SparkPeople Christian Writing Team Team Messageboard This is a group dedicated to all Christian writers. It is also a support group for those who are concerned about their health and living the abundant life. SparkPeople Christian Writing Team Team Messageboard New Team Leader for the Christian Writing Team Hello! I'm the new leader to the Christian Writing Team. I hope we can make this an active group to discuss writing and our Christian walk! <BR> <BR> Maura Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:02:38 EST New Kid on the Block Well, not a "kid", LOL! I'm 50+, Christian, Wife, Mom, Nana. Now that I've retired, I'm trying to take my hobby of writing to another lever. I am taking classes and I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, unpublished but hoping to change that. <BR> <BR> Speaking of that I'm sitting more I'm gaining weight. I'm here to learn new lifestyle habits to lose weight and keep it off, but more importantly to get my health back. Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:21:18 EST Did you write today? Did you write today? <BR> <BR> <BR> for me: nope <em>39</em> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:52:49 EST Conversations with God Bored, while resting, I asked the Holy Spirit, "Please tell me something about Father God I do not know." <BR> He replied, "The Father loves you more than you realize." <BR> <BR> Then, I asked the Holy Spirit, "Tell me something about You." <BR> He replied, "I was with Jesus when He was on the cross." <BR> <BR> Then, I said, "Tell me something about Jesus." <BR> "He was very talented. He was a good big brother and He adored his parents. He spent much time with His Real Father." <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:29:10 EST Celebrating a Gracious book! :-) "Immanuel: A different kind of Christmas romance" ~~ Sarah Jordan gets a chance of a lifetime: to sing the theme song, 'Immanuel', in a star-studded production. But she is a newcomer. Can she pull it off? Maybe, with the help of performing artist Logan S. Lee. As the tour progresses, their attraction for each other grows. Other performing artists notice and the fun begins. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:32:39 EST Reading preferences? Have you noticed that the older you get, your reading preferences changing? Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:54:34 EST What does.... What is your definition of 'gracious'? Sun, 1 Nov 2015 21:23:46 EST Future book title ~ Advice requested I will be working on a romance story between David (of Goliath fame) and Abigail (of Nabal fame). <BR> <BR> Which title is best: "To Marry a King" or "Where Love Is"? <BR> <BR> "To Marry" ~ DH points out that David was not yet a king. However, I found a nice cover photo. <BR> "Where" ~ Haven't found a good cover photo. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:27:57 EST Let us write a gracious story! We each write a sentence that eventually turns into a story. Keep it light and fun and even silly. <BR> Use brackets {} for author notes. Let's see how long before it bogs down. <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> I'll go first ~ <BR> <BR> It was a dark and stormy night. {taken from Snoopy} Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:23:14 EST The Beginning I've been doing some reflecting on my writing and writing projects. Sometimes I find it hard to separate what I know and what I'm feeling. <BR> <BR> My Beginning in writing began as a way of escape for me growing up. As soon as I learned how to write and read I started keeping these journals where I would talk about what I was feeling on such a deeper level. This deeper level gave me a passion for writing. <BR> <BR> Writing was non threatening. No one else would know or could know wha... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:33:45 EST Introducing New Team Leader Welcome, Please introduce yourself! <BR> <BR> If you are reading this then you must know that this thread is for introducing yourself to the group. Please take the time out to introduce yourself to the team. Since I am new here myself, I would love to learn a little bit more about every here. <BR> <BR> But also we here to help, encourage and inspire one another in our writing and in our taking care of ourselves and our bodies. There are no do overs. Once the body is gone that is the end... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:32:54 EST What are you Studying? As being writer and called to right, it is only natural that we should all be reading and studying God's word in order to glean the wisdom, knowledge and understanding it contains. I firmly believe that God speaks through His word and also His scribes. <BR> <BR> I like to read and study the works of the Christian writers way before my time. I have learned a lot from them and some of their work has impacted and changed my perception and prospective of God and what He expect from His people ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:17:51 EST Is writing a calling? Or something else? Or both? <BR> <BR> A gift maybe? <BR> <BR> Or just a talent or skill? <BR> <BR> Just curious what other people think. <BR> <BR> (still trying to figure out this writing thing for myself) Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:53:04 EST Goals for the team Is anyone interested in a team goal or team challenge? Could be fitness minutes or weight loss or whatever. If there's interest we could set up a challenge or two. <em>381</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:39:45 EST Christian writing books? I have some "how to write" books but I don't think I have anything specifically Christian - are there any Christian writing books (or maybe there's not really a need for it...?) Just curious. <BR> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:38:06 EST 100 Days of Happiness Stole this from CROUCHINGFLEA <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719647 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 1 Happiness <BR> <BR> cool rain (much needed) <BR> being "retired" <BR> learning new things <BR> <BR> What is making you happy today? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:15:37 EST How are you doing? This is the General Discussion area so I thought I'd start with a general question. <BR> How's it going? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:47:46 EST Post Your Writing Projects Here :) What do you write? What are you working on? <BR> <BR> If you have a blog, message me with the link and I'll add it here so it's all on one post. Thanks! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:45:47 EST Re-intro I'm Lynn, wife, mum, Christian, 52, have a LOT of weight to lose - getting there slowly. Trying not to be unrealistic about it (it took 20 years to get here). Always wanted to write, just never did, starting small with a blog and some stuff here on SP, have some goals to get better and more consistent at it this year. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:38:46 EST What does your weight loss plan include? Right now I'm kind of back at the beginning - I regained nearly 20 pounds over the winter (away from SP) And it was a brutal winter - it's only been 6 weeks since we had snow on the ground at the end of April! I cant walk in snow/ice so I was pretty much housebound. <BR> <BR> Now I'm trying to get back into a routine, doing the Summer 5% challenge, and working on getting back to drinking water....small steps. <BR> <BR> What food/exercise routines are you working on? Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:20:53 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 18:27:45 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 20:17:03 EST Did You Hear the Latest News?! Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s SO much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some, even manage to justify it. Here's a struggle that I had recently. I wanted to respond to a situation I observed. What to do? What do you do in situations like these? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/did-you-hear-latest-news.html </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:35:00 EST What are your writing goals for the week? A wise man once said, " If you aim at nothing you'll hit it every time." <BR> <BR> For the last year I have been participating in an accountability group for writers. Each week we check in and list our goals for the coming week. Then we report on the past week's progress - how well we did with those goals. We also give encouragement and feedback on each other's goals/ accomplishments. sometimes cheers and sometimes constructive suggestions for success, but always positive. <BR> <BR> Sinc... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:43:48 EST Christmas wishes I want to wish all my fellow writers a Blessed Christmas and pray that we will all be actively Writing His Answer in the New Year. <BR> <BR> May God's message find its way fron your hearts to your computer screen and into print this coming year so that many will hear His Word and turn their eyes toward the Savior! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! <BR> Bonnie <em>446</em> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:18:56 EST Need to take a Spark Break HUZZAH39 is taking a Spark Break. Please pray as my family faces difficult circumstances...Thank you! Sorry I haven't been on much. Please bear with me until I get over this personal hurdle with God's help! <BR> <BR> Blessings, Christine Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:11:19 EST Two Words/Change One work day Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:46:43 EST A to Z words containing double vowels aardvark Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:14:11 EST A to Z words ending in "er" abandoned Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:11:50 EST A to Z words ending in "ing" applying Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:37:33 EST Intro Hello Everybody, <BR> Thank You Ronda,HANNAHSGRAMMIE for stopping by my Blog and leaving your footprint and kind comments. Also for stopping by my SparkPage and letting me know about this group. <BR> My name is David Stoll and live in Trinity, Texas. I am not a professional writer but enjoy sharing my thoughts on occassion. I do a daily blog sharing the Word of God here on SparkPeople and also on Facebook. I also twitter at and a Personal Web Page called Tod... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:42:21 EST Just Chattin'! Welcome and come on in! <em>199</em> Need a place to unwind and talk? Pull up a comfy chair, grab a warm mug of tea or coffee and join us! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:43:40 EST How are you on your weight loss journey? Inviting you to step in and give a <em>48</em> or a <em>42</em> on how you are doing with your weight loss journey each time you stop by. This is the place to vent, ask questions, give tips....... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:54:13 EST Here are a Few of Our Favorite things....... Name one of your favorite songs.... <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of mine is "Great is Thy Faithfulness".... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:15:24 EST A to Z boys' names Adam Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:03:57 EST A to Z girls' names. Abigail Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:02:52 EST A to Z Bible topics-can be names, places, objects Angel Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:01:23 EST Are You Passing the Test? A devotional to encourage you all.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-the-test-2/ </link> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:50:01 EST Last letter being new word The last letter of the previous word begins the next word. Enter as many as you'd like per day. <BR> <BR> <BR> grandmother Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:57:10 EST Nutrition A to Z Let's list a nutritious food beginning with each letter of the alphabet. If you'd like, you can enter more than one per day. <BR> <BR> Apple Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:55:29 EST Step Challenge 9/9 - 9/16 Let's enter the number of steps we make per day to see how many we make as a total. <BR> <BR> Ronda Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:52:11 EST Daily Food and Fitness Challenge 9/9 - 9/16 Let's begin a challenge. Each day, lets say if we entered our food (met calorie range) and fitness (number of minutes). Log each day even if you went over your calorie range or didn't exercise. The point is to just stay in contact with each other. <BR> <BR> Ronda Sat, 7 Sep 2013 16:49:47 EST Introduce Yourself Here! A little about myself. I am a 43 year old married woman with two teenage daughters. I am a stay at home Mom but I am usually not always at home. I love to write acrostic poetry and feel called to write a book about people who have been imprisoned (not necessarily in a cell) and how the power of God has set them free. It is my first book and I don't feel equipped but a Brother in Christ once told me, "Christine, God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called!" <BR> It is my prayer that w... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:02:59 EST Daily Writing Prompt I thought it would be fun to have a writing prompt of the day. You can write as little or as much as you would like. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is one for today..... <BR> <BR> <BR> If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go........... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:29:00 EST Daily Word Count on Projects PHOENIXREBIRTH suggested we start a thread to record a daily word count on our projects. So, let's hold ourselves accountable and stop in daily with a word count if you are working on a project! Thanks for the idea PHOENIXREBIRTH! Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:51:43 EST 6 letter word scramble Let's start a fun word activity. <BR> <BR> Unscramble the following 6 letters to make a word (preferable something from the Bible). When you reply, write your answer and then you add another 6 letter word scramble. Let's keep this activity going. Here's the first one: <BR> <BR> bbbslei Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:52:23 EST Book Nook Have you read (or written) a good book lately? C'mon and share it with us!!!!!!! Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:45:48 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 19:07:01 EST Why do Christians Suffer? James 1:1 tells us to "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” Notice that he does not say, ”if” you face trials; he says “whenever” you face them because they are coming. That does not sound encouraging, but it is realistic. God uses suffering in our lives to build our faith. <BR> <BR> After my fall and the major downward spiral of my MS, my neurologist sent me to a counselor. He looked at me like I had three heads, and all of them green, when I said, "... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:19:29 EST Today? Tomorrow? What Are You Working On? Let us know what your project(s) is (are) for today or this week? If you feel free to share, share your daily goals for what you want to get accomplished with your writing today. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:09:08 EST Our Writing Goals What are your writing goals? Immediate? Long range? Ultimate? <BR> <BR> If you haven't already, begin to write down your goals and break them down into daily, weekly, yearly, five years, and then ultimate goals you want to accomplish with your writing. Writing this down in a place where you can see it keeps you motivated and on track. <BR> <BR> Establishing a writing career is a lot like losing weight. Set a small goal and then take small but consistent steps to make that change happen. <B... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:00:32 EST Christian Writing Sites that Might Interest You <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I found this resource. It has part of the same title as us but is NOT associated with us: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:56:22 EST Some Writer's Tips for you Here are a collection some writer's tips for you. <BR> <BR> Challenge : Choose one to work on this week and let us know how you are doing with it!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:23:06 EST Welcome HannahsGrammie to our Leadership Team! Welcome to our Leadership team, HannahsGrammie!!! <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> So glad you joined us! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:49:21 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 14:12:03 EST Prayer Requests Leave your prayer requests here. I will try to check at least once a day. It would be a pleasure to pray for any need you may have...... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:31:21 EST Writing Prompt of the Day I thought it would be fun to have a writing prompt of the day. You can write as little or as much as you would like. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is one for today..... <BR> <BR> <BR> If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go........... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:25:29 EST Isaiah 43:19 - Please Read and Respond Isaiah 43:19 <BR> <BR> New King James Version (NKJV) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, <BR> Now it shall spring forth; <BR> Shall you not know it? <BR> I will even make a road in the wilderness <BR> And rivers in the desert. <BR> <BR> <BR> I sense this in my spirit today not just personally but corporately. I can't wait to hear how this comes into fruition in your life. <BR> <BR> For me today, God's Spirit literally placed a new song in my heart (wor... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:10:15 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 15:31:06 EST NEED OF A NEW LEADER! I am leaving SPARKPEOPLE so there is a need for a new leader. <BR> <BR> Please contact SPARK people if you are interested. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 14:53:24 EST Pleased To Be Co-Leader! I am pleased to announce that HUZZAH39 and I are co-leaders for this Team. Please come and start posting on this Team. <BR> <BR> I know I have neglected to post some of my writings but I am going to be more faithful. I really promise. <BR> <BR> Let's make this the BEST TEAM EVER! <BR> <BR> GOD BLESS! <BR> Louise Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:39:30 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 15:29:22 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 12:51:14 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 18:37:54 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 21:20:29 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 12:33:50 EST Christian Mindfulness Challenge Devotional Please use this thread to post your devotional thoughts related to the"Christian Mindfulness Challenge". Thanks for your participation!!!! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:58:38 EST Praying For The United States Devotional Day 2 "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." Psalm 133:1 <BR> <BR> As stated in Day 1 of this devotional, Christians need to be in unity with each other. This does not mean that we have to agree on everything. We can agree to disagree. <BR> <BR> Some of us believe we cannot lose our salvation. Some of us believe we can lose our salvation. Some of us believe that God created the world in six days and that on the seventh day God rested. Some of us bel... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:26:52 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 14:57:21 EST January Writing Prompt - "What am I Craving" I hope Carley won't mind but her blog created a spark for our monthly writing prompt. I was praying about what to do a prompt on and so here it is. <BR> <BR> Many of us know we were created to crave God yet when we face obstacles in life, what do we fill that craving with? Though I truly LOVE the LORD, I am an emotional eater. Can I trust that only God can fill that void I have? IN my heart I say "yes" but my actions belie me when I fall into sin in the emotional eating trap. It's not th... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:34:51 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 13:52:54 EST War Some of the best selling books, at least in my guesstimation, would have to be self help books and the leading ones in that area most likely 'How to lose weight and keep it off'. <BR> <BR> I would like to see one written on 'How to overcome temptation when it is staring you right in the face with all the negative emotionally charged feelings right along side. Is it the sight of food that tempts me or is it something else? I am increasingly becoming aware of how my negative emotions trigg... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:24:30 EST Consider Your Ways I wrote this two years ago but felt after I read Louise's devotional that I should post it again. Let us all consider our ways as we come upon this New Year 2013 and let our ways be His ways.....Blessings! <BR> <BR> Tuesday, December 07, 2010 <BR> <BR> Five years ago, the Lord stirred my heart to read the book of Haggai, which is a very short book found in the Old Testament. It is interesting to note that Haggai's name means "festive". Given the season we are in, this is a timely message.... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:18:03 EST Praying For The United States Devotional Day 1 "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV <BR> <BR> In view of all the shootings, of all the hate groups, of all the hate crimes, the poor economy, politicans fighting with each other and the other parties and all the unrest going on in The United States it is time for all us Christians to Wake Up! <BR> <BR... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:41:20 EST Prayer Request I have a prayer request, if you don't mind. My cousin, Kay, and I have always been close. We're more like best friends and sisters than cousins. Earlier this year, she discovered an angry lump in her right breast, which turned out to be stage 3 carcinoma. She's gone through all of her chemotherapy, blood transfusions, anti-body infusions, and I don't know what else. Now she's having surgery on 12-20, a bilateral mastectomy (her choice) and a right-side lymphectomy. The surgery will take about... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:22:20 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 14:18:49 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 13:25:14 EST Hug Alert for SWIMLOVER SWIMLOVER could use some of our support during this season. She has stepped down as leader and asked me to step up. She will be a hard act to follow. <BR> Please stop by her page thanking her for her service. I pray she will continue to be an active member of the team writing as she is able. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>IMLOVER </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>380</em> <em>458</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 19:06:48 EST Mess or Masterpiece I have been created as God's Masterpiece yet more often then not I feel like a mess. I feel like a Picasso piece at times when you see a bunch of abstract colors but no clear definition- at least not one that is visible to me. I feel like a color that's been spilled onto a page bleeding all over. However, I know I am being defined. I receive glimpses of positive changes and hints of transformation. I know I am in the Artist's Hands and that is a very good place to be. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:58:44 EST Please Post Your Special Occasions We would love to celebrate your special occasions. If you are open to it, please list your birthday, anniversary, and sparkversary so you can be recognized on your special days. <BR> <em>410</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:50:52 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 11:54:43 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 15:19:00 EST Daily Bible Reading And/Or Bible Study Please come here and let us know what you are reading in your Bible or please let us know what Bible Study you are doing. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:15:22 EST Please Tell Us About Your Writing Projects! Please come here and tell us about your writing projects. <BR> <BR> I will start. I am not a published writer but I hope that I will be one day. I am working on writing a devotional book for Cancer Survivors. I am also working on a Christian fiction book about a country singer affected by her dad's suicide. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:11:24 EST October And The Rest Of 2012 Daily Chats! Good Morning Team! I am the new Team Leader. I would love to see this Team get active again. I would also love it if one or more of you would like to co-lead with me. <BR> <BR> Please come here and write about your day. <BR> <BR> Thank You! <BR> Louise Sun, 7 Oct 2012 08:02:44 EST Make A Choice Today Wednesday, October 03, 2012 <BR> <BR> Each day we are faced with myriad of choices. God has given us the free will to choose. Here are the choices I am choosing to make today: <BR> <BR> I can choose to be pitiful or powerful but I can not choose both. This day I choose to be powerful not because of who I am but because of WHO lives in me. <BR> <BR> I choose this day to not let others negativity bring me down. What the enemy meant for harm, God means for good. I choose to meditate on wha... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:44:41 EST A Powerful Video which Speaks for Itself!!!! <link> </link> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:26:35 EST Express your mood today in an emoticon I saw this in other team's forums. It may be fun. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:47:37 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 17:08:51 EST i need to ask you guys a favour i've been following this group for a while, and sometimes i post but i usually don't. i do pray for you though. now i'd like your help with something. <BR> i entered a competition and i need all the "likes" i can get. it's really short. it would mean a lot to me if my fellow writer sparkguys would go to this page and like it. if you have the time. it will be voted on august 30th so i realize that's not much time. it took this long to be brave enough to ask. it's a short romantic fiction story... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:22:22 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 22:18:35 EST "On Wings Of Prayer" (A Poem) <BR> <BR> On Wings of Prayer <BR> <BR> In valleys of despair we search around <BR> only to realize that we found <BR> His Spirit flows everywhere <BR> on the wings of a prayer. <BR> <BR> As our words take on flight, <BR> they flutter above to Heaven's delight. <BR> As our praise is sent above, <BR> joy returns on wings of love. <BR> <BR> Wings of prayer lift any cares. <BR> They let our soul soar to new heights <BR> and our vision takes on a new sight. <BR> Our spirit becomes... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:42:41 EST "Sowing Seeds" (A Poem) Wednesday, August 15, 2012 <BR> <BR> Sowing Seeds <BR> <BR> Sow a seed into a life, <BR> Once it is planted, it will grow. <BR> Water it abundantly, <BR> In time the fruit will show. <BR> Nourish it so that the roots go deep. <BR> God will give the increase. <BR> <BR> Sow another seed into a life, <BR> Enjoy the blessings that it brings. <BR> Encourage others to do the same. <BR> Develop and cultivate before the rain. <BR> Send thanks to our Almighty KIng! <BR> <BR> @ Christi... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:38:20 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 18:21:15 EST Juicy Fruit First Starts with a Seed Thursday, August 02, 2012 <BR> <BR> Just what is a seed? <BR> <BR> Webster's Dictionary defines a seed as "a fertilized and ripened plant ovule having an embryo that is capable of geminating to produce a new plant". It is also defined as "a beginning of a source: origin." To see how seeds first originated we need look no further than in the beginning: Genesis. In Genesis 1:9, God created dry land and in verses 11 He says: " Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and t... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 14:55:06 EST "Juicy Fruit Challenge" Wednesday, August 01, 2012 <BR> <BR> Welcome to the first day of the "Juicy Fruit Challenge"! The hope and prayer of this challenge is that we come to a better understanding of what "fruit" is, how it is manifested, how it applies to our life, and how best to share it. <BR> <BR> What should you expect during this challenge? <BR> <BR> This challenge will be based on Biblical principles and will be inclusive of various resources as it relates across the disciplines such as science, art, p... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 17:36:21 EST Fear And Overcoming It Thursday, July 26, 2012 <BR> <BR> I have been taking my DD2 to swim lessons frequently to swim lessons this summer and she is teaching me to be an overcomer in more ways than one. She was afraid of diving but she nipped that in the bud. Even though she had the fear, SHE DID IT ANYWAY. The first week looking at her legs made me cry. Her legs would slap the water and they were so bruised. She kept using her leg for support in getting out of the pool trying again, and again , and again and tha... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 14:18:20 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 15:14:45 EST omygosh i'm sooo excited!!!! <em>334</em> New to SparkPeople period, and learning as I go. Hi. Kari here. I was kind of shocked there were only 24 members here, but hey, we can't all share the same obsession in life.... I'm stoked to meet people not only of like faith but also like passion. Way cool. Yep, I'm officially off-the-chain excited. OK, Kari, breathe... <BR> Sorry 'bout that. As a fairly new SparkGal it can seem overwhelming, but I'm loving it. In my teens I was really into fitness but life and children kind... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:06:56 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 14:03:40 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 21:05:29 EST A Taste of Wisdom 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 12:08:35 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 14:15:46 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 19:10:12 EST Making time to write I dreamed for years of having my writing published, but never really thought it would happen. Now that I'm getting serious about it, there never seems to be enough quiet time in my day to complete a thought, much less to actually write. I've been stealing moments at work and doing some blogging while I eat dinner. My big problem is I'm shy about my work and don't want people reading over my shoulder until it's finished. I may just have to get over that. How do all of you handle writing ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 08:40:59 EST Sorry, Team! Hey team, <BR> <BR> Sorry for my inactivity. I guess I never really knew how to be a "leader." I am glad that this group exists, however, so if anyone wants to take over the position of leader, feel free. <BR> <BR> I have still been picking away at my novel. Hope everyone else is writing and walking with our Lord! <BR> <BR> ~ bikinikitty Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:17:19 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 12:38:49 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 09:34:23 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 10:55:39 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 10:43:04 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 13:26:44 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 16:48:31 EST Prayer For the Lost I wrote this for my husband but you can adapt it for your loved one(s). -- Christine <BR> <BR> Father, bless my husband from the tip of his head to the sole of his feet and everywhere in between. Open his mind to You. Lead him to put aside his worldly knowledge and bathe him with Your spiritual truth. Place good thoughts in his mind and allow his focus to turn to You. Speak to him Father and allow Your words to penetrate his mind, spirit, soul, and heart. Remove the seeds of doubt and unbel... Wed, 16 May 2012 19:47:55 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 15:20:32 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 10:56:33 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 18:51:03 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 21:16:56 EST Resource Request Do you know of any resources you could direct me to that deal with Old and New Testament Songs particularly the songs of Moses, Miriam, Zechariah, David, Elizabeth, Mary...etc. <BR> <BR> Also wondering why it seems there was more songs recorded in the Old rather than New Testament? <BR> <BR> <BR> Working on a project and can use some input. Thanks! <BR> <BR> Blessings, Christine Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:53:26 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 20:44:14 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 10:16:54 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 09:32:08 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 18:33:09 EST Hello! First thing I love about this site is that I can do one "intro" message to all my boards - yay! (Because it's late, and I have to work tomorrow! :) <BR> <BR> But just a short note to say hi to everyone out there reading this and doing this journey alongside me! My name is Katie - I'm wrapping up a graduate degree this semester, and finally finding the personal motivation to lose the extra weight I've been carrying my whole life. <BR> <BR> I'm an amputee and a childhood cancer survivor,... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 02:15:50 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 17:42:53 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 09:11:59 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 09:23:37 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 14:27:56 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 12:28:31 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 13:11:01 EST Christian version of Mama Mia So I saw the musical Mama Mia and I thought it was amazing how the music seemed like it had been written for the musical instead of the other way around. I thought how great it would be to have a christian version of that. As it happened, I won tickets to see Steven Curtis Chapman along with back stage passes. I asked permission to do that and he said I could and his road manager gave me his card. The problem is, that man is no longer his road manager and his current one is"busy"with the new ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:48:48 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 11:52:35 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 11:05:08 EST Angels: A Jack-of-Al ll-Trades! With all the talk and angel stories that I've been doing lately in my angel series... have you wondered what the bible says about angels? This next article in the Angel Series will tell you just that! This is just touches on the top of a big subject that could have a lot of reading, research and writing done with it. But i hope this helps give you a good overview. There's one more article after this one (next week... unless it expands again! This series seems to have a life of it's own. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:10:12 EST The Warm & Fuzzy Side of Angels The next article in the series about angels. I bet you didn't know that angels wore so many hats! Well, there's another side to them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/warm-and-fuzzy-side-of-angels.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:22:34 EST I Think I Just Saw An Angel! Part 3 in my series on Angels! Ever think "Thank God I didn't go.... ", or "I'm so grateful that I didn't do... "? Maybe the reason you didn't, is because you were rescued by an angel from something that would have been a disaster!! Here's my story... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/i-think-i-just-saw-angel.html </link> Thu, 9 Feb 2012 14:41:24 EST Who Is Your Guardian Angel? Here's the 2nd article in my series about angels. Two more are scheduled to be posted in February. I invited my friend, and author, Paul Duarte to be a guest author and share his own unexplained angel story with us. I have one of my own that I will share in an upcoming article. The final article will talk about what the bible says about angels. I hope you like this series. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/who-is-your-guardian-angel.html </link> <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:42:18 EST BLOG: Angels from Heaven NEW WORSHIP MELODIES BLOG: <BR> <BR> Have any angel stories? Here's just one of mine! Please, share yours in the comment section below the article on the WM site! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2012/01/angels-from-heaven.html </link> <BR> <BR> It seems that some of you have been having problems leaving comments on the WM site. Here are the steps to follow to leave your comments with the blog. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Write your comment in the comment block prov... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:28:35 EST How's Everyone Doing? Hi, team! <BR> <BR> I know I have not been the most active administrator. I guess I'm not sure exactly what to do. <BR> <BR> But, I wanted to check in with you all. Welcome to our new members! How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I was doing so well with my writing time for months. Then, when it started to get dark back in the fall, I stopped getting up early--and there went my writing time! I have had some friends praying for me that I would get back into it, and guess what! Two days this wee... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:45:47 EST OK, So the Story Goes Like This... My latest Worship Melodies Blog.... <BR> <BR> Ever wonder about all those people who like to tell their own story? Ever wonder if you should tell yours? This will give you the answers! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ok-so-story-goes-like-this.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:39:50 EST Blog: How the Grinch Stole Christmas My latest blog... God does amazing miracles sometimes at Christmas time. This one is mine about how I came to have a great Christmas for the first time in almost two decades. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/how-grinch-stole-christmas.html </link> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:14:15 EST Sliding On the Ice If the Christmas season is difficult for you, my latest blog might help. If you know someone who has a difficult time during Christmas, this may help you to help them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/sliding-on-ice.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:15:00 EST A new Dawn <em>213</em> Hi! My name is Dawn. I'm 27 years old, been married for 7.5 years, and we have a 4.5 year old son. I have been a Christian for 14 years and I've been writing for 19 years. <BR> <BR> I am about 100 pounds overweight which is why I joined SP. I need to lose 35 quickly because I was denied health insurance due to being obese - not good. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:19:04 EST Footprints in the Snow I received a wonderful and encouraging message today. I wrote about it in my SparkBlog... I think you will be encouraged by it as well. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616998 </link> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 22:01:59 EST My Latest Works Hello Friends: <BR> <BR> Here are the links to my last two blogs. I didn't get time to post the previous one on here. I appreciate the feedback and the support you give me so much. It blesses me so much to know that my work helps people. <BR> <BR> First blog - The Master's Voice <BR> <link><BR>/masters-voice.html </link> <BR> <BR> Second blog - Who Calls Me Beautiful? <BR> <link><BR>/who-calls-me-beautiful.h... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:46:54 EST Set a New Team Goal! Hey, team! <BR> <BR> I'm Stephanie, and I recently took the plunge and clicked on the "become team leader" link here in the Christian Writers Group! I just set a new team goal for us, as I had already set it as a personal goal and thought it would be a good team goal. The goal is really just to make a personal goal for how much you want to write each day. It could be more or less than what I set, whatever works for you. I am going to aim to write at least an hour at least five days a wee... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 10:47:18 EST I DID IT!!! For the first time since my teens when I filled notebook after notebook of fan fiction, I wrote nearly 1,200 words yesterday!!! What a great feeling! PTL big time! Fri, 21 Oct 2011 11:22:10 EST I MUST Drop Out as Team Leader Hi All, <BR> This is a long story - the best I can tell you is to go to my Spark Page and read my latest blog for my explanation. <BR> I'm doing well with my cancer treatments (only have 6 infusions left to go) and it is going back into remission. I'm starting college again this fall but have changed my major to Journalism. <BR> Hope to talk to some of you from time to time. <BR> Shalom. <BR> Johannah Sun, 21 Aug 2011 19:12:49 EST I am not new I am here on sparkpeople enjoying all the new friends and realtionships that I am making and have made. <BR> <BR> Relationships are THE most important thing in this life and walking in love and forgiveness and peace. <BR> <BR> Encouraging one another and loving and caring one for another are essential and vital for living an over coming and winning life. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 13:50:38 EST Newbie Hello <BR> <BR> I am Ron and I am 69, married for 45 yrs, have three grown boys and three grand kids. My wife is a nurse (mine) and works for my primary physician part time. <BR> <BR> I accepted Christ in 1991 and have been following Him ever since. I was very active in our church until just recently. I write a blog every nite and spend a lot of time reading Christian Books. <BR> <BR> I do have to confess that I got very mad @ God and stayed away from Him for almost ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:27:03 EST Hi Not much activity that normal or you having a slow time because of the sunshine? Fri, 27 May 2011 19:15:43 EST Has Anyone Seen This Short Film? This is awe-inspiring and incredible. . . <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy, <BR> Johannah <em>26</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:09:20 EST Maintaining Fitness While Spending Hours Writing This has got to be the bane of most writers. I know once I get started at the computer, 8 hours can disappear before I get up from my chair and then I wonder why my back and shoulders ache! <BR> <BR> Just as it takes a generous helping of stick-to-it-iveness to research and write a freelance project - it takes more of the RIGHT STUFF to maintain or regain fitness as a writer. From personal experience I can tell you, spending only 30 minutes a day doing aerobic activity unclogs things and the... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:58:36 EST LEBEN Magazine LEBEN <BR> <BR> City Seminary Press <BR> 2150 River Plaza Dr. <BR> #150 <BR> Sacramento CA 95833 <BR> <BR> E-mail: <BR> <BR> Website: <BR> <BR> About: <BR> Quarterly magazine presenting the people and events of Christian history from a Reformation perspective. We are not a theological journal, per se, but rather a popular history magazine. <BR> <BR> Freelance Facts: <BR> Established: 2004 <BR> Simultaneous Submissions: Yes <BR> Guidelines by email. <BR> ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:47:18 EST Know of any Freelance Markets? Anytime someone in this group runs across a freelance market listing they feel may benefit another writer in our group, please post it here for others. I don't recommend posting Internet "jobs" as most editors of commercial consumer publications don't consider these as valid "clips" or evidence of one's writing skill. Perhaps that will one day change for for now it is just the way it is. <BR> <BR> So thanks. <BR> Johannah <em>26</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:44:16 EST Writing Goals What are your writing goals? Immediate? Long range? Ultimate? <BR> <BR> If you haven't already, begin to write down your goals and break them down into daily, weekly, yearly, 5 years, and then ultimate goals you want to accomplish with your writing. Writing this down in a place where you can see it keeps you motivated and on track. <BR> <BR> Establishing a writing career is an awful lot like losing weight. You set a small goal and then take small but consistent steps to make that change hap... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:35:40 EST Today? Tomorrow? What Are You Working On? Let us know what your project(s) is (are) for today or this week? If you feel free to share, share your daily goals for what you want to get accomplished with your writing today. <BR> <BR> Johannah <em>26</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:30:38 EST New Member Introductions Hi, <BR> If you're a new member to this group, introduce yourself here and tell us a little about yourself. We don't limit ourselves strictly to Christian topics in our writing for publications but rather we are Christians who write and spread His Light through all our efforts. As Christians, we are also free to write about just about anything that strikes our fancy - including how to remodel a bathroom if you happen to be a woman. <BR> <BR> I hope you enjoy our group. I'm hoping over time w... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:18:20 EST You've Got Questions? We've Got Answers! Any and all questions about the writing life are welcome here. There are 12 of us here and someone will have the answer for a newbie who has a question, and if not, most of the more experienced writers will know how to find the answer to just about any question. <BR> <BR> You can also post links for other helpful writer's sites here. <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> Johannah <em>26</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:08:32 EST Name That Project I'm moving this topic up into General Team Discussion - feel free to share whatever project you're working on this week. <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> Johannah <em>26</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 18:02:02 EST Writer's Ink Chit Chat Cafe Hi Again, <BR> This thread will be for general chit chat and various things pertaining to the writing life which really encompasses every aspect of a writer's life, anyway. Even when I am away from my keyboard, the ins and outs of my spiritual life bang up into my day to day life which often crashes headlong into an idea for a story, article, book, or novel. <BR> <BR> Talk about whatever strikes your fancy here and let's get to know one another better. <BR> Have the best of weeks! <BR> Johan... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 17:59:09 EST Revamping Forum Happy Resurrection Day, Writers! <BR> I haven't been feeling well since starting chemotherapy yesterday so I ended up missing services today. I stayed home and slept instead but I needed it. I think the worst part of the treatments is the steroids but on the plus side - the pain I was experiencing from the cancer is now gone. I should be feeling better tomorrow and as the week goes on even better, yet and then I begin the process all over again on Thursday. <BR> <BR> So check around the site... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 17:53:00 EST I Saw My Oncologist Today Thank you all so very much for your prayers and kind words. . . your responses have often brought tears to my eyes. <BR> <BR> I just got home from the oncologist’s office. He thinks we have a fair shot at beating this back with a different set of chemo drugs much longer period of time. I’ll be going in for weekly chemo beginning next Thursday and will continue for something like 6 to 9 months (based on what he said this is sort of a guesstimate). The doctor said I am unlikely to lose my hai... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:39:33 EST The Cancer is Back This is a post from my church's website - I'm simply cutting and pasting it into my teams because it's a lot easier than to rewrite it all to accommodate different groups. As you read, I think you'll understand why I did it this way. I'd appreciate any and all prayers for both me and my beloved husband, Jim. <BR> That being said, I'll maintain my position as group leader for as long as I am able, come what may. If it begins to look like I can no longer manage the group, it would be cool if ea... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:11:53 EST Mercy Spoke Darkness Surrounds, <BR> <BR> The evil blow has landed, <BR> <BR> Sin takes it's toll, <BR> <BR> A warrior has fallen, <BR> <BR> The pain crushes his soul, <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From above a voice calls... <BR> <BR> He is reaching out! <BR> <BR> Go help him! <BR> <BR> Where did everyone go? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The fallen, broken, cries out... <BR> <BR> Oh God, please help, <BR> <BR> Evil surrounds me, Death binds me, <BR> <BR> I feel all alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From Hea... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 22:22:48 EST Thomas in Houston Just wanted to say hello, new here :) Sun, 10 Apr 2011 22:21:14 EST Saw the Oncologist Today Hi Everyone, <BR> Thanks so much for all your prayers. . . they mean so very much to me. <BR> I saw my oncologist and he examined me and yes, that area of my ribs/sternum is definitely tender to poking around. Worse, the doctor noticed that there is a definite bony protuberance (like a bone swelling) that wasn't there the last time I was examined by him. <BR> It is almost assuredly cancer come to visit again and I'm going in for a PET scan on next Wednesday April 13 and I have personal friend... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 17:29:36 EST Prayer Request Please pray that my current cancer scare is just that: a scare. I see the oncologist tomorrow and will report what we're going to do next. For those of you who don't know, I've been fighting breast cancer for 11 years now and have had 4 occurrences of the disease. <BR> Thanks. <BR> Johannah Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:39:10 EST 4-5-11 What I'm Working On Today. . . The best laid plans of mice and men. . . we all know the tyranny of this little proverb but that's how yesterday went for me. In the morning's mail was a letter (a long one) from my friend Miriam of whom I've written in other places and some of you know that whole saga but anyway, there's this letter from her. I prayed before opening it, asking the L-rd to center me and keep my ears open truly to what Miriam had to say. Then I opened the letter and read and was relieved to find that while thi... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:57:46 EST 4-4-11 What I'm Working On Today Hi Everyone, <BR> Okay. Today I have to work on my RECOVERY@Grace stuff. I'm about a week behind on "homework" now and we're in the Step 4 phase (make a fearless and searching written inventory of all the wrongs we've committed against others in our lives) and frankly, I've been putting this off for a week because it's just going to be difficult and that's really not the best adjective. I also didn't want a lot of really heavy soul searching of my past to put a heavy load on me on my baptism ... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 13:49:01 EST NEW PICTURES For all my new brothers and sisters: <BR> I posted my baptism pics on my SP page for all to see and enjoy. So go check them out. And yes. Today was the best day ever in my life. Thanks be to G-d my Rescuer and My Redeemer and My Savior. To Him be all glory and honor and power and majesty. <BR> Thank you Father for wanting me. . . <BR> Johannah <em>26</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:35:06 EST TODAY IS THE DAY Today is the Day that the L-rd has made - I shall rejoice and be glad in it! <BR> <BR> It is the day of my baptism. I am so excited and thrilled to have FINALLY been caught by His amazing love and to be called His. In the words of the Grateful Dead (60s band): What a long strange trip it's been . . . but in looking back over the course of my life, it was worth every agonizing moment to know the JOY I have this day. I am a new person these days. My husband, friends, and family have said I'm d... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 11:19:48 EST PRAYER Requests, Answers, and Praises to G-d Hi Everyone, <BR> I just got an idea this morning (thanks to Huzzah39) to add a section where we could put our requests for prayer intercession, answers, and Praises to G-d for His faithfulness so I'm adding this new Sticky Topic so it'll always remain on top. <BR> <BR> If you feel like it, also use this space to write our your own prayers, too. Sometimes, as I've recently learned, seeing what other people are praying for can be a powerful motivator in changing how and what we pray for ourse... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:06:16 EST :) hi, my name is Carol. I live in Southern Wisconsin, married, 2 grown sons, work part time as pastor. I write devotions, Bible study material and the occasional sermon. <BR> I love to write, and need to make it happen on a regular basis! I am thrilled to find this group, very much looking forward to getting to know you all better; and pray that together we may learn and grow in our faith and writing! <BR> <em>149</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2011 09:28:20 EST Girl Meets G-d In Reno, PART 3 CON'T FROM PART 2: One who trips and falls doesn't need to get beaten with a rod of iron along with harsh words. What they need, more than anything, is a kind and compassionate hand up and help to get back on the right path. <BR> <BR> So anyway, much of what I’ve written so far really took place between February 5 and March 1 ,2011. But really, the day of my salvation was on March 1. Throughout the month of February I continued to struggle with who I was as a Jew and what I was learning at t... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:29:51 EST Is a Messianic Jewish Believer welcome here? My name is Laurie, and I have always written, always loved G-d. Because of trauma in the life of my children and me, and the resulting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I cannot write fiction any longer. I want to learn to write stories again. I tried at NaNoWriMo, but the more I wrote, the more I knew it was a story about me. It had my dreams and desires, the career I want, my hobbies. There was nothing fiction about it. <BR> <BR> Please tell me if any of you are uncomfortable with my be... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:03:59 EST URGENT PRAYER REQUEST TO MY CHRISTIAN FAMILY: <BR> <BR> There is a long story behind this (isn't there always?) but the Reader's Digest Condensed Version is that my husband Jim has been continually influenced by what the L-rd has done and is doing in my life since I "got saved” on March 1, 2011. <BR> <BR> I have watched him venture out of his shell over the past couple months (since my salvation process began in early February) and begin to ask questions and even to begin reading the Gospel of Matthew. We have, ... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:40:19 EST Recommended Book Hi, <BR> I based the name of this group on a bible study book I purchased and have been working through called WRITE HIS ANSWER: A Bible Study for Christian Writers by Marlene Bagnull. This book has helped me tremendously in the few weeks I have been a Christian in learning how to redefine myself in light of WHO I am in Him now. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to mention the book to others and see if anyone else wanted to get the book and perhaps some or all of us could begin working through the boo... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:53:01 EST The Writers Cafe Hey There, <BR> This forum is just for generally discussing all things having to do with writing. If you have questions about the writing life, ask them here. There are writers of all levels here in this group. <BR> <BR> It's also a place where we can all just chat and get to know one another, ask for prayer for and from one another, and encourage one another as we seek to Write His Word to a hurting world. <BR> <BR> I really hope this turns out to be a fun and productive group for all and ... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:34:37 EST Keeping Active While Chained to Our Desks I don't know about the rest of you, but when I'm in work mode, I can sit at the computer and get lost in my writing for sometimes up to 12 hours at a time. It's no wonder by the time I get up from my desk that I'm grumpy and sore. <BR> I'm not very disciplined about taking breaks and need to be. I need to make the time to take care of the body and mind because sitting and working for the kinds of hours I do is stressful and the body will eventually break down and get sick. <BR> I'd like to pr... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:30:34 EST What Are You Currently Working On? Hi Everyone! <BR> What is everyone working on right now or what are your immediate writing goals? Presently I am working on a short (1500 word) article detailing one portion of my conversion story for a Christian publication. I am VERY new to writing for the Christian market and recently invested in Sally Stewart's Christian Market Book. <BR> I also have a few "devotionals" (like for those small daily devotional magazines churches hand out) that I'm busy with, too. <BR> I suppose another thin... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:21:02 EST UPDATE on Dental Prayer Request I have good news and not-so-good news. First the good news: As far as my jaw bones go, there is absolutely no bone loss and no periodontal disease. My gums didn’t even bleed with all her “encouragement.” I had a full series of x-rays done and a cursory exam. I am set up to see the dentist on April 20 to determine a course of action on what I need to have done to my mouth. It’s funny – the hygienist said, “You must be a flosser.” I told her I didn’t. I just brush long and carefully twice a day... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 21:51:05 EST Girl Meets G-d In Reno, PART 2 At this point, my story will overlap just a little - please bear with me - I still have a lot of editing to do on this story - it is still very much a work in progress. . . <BR> <BR> So anyway, you all know I've struggled with Christianity for too many years to count and that I was pretty good at playing The Game. But it WAS true that I wanted to KNOW G-d but the Christians I was exposed to sold me a bad bill of goods. Initially, in about the mid-1970s a well-meaning couple told me I could ... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 20:42:48 EST Girl Meets G-d in Reno Nevada This is a very long story but since this is a group of writers, I'm guessing the vast majority of you enjoy reading, too. So with that, I'm posting my G-d story for you to read. I'm so excited to be able to post this here for you - I have much to be joyful for. I became a Christian on March 1, 2011 and I will be baptized on April 3, 2011 (next Sunday). I would ask that you all remember to rejoice with me next Sunday as I make my commitment to Jesus Christ a public one. <BR> I’ve been living a... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 19:51:29 EST Hi, I'm Rhonda I think I already did this on a different topic but here goes again. Hi, my name is Rhonda Gibson, I am a multi-published, award-winning Christian Author. I am here to get to know other writers/authors and to discuss ways to lose weight. I discovered Sparks through Weight Watchers. Is anyone else doing weight watchers? I need to exercise more, so would love to have an accountability partner with that aspect of weight loss also. <BR> <BR> If you have any questions about me, feel free to ask.... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 21:36:41 EST Hi, I'm Teresa Hi, I'm Teresa. I love to write. I've had a few devotionals and poems even go into print. <BR> <BR> I'm the mother of two adult daughters still trying to find out what that actually means. Our oldest just got married Saturday. The younest is still living at home, but busy with classes at the local community college and her work. <BR> <BR> After 16 years as a homeschool mom suddenly I have a whole lot more time on my hands to write if I can just get myself motivated. Today I've been crying o... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:49:59 EST Prayer Request Hi all, <BR> I've got a dental appointment today (scared of dentists!) and haven't been to one in a while (like around 6 years). My teeth are generally good and I've never even had a cavity in my life. But 10 years of on again off again chemo has taken its toll on my teeth. I have 3 broken molars and one of those is on the verge of infection. The 3 broken molars are going to have to come out (can't afford crowns). Today's appointment shouldn't be too bad - evaluation and xrays only but I'm ne... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:09:03 EST Hi from Deborah Hello! I am stunned and blissfully thrilled to discover your group. God called me to write a book and work on my health so you are all glorious! I'm looking forward to knowing all of you. Thanks to each of you just for being here. <em>213</em> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 19:56:19 EST Inspiring Quotes to Get You Writing Who are your favorite writers and what do they have to say about the process of writing? I have a ton of faves but then I've been reading voraciously since I was in the first grade and made it through my first, The Adventures of Dick and Jane textbook! <BR> My best to all of you. <BR> Johannah Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:50:20 EST Been Invited to join this group Hi though I was trying not to join anymore groups, GRITS46 invited me to check it out because of the poetic writing I do. <BR> <BR> 'SomeDay' I am hoping to write my life story but sadly like a lot of writings, I keep stalling from not know how to start it. I am open to suggestions from those who have written in the non fiction genre. God has already given me the title. I just have to start writing. <BR> <BR> I have been writing poetry for 45 years and wrote our wedding song (lyrics only... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:50:04 EST Inspiring Quotes Galore Inspiring Quotes come from all over the place - post whatever inspires you from the Bible itself or a famous evangelist or preacher or just good speaker - (Winston Churchill is one of my favorites). Quotes can inspire not only an uplifting of heart and mood but they can spark ideas for stories, articles, personal essays, poems, and lyric songs, not to mention full-length books and novels. So please, post your most inspiring quotes here and let them either speak for themselves or write a sente... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 20:51:25 EST Write HIS Answer. . . "And the L-RD said to me, "Write my answer on a billboard, large and clear, so that anyone can read it at a glance and rush to tell others." Habakkuk 2:2 Fri, 4 Mar 2011 20:45:33 EST A Little About Me First, I am this group's Leader. <BR> But first and foremost I am a new Believer (as of March 1 2011) and my background is Jewish with a whole of searching in Christianity for years thrown in. I finally found Him whom my soul loves! And I am a writer who's been writing professionally as a freelancer since 1989. Now my writing career is definitely taking a decidedly different turn because I see my former life in ways I could only see from this new vantage point and boy, do I have a whole lot t... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 19:36:29 EST What This Group Is and Is Not Hi Everyone, <BR> There are a lot of Writer's Groups here on Spark People but I couldn't find one geared exclusively toward the Christian writer who I believe has her or his own special needs. We write for a "Higher Authority" as the popular tag line on Hebrew National Hotdogs go and support form fellow Believers could provide the boost many of us need on any given day. <BR> I am new at this kind of leadership and so am open to suggestions and this will be a work in progress - I hope to have ... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 19:04:06 EST