ladies: <BR> <BR> I started Spark a few weeks ago and have decided to buckle down and get serious, and thought that joining a group might help. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to approach weight loss from a perspective of faith -- even joined a new class at church that feeds "body and soul" by doing a tone class before bible study; the first day was this week and was great! <BR> <BR> I have a hubby and two kids, and about 35 lbs. to lose. Looking forward to encouraging everyone on this journey! <... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:39:03 EST Missing Plane Praying that there will be closure for the families of the missing plane Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:06:01 EST New to SP but not new to dieting :/ Hello everyone! My name is Katrina. I have an awesome husband and 6 children that range from 7 to 24. I have a daughter in law and one awesome grandson! And a soon to be son in law. Which brings me to my goal for being here. I really want to lose some weight before this next wedding! I have tried almost every diet known to man and some I've probably made up on my own. ;) but I feel I'm at the end of myself and in the perfect position to finally give it to God and do it in His strength and pow... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:15:19 EST From your Mom First of all, I want you to know how beautiful you are. Not because you are my child, it is because of the One who created you. He took His time creating you in His image. He counted your hairs on your head (Luke 12:7, He knew you before you were created (Jeremiah 1:5), He sent His only Son to die for you (John 3:16). <BR> The world tells us that we are incomplete, we are flawed. It tells us lies. I tell you the truth, you are more valuable, and far more beautiful then you can imagine. ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:22:22 EST Yoga a different spirit <BR> Yoga is a different spirit I would think twice about it <em>67</em> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:58:53 EST To everone <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day <BR> in Him <em>67</em> <BR> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:55:02 EST Enjoy joining Hi to everyone from Florida and Yvonne <BR> so encouraging to find this team <BR> Hugs to all <em>67</em> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:10:25 EST New Forum Member Hello to all you awesome Women of God. I just stumbled across SparkPeople a couple days ago as I began a new weight loss program and was searching for nutritional information and help. My goal is to lose 25-30 lbs. I look forward to reading your blogs and gaining insight and ideas on this new journey. God Bless. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 22:38:33 EST Hi I joined Sparkpeople last month and am still exploring. I am looking to be an encouragement to other Christian women like me. I am married to a Pastor and work full-time as a medical billing specialist. I have over 50 pounds to lose and I am a stress eater. I hope to get to know some of you. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:23:33 EST What are you doing this weekend? Happy weekend everyone! We are having some mild weather here in SW PA today. The sun is shining brightly and the temps are to hit the 50's today! I can't wait to spend some time outdoors. <BR> <BR> Today I am tackling the mountain of clothes in my bedroom. I hate to put clothes away for some reason so I have these stacks of clothes sitting everywhere. Then I get frustrated with myself when I am looking for something in particular and can't find it. I am my own worst enemy. But today I... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:10:59 EST Who Really Struggles the Most? I read a status message online the other day that said "“God only puts us through as much as we can handle, so the people who struggle the most have been chosen to be the strongest ones.” Do you ever wonder who struggles the most? Did you get chosen to be one of the strong ones? Here's my thoughts about this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/who-really-suffers-most.html </link> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:22:54 EST Newbie Hi, my name is Lisa. I have joined SP a few years ago but then lost my focus, so here I am again, heavier than ever. I'm ready to make some permanent changes and have turned to God for guidance, strength and wisdom to do so . I'm excited to be here! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:09:34 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:24:46 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? NEW BLOG POST: Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:12:52 EST Makers diet I am using a book called"makers diet" 40 day health experience by Jordan Rubin to bring my mind body & spirit into a place God is asking me to address "My body is his temple of holy spirit" so i should treat it with that respect because my life is not mine any more it was bought at a price through the blood of Jesus Christ my lord and saviour <BR> It also helps to bring your blood sugar , I.B.S, parasites ,losing weight , cleansology sinus & skin health back into balance . I am a l... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 01:46:21 EST From the Frozen North I have been on Sparkpeople a while, having trouble with consistency to be honest. I have read that being accountable to someone helps so I thought I'd try this team. I am 43, with a husband and a 2 year old. We both work full time at office jobs and also have 25 horses on our acreage. I have trouble finding people that I have things in common with, apparently I have an uncommon life ;-). Anyway, I am learning daily to rely on God to get me through and am trying to see that healthy me honors H... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:03:08 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 Spiritual fitness programme Have let my spiritual life slide since concentrating so much on diet & exercise, so decided to incorporate my spiritual fitness program into my sparking! Today I have started to rebuild my spiritual habits by deciding to (a) give thanks for everything I eat, and (b) read a chapter of my Bible each day starting at John. Tomorrow I will add some more spiritual exercises to my routine. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:09:16 EST New to Spark People Hello All <BR> I am a 56 year old nurse trying to shed 36 pounds and develop muscles to help me stay healthy and able to continue to do my job well. <BR> I have been a walker for sometime but wish to increase to running. <BR> I work a lot of shift work so would appreciate tips from you shift workers on how you ft in exercise when on the midnight shift and how to handle eating also. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 21:41:09 EST How would you answer this? Would you spend $25 on a t-shirt if half the proceeds went to Christian charities. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 20:33:16 EST New To Lifestyle Change Hi everyone, I just started getting healthy last week, after years of back and forth. This time it's different. I really want to get back to the person I used to be, both physically and spiritually. I grew up in the church, with my dad as a pastor, but when I hit 20, I started to steer away from God. I married a non-Christian man, but in the past few years I have been wanting to come back to God. I have a job that makes me work every Sunday, and I really don't much about any of the churches i... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:56:56 EST HELLO ALL! Hi! My name is Kathy. I will turn 62 in January. Except for my aches and pains I feel no where close to this age. I am the mother of one son and the grandmother of two grandsons. I have been a "born again Spirit filled" Christian for a very long time, although I haven't had a home church for several years. I was always overweight as a child and gained 50 pounds with my pregnancy and shortly after my son was born I ballooned to over 200 pounds and have remained there all of my adult life exce... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:59:02 EST Hello, and a call for prayers Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new to this board, but not to spark people. I've rejoined to try to become healthier for my kids and husband, and to feel better myself. <BR> I lost my oldest son Adam 18 yrs to a sudden accident Aug.25/13 and am still walking the valley of the shadows. I am tempted to crawl into bed and stay there, but have 2 kids - Leah 16 and Sam 15 to care for. I am on a gradual work return and not liking that much, but know I have to keep moving forward. I've been eating basical... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:05:57 EST Hi there! Hi there! <BR> <BR> My name is Lauren, I recently rejoined SparkPeople after losing about 150lbs. I hit the much dreaded plateau, the scale does not want to budge in either direction! I knew coming back to the site would be the best decision because here I can tap into all aspects of weight loss - faith being one of them since it is so easy to get discouraged in the process or forget about your health during trials and tribulations. It is also a place to see others reaching their goals to gi... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 11:21:11 EST New to Group Hi everyone, my name is Liz. I'm in of support to lose weight. I'm getting to fifty and boy is it hard to lose the weight. I have struggle most of my life with my weight. I start a plan but never stick to it. With the Lord's help, He has help me stop at 204. I'm eating a lot more junk food than I have before and no exercise. I'm really looking for support to help be accountable. <BR> <BR> Love in Christ. <em>2</em> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:00:01 EST Hi from BC! Hi there! <BR> <BR> Are there any Sparkers from British Columbia? I'd love to find some friends nearby to support me on the journey :) Just starting! <BR> <BR> Courtney Wed, 25 Sep 2013 03:58:06 EST New life new choice I am a 3 years recovered open heart mitral valve replacement, high worrying, Lord loving, mom of three sons and I need a good Christian up lift peer group. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:34:24 EST Biblical Dilemma I am new to Sparks and to this team. I read my Bible everyday and pray throughout the day. I came to have have a relationship with our Lord Jesus about 8 years but have just recently renewed my devotion. My husband is a non-believer and ridicules me whenever he can .. not just about my walk with the Lord, but my diet and exercise as well. I am very unhappy in my marriage and would really like to get out for my own peace of mind and my health, but God hates divorce. What do I do? <BR> Terri Thu, 5 Sep 2013 13:22:17 EST Hello, I am new I am restarting my journey to feeling healthier and being thinner. I have gained and lost weight a few times over the years, and now at 55 years old, I find my self up there again. I stumbled on this community today and am so excited by what I have discovered so far. I hope that with lot of support from you all , I can work my way back down to a leaner healthier me. I am setting a first goal of 50 pounds. I think this is doable for me, and with some effort at getting back on my treadmill, and... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:49:46 EST Want to lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks? Please join starting on Aug 21. We are playing in a 4-week challenge to lose 4% of your starting weight. The bet is $20 and everyone who wins splits the pot. Come join the fun! <BR> <BR> Click here to play with me: <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:49:48 EST Hello Hello my name is Amanda and I'm just getting started. This is my 2nd week for me on here and I have met some wonderful people and lost 3.2 pounds. I'm excited that I've started my weight loss journey. Hoping to find some motivation and encouragement also. Looking forward to meeting some wonderful people and staying with it this time. <BR> <BR> I'm 41 years old and have 3 teenagers 1 son and 2 daughters. I have been married for 22 years to my high school sweetheart. I have been a Christian fo... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 21:50:48 EST New to the Team Greetings! I am Julie. I 48 years old and married. My husband and I are Salvation Army Officers currently appointed to Lake Havasu City, Az....where it was 124 degrees 2 times this summer already. <BR> <BR> I have lost 20 pounds since the first of the year - but I have hit a plateau. I am suddenly gaining and losing the same 2 pounds every week. <BR> <BR> I am not new to spark people...took a bit of a hiatus and began again the end of June. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to team support an... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 13:37:49 EST Been to Joyce Meyer conference? Hello:) I know that Joyce Meyer i having a conference on August 8th,9th and 10th in Hershey, PA and I'm thinking about going. <BR> <BR> I'm just curious if anyone had gone to one, and what did they think of it? Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:16:20 EST Hello! Hi everyone, I'm new to SparkPeople and am really glad to have found a Christian group to join! I know that the bible says to treat your body like a Temple, and I hope that I can learn from you all how to do that in daily life (especially with all of the pressures of modern day society) Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:43:52 EST NEW Blog Post: Collecting Rewards Options NEW Blog post! Ever wonder why things aren't working out like you prayed for? Here's something that might shed some light. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/collecting-rewards-options.html </link> <BR> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:02:54 EST Help Good morning sisters in the Lord!!! It has been months since I logged in to this site. I hope everyone is doing well today. I am going on a cruise in a few months and need some tips on shedding some of this weight. I am at 200 pounds right now and miserable. I have taken up bike riding and love it, but with my schedule I can only go a couple times a week. What works for a busy schedule???????? Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:16:05 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:08:04 EST NEW Blog post: Writer's Block or Spiritual Block? I've been having trouble writing lately. What's the real issue? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/writers-block-or-spiritual-block.html </link> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:27:11 EST Newly Married 20-Something Hi Ladies, I just got married in April and moved 7.5 hours away from where I lived my entire life. I looooove being married to the man God made for me and am very happy. :) He and I were long distance, so I opted until after the wedding to lose the weight I needed to lose. Well, the time is here! I am working hard to lose at least 30 pounds. I am loving Spark because it gives me accountability and a source of friendship while I adjust to this new place. <BR> <BR> I am looking for some frien... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 13:32:32 EST Once & For All I am a former Spark People member that met her goal and then turned right around and gained all the weight back & more. I am rejoining this time to start a healthy lifestyle, not another diet and I'm hoping that by joining this team I can reach my goal again with the support and friendship of fellow Christian women. I've lost 16 pounds, 57 more to go :) Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:00:42 EST New to this Team 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 08:42:52 EST Just getting started Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I joined Wednesday night which was the night before I had oral surgery. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but it was on my mind, and I wanted to do it before I talked myself out of it. Hopefully, I'll be all healed this week and ready to get started. <BR> <BR> I have about fifty pounds to lose, maybe a little less depending on which doctor's scale I go with. :-D <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to actually getting some momentum going and to talking with all of you! <B... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:52:52 EST Hi Everyone Today is my first day as a member of SparkPeople. I am a 65+ lady My home is in Ocala, Fl. I have 50+ lbs. To lose and am praying that I meet many wonderful, supporting people on wwhay seems to be a wonderful site. I would love to be added to the friends list of anyone who may be interested inhelping me on this journey. Thank you, Evelyn Tue, 4 Jun 2013 18:26:17 EST NEW BLOG: Passing of the Seasons Ever feel lost from God? Seasons change and they're not always painless. <BR> Here's what I'm going through right now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-of-seasons.html </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:26:14 EST Weathering the storms I'm new to the group and I've been reading yours posts over the past couple of days. I see a lot of struggles and I want to encourage you that you are not alone. My family is going through some difficult spiritual warfare right now and my 16 year old shared Psalm 71. Go ahead and read it. It is full of comfort and encouragement. vs 14 "But as for me, I will hope continually,And will [i]praise You yet more and more." <BR> Be encouraged today and keep your eyes on Him! <BR> <BR> I guess I pos... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:29:36 EST Tammy from New Mexico Hi! Tammy here, born and raised in Michigan and transplanted to New Mexico. I am married to my wonderful husband of 20 years (this August) and have 3 beautiful teenage girls that I homeschool. I also work part time at Hobby Lobby and do lots of different crafts at home that I sell at shows and soon online, quilting and painting are my favorites. I am busy and I wouldn't have it any another way. I've been at 165 pounds since I graduated college in 1991 and I've always made excuses as to why it... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:16:13 EST NEW BLOG: Worshiping in Your Dreams Have you ever worshiped in your dreams? I don't mean have you dreamed you were worshiping, but worship in your dreams. Here's a recent experience that I had. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hiping-in-your-dreams.html </link> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:47:35 EST I feel bad........ I used to complain about the choice of worship songs sung in my church. I also complained that the bible readings were boring. <BR> <BR> Well, I had PT surgery recently, where my throat was literally sliced open to remove some 4 overactive PT glands. As a result, I can't sing or even talk too much for 6 months. <BR> <BR> God gave a me the gift of a beautiful voice but I complained too much. I feel that God is testing me but I'm thankful that my loss of voice is not permanent. Well I guess t... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:39:22 EST WHAT DID YOU FOR FITNESS TODAY FOR 10 MIN OR MORE? I took my dogs on a 5 mile walk. My total steps for today = 11401. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:16:22 EST WHAT DID YOU FOR FITNESS TODAY FOR 10 MIN OR MORE? I took my dogs on a 5 mile walk. My total steps for today = 11401. Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:15:01 EST Got to get with it! My name is Mary. I just turned 45! I signed on to SparkPeople months ago, but didn't really do anything with it. So here I am ready at last I think....I will need lost of encouragement. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:58:52 EST Wake up call Hi everyone, <BR> My uncle so young in his 40's and in the hospital just had a pacemaker put in...Talk about a reality check...ugh...Time to start glorifying God with my body. We can ask Him to bless us all we want but there is a part that we must do ourselves...I NEVER want my child to go through what his are going through...God help me...I commit to you and I ask for your grace... help me Lord to be a woman of my word. I thank you for the Pastor's you have blessed me with that care and fo... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:33:28 EST THE LORD IS MY PROVISION Psalm 34:8 <BR> Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in him! <BR> Glory to God, Amen. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:24:22 EST Building a Better Me Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:34 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 2) If God gave you a button to push that would release you from the one thing that bothers you the most... would you do it? Here's my thoughts on that issue. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-2.html </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:34:58 EST New to this I am a mother of triplet 14 year old girls, and a 12 year old son--I am a children's minister and wife to a great, supportive husband. I have struggled with weight all my adult life--and would love to drop it and keep it off--more than that I want to be healthy and show my daughters what health looks like. <BR> <BR> I have tried Spark people before--praying this is the motivation I need. i need all the help I can get. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:55:04 EST Challenge Suggestions I am not sure how active this team is... but I would love a good spiritual challenge accompanied with a fitness/health challenge. Anyone in? Thu, 7 Mar 2013 11:29:38 EST Introduce Myself Hi my name is Karen, I am 58, married, have 4 grown kids and 4 grandkids. I have been a Christian since I was a baby. Baptized as a baby, confirmed as a teen, reaffirmed at 32 and Baptized by Full Immersion at 56 years of age. <BR> I struggled with weight gain and loss like a yo-yo all my life. But in 2004 I was involved in a car accident that escalated things beyond my control. I suffered medical injuries that caused permanet damage to my neck and spine. Medications, lack of exercise and saf... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:25:02 EST Time to Feel Better about Myself! Hello, I'm Jacci and I'm a 32 year old woman living in California. I have 3 kids and a husband (so really, I have 4 kids). I wanted to introduce myself. I have a christian blog: Please visit my blog- if you want to learn pretty much everything about me. It has my testimony, and my current battles with my mom battling Cancer. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with my weight since I had my first son at 17, and its been a constant downhill battle since th... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:17:54 EST Greetings from West Virginia Hello, lovely ladies. I am so glad you have this group! I just joined SP to keep track of what I am eating and get some workout ideas. Little did I know I could get my spiritual nutrition here as well! I am a happily married mom to 4 grown children, 2 boys 2 girls and 3 grandchildren. I am nearly 49 years old (completely by the grace of God) and within about 10 lbs of my goal weight. I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart. He literally rescued me and saved my life as well as my soul. ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 18:55:14 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 1) Ever get the feeling like life is just blah. I mean those times when nothings exciting, but it's not depressing either. It's just....blah. Here's what I learned recently while I was at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:17:19 EST Thou Shalt Not Kill: You’re Guilty! My latest BLOG POST - How many commandments have you broken? Which ones are you SURE you haven't broken? You might need to rethink your strategy. Check out my latest blog post! <BR> <BR> Blog post: <BR> <link><BR>-shalt-not-kill-youre-guilty.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also feel free to friend me on Facebook. <BR> <link><BR>er </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:30:16 EST Gods plans not mine Hi there, <BR> <BR> God has seen fit to give me custody of 3 of my small grand-kids. As they will be needing me for a long time, I thought it time to get myself on track so I can be there for them as the years go by. I cant nor wont argue with God so I must change myself and get healthier for these babies. I am glad there is a support group like this to help along the way. <BR> <BR> Kimberly Sun, 24 Feb 2013 17:50:26 EST hi and need prayers I'm not sure if I've introduced myself...momentary brain fluff. Well if I did I apologize for repeating myself. My names Charitie. I would like to ask for prayers for my brother today. He was born with a 5 chambered heart instead of a normal 4 chambered one. He's having surgery today to cauterize one of the chambers because its messing up the rhythm of his heart. Not to mention it can eventually kill him one day. I am greatful they discovered it early and its fixable. But we've still gotta go... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:29:59 EST Hello! My name is Tina. I live in Ohio.I have 7 kids total between mine and step-kids. I also have 4 grandkids. I have been fighting to lose weight my whole life. After my very bad divorce I lose100 lbs. I was so happy with my self. But as time went on so did the weight. I'm ready to do this and keep it off for good. God willing. I've only been on this site for 3 weeks but I love it. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:53:49 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 12:58:41 EST Lets Pray everyday ! 8:10 AM 2/4/2013 <BR> Whoo hoo good Morning God .. <BR> I ask myself why are we still here .. But is ok you have a plan we will walk it out .. Father today not our will but yours .. not our ways but your ways .. we lay our will <BR> at your feet and say Father if anything be in us that is not of you we don't want it .. it has to go and now .. in your dear sons name Jesus go .. Father we know Jesus is in <BR> us according to the word .. but we also know we are a 3 fold body so neat just like y... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:17:13 EST I Love to .... (CW) The month of February is usually thought of as the month of LOVE. What is something you love to do! <BR> <BR> I love to Spark! Sat, 2 Feb 2013 15:48:51 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 08:35:39 EST WELCOME TO COME ITS FREE DIVINE HEALING CLASSES <link><BR>ministries </link> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:30:32 EST I'm Back ... With A Winning Team :) I have been a member of SP on multiple occasions before but have, for different reasons at different times, left the program. <BR> I have also been a paying member of Weight Watchers since March of 2012 and have lost 25 lbs there. But I have hit a wall, been stalled out since October, and my frustration levels were getting high. So instead of quitting, like I would usually do, I have decided to combine WW with SP, and also in solid footing with God, to form my perfect 'team'. <BR> So here I... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:30:42 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 10:26:33 EST Mark your Bibles daily with a verse on Salvation. Lets be ready to share the gospel of Christ with anyone who may ask, "How can I be Saved" or " How can I be sure of forgiveness, eternal life and Heaven?" There are people all around who need to know. Join me in each step and list verses of your own. There are soooo many wonderful verses. These would be great to underline in our Bibles. <BR> <BR> Step 1: Need for Salvation: All Have Sinned. <BR> Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God <BR> Isaiah 64:6A But we ar... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:14:20 EST alliterations Begin each word in the sentence with a like consonant. <BR> Exp. Big bad bugs bite Buddy's bald-head. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:59:26 EST Newbie Hey everyone! My name is Angela and I am new to this group. And, really, I am a new-ish Christian as well! I am, however, not new to sparkpeople or losing weight. I've been on Weight Watchers more times than I can count! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:31:51 EST Unscramble a five letter word Unscramble a word and leave a new one for the next person. <BR> <BR> Here is a starter. <BR> <BR> tores= <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:45:14 EST Quote a verse for someone to find Quote a verse for someone to find where it is located in the Bible. <BR> <BR> Here's a starter. <BR> <BR> "Jesus Wept" Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:42:19 EST NEW Blog: Can You Recognize a Blessing in Disguise NEW Blog post: Sometimes things aren't how they seem. Sometimes blessings come from the most unlikely paths. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-recognize-blessing-in-disguise.html </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:51:30 EST A bit of a personal question I am wondering because common sense tells me it is normal, but the week before or during your cycle do most of you gain or stay the same? I know I always look bloated and feel heavier. I guess I just want to know I am normal so to speak. Or that there is hope for weight loss in this time also. Thank you so much I know it is a bit of a personal question. <em>24</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:24:24 EST NEW Blog Post: What Do I Want to Crave? NEW Blog post: Are you craving what you should be craving? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-do-i-want-to-crave.html </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:46:44 EST 2nd time around Hi! My name is Teresa and this is my 2nd time with sparkpeople. I was here several years ago, and was very active within the community. However, I had some serious health issues and was unable to keep up so, I left. But, some of the issues have been resolved and now I want to try it again to help with the other issues(ie: diabetes, hbp, cholesterol). I look forward to sparking with all of you!! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:13:11 EST Make a long rhymning list bed <BR> said <BR> Fred <BR> dead <BR> lead <BR> red <BR> Jed <BR> wed <BR> led <BR> Ned <BR> Zed <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:20:46 EST Saying Hello Been away for some time. I've got 80 lbs to loose - good at starting - not so good at sticking with it. Work a lot - shifts, and have 3 teens - "pass the bread please!". , but am beginning to feel the weight in my knees and lack of ability to enjoy recreation. Found a fun "jazzercise" CD to dance to - not too hard, and trying hard to like veggies. <BR> Any takers for prayer partner? <BR> God Bless <BR> Sheilagh Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:56:08 EST Hello all! I thought I should 'stop in' and introduce myself. :) I have been working on losing weight, 5 years ago I took off about 40 pounds and thankfully have kept that off. However, there's about 60 more I would like to get rid of this year. I am without a working car at the moment so I have been walking or riding my bike everywhere. I'm loving the exercise I get from this and can tell it's making a difference. <BR> As for the rest of my life, I teach high school Spanish. I love to scrapbook/ ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:24:46 EST Hey There Hey! My name is Lindsay and I am 20 years old and a student at North Greenville University studying Missions. I am not married and do not have a family, but I was excited to see this challenge to Christian women and the way that yall are taking on this challenge for your families. One day I hope to have a family, but right now I am just relying on God and trying to take care of what He has given me so that He will be able to use my life in whatever capacity He sees fit. <BR> "I will praise y... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:21:22 EST oops! Moderator, please delete this. oops Sat, 22 Dec 2012 12:13:55 EST Bible Trivia challenge I just received a Bible Trivia challenge game - lots of good questions, and lots of answers I didn't know. <BR> <BR> I am going to post a few here - read them over, post your answer and how you came to get that answer. I will return with the answers from the game after others have participated <BR> <BR> Question <BR> In Luke 4:41 who shouted You are the Son of God <BR> <BR> Question <BR> Historically, the book of Ruth is connected with what other book? <BR> <BR> Question <BR> In which tw... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:10:04 EST Does anyone else have trouble loving themselves? I wrote a blog about it, but I'm doing a bible study on Colossians 3:12-14, about love and virtues. But I wanted to know do any of you have trouble loving yourself and what do you do to combat that? Tue, 4 Dec 2012 14:01:48 EST NEW BLOG POST: 50 Things I Believe What you believe in says a lot about who you are. Have you ever stopped to seriously pay attention to what you believe in? <BR> <BR> Here's some things that life has taught me... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hings-i-believe.html </link> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:13:26 EST Proverbs 31: "Created to be His Help Meet" Is anybody interested in studying "Created to be His Help Meet"? Sun, 2 Dec 2012 02:42:32 EST oops! Moderator, please delete this. oops Sun, 2 Dec 2012 02:34:20 EST NEW Blog Post: The End of the World Project You never know what they day will bring when you get up in the morning.... here's the day I had a few days ago. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>end-of-world-project.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:21:37 EST ARE YOU READY ? 7:56 AM 11/13/2012 <BR> Good morning <BR> I see we are fast approaching Thanks giving .. It is a time we are all suppose to gather around a table and have <BR> family and friends .. And tell how thankful we are ... I feel we should do that daily .. The thankful part .. <BR> I see pictures of people on the tv now in our country who don't have shelter and food and water .. no where to go <BR> It breaks my heart .. Again I wish I was Rich I would do all I could .. I see the rich worrying about g... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:29:54 EST Hello from Sweden My name is Elisabeth. I´m 55 years old. My family and I live in Sweden. I´m a mother of three boys and a stepmother of one girl and three boys. Three of our seven children are still living at home. In our family there is also two cats and one dog. I´m happy I found SP. Lots of information and inspiration to be found on this site. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:16:06 EST Hello Ladies Hello Ladies..I'd like to introduce myself, I am new to Spark People. I am from NY a member of Christ Tabernacle, a wife, and struggle with my weight. My ultimate goal is to lose 50 lbs. Right now my goal is to just get moving. I would appreciate all the support I can get. <em>381</em> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:29:27 EST Please Vote 8:50 AM 11/6/2012 <BR> If you are a Christian and yet are still undecided on who you will vote for, consider this: <BR> 1. If you saw the convention, the Democratic party did not want God or Jesus mentioned in their platform. What true Christian could support any Democratic candidate? <BR> 2. President Obama has now openly declared his support for homosexual marriage, which God's word says is absolutely unbiblical. It's not a homosexual issue, it's a sin issue. How could a true disciple of Je... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:22:10 EST I am I watched Oprah's Lifeclass with Pastor Joel Osteen. The general message was that we all believe our internal dialoges. We need to remember that we are all individual masterpieces that God created. We need to stop the negative talk and replace it with: <BR> I am strong! <BR> I am worth it! <BR> I am beautiful! <BR> What is your I am? Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:04:51 EST NEW BLOG POST: Ghosts, Goblins, & Spirits; Oh My! Halloween. Is it really a big deal? Here are my thoughts. I invite you to read and share your thoughts in the comment section under the blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>10/ghosts-goblins-and-spirits-oh-my.html </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:51:28 EST Book of John Ok ladies, take a look at the book of John. Lots of good information there. Start reading chapter 1 and then comment on what you learned. Hopefully we will get lots of good insights into each chapter Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:20:22 EST Question for this forum Ok ladies, how would you like to have a thread to discuss the Bible - for instance a thread called Book of James - and then all members can read the Book of James and post their insights on each chapter <BR> <BR> Please let me know if this is of interest to any of you and if it is I will start up a new thread - thanks Sat, 27 Oct 2012 23:04:49 EST NEW BLOG: The Book that Shocked the World It's a shocker, thriller, intrigue, action, drama, truth, parable, murder, and soooo much more. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>book-that-shocked-nations.html </link> <BR> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:15:45 EST If this isn't Love I have had a very hard couple of days and God knew I needed this.. It was sent to me and those of you who have read about my Problems on my page.. You will understand.. <BR> <BR> "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28 <BR> Do you feel frustrated about the challenges you face in life? If so, have hope. God is your shelter, turn to Him. Not only will He give you peace but He also gave you everlasting life. Don't be afraid. :) God Bless you. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:42:21 EST Up date on Gracie Thank You.. I got a call from my friend..She was taken to the hospital with symptoms with being dehydrated.. They said she should be home in a couple of days.. But Please I want to post this to the web site cause I want her to come home with a ton of mail letters and note.. Keep Praying Lots of Love in Our Lord Jesus Christ Jane <BR> anyone needing any more information e-mail or call <BR> <BR> 856 453 0570 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:16:27 EST I Have a Quest I am going to place this information for someone to help out.. I have a friend who has a family member in MI and there is a little 10 old girl that has leukemia and wants cards from all over the world I will put the address on my page.. Please feel free to go there to get the address.. It is a challenge that I hope some of you follow.. It was so easy to make one It took me less than ten minutes on the computer..If you need an example write to me I will be happy to help,, Here is my personal a... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 19:11:29 EST With Him With Him we can weather the Storm <BR> CAN YOU SLEEP WHEN THE WIND BLOWS? <BR> <BR> Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. <BR> <BR> As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:53:49 EST With Him With Him we can weather a Storm.. <BR> CAN YOU SLEEP WHEN THE WIND BLOWS? <BR> <BR> Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. <BR> <BR> As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:52:52 EST Please Pray A very good friend of mine.. His mother fell and has broke her pelvis in three places.. Please Pray for this family.. He is taking care of his mother and he has a brother that can not be left alone..He has the mind of a 10yr old and he had to put him in a Nursing Facility.. Please Pray for the Narbut Family.. In Christ we Trust... Hold them up Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:34:28 EST Sing Today I thought that this was a good song for all to sing today....Enjoy today cause we are not given tomorrow.. So sing for this moment. <BR> <BR> <BR> Singing for the Lord <BR> Praise the Lord in joyful song, <BR> Praise Him, Praise Him all day long. <BR> But what of me, I cannot sing; <BR> I have no melody to bring? <BR> Then read again, oh joy of joys, <BR> The Lord said, "Make a joyful noise." Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:02:21 EST hi Hi! :) My name's Katrina and I'm 19. I want to get as fit as I can without obsessing over it. While I am not that overweight, I still want to lose flab and get in the habit of eating healthier. I'm starting courses in natural health through a local school this fall. I'm super excited about where this will take me! I want my body and habits to honor and glorify my Creator. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:51:47 EST Rejoice Here was my verse of today... I get something each day to read and this was a Great one.. I hope you enjoy it to.. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice." - Philippians 4:4 <BR> <BR> ! The verse above is simple advice, isn't it? Sometimes it's hard to follow, but we all need to realize that God is good and our lives are a gift. Don't waste them by worrying or thinking about what you don't have. Be thankful for life and rejoice in the Lord! God Bless - <BR> ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:30:24 EST Challenge I got this message and it has got me through the day <BR> <BR> <BR> "You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness" - Psalm 30:11 <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt sad and desperate? We all go through rough patches in life, but one thing we need to keep in mind is that God will turn our mourning into dancing and our tears into joyful song. It may take faith and patience, but it will happen. Don't despair, He is there for you. Always Mon, 1 Oct 2012 18:22:15 EST Be Happy "Just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep." - John 10:15 <BR> <BR> Have faith and be happy! Jesus, our Savior, laid down His life to wash away all of our sins. No matter what is going on in your life, remember that you have a Savior who loved you so much that He died for you. Just so you could have eternal life - hallelujah Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:59:22 EST introduce myself Hi, my name is Barbara. I am a retired school teacher. I don't have a lot of weight to lose, but I need to get healthier because of high blood pressure (which runs in the family) and borderline cholesterol. I know that God can help us through anything if we will just trust him. I am glad to find a Christian sight for women. I have found extra incentive when I was reminded that our bodies are the temple of the Lord. I feel that it is my Christian duty to be the best steward that I can. May God... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:58:54 EST Help!!! <em>46</em> <BR> I don't know if I can do this. I tried really hard yesterday and went over my limit on the food tracker. I weighed 1 pound more than when I started. I think I have began an impossible journey... <em>46</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 09:49:44 EST Praise God Here was my Uplifting word from my mail today I enjoyed being reminded of this over and over.. <BR> <BR> <BR> "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." - John 6:51 <BR> <BR> Jesus's words here are so touching. He already knows that He will save us from our sins - and He will do so by sacrificing Himself. Take time now to thank God for such a wonderful gift. Je... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:39:39 EST Introduction Hi everyone. I am excited about finding this web site. I have struggled with my weight for years and I really don't know how to begin to train myself to lose. <BR> I am 39 yrs old with four children. I have been married for 23 years to a wonderful man. Two years ago my husband began a lifestyle change and lost 60 pounds. He has kept it off and does well. I tried, but once again failed. I have a very high stress level and food is always a comfort. I really want to lose weight AND exercise, but... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:05:00 EST I found this I thought that it had some good meat that we all can enjoy... <BR> <BR> I Am a Christian <BR> When I say ... "I am a Christian" <BR> I'm not shouting, "I'm saved" <BR> I'm whispering, "I get lost!" <BR> "That is why I chose this way" <BR> <BR> When I say ... "I am a Christian" <BR> I don't speak of this with pride <BR> I'm confessing that I stumble, <BR> and need someone to be my guide <BR> <BR> When I say ... "I am a Christian" <BR> I'm not trying to be strong, <BR> I'm professing that I'... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:36:58 EST An Awareness.. The past three days I haven't been binging, like in the past, BUT I have become aware at a behavior of mine that sets me up to jump off the wagon every time. I'd eat a little extra at lunch or another meal. Then, I would do the same over a period of time and finally find myself binging on food. All of the intensity of emotional eating would resurface and I'd spiral down emotionally for a very long time. Last night, I had a mexican food meal with friends. Because of schedule conflicts, I... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:10:02 EST Please Pray It is just a mess around here.. My Uncle lost the battle and has went home to be with our Lord.I had to make a ton of calls for them to the family down South and now it is so crazy there with all of them in disarray..My Aunt is not well at this time and it is really hard on her.. I want to thank all of you that have Prayed now I need you to Pray for the family.. In His Wonderful Grace and Love Jane <BR> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:46:55 EST I needed this today ."The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18 <BR> <BR> If you have ever experienced a time in your life when you are sad and cannot be consoled, know that the Lord is thinking of you. He wants to heal you. He saves the crushed in spirit, so have hope brothers and sisters. :) I had this in my mail box today..I know I needed it cause of the way things are going at this point.. I Pray you all have a Wonderful evening Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:54:38 EST Wonderful Gift "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." - Deuteronomy 6:5 <BR> <BR> Love is a powerful emotion. We are extremely lucky that God let us have such a wonderful gift. So, you should love your family and friends, but it's even more important for you to love God, your Father, with all of your might. He loves you, so it shouldn't be hard to love him back. :) Praise the Lord! I wanted to share this with everyone..I had this come to me ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:02:37 EST Ram in the bush Hello, my name is Toni and I being serving the Lord since 1992 and loving the fact that you all are here. I'll tell you, He always has a ram in the bush. So grateful for this site and I look forward to meeting you all on site. Bless day. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:35:36 EST Don't get wrapped up in things <BR> <BR> "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." - Deuteronomy 31:8 <BR> <BR> If you get wrapped up in the materialistic aspects of this world, sometimes you can forget about your Father. He who created you, protects you and will go before you always. Try to keep your eyes on the Lord, because He always has His eyes on you. :) God Bless you <BR> I get thoughts and scripture in my box every day.. This is... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:34:52 EST womens retreat Anybody like to go to the womens retreat. If you do what state and what did you enjoy? Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:30:08 EST Glory to God!! Hi! I just found this Spark Site few days ago and boy it has helped me a bunch already! And now I find there are Christian women that I can relate to as well! Glory to God! I have about 40 pounds to GO in the mighty name of Jesus! Just from tracking on here this week I realize that even tho I am eating healthy..I am eating too much! So prayers for me to keep the calories away from my mouth! I pray for you as you seek the Lord daily to beautify the Lord's temple both inside and out!! Here's to... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:44:33 EST womens retreat Does any body go to the womens retreat. And if you do what ones? Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:02:14 EST Gods Poem May this bless your heart <BR> Jesus is My Wish For You <BR> This is a beautiful short poem for anyone you feel needs to find Jesus. The words are so true. <BR> <BR> My wish for you is Jesus, <BR> He's all you need today, <BR> The Mighty God, Prince of Peace, <BR> The Light, the Truth, the Way, <BR> <BR> He's with you in times of good, <BR> He'll be with you when they are bad, <BR> Laugh with you on happy days, <BR> Beside you when you're sad, <BR> <BR> So look to Him from your hea... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:29:20 EST Bible reading advice I wanted some suggestions on reading the bible. I wanted to know if anyone has a favorite place to start. I decided last night to read Proverbs, and I have a devotional bible but I don't want to start at the beginning. Let me know!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:01:11 EST New as of today September 9, 2011 My name is Kim, and I just joined SP this morning. Any and all suggestions are welcome. I have type 2 diabetes and looking to lose the last 30 lbs and hope to stay off of insulin. The first thing I did to make my life better was to change jobs at work. I was in a call center for 8 hours a day with no exercise and now as of yesterday, my job now is delivering mail to our 3 buildings and moving for 8 hours a day (Whoo Hoo). My next goal is to get a bike to ride to work. This I will have to save... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:40:46 EST Hello All! I was happy to find an ACTIVE Christian women's group. I am just looking in right now but I look forward to getting to know you gals and getting fit and closer to God with this team! <BR> <BR> My name is Bridget and I am 24 years old. I have about 80lbs to lose and I need help. I need to stop binge eating and relying on food for comfort. I am excited to be apart of this group! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:27:48 EST The Bible I had this in my reading today and wanted to share it with you.. Children say the funniest things.. <BR> <BR> <BR> What the Bible Means <BR> A father was approached by his small son, who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!" <BR> <BR> His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?" <BR> <BR> The son replied, "I do know!" <BR> <BR> "Okay," said his father. "So, Son, what does the Bible mean?" <BR> <BR> "That's easy, Daddy. It stands for 'Bas... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 10:38:29 EST need some Christian Love and Help My friend Zelda needs a uplifting ..Her Nephew was found in the yard.. He had a heart attact he passed away and she is in need of Prayer I know that you can help.. Please send her a uplifting prayer or poem and some words of wisdom... Here is the address <BR> I am calling all Christians Let her know we are there and going to help her through this together... <BR> <BR> She is besides herself and I want to call all of my friends to give her the strength and know she... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 12:38:13 EST New member Hi everyone! My name is Christina. I just became a new member of SparksPeople. I was encouraged to do so by a good friend of mine who is in this group, Cyndi G. My husband, of almost 10 years would be this past April 13th, passed away shockingly and unexpectedly on December 6th, 2011 of a massive heart attack. The untimely death of my husband has caused me to think and put things into perspective and change my own priorities around. I have had a very difficult time, but now as time goes... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:13:49 EST Christians "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." - Jeremiah 29:11 <BR> <BR> When we know our powerful, awesome Father only thinks the best for us, it gives an incredible peace for today and the future. We have very bright days ahead of us as Christians..Keep each other in Prayer Wed, 5 Sep 2012 13:38:41 EST Sugar has to go, Please pray I have an addiction to sugar that I thought was my friend but only has me on the path to destruction. I am overweight and recently developed a habit of living at McDonalds to get my iced caramel coffees and choc chip cookies among other things. I explained to my lady Pastor was that it was like sugar was my best friend, she explained that is who Jesus is. Please pray as I embark on this discovery of who Jesus really is in my life and that sugar is not my best friend. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 19:17:41 EST Memory of our heart Sand and Stone <BR> There is a story about two friends who were walking through the desert. Halfway through the journey they had an argument and one friend slapped the other in the face. <BR> <BR> The one who was slapped felt hurt, but without saying anything he wrote in the sand: "Today my best friend slapped me in the face." <BR> <BR> They kept on walking until they found an oasis where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped began to drown and his friend saved him. When... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:08:48 EST NEW BLOG: How to put Organization into Your Chaos Busy schedule? Full life? To-do list that's way too long? Are you in brain overload and life seems to be chaos? Here's how God is helping me to fix my busy mind. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>to-put-organization-into-your-chaos.html </link> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:05:03 EST NEW BLOG: What Weapons are More Dangerous? Ever wonder what weapons do the most destruction or who your worst enemy might be? I bet the answers might surprise you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>08/what-weapons-are-more-dangerous_26.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> SPARK FRIENDS... there's a special note to you all at the bottom of the post on this one. Many blessings to all of you. I love you for the support. So many days, you guys are all I have to turn to. Thank you for being there, and for not judging me.... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:13:04 EST Hello Fellow Weight Loss Goal Seekers Hi! I'm from Texas and I've never joined anything like this. But, I have just been diagnosed with health issues and GOD is telling me it's time to get healthy. So, please pray for me as I go on this journey. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 00:41:54 EST leaving team I have joined to many teams and don't feel I am doing right by the team by not being active in discussions. I don't feel I am giving you all my best. I am stressing myself out over it and that does none of us any good. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:36:22 EST ENOUGH IS ENOUGH <em>24</em> Hi...I need motivation and encouragement and couldn't think of a better place than a room full of christian women! I am sick and tired of the way I look, feel, and act. I am trying to understand myself as to how I can hate everything about how I look and feel and yet not make myself do anything about it. I am struggling with anger and fear. A fear of failure I think because I have tried before, lost alot of weight, then gained it back. I'm tired of doing that. Then I was d... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:43:34 EST NEW Blog: Think Your Home is Safe? Think Again! Home isn't always the safe place we wish it was. Family & church family alike can be influenced by the snakes that sneak in; and we get hurt when we're not looking and least expect it. Here's your escape plan! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-your-home-is-safe-think-again.html </link> <BR> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:16:05 EST Walking for exercise Anyone else using walking for their daily exercise. I am recording each day the minutes walked / miles per hour / incline on treadmill / and distance. <BR> <BR> I have a group called Walking Across Canada (hence I live in Canada) which is open to anyone that wants to track how far they are walking <BR> <BR> So ladies,you have a choice <BR> - just track on your tracker which is very good option OR <BR> - come to this tread and the team how you are doing with daily walking OR <BR> - come j... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:41:18 EST how to manage it all! for those experience mothers... <BR> How do you manage it all, being a wife mother and yourself, and keeping firm by God's promises even when you can't see them being fulfilled? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:24:57 EST Hello, I'm new here. I'm 61 yrs old and have 59 pounds to go. I am finding the food and fitness tracker are wonderful tools and the support system is great too. I wish all new SP well. I had a little setback today. I was out about town this morning and I did not plan accordingly. I ended up eating fast food. That's a BIG NoNO for me!!!! Now I will have to be very careful w/ my dinner tonight. Anyway, my Bible scripture for today is: Ps.119:114-"You are my refuge & my shield. I have put my ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:42:36 EST NEW Blog Post: When You’re at the End of Your Rope Sometimes your strength is gone, and more than that your desire to even try anymore is gone. Plus you feel so alone. It's like you're hanging by a thin rope over a cliff, and no one is hearing your cries for help. What do you do? Here's what I figured out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>what-to-do-when-youre-alone-at-end-of.<BR>html </link> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:10:34 EST new to the group <em>334</em> Well, actually, new to SparkPeople period, and learning as I go. Hi. Kari here. As a fairly new SparkGal it seems overwhelming, but I'm loving it. In my teens I was really into fitness but life and children kind of distracted me. Now I'm back with a vengeance! I'm determined to get in the best shape of my life. I've always believed that age is all in the mind, and that five foot three is way to short to be boring! <BR> I'm committed to working out every single day, but I do ge... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:33:21 EST Hi my name is Gwen Hi my name is Gwen and I love the Lord. I have served the Lord for 35 years. He is my strength and my source. I hobbies are my pets and cooking. I have worked for a long time and now i am becoming a housewife. Have lots of time on my hands. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:14:06 EST NEW Blog Post: Learn to Let the Stars Lead Remember those dark skies I mentioned in the last Worship Melodies blog post?! Did you look up? Did you see any bright stars? God is always there for you, to help you see them when you can't. Here's the journey I am in and how God helped me to see the patterns in the stars, and how He is leading me with the brightest Star. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learn-to-let-stars-lead.html </link> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:00:46 EST Huddle? Explanation, please..... I saw a thread asking the the question "Did we huddle today?" Would someone help me out here, because I would love to put a yes, there, too! Thu, 12 Jul 2012 23:15:10 EST The Power of Wisdom Monday, July 09, 2012 <BR> <BR> "That Power is like the working of His Mighty Strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right Hand." (Ephesians 1:19-20) <BR> <BR> Father God, the passage today is a prayer for Spiritual Wisdom and I praise You that You gave us specific prayer-- especially at this time. You called me to do "Five a Day...with A Slice of Wisdom". The focus had been more on the Psalms and this prayer is one I will pray for the ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 21:08:35 EST newbie Hi I am Kim. I am 56 and an empty nester sort of. My son is in college and he is home sometimes. I fell i can honestly say that the Lord has healed me from an eating disorder starting in my teens. It has been a very slow journey, layer upon layer and the disorder is always there on the edge of my life ready to receive me back. In other words learning to recognize and deal with emotions w/o food is a daily choice. The renewing of the mind is key for me which keeps me close to Him. I am not per... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 13:04:37 EST A Taste of Wisdom for you : ) Monday, July 09, 2012 <BR> <BR> Having fun this morning spending much time with the LORD!!!!!! : ) <BR> <BR> Wisdom is....... <BR> <BR> Words of <BR> Insight <BR> Sovereignly <BR> Divine and <BR> Of <BR> Much treasure !!! <BR> <BR> A little prayer for Wisdom for us......... <BR> <BR> We implore You that we <BR> Incline our ears to Wisdom. <BR> Saturate our hearts with Your Knowledge, <BR> Discernment, and Understanding. <BR> Open the eyes and ears of our hearts. <BR> May w... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 12:10:39 EST NEW Blog Post: Learn to Read Your Stars Have you ever noticed that when things are at their darkest, it's then that you can see the beauty and wonder of the stars at their best? God wants us to see our own lives in the same way. Here are a few stars that I found in the midst of my current problems. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learn-to-read-your-stars.html </link> <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Also, many of you don't know that I have a 2nd blog site called Tin Roof Sundae, where I just... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 14:10:27 EST God's Glory No sneaking past God's mercy and grace his glory shines to all who are open to his many in the east are suffering from either lack of power surely in our grand state of CO most homes do not have a/c never truly needed it but for a few days and having lived in the east for most of my life found it not to be so bad but this year has been extremely hot, along with so many wild fires, lives lost, homes gone. But what we have seen except for a few evil hearts is a community ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 11:49:43 EST Made to Crave Just wondering who all had read Made to Crave, or who wants to read it? I have been thru it once, but was going to read thru it again. Didn't know if anyone else would be interested in joining me. <BR> <BR> Just wanted a place to share what you learn, how it motivated/convicted you, any inspirations that came to you. Thu, 5 Jul 2012 11:41:22 EST NEW Blog Post: A True Worship Melody I had a wonderful experience today. It is a true Worship Melody indeed. God is always by our side to rescue us from every bad place. Praise Jesus. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>true-worship-melody.html </link> <BR> <BR> EXTRA NOTE: friends, if you haven't been following my series called 'Great Writers', about a challenge that I'm taking part in, you should read it when you get time. Please leave me some feedback. I'm learning great lessons about writing, a... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:05:45 EST Hello Im not new but it has been quite a while. Ready to get back to basics and lose this weight asap. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:10:38 EST Accountability Hi, my name is Traci. I joined SP back in 2010 but that was about it. I've decided to come back to SP for accountability. Now I'm ready to get started again and not stop until I reach my goal. I've enjoyed reading some of the posts on here, very motivating. Have a great day everbody! God Bless! Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:20:25 EST OPERATION FIT Hello, SparkPeople!! <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with my weight since I was five years old. I'm now 30 and I've had ENOUGH! I am focused and committed to living a healthy lifestyle from here on out. <BR> <BR> A little about myself: My name is Brandy. I live in Cincinnati and work in health care. I'm single (and loving it!). I have one cat, named Friday. I love to read and travel. My faith is top priority in my life. I love my family and friends more than anything. I can't cook...haha... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 01:18:25 EST NEW Blog Post: Job Qualifications Ever feel like you qualifications are completely out of whack with the job you want, or the job you have? You're either over qualified or under qualified. They say "come back when you have experience", but no one is willing to give you that experience. And good benefit packages!... Huh, forget about it! <BR> <BR> Well, there's one job that you are qualified for; and even if you feel you're not, the Employer doesn't agree. The job is your, as long as you're willing to ask for it and do th... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 12:34:54 EST New Blog Series: Great Writers Friends: I'm doing a 3-week writing challenge (M-F). It started this week. Here is the 2nd post about the challenge. I won't get time to share my posts every day, so if you'd like to follow the series sign up to follow by email! It's already been interesting for me. I hope you'll follow and that you find it interesting. <BR> <BR> I will, though, post the regular devotional message that I've written and scheduled to be posted like normal. <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:30:49 EST NEW Blog Post: Blanket Scriptures Sometimes when the world is cold, and the people you love are even colder the only solution is to wrap yourself in a blanket... a blanket of scripture, that is! Here are some of my Blanket Scriptures and how they help me. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blanket-scriptures.html </link> Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:50:38 EST New Member I am new to Fernley, NV and want to loose weight. Calling Christian women would b a great place for me to start. I have gain 20 pounds since moving eight months ago. I am walking 3 times a week but need to do more. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:31:50 EST Neon Cards A dear woman told me one day how she memorizes her versus. She said she uses a sharpie to write the reference and verse on a neon index card. Be pause the bright colors are easier to find in your purse and you can pull itnout at anlong light, in a traffic jam, standing in line, while waiting for a doctors appt. and so on. It has helped me in the past and I thought I would share it too. Fri, 1 Jun 2012 03:33:25 EST NEW Blog Post: Workout Routines A healthy life means a healthy body. A truly healthy body is made up of three parts: Our physical being, mind, and spirit. We eat healthy, run, walk, swim, lift weights; etc. to have a healthy physical body. But what about working out your mind, and your spirit? Do you workout those with the same devotion and passion that you have for your cardio routine? Here's my workout routines... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>workout-routines.html </link> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:39:20 EST Authentic Christian Women I want to join this group of Christian women who love God, reach out to others who are hurting, and praying with other ladies. <em>304</em> Sun, 27 May 2012 16:13:36 EST Prayer Request Friends: I just got home from church to get an email from my Mom. She went for an endoscopy at the local hospital a couple days ago. Now she can't talk. She coughed up something today that looks like it could be a piece of her vocal cord. Please pray for her, that she can come through this without permanent voice damage. Thank you. ~Carley Sun, 27 May 2012 13:39:15 EST Happy 1st Birthday! We're having a birthday!!!! Worship Melodies is 1 year old! Check out the story about how it came to be, and the lesson's I've learned, plus a big surprise! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>happy-1st-birthday.html </link> Sun, 27 May 2012 13:22:23 EST Hello Hello I'm Amy. I've recently begun to have some serious health issues and my weight is something that is a problem. I was on sparkpeople back in 2007 and had a really great support system. I weighed 225 pounds and lost to 192. We then moved away from a great town, church and friends I knew on sparkpeople. Now I'm at 260 when I started a week or 2 ago. I've lost 5 pounds and have remembered why this program works. You are accountable to yourself. I see success if I follow the meal plan. I need... Thu, 24 May 2012 11:44:49 EST The Invisible Woman Ever feel like you're an outsider, or that you're not seen or heard? Feeling rather invisible? Yea, me too sometimes. We all get that now and then. But God doesn't see it that way. Here's what I've learned about it, even through mental illness struggles. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>invisible-woman_23.html </link> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:43:05 EST Greetings, sisters! My name is Debby and I am back to be serious this time around. I have been to SP several times in the past but never stuck with it long enough to do anything. I followed WW for almost a year back in 2008 and lost 40 lbs, only to put it all back on again (!) plus an extra 10 - isn't that so often the case...? This time I want to change the way I think and eat so that my LIFESTYLE will change, not just a diet. Diets don't work, and I'm sure we all know that. I can't do this by myself. Whe... Tue, 22 May 2012 07:51:55 EST Responding to email; update Good Morning! It is a bright and sunny morning in Pa. I am excited to begin new today. This is my response to the very nice email message I received. I don't post much and hope I am doing this in an ok place. <BR> <BR> My weightloss journey is lifelong. I joined SparkPeople over a year ago, but didn't commit or stick to doing anything consistently. I recommitted a few months ago. I have joined a TOPS group and am using many encouragements that I receive on Spark pages to encourage my TOPS... Wed, 16 May 2012 07:29:46 EST Introduction Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Lara and it's about time I introduced myself! Thank you to Marilyn for the invitation. I always forget to do this when I join a Spark Team, and I apologize. <BR> <BR> It's so nice to find a community of Christian women here on Spark People. I look forward to being more active in this team. Life has been very busy lately. May is a busy month for teachers, trying to wrap things up by the end of the school year. Oh, I'm a music teacher. I teach about 30 young people... Tue, 15 May 2012 23:58:45 EST Hi, I'm Anastasia Greetings, <BR> <BR> My name is Anastasia. I have been on Sparkpeople since October 2007. I am a cancer survivor and accepted Jesus Christ as my savior four years ago this past Easter. Through my faith, I fell in love with my best friend. He was the one that took me to church four years ago and helped me during my health struggles. God has been an important part of my life and I look forward to meeting more woman that are Christian based. <BR> <BR> I am from the US but am currently living i... Tue, 15 May 2012 18:12:55 EST Hello My name is Elizabeth and I live in Michigan. I've been on Spark People since January, but I don't think I've said hi to this team. I am 33 y/o and single (no kids). I have a beautiful Golden Retriever Service Dog named Mitchell. He and I have been together for almost 4 years. He is a big help to me. I have been on disability since 2004 and I live by myself. I have DID and Autism Spectrum Disorder. <BR> <BR> I go to church over the Internet because I can't handle going to normal church. I've ... Tue, 15 May 2012 18:03:45 EST THERE IS A WAY Tuesday, May 15, 2012 <BR> <BR> The title on my friend Carrie's page caught my attention today! I've seen it before, I am sure but today it spoke volumes to me. This morning I had a really good time with our Lord. I felt the Holy Spirit impress upon me that "there is a way". The way this came about was that I was in the car driving home after having dropped off my daughter at school and gone to the store. I was listening to a praise and worship song that kept repeating that our God is the W... Tue, 15 May 2012 15:22:15 EST Mixed Blessings! It seems everything comes with a price tag attached in this world. Are your blessings worth the cost? I think 'yes', you have to decide that for yourself. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mixed-blessings.html </link> Tue, 8 May 2012 10:52:20 EST Howdy My name is Luna and i'm from Colorado. I just recently found myself back in the Lord's light and i'm ecstatic! I already found a new church that fits me to the T and even got a new study bible for the new journey i'm on. I'm glad i found you ladies. I'm not able to be in a study group right now because life is a little crazy but i know the lord is doing what's right for me Mon, 7 May 2012 12:24:06 EST bible Reading Program - SOTL Sword of the Lord has a Bible reading program that you can start and if you complete and turn in your check off paper for every month, you will recieve a certificate in January and they also send booklets throughtout the year as gift incentives. Just thought I would share that. <BR> <BR><BR>ing-plan-otnt.php <BR> Mon, 7 May 2012 11:11:10 EST Blind Faith I have a sun catcher that says "Let go & Let God". Complete surrender, and complete faith... that's what God wants from us. My little doggie, Casey, recently gave me such incredible inspiration and faith. Here's our story. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blind-faith.html </link> Sat, 5 May 2012 18:47:50 EST Hello My name is Tina. I've been a member of SparkPeople since 2008. I've been on the weight roller coaster for many years. I really like this community and am jumping in with both feet this time. Though I'm still learning to navigate through the site I hope to become more active with participating in all that it has to offer for the journey. I am looking forward to getting healthier and meeting new friends along the way. <BR> Thu, 3 May 2012 13:28:20 EST <em>24</em> Not one of my better food days but "little steps, little steps, little steps ..." I didn't get this big overnight, I can't expect it to come off overnight. <BR> <BR> Praying for more strength for tomorrow. Thu, 3 May 2012 02:02:48 EST Thank you God for New Beginnings New to sparkpeople and looking for connections with others who are grateful to God for all they have and for what he is going to through this SP. Do you feel as blessed as I do?? Christie Thu, 3 May 2012 01:07:03 EST Made to Crave prayer/acc untability Partner Hi, my name is Peg and I am doing the made to crave study. I am looking for a reliable person to help me stay accountable and praying for my journey. I am married to a wonderful man and we a daughter that will be 4 in June. I am finally seeing that I have to surrender it all to God. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:31:10 EST What’s in a Name? Every get frustrated when someone insists on getting your name wrong? Or maybe, you've thought "What does it matter anyway?". Here's what I've learned about what's really in a name. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>whats-in-name.html </link> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:13:36 EST It Can Be Done!! Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be on this new weight loss journey, but I know I'm going to need all the support I can get. I know that It Can Be done with lots of hard work! Be Blessed!!! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:54:26 EST Hello all! Hi! My name is Marla, I'm 51 years old and I just rejoined SP because I deleted my account by mistake. Is it possible that being a member of SP is a challenge to my enemy? Anyway I have loads of mental clutter, body clutter and "stuff" clutter to release. I have 2 daughters who have escaped the body clutter so far. My husband is also in the process of getting more healthy, but at this point we're not working on it together. My daughters are 15 and 17 years old and the 17 year old is graduatin... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:05:40 EST The Path of Least Resistance Often the path of least resistence isn't the most attractive route, whether you have a choice or not. Bipolar Disorder (BPD) is not a chosen path; but would I change it? I'm not so sure. <BR> <BR> (If you want to know more about BPD, this blog includes a list of resources that will help). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>path-of-least-resistance.html </link> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:39:52 EST One of These Things is Not Like the Others Ever feel like you're the odd duckling in the lot?! Me too. Here's what I've learned about that. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>one-of-these-things-is-not-like-others<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Friends, I posted this one a few days ago and haven't had time to share it with you on here yet. Scheduling is nuts these days! Sorry. This may start to happen more as my schedule gets busier. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:14:12 EST A Total Transformation Knowing what you know now, and the possible alternatives; would you, if you could, go back and change things? The end transformation could very well be worth going through the trials. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>total-transformation.html </link> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:28:06 EST I'm Marla and I'm new! Hello Christian Sparkpeople Women! This sounds like an awesome group. Maybe just exactly what I need right now. My name is Marla and I am married and have 2 girls ages 15 and 17. Found Sparkpeople awhile ago but got busy with other stuff and stopped visiting here. I'm trying to find a way to motivate myself to move more and eat less. I was doing the Biggest Loser Challenge for Wii but just haven't been able to motivate myself to even power it up. So I guess its time to find a new motivator. H... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:27:08 EST Bubbles and Peace I have been told I was bubbly by so many, yet I struggle and the bubbles pop. I long to feel God's peace all the time, and I want more than anything for people to see it shining through from within me. What do others see in you when they meet you? Do they see the peace of the Holy Spirit shining through? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bubbles-and-peace.html </link> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:29:09 EST Battling the Dragon Do you struggle with depression, bipolar, or even self-image issues? The flip side looks so different. The struggles we face look so dark and hopeless. Those who love us don't always see it the same way. They're not looking at it from the dark inside. Maybe it's time that those of us inside walked out into the Light. Here are my thoughts and my experience on fighting the big dragon and surviving. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>battling-dragon.html </link> ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:38:24 EST HELP- SCARY medical stuff was so exhausted after my 4 hour visit and 45 min of driving each way other day that I could not even write an e mail last night. <BR> <BR> I have Chronic Lyme Disease and have been thru so much and now this. <BR> I am SO UPSET. 5 months ago when I coughed up blood TWICE and they did a CT chest scan and found a nodule the Pulmonologist that I saw did not test or look any further or do a Bronchioscope to see WHY I coughed up blood. MORE INCOMPETENT DOCTORS GRRR!!! <BR> They could have checked... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 23:54:43 EST I'm Jeniece & I'm new! Hi! I just started the Eat to Live diet this past week and I'm going to amp up my SparkPeople usage for accountability & motivation! Sat, 7 Apr 2012 18:01:29 EST When the Impossible Happens You know those times when you know absolutely for sure that you know for sure that something cannot possibly happen.... but then it does. It can leave you feeling very disoriented to say the least. Here's what I've learned about these situations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>when-impossible-happens.html </link> Sat, 7 Apr 2012 09:08:33 EST Shattered Treasures Ever feel like you're broken beyond repair? Ever been rejected because of it? Believe it or not... not everyone thinks you're too broken. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shattered-treasures.html </link> <BR> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 09:19:09 EST Why Do We Limit Ourselves? Sometimes I wonder why we willingly settle for less when we're being offered a huge inheritance. Why do people not have drive and passion for more?... to know THE truth? <BR> <BR> Here are my thoughts on that as it happened in a very interesting conversation I had one day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>why-do-we-limit-ourselves.html </link> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:24:54 EST God's Consultants Ever wonder what it would be like to be in charge of the world for a little while? I do. Here's my theory on just how that might work out if I was in charge for a few days! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>gods-consultants.html </link> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:14:04 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I'm a 41-year old author living in the south with my husband of eighteen years and our two children. I have reached my highest weight of 322 pounds, and I can't live like this any longer. My husband and children deserve a happy, healthy wife and mother, and that's what I'm going to give them. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you! Good luck to you all! Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:22:38 EST Song: I Saw Him Smile Friends of Mine: <link><BR>smile-feat.-sharon/id509233809 </link> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 20:19:22 EST new on the team Hi everyone - I am happy to find this team. My husband and I co-pastor a nondenominational church. I just want to get in the clothes I wore last summer and be healthy. I am so glad to find a team like minded with me who want to serve the Lord. <BR> I know I need to be accountable to someone. I am excited. This has been my first week and I <BR> find this site a real thorough site with everything so far that I need. <BR> Have a blessed weekend everyone Sat, 17 Mar 2012 16:54:19 EST Micah 6:8 Micah 6:8 says <BR> He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God? <BR> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:56:28 EST Angels: To Serve and Protect I had a request from a reader to expand on the info that the bible tells us about how angels protect us. Here's is my final angel article. I hope it helps shed more light on just how real they are and how much they protect us. The bible is very clear on their many purposes, including our protection. Read the whole series. It will help you get an understanding of how awesome they are and how awesome God is for giving the angels to us. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:08:12 EST prayer request Just wondering if you could keep my son in your prayers. Really high fever this weekend. Fever broke this weekend and this morning it's back. Going to the doc this aft. <BR> I'm hoping he didn't catch some tropical disease while we were gone. Thanks. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:57:32 EST New to the group I'm a 45 year young single parent of a 16 year old special needs boy. I am the lead teacher in a Christian Daycare and I love it! Caring for the children and teaching them about the Lord is so fulfilling but my personal life has been down in the dumps. I have gained 20 pounds over the winter and lost all my energy. I can't even get myself together for Sunday service because my clothes are tight and I don't feel good about the way I look. I know this shouldn't matter but it does. So I need to ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:20:49 EST International Women’s Day International Women’s Day – It’s Time to Pick Up Your Torch! <BR> <BR> Pick up your torch ladies... we're havin' a parade for International Women's Day, and you're the queen! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2012/03/international-womens-day-its-t<BR>ime-to.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:50:34 EST Off to a good start :) Hello everybody! <BR> My name is Jennifer and I just started here on SparkPeople on Sunday and joined several teams and I've gotten myself off to a pretty decent start. Far from perfect, of course, but who needs perfect anyway?! I've been an all or none perfectionist type person (darn OCD!) for too long and I've finally allowed myself to just do what I can and accept any change or progress as good enough. As long as I keep at it and don't give up along the way I don't NEED perfection. Persis... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 22:42:29 EST Newbie Hello all! I am new as you can tell by the topic. I am excited to know that I can go through my weightloss journey with other christians dealing with the same issues. <BR> <BR> I am a mom of 4 teenage boys and I am looking forward to learning all I can and getting my weight under control. I have dieted on and off for years. With this web site I feel like I can actually turn the good habits I need into a lifestyle. I was never taught all the science behind food and eating. I think I spe... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 15:20:44 EST introducing myself I love jesus I am a catholic who loves her faith and right now I have an order for oatmeal from my grandson so I will cut this short God bless to all Sat, 3 Mar 2012 13:05:14 EST Psalm 18:30-32 Psalm 18:30-32 says <BR> As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:46:40 EST How My Angel Fell Off the Edge of Heaven The world looks so very different from down here. What happens when your angel falls? What happens when you're the one who's fallen? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/how-my-angel-fell-off-edge-of-heaven.<BR>html </link> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:02:02 EST Hello! I don't know if I'm posting this in the correct place, or not! I'm a bit confused! Anyway...I am a Christian, I work full time in the field of domestic violence, and also teach part-time at a local college. I'm married and my husband was a pastor for l8 years, but now we are just regular church folks. I soooo need to lose weight and exercise. I've become a couch potato when I come home from work. No energy and no desire to move. I look forward to hearing from you all! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:47:23 EST Gracecard This is wonderful movie to watch with a bunch of sisters no matter where they are in their walk. Highly recommended - has widened my understanding of God's amazing grace and how we should extend grace to others. After watching this movie I had to revisit some situations where I did not extend grace and it has heightened my awareness of receiving grace but especially extended it to others. All in all , agreat movie! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:28:27 EST Psalm 16:1-2 Psalm 16:1-2 says <BR> Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge <BR> I said to the Lord, 'You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing' <BR> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:01:51 EST Psalm 145:18-20 Psalm 145:18-20 says <BR> The Lord is near to all who call onhim, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:49:32 EST Hebrews 13:2 Hebrews 13:2 says <BR> Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some peole have enteretained agnels without knowing. <BR> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:58:01 EST I'm doing it this time! I have been fighting the battle of the bulge for too long. I constantly take the lead, only to surrender again. I'm tired of this cycle and want to win the war!!! While I've had great success losing in the past, I've also been known to throw in the towel & return to my same bad habits. I finally realized that now that I have a smart phone, I have no excuse! I can access everything I need right from there. So this is it! I want to lose about 140 lbs (man, I can't believe I let myself g... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 15:23:08 EST Back On Track Hi Everyone.....I have been trying to have a baby for 4 years, and my health has suffered because of it. The scale has crept up and up until I have gained about 50 extra pounds. I can't keep using..."I might be pregnant" as an excuse to be fat., so I am back on track with my life, and my goal is to be HEALTHY again. I have had emotional and physical pain because of this extra weight, and my desires, but now it is time to give it all to God, and if He has a miracle baby planned for us, then it... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 02:23:45 EST