SparkPeople The Christian's Mindfulness Challenge Team Messageboard Mindfulness is not foreign to the Christian. We are encouraged to “set our mind and keep them set” and to transform our minds (Col. 3, AMP; Rom. 12). Join our four week + Christ-Mindfulness-challenge. SparkPeople The Christian's Mindfulness Challenge Team Messageboard Bible verses for your day- <BR> From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. <BR> <BR> John 1:16 Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:02:35 EST Prayers & prayer requests- A place for prayers & prayer requests. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 05:17:47 EST Sept. & Oct.- write it, type it, speak it God wants me to be mindful of getting in my daily water. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 05:13:35 EST September Chat- Well I still have internet at this house. It is 4am, been awake since 2am excited about the move today. Have a blessed Sunday, talk to you soon. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 05:07:42 EST Note from Huzzah39 Hello friends, <BR> <BR> As much as I would like to remain in a leadership role on this team, I have to leave. I have been inactive and not contributing or leading for some time. My last day on the team will be on August 31. I will try to keep sparking and keep focus on my Christian Writing team unless God directs me other wise. <BR> <BR> I have been living in a difficult situation and am finding it a challenge to keep up with the day to day things. Please pray for my family and me. <BR>... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:15:59 EST August Bucket Challenge Continueing to fill buckets into August Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:05:43 EST August chat line Welcome August! <BR> <BR> We closed on our new house yesterday <em>30</em> <BR> Had our company picnic yesterday, ate more than I should have. <BR> Have a good day Thu, 1 Aug 2013 05:57:14 EST Isaiah 43:19 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 21:11:45 EST July Challenge We are going to walk as a team this month. We will walk to each other's towns. We will start in North Pole, Alaska since it is the farthest away and walk to the Twin Cities, MN. It is 3110 miles. We will start walking tomorrow, Monday, July 1st. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:43:43 EST July & August write it, type it, speak it Choose a phrase that will help you keep your goals in mind and maintain a focus to keep pushing forward in progress. Type or write it out, read it, then speak it daily to make it part of your normal thought process and daily practice. <BR> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:06:59 EST July- Bucket Challenge Here is how the challenge works- Monday - Thursday you are to fill that days bucket, on Friday you choose any bucket you wish, Saturday & Sunday are days for reflection. <BR> Each day I will post what bucket day it is on the huddle wall. <BR> <BR> Monday- Spiritual bucket: what did you do for your spirit <BR> Tuesday- Emotional bucket: tell us something good or not so good about your day <BR> Wednesday- Intellectual: how did you improve your mind today <BR> Thursday- Physical: how did you ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:02:50 EST Inspirational Quotes "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." <BR> <BR> Michael Jorden Sun, 30 Jun 2013 07:43:27 EST Daily log in and Bonus points This is just kind of fun seeing what everyone gets on their spins, trying to get more points than others. <BR> Daily post your points Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:33:12 EST We have a birthday I was just looking at our birthday link and saw that today is LILYDOG11's birthday. Happy birthday!!!! <em>383</em> m <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:07:28 EST June Challenge Summer is coming, and I know some places (including here) are hot already. Drink at least 10 cups of water a day. Add an emoticon here to show you drank your water today. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 18:09:09 EST To let you know Hello, beloved ones. <BR> <BR> I, Darlene (D-Abby), am writing to let you know that I am leaving the leadership of this team and will be leaving Spark. God is impressing on me that my season here is at an end and I need to get ready and free up time for new things that are on the horizon. I was going to wait until tomorrow for this, but things are so busy that I need to do this while I have a moment to take care of it. <BR> <BR> Kristi and Christine are still here, but I know they are ove... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 18:38:32 EST June Satiety Focus This month we give attention to Week Three's Focus - Review: Learn to assess your satiety level accurately to defuse emotional eating or mindless eating. Is this true hunger, temptation calling; or are emotions or surroundings making me want to eat? I've been eating awhile: am I full yet? <BR> <BR> Really work to pay attention to hunger signs. How often did you eat during the day when you were not hungry? How many meals did you manage to stop eating when you were just at comfortably satiated... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:22:58 EST June Mindfulness Scale On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being best day ever, 1 being worst, how is your mindfulness journey going? Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:15:51 EST June-July Talk about it. General chat and relationship building time here. Hugs to you. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:11:06 EST May-June Prayer Requests I thought we had a prayer thread, but I am not seeing it if we do, so here it is. Sat, 18 May 2013 11:17:03 EST Daily Meditation May 15 <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” ~ Galatians 5:16. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 15 May 2013 13:37:00 EST Turning Around Blog I really needed to read this blog today. I figured someone else might need it also. <link><BR>st=turning_it_around_when_youre_spiral<BR>ing_out_of_control </link> Sat, 4 May 2013 16:42:15 EST May-June: Type or Write it, Read it, Speak it. Choose a phrase that will help you keep your goals in mind and maintain a focus to keep pushing forward in progress. Type or write it out, read it, then speak it daily to make it part of your normal thought process and daily practice. Wed, 1 May 2013 01:06:16 EST May: mindful to choose to love Instead challenge This challenge comes from the study we are doing, Chapter 12 of Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst, to be specific. In order to share the challenge in ways that are clear, I need to share a rather lengthy passage of that chapter, so bear with. Herein lies the challenge to choose to love instead by doing afternoon (or when it fits into your day) acts of kindness. Lysa, sharing her frustration at dealing with "incomplete people" like oneself brings hurts and stress that can add difficulty to our j... Wed, 1 May 2013 00:16:10 EST May Challenge May has 31 days, and that is how many chapters are in the book of Proverbs. Read a chapter a day and post a verse or thought that stuck out to you, or just an emoticon that shows you read that day's chapter. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:49:44 EST April Challenge <em>245</em> this is late. Life happened a lot in the last month. It's Spring, and time to come out of hibernation. This month, let's move. Let us know how you moved to work your body every day. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:36:10 EST Check-up challenge: 4-6-13 We are giving focus to week 3 this month. Review that part of the Mindfulness challenge and do a check on your progress. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23154x56335<BR>x48316796 </link> <BR> <BR> Week three's focus is to learn to assess your satiety level accurately to defuse emotional eating or mindless eating. <BR> <BR> Share your progress in this area of living with mindfulness. What helps you think when tempted by emotions to eat, s... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:29:15 EST April: Mind Set to "Can" Share an "I Can" statement each day. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:28:06 EST April-May: Chat Share together: our day, our goals, our mindfulness journey, our lives. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:26:40 EST Another mindful blog I came across another blog that might be helpful to some of us. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>are_the_addictive_cues_how_to_fight_fo<BR>od_cravings </link> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:45:32 EST mindfulness of Holy week Hello my spark friends. I am new to this team and what a wonderful team to join, as i am sure that we r all mindful of Holy week. <BR> today, i am very mindful of my dear sweet Jesus as He obeyed The Father and was lead to His crucifixion, like a gentle Lamb to the slaughter...God, not sparing His own Son, but handed Him over for us...that we may be partakers of eternal life with Him... <BR> such awesomeness to ponder... <BR> i wish u all a ponderous, mindful, blessed Holy week, as we ponder ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:53:46 EST The Secret Hi, friends. I am going to recommend a program to you, a video titled "The Secret". Here is a link to it on Netflix for you with internet: <link><BR>strkid=1862969565_0_0&trkid=222336&mov<BR>ieid=70063484 </link> . This program tells the secret to why we are taught to think good things. Warning--it is a secular program, but it has some Christian people in it as well. Some of it is questionable, but as I listened to it with God and His truth in heart, He u... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:41:04 EST Do it right the first time - Challenge “Don't tell yourself that it's OK to do something wrong and make up for it later. Doing it right now will put you in the lead instead of catching up” ~ Paul the SparkPeople programmer. <BR> <BR> This sounds like a great challenge to me, changing the mindset that it is okay to do something wrong and make up for it later. Give us a <em>244</em> each day you can see where you resisted the urge to cheat and chose instead to do it right the first time. Feel free to share specifics about how yo... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:17:38 EST A Member Blog Worth Reading Hey, gang. The following featured blog post so fits our focus that I want to make sure you see it. Take heart and be encouraged. HUGS! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252572 </link> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:00:33 EST March Challenge We're coming up on Easter at the end of this month; the celebration of what Jesus Christ did for us. Spend time with Him each day this month. Post an emoticon to let us know you spent time with Him, and possibly add something about how He is speaking to you or a verse that stood out in your reading that day. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 19:31:07 EST Mindful that we are "Made to Crave" - Discussion "I'm a simple Jesus girl on a journey to finding deeper motivation than just a number on my scale for getting and staying healthy" ~ Lysa Terkeurst, author of Made to Crave. <BR> <BR> Last month I mentioned we would be looking at this book throughout March. I hope if you have not got hold of one of these books to join us on this journey, that you will do so soon. Whether or not you get the book to read along with us, you are welcome to read the posts and comment as you have insight to add. B... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:51:25 EST March Mindfulness Challenge Let's work to be overcome by His presence this month as we focus our mindfulness muscles to realize what is going on within us that is dictating our choices throughout our day, in health practices, spiritual observance, etc. Let the following be our theme song this month. <BR> <BR> Holy Spirit ~ Jesus Culture: <link><BR>list=PLmlFHzDVWyJ5sPLT9nsmur1Tw3O_-91x<BR>Y&index=5 </link> <BR> <BR> Report here with an emoticon depicting how you are doing practi... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:03:26 EST March praying together Share your prayer needs and praises, whether for your healthy lifestyle journey, mindfulness needs, or life in general. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:53:04 EST Type (Write) it, read it, speak it Set a new phrase that you want to make part of your mindset for life more abundant and full. Type it here or write it in a notebook. Read it to yourself then speak it aloud so your ears can hear it. Make it yours this month. Tell us here what your thought is and if you are going to use a notebook, let us know that. Be sure to report getting it done if you don't type it here. Have a great new month reaching higher ground for life. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:48:02 EST March Madness to Mindfulness "March madness," hum. Where does that term come from? <BR> <BR> This is our mindfulness chat and report thread for March, to share the good, bad and ugly, praise worthy and glory. Have a great new month! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:44:44 EST One week "Choosin' Joy" Challenge I've been inviting everyone on our team and some other friends as well to join me in "Choosin' joy" this week. Here's the challenge: When anyone asks you how you are, reply with "I'm choosin' joy!" Let's be mindful about our joy!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Praying you have a joy filled week and even beyond!!!!!!! Christine Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:55:22 EST GOD SEES ALL YOU DO ! God Sees The Little Things You Do <BR> <BR> None of us can help everyone. <BR> But all of us can help someone. <BR> And when we help them, we serve Jesus. <BR> -Max Lucado <BR> <BR> The little things you do... <BR> the sacrifices you make... <BR> may not always be noticed by others- <BR> but God sees every one of them and smiles. <BR> <BR> Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:20:14 EST IF YOU ARE SHUT IN ! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND CHURCH TODAY YOU ARE WELCOME AT MINE <link> </link> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:55:08 EST WE ARE SO BLESSED ! Hi all <BR> God took me in Mathew today and one of the things I don't read enough is the Be Attitudes so many call them .. <BR> MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 : 1 ¶ And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: <BR> 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, <BR> 3 ¶ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. <BR> 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. <BR> 5 Blessed are the meek: for they sh... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:08:55 EST LETS PRAY EVERYDAY! 8:53 AM 2/20/2013 <BR> Father .. Today I pray for all the people on Sparks .. please lord we all want to be healthy .. we do not want these issues .. We have so many .. Father break addictions .. <BR> Father we come to you and we humble ourselves you said if we do this you will heal our land Father we ask you to heal our land .. we see bad things happening to our nation <BR> and we ask you to come in and change things .. Father we pray again for the leaders of this country .. Father if they d... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:29:38 EST Hello My name is Jessica.I came to Christ in spring of 10th grade (97). I would not be where I am today if it was not for Him. According to the US Censis Bureau and US Department of Education only 33% of students with disabilities graduate highschool and 25% get their Bachelors (which I will recieve in May). I joined this group in preparation for when I graduate because right now I belong to Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) in my college campus even though I am nondenominational myself and once I... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:43:43 EST Type or write it, read it, speak it. Again, this is the cycle that statistically helps us take good thoughts and make them our own. This seemed to go well last month, so we are doing it again with a little adjustment. <BR> <BR> Share your thought you will be working on. You can type it in here or write it on a paper if that works better for you. Then read it silently and meditate on it a moment. Then say it aloud to yourself. You can do this as many time each day as you find beneficial. If you choose paper, let us know you each... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:59:27 EST February Challenge Let's work on being mindful of our sleep. If we don't get enough sleep we tend to over eat and skip our workout. It is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep a day, and you cannot cheat on sleep, or catch up on it. Post an emoticon showing how you are doing with getting enough sleep. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:28:53 EST February Mindfulness Journey Report Thread What part of the challenge are you working on today and how are you doing? Share your victories and challenges here. <BR> <BR> Challenge overview: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23154x56335<BR>x48316796 </link> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:44:42 EST February Prayer-need or Praise Share how we can pray for you today, and be sure to share the praise. Remember to call out for prayer for your mindfulness journey. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:35:33 EST February emoticon to 10 On a scale of 1-10, how is your mindfulness today. Tell us with emoticons to the number your day is. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:31:51 EST Buddy-Up Spark-Buds Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ~ Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. <BR> <BR> February is buddy up month. Statistics show we walk stro... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:10:56 EST Buddy update chatter Share how the buddy system is helping you. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:09:02 EST Buddy wanted list If you are looking for a Spark-bud to accountability-partner-up with, list your name here. You might put a few things you need in an accountability partner as well, to help each other know whether you will make a good match. Read the Buddy-Up Spark-Buds Thread for more details. <BR> <BR> Buddy-Up Spark-Buds Thread: will be added shortly <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23156x56335<BR>x51919831 </link> <BR> <BR> I am watching your names go up ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:08:11 EST I'm not doing great at turning to God ...instead of food. <BR> I know what I need to do but I don't do it. <BR> <BR> as I posted on my blog: <BR> <BR> I'm starting to question whether or not it's realistic to aim for weightloss when I have 4 children under the age of 7 with me 24/7. I don't think I've had a complete uninterrupted night's sleep for YEARS. We have no family nearby to help, we home educate, my husband is GREAT with the kids but he also works long hours and travels a lot. <BR> I know I'm using food for stress reli... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:12:48 EST Darlene's Ponderings to Aid Mindfulness As God gives thought, I will give a short word of encouragement to help us find victory over our mind, will, and emotions. As Christians, this all flows from the spiritual aspects of life, so there will be overlap. Enjoy and be blessed. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:32:35 EST Help wanteds Help wanted! <BR> <BR> If any of you feel led to lead, here are some needs to be filled: <BR> <BR> Someone who will help watch members pages, blogs and posts for needed support, encouragement and celebration and alert the team to it <BR> <BR> Someone who will watch team members for MIAs and those who have left the team and encourage the team to let them know they are missed. <BR> <BR> Someone to welcome new members—giving goodies and pointing team to their page. <BR> <BR> If you are int... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:13:55 EST Prayer Needs Today Post here how we can pray for you each day. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:05:20 EST The need of balance 1 Peter 5: <BR> 6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, <BR> 7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. <BR> 8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:42:07 EST Hello I'm new! Hello! <BR> <BR> I just saw this group and thought it sounded great! <BR> <BR> I'm Mia. <BR> I'm in the progress of healing my relationship with food and I want to turn to God for comfort, not food. <BR> I struggle with having to meet everyone's needs in a balanced way as I home educate my 4 kids and am my husband's helpmeet. <BR> If I'm honest God and myself have come after all that which means there's nothing left in my emotional bank account for God and myself. <BR> God is graciously g... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:10:20 EST Passing on the phrase "Eat Lite to Be Lite" Pass on the Phrase to other groups <BR> <BR> Thank you SongbirdPaula for the inspiration.... <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:10:56 EST Mindful thoughts, a vital building block As I type my focus this morning (My body is NOT a trash-bin. It is worthy of good building blocks.), thought hits that building blocks are not just the food I eat, but the thoughts I think, the things I believe to be true, the meditations I give sway to. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Thinking good, right, and true thoughts has a huge impact on the success of my journey, which builds this thing I call "my life"! <BR> <BR> And as I type that, I am reminded that if a thought includes the word... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:10:06 EST Wishes With every wish that you make comes the power to make it come true. <BR> But it is up to you to provide the work that will make it a reality. <BR> Are you using your power to make your wishes come true today? <BR> Libby Rosenauer. <BR> <BR> Well.....are you? <BR> <BR> I am! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:48:34 EST Greetings From Georgia Hi my name is Holly, I am 29 and live in SW Georgia. <BR> I would like to getting back to exercising and eating healthy. <BR> My biggest problems are emotional eating and not watching my portion sizes. <BR> I thought I would try your mindfulness team. <BR> Not only am I trying to lose weight, I want to encourage others along the way. <BR> Have a safe and blessed Sunday guys. Holly Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:57:06 EST Type once daily We are working to be mindful of our journey in life and in health. This team is working to be mindful of our way of thinking and of what we are doing. This is the place to begin a discipline you are working to change that begins with getting it into your head / mind / thoughts where it is available to influence your walk. Tell us what thought or action you are working to establish. Come here daily to type it into your brain--no copy and paste allowed; you must use the keys. Once you have type... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:49:49 EST I need help with a recipe! I made a pumpkin banana bread recipe. <BR> <BR> It makes 2 breads. <BR> <BR> But then it says it makes 20 servings. <BR> <BR> Do you think it's 20 servings per bread? <BR> Or <BR> 10 servings per bread X 2 breads= 20 servings? <BR> <BR> At 150 calories per serving, it makes a difference! <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:18:51 EST What is your exercise routine? I thought we might share our exercise routines with one another. Perhaps it will spur someone on and give ideas for changing things up a little. <BR> <BR> I am working on my exercise routine, here a little, there a little. Yesterday it was late before we got the exercise bike moved back into the living area. I got one 10 minute session in yesterday evening, then did my strength training before going to bed. Today I am starting work on developing the habit of spreading my exercise out throug... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:57:18 EST January Challenge The holidays are over, and it is time to get back on track. Track your food, every little bit, and stay in your calorie range. Post an emoticon here showing if you stayed in your range for the day. <em>224</em> <em>250</em> <em>39</em> There are several others you can use also. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 18:40:07 EST Today I will be active by___ Getting the living area back in order and working toward getting my exercise bike moved back here where I can see it and be more apt to get on it. Oh, and I plan to get on it! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Now you fill in the blank with your plans, then "Just do it!" Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:16:57 EST Weigh-ins and other Markers of Improvement Share your healthy lifestyle markers of progress here, positive or not. Let's rejoice together in the progress and encourage one another in the "Not!" Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:14:57 EST A well-tended soul produces beauty for life. “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” ~ John 10:10, AMP. <BR> <BR> “Jesus spoke of spiritual life as abundant life … a life marked by deep joy regardless of circumstances, of real contentment instead of driving restlessness, an all-is-well relationship with God that leads to profound inner peace, commitment and connection to other people on a soulish intimate level, be... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:10:15 EST Brainstorm! Your Mindfulness Team Leadership is beginning to brainstorm where we would like to see this team go in this year. We would love to hear your opinion. What are some things you hope this team will be of assistance in helping you reach your healthy lifestyle and mindfulness journey goals? Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:34:03 EST New Beginnings Together Chat together and encourage one another as we head into this New Year and its New Beginnings. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:27:06 EST January 2013: Dedicated Transformation “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” ~ Romans 12:1-2, NASB. <BR> <BR> “I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive d... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:19:25 EST Let's Consider Our Ways! I wrote this two years ago but felt 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. However, be warned you that what... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:22:58 EST 21/12/12 Do you believe that something bad is going to happen tomorrow,the 21st of December, as the Mayan predicted? <em>40</em> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:27:01 EST helpful article I just read this article, and thought it might help someone. It talks about being mindful and how to control binging. <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1703 </link> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:12:49 EST 60 second health actions The link leads to an article that I found very encouraging and chauked full of good info to take to heart toward bettering my health. I hope you are encouraged as well. After reading the article, come tell us some things you do in 60 secs or less for your mental, physical, and emotional health. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1557 </link> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:53:00 EST Quick Check-in: Today I am working on... Fill in the blank to let us know what week focus you are addressing today / this week. <BR> <BR> Today I am working on week ___ of the Christian's Mindfulness Challenge. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23154x56335<BR>x48316796 </link> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:11:45 EST Check point: Dec. 10-14, 2012 Week One’s Focus: Slow down and become aware and alert to what you are doing and experiencing while you are eating. <BR> <BR> During the festivities of this season, remembering our first focus will be important to our successful journey. How are you doing on your journey? Where are you on the way? Check in here this week and let's encourage one another. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:21:59 EST December Check That Thought! This is the check stand for December. As we face all those fun and festive events that too often include great foods in abundance with temptation galore, come here to share your thoughts about your upcoming event. Your good thought process may well encourage someone else who is struggling. Your struggle will give opportunity to be up-lifted. We are not alone on this journey. We have God. And He calls us to encourage one another. Together we will get through this season. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:43:56 EST December Chat Spot Hey, ladies--and Gents if any. Hope you are having a great end of November and are ready to go into December. I look forward to hearing from each of you as we go through this month together. <BR> <BR> Remember, though challenge comes more strongly to tempt us this season, you are not alone. So don't walk it alone. Come in and share your journey with us so we can walk together and encourage one another. <BR> <BR> BLESSings and <em>247</em> <BR> D-Abby <em>220</em> <BR> Jehovah-Nissi... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:37:55 EST Just for fun: Name that tune. Periodically words will start flowing through my head, some poem or thought written in my soul that will flow to the tune of some old song. Today is no different. So I thought we would try to make a game out of it, and possibly spur one another on as we go. If you are like me, you are welcome to share the words that flow through you so we can guess your tune. For those who do not tilt that way, join us in guessing the tune. <BR> <BR> Try to write the song in lines as it would be sung so we ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:11:40 EST I made up my mind today to... Fill in the rest of the sentence: <BR> <BR> I have made up my mind today to...not eat anything until I can do so with mindfulness and discipline. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:36:18 EST Please Welcome Our Newest Team Members! To our delight, we have had several new members join us. Let's roll out our welcome mats and welcome our newest members on board! If I have forgotten anyone please let me know as I am new at this! I want to make sure everyone feels welcome here! Make sure you stop by the Birthday/Anniversary call out so that we can recognise you on your special days!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Please extend a warm welcome to our newest members and extend a hand of fellowship to: <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>199... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:21:14 EST Mindful blog Saw this blog and thought it would be helpful for the team. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ays_to_eat_mindfully_on_thanksgiving_o<BR>r_any_day </link> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:17:01 EST November challenge Thanksgiving is three weeks away. What are you thankful for? <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for my husband and daughter. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 20:34:00 EST November - The Good Things <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Reading one of our members' blogs the other day, I was struck by how one or two flubs too easily color our entire day. We get so focused on the negative, we cannot see any positive. It is seldom true that we do nothing right in a day, but if the devil can make us feel that, then he can discourage and even stop our efforts. <BR> <BR> As I have thought on this malady, I realized that a huge part of the mindfulness journey for me is to change my w... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:49:09 EST November Emoticon Your Mindfulness This is our daily quick check-in spot. Give us an emoticon or several with short explanations as needed, telling us how you are doing on your life journey. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:37:23 EST November Thanksgiving and Chat Place Good morning, ladies. I can't believe it is a new month already. I am starting out behind, so that is always a good sign, right. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful day yesterday, got lots done, and am pumped to walk through this day. Dinner with DDIL tonight and to DGS's football game will be the highlight. Go Eagles! <BR> <BR> This is the place this month to chat and especially to share what we are thankful for. Have a blessed November! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:32:22 EST A Birthday Celebration : ) Today is Abbielifesong's Birthday (Darlene). Let's celebrate with her!!!!! <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> Please stop by her page with Happy Birthday wishes : ) <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> She ROCKS as our team Leader and friend. You can visit her at : <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>BIESLIFESONG </link> <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY DARLENE!!!!!! <em>247</em> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:46:01 EST Hug Alert Kadulac (Kristi) could use our encouragement and hugs from us. Please stop by her page and offer her some love and support : ) Sat, 20 Oct 2012 21:13:10 EST Brainstorming Hot Spots Where is your hotspots on your journey to lifestyle change? Is there a time of day when you struggle most? Is there a habit you are having difficulty changing? Let's talk about it and share tips for overcoming those hot spot areas. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:02:58 EST Melt that Stress Away! Monday, October 15, 2012 <BR> <BR> I had a small thing that got under my skin today that really bothered me. There was miscommunication between our Pediatrician's Office and our Pharmacy that was really frustrating and was a big waste of time. I allowed myself to get angry for just a bit. Then I released it to God. I put on some good praise music while I did the dishes and then did Leslie Sansome's DVD "Walk Away the Pounds - Five Really Big Miles" for 75 minutes. I was also able to delegat... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:37:27 EST October Mindfulness struggles Report your mindfulness struggles here. Be sure to encourage one another. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 15:09:27 EST October Mindfulness Victories Report your mindfulness victories here. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 15:08:35 EST October Scale: 1-10 Checking In This seemed to work well as a quick report on how we are doing with our mindfulness in our journey, so let's continue. On a scale of 1 - 10, 1 being the worst mindfulness day ever personally experienced, and 10 being the best, how was your day? Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:16:15 EST October Gabby Place Chat away! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:11:01 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 (being mindful) 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... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:41:53 EST October Challenge How many of us can get at least 500 fitness minutes this month? Post how many minutes you did each day followed by how many you have done for the month, or how many you have left for the month. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:22:43 EST Release Your Worries Another good thought for us: <BR> <BR> Faith Tabernacle <BR> September 27, 2012 <BR> <BR> SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS: <BR> <BR> Release your worries and concerns to Me, says the Lord. I speak of the things that nag at you and drag you down into carnal thinking. I would have you soar in the Spirit, to find freedom and joy from that which is a constant annoyance to your well-being. Make a deliberate choice to let go and trust Me, for I am assuredly with you to help you... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:06:42 EST Idle talk plants seeds that grow to a crop SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS: <BR> <BR> You might think that when you talk about others in a poor light that you are just sharing your thoughts and feelings. But, this is nothing more than idle chatter and gossip that will open a door for you to be cursed instead of blessed, for the curses that are sent out by the words of your mouth will only come back to yourself. It is true that you will be held accountable for every idle word you speak (Matthew 12:36). You are entering... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:27:49 EST Challenge Sept 25 - Oct 1 Focus for this week again goes to "Slow down and become aware and alert to what you are doing and experiencing while you are eating". As I start the Tame your Sweet Tooth challenge again, this fits my focus there for now. I thought it might be good to incorporate the challenge from the week one focus for the sweet tooth challenge to go with this. I am going to change it up a little to fit here. So following is your instructions: <BR> <BR> Record your eating habits all week long. Don't try to... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:19:38 EST How are we doing? The following devotional thought from Faith Tabernacle's Spirit of Prophesy bulletin is a good thought for our mindfulness journey and a good opportuniry for us to check in with those who are missing. Read the following, be encouraged, and give us a shout out to let us know how you are doing on your mindfulness journey. <BR> <BR> SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS: <BR> <BR> I need you to be quiet and learn to focus, says the Lord. Stress comes from a wandering mind and being too... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:55:15 EST Sad News I don't know if any of you know UNSTOPPABLE. She is not on this team but she is a very godly woman on SP who went home to be with our LORD today. Her husband Marcus left the message on her status. If you feel led and have time please stop by with your condolences and support. She was a dear friend and Sister towards me and countless others. She was very encouraging and supportive. She touched my heart and I feel great sorrow at her loss. <BR> <BR> You can reach her page here: <BR> <B... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:27:48 EST September Prayer requests If you have prayer requests post them here so we can pray with you. Of course, urgent requests should have their own thread; but you can put the struggles you are facing, or more everyday prayer requests here. <BR> <BR> I would appreciate prayer for the struggles I am having with eating right and getting the exercise I need. I seem to have lost momentum and motivation. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:58:11 EST September Joys I am going to change this for Kathleen, whose computer is still down for repairs. She should be back soon and can change it again if she wants, but this will give us a focus for the rest of the month. Share here the things that brought joy to your day. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:24:41 EST A Powerful Video that Speaks for Itself Please watch this! : ) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:23:39 EST Gratitude or Grumbling? Faith Tabernacle puts out "The Spirit of Prophesy Bulletin" which I find very encouraging as it so often fits my life in season. This one for September 7, 2012 is a good thought for us as we seek to have Christ-mindfulness in our journey. <BR> <BR> SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS: <BR> <BR> What will your choose? Gratitude or grumbling? One will lead to strength and blessing and the other to weakness and cursing. Beloved, I want you to understand the importance of your choice... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 13:23:07 EST Diet Rage Be sure to read today's article on Spark: Diet Rage. It has a lot of good advice for us. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=346 </link> Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:36:59 EST September Challenge Let's eat the rainbow this month in fruits and veggies. This month let's be mindful of the fruit and veggies we eat. Post on this thread the fruit and veggies you eat along with the number of servings. <BR> <BR> Green produce indicates antioxidant potential and may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks. <BR> Fruits: avocado, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi and lime <BR> Vegetables: artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach <B... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 01:33:30 EST Challenging our mindfulness in September Through September, as I have thought to do so, I will review the challenge overview and post challenges to help us be mindful of our mindfulness this month. Subscribe here to participate and lets encourage one another to succeed. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:54:34 EST September Mindfulness Journey Mindfulness is really working best of all I have tried, especially when I work it. I hate tracking food, though I try to do so several times a month to check my calorie range. Though I try over and over to make that part of my day, I fall away too easily, and getting frustrated over the struggle to track just makes me want to EAT! So mindfully being alert to why I am eating, what I am eating, when I am eating, where I am eating, and that I am eating, helps greatly, as does being mindful to ho... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:52:13 EST September 1-10, checking in This worked pretty well as a place where we can come on busy days and just let the team know how we are doing, so we will continue this each month as long as it is effective. <BR> <BR> On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the worst mindfulness day of your experience and 10 being the best day ever for maintaining your mindfulness lifestyle, tell us how you are doing today. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:45:39 EST September Chat Well it is not quite September yet, but I am excited for it. Hopefully the temps here will begin to drop some and I can enjoy the outdoors for awhile. <BR> <BR> I am feeling pretty good today and looking forward to a good, though very busy day. I am behind everywhere I look. Here a little, there a little, I will catch up. <BR> <BR> The scales were down 2.5 lbs this morning. Now, no scales for me until the end of September. I will have to be on my best behavior. No peeking to see how I am d... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:17:28 EST Dispelling the Darkness 10b - the end! Dispelling the Darkness <BR> By Knowing Who We are In Christ <BR> Part 2 <BR> <BR> The Possession of God <BR> <BR> This has been an awesome journey for me. I cannot tell you what God has taught me and done in my life as we have walked with one another through this time. Seeing all these truths flow together has been like putting the puzzle pieces in order and finally seeing the full picture of what God is showing me personally: a portrait worth affixing to the backing I call "my life", hang... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:10:52 EST Dispelling the Darkness: Part 10a Dispelling the Darkness <BR> By Knowing Who We are In Christ <BR> Part 1 <BR> <BR> Living Stones <BR> <BR> Today we go deep as we begin to close out and conclude these truths we must realize if we are to be His lights, dispelling the darkness. I pray, not me Lord, but You. Only as He flows His Words of understanding through me with clarity can I share what I see in my heart. <BR> <BR> In closing our study, we turn to 1 Peter 2:4-10; today covering through verse eight. I want to encourage ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 11:09:51 EST Dispelling the Darkness: Part 9b The Righteous Lot <BR> Those God Blesses <BR> Part 2 <BR> <BR> Yesterday we began looking at attributes of the righteous lot found in the remainder of Psalm 37 and forming for us a good review of the majority of the study, adding some to our thought process as we go. In it we covered the attributes of 1) graciousness; went in depth on 2) the giving heart that wisely uses the provision of God; touched on 3) the assurance of heart that comes to those established by God through Christ; finding ... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:27:33 EST Let's all welcome our newest team members! Let's roll out our welcome mats and welcome our newest members on board! If I have forgotten anyone please let me know as I am new at this! I want to make sure everyone feels welcome here! Make sure you stop by the Birthday/Anniversary call out so that we can recognise you on your special days!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> -WRKNG2ABTTTRME- (Nancy) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RKNG2ABTTRME- </link> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:08:00 EST Dispelling the Darkness--Part 9a The Righteous Lot <BR> Those God Blesses <BR> Part 1 <BR> <BR> By way of review we will finish our study of Psalm 37 today and tomorrow in Part 9a and 9b as we cover attributes seen in the righteous lot; then we will have Part 10 in another passage to conclude our study of Dispelling the Darkness. This excerpt of our study is long as I seek to finish this series this week. Hang in there with me. We are almost at the conclusion. <BR> <BR> “The wicked borrows and does not pay back, but THE RI... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:18:18 EST Dispelling the Darkness: Part 8b When Faced with Evil <BR> Part 2 <BR> <BR> “The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth. THE LORD LAUGHS AT HIM, FOR HE SEES HIS DAY IS COMING. The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow to cast down the afflicted and the needy, to slay those who are upright in conduct. Their sword will enter their own heart, and their bows will be broken. Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked will be broken, b... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:27:43 EST Mindfulness discussion "The problem is not wolves at the door but termites in the floor." (Author Os Guinness). <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but my greatest struggle is letting little things chew up my progress and destroy my efforts. Reading Guinness' quote, name the termites that are destroying the foundation of your efforts and let's discuss ways to overcome the termites in our floor. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:23:04 EST Hug Alert! The Countess needs a hug and a listening ear with encouraging words. Run by her page and let's be there for her. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>E_COUNTESS </link> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:16:24 EST Dispelling the Darkness--Part 8a When Faced with Evil <BR> Part 1 <BR> <BR> “The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth. THE LORD LAUGHS AT HIM, FOR HE SEES HIS DAY IS COMING. The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow to cast down the afflicted and the needy, to slay those who are upright in conduct. Their sword will enter their own heart, and their bows will be broken. Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked will be broken, b... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:24:46 EST New to Team! Hi, my name is June and I live in Chesapeake, VA. I am looking forward to meeting other team members. Lately, I have been much more aware of what I am eating and why I am eating. Whether I am truly physically hungry or emotional hunger. I am looking forward to doing the weekly challenges. I know with God's help that I can succeed. <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:51:27 EST Anniversary Celebration Hi, team! Our leader and friend ABBIELIFESONG and her DH are celebrating their 37th Anniversary today. If you haven't already, stop on my her page and congratulate her! In a world that is full of a sad and distressing news, it is always a blessing and encouragement to hear about and celebrating love! Congrats to you Darlene and Darlene's DH! Keep shining forth and growing in love!!! <BR> May you have many more years to come!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Love you! <em>384</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:19:23 EST Dispelling the Darkness: Part 7b In the Waiting Times <BR> Part 2 <BR> <BR> “For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; and you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity” (vs. 9-11). <BR> <BR> “…But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday we discusse... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:12:30 EST Dispelling the Darkness: Part 7a In the Waiting Times <BR> Part 1 <BR> <BR> “For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there. But the humble will inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity” (vs. 9-11). <BR> <BR> One of the hardest things to do is to wait. Waiting on anyone or anything will test the quality and character of any person. ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:47:39 EST Mindfulness challenge: 8 / 9 - 15 / 2012 Be aware of your signals this week that warn you of an impending dietary slip. <BR> <BR> If you are like me, there are certain things you do before running to your favorite junk foods or comfort foods. For example, when I find myself pacing wearily or going into the kitchen mindlessly, I usually am struggling with a craving or an emotional trigger. So this week I will be very watchful for those "auras" if you will, that warn me that a bad choice is coming my way if I do not engage my brain ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 15:35:33 EST Dispelling the Darkness - Part 6 Enter His Rest <BR> <BR> “REST in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing” (vs. 7-8). <BR> <BR> Did you know that we cannot enter into true, restorative rest and fret at the same time? It is impossible. To understand this fact, we must understand what God considers as true rest, which is the call of this passage. Any ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 15:20:21 EST Dispelling the Darkness - 5b Commit Your Way <BR> Part 2 <BR> <BR> In part 1 of “Commit Your way,” we looked at the fact that to “commit our way to the Lord,” we best accomplish this when we fallow the instruction of Romans 12 in surrendering all the we are, body, soul, and spirit; life, limb, and faculties, to God for His use. In so doing, we come into unity with God, who then is able to direct our paths and use our every gift, talent, ability, strength, weakness, power and authority, putting all that He is and His pow... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:24:40 EST Dispelling the Darkness - Part 5a Commit Your Way <BR> Part 1 <BR> <BR> As God’s people in the earth, we dispel the dark of evil by being His lights. This is accomplished in us as we “trust in the Lord and do good,” knowing that He alone is good, and only with His goodness at work in us can we do good that He can count as such. Also we are light as we “delight ourselves in the Lord,” knowing that our delight in Him is best accomplished as we seek Him through the Mind of Christ that instructs us, granting us the heart of God,... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:28:57 EST Dispelling the Darkness-Mind of Christ: Pt. 4D The Mind of Christ <BR> Directs Us <BR> <BR> This is the final excerpt of our study of the mind of Christ and its dictates that bring us to the heart of God and right desires that He can respond to affirmatively. If these things live in us and are growing, we can know that we are in Him and He is in us. But this is only the beginning of the journey as we continue to grow in understanding the mind of Christ in us. Following this excerpt, God will continue to reveal to you what the mind of Chr... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:36:48 EST August 1 to 10 Checking-in As our quick check-in for August, let's go to a 10 scale. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being little to no mindfulness in the day and 10 being the best day ever for maintaining your mindfulness lifestyle, tell us how you are doing today. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:29:53 EST August Mindfulness Challenge Check-in and Chat This is the place to chat, be friends, share progress, and encourage our mindfulness journey for August. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the overview of the Mindfulness Challenge. Review it often and keep making progress to a healthy lifestyle that works with Christ to true health and wellbeing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23154x56335<BR>x48316796 </link> Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:23:54 EST MINDFULLY GETTING DOWN UNDER IN AUGUST <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am now out of the 200's! <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> Weight this morning: <BR> 199# <BR> <BR> Goal for August is 190. <BR> Changing my weigh in day to Friday. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 16:32:44 EST AUGUST BLESSINGS Mindfully search for God's daily blessings during August and record them here. As we search each day for that days blessings, we may be surprised @ just what God has provided. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to celebrating the joys of God's blessings with you on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>335</em> <em>41</em> Sat, 4 Aug 2012 16:14:11 EST Dispelling the Darkness - Mind of Christ: Part 4Cb Dispelling the Darkness—Begins with the Mind of Christ: A Look at Psalm 37 <BR> <BR> “Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it” (Colossians 3:9-10, AMP). <BR> <BR> One of my favorite chapters of script... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:48:39 EST Dispelling the Darkness—Mind of Christ: Part 4Ca Thus far we have discovered that the mind of Christ in us is revealed through us as we grow in our humble estate before our Holy God, bowing to Him alone as God. We recognize Christ-mindfulness within when we set our minds and keep them set on the Father’s interests, tending to His business. This in place, we are equipped to maintain focus and abide in His Kingdom as good citizens while living in the earth, accomplishing the work and purpose of God for such a time as this. Today we press on t... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:13:26 EST Dispelling the Darkness: Part 4B Dispelling the Darkness—Begins with the Mind of Christ: A Look at Psalm 37 – Part 4-B <BR> <BR> As I seek the Lord concerning where to go next in our journey to understand the Mind of Christ and its proper function within us, I am led to Colossians 3:1-17. I love the Amplified version of this passage. Let us begin with verses 1-2: <BR> <BR> “IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] th... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:11:06 EST July weekly review and chat Oops, I forgot to change this Sunday. We will finish the month on this thread. Hope you all are doing well. <BR> <BR> Week Four and beyond: Take what you've learned and apply it to other areas of your life. <BR> <BR> Try Mindful grocery shopping. Strengthen your spiritual mindfulness skills you've already started over the last three weeks—just like pretty much everything else in life, mindfulness and alertness to the Spirit’s nudge and to truth has to be practiced. For example, I am curren... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:21:27 EST Dispelling the Darkness—Mind of Christ: Part 4Ab In our last excerpt of this study we looked at the humility of Christ that comes to us through the mind of Christ. Today we continue looking at this vital aspect of walking in the dictates of His mindset as we consider the first half of our scripture passage. <BR> <BR> Philippians 2:1-8 <BR> <BR> “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:55:10 EST Dispelling the Darkness-The Mind of Christ, 4Aa Do you realize that through our relationship with God in Christ Jesus that we are told in scripture that we have the very mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)? Not that we will get it in some eternal future. We have the mind of Christ living in us to direct us right now if we are in Him, and He in us, by the power of God’s Spirit. <BR> <BR> Just as the heart in our body functions at the dictates of our mind / brain, and the heart works to feed nourishment to our brain, so also, having God’s h... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:45:47 EST PRAYER REQUEST <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Please pray for my brother, Chris. He was injured @ work today and has a head injury that is bleeding internally. He was in NH when this happened and was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. They will be transferring him to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, a Trauma I level treatment center. We do not know yet how serious the injury is but I expect it is fairly serious or they would not transfer him. They said it is too far to transfer to M... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:41:57 EST Dispelling the Darkness: A Look at Ps. 37 – Part 4 “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart” (vs. 4, AMP). <BR> <BR> Do you realize that delighting in the Lord is a duty for us who seek Him? We cannot have His Light without first having Him. And one who truly has Him, delights in Him. <BR> <BR> John Piper has a book out that suggests that delighting in God is a command to His people. Titled, The Dangerous Duty of Delight, the danger comes from the fact that our true, sincere an... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:47:41 EST July wk 3 review and chat Week Three's Focus: Learn to assess your satiety level accurately to defuse emotional eating or mindless eating. Is this true hunger, temptation calling; or are emotions or surroundings making me want to eat? I've been eating awhile, am I full yet? <BR> <BR> Allow your Christ-centered mindfulness – awareness of God and the truth of your emotional state and physical surroundings – to be your own personal sounding board to your decision making process. <BR> <BR> "Do I really want a larger po... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:01:18 EST 52 Days to Close the Breech I will be doing a blog on this soon, but here is the challenge for us. In Nehemiah 6, <BR> <BR> Nehemiah was sent by God with the blessing of the king of Persia to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, closing the breach that left it open to their enemies. Scrupulous leaders of government and commerce and thieves of the area, concerned that the wall going up would make Jerusalem strong to stand against Persia and would close off their access to make money off of the people began to come against Ne... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:50:00 EST Dispelling the Darkness: A Look at Ps. 37 – Part 3 Thus far in our journey to discover how God intends us to be light that dispels the darkness, we have learned through verse 1-2 that light does not fret over the dark. Light just is what it is, a direct opposite of darkness. By just being light, light penetrates the night to overcome and dispel the dark. <BR> <BR> In verse 3a we discovered that good is in God alone and only with full trust in Him to flow through us with His goodness do we have any hope of accomplishing true good in the eart... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:58:08 EST GET DOWN UNDER All of us have an individual weight goal in mind. Hopefully our ultimate goal is broken up into several small steps. Here, in this forum, let's share our goal for July and report weekly on our progress. <BR> <BR> My official weigh in day is Sunday so I will be reporting each Monday. However since Monday was two days ago, I will start with today's weight. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> My goal for July is to get out of the 200's. <BR> Current weight: 205 <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:37:30 EST DAILY BLESSINGS <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> "I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high" <BR> Psalm 7:17 <BR> <BR> Here in this forum we will share our daily blessings from God and offer up our praise to Him. Share with a thanksgiving for a blessing received, a "Praise" scripture, a poem or anything else that expresses your feeling of thankfulness. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:20:12 EST Dispelling the Darkness: A Look at Ps. 37 – Part 2 “Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.” (vs. 3, AMP) <BR> <BR> One day, when questioning Jesus, the seeker called Him “Good Teacher.” Jesus stopped right there, correcting with His own question. “Why do you call Me good?” He asks. Then He responds with His own answer, “No one is good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18) <BR> <BR> Scripture teaches me that my greatest good... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:27:31 EST Leader #4: Welcome! God has pulled together our leadership team, adding Kristi (Kadulac) to the lineup. Welcome and encourage her at her page: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DULAC </link> <BR> <BR> We also ask you to pray for us as we seek God's will and direction to get organized and divvy out the work. Hugs to all! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:23:49 EST Week 2 Review and July Chat Chat here and remember: <BR> <BR> Week Two's Focus: Before eating, become aware of your thoughts, emotions, and energy levels, all of which affect your eating. <BR> <BR> Ask yourself questions such as, "What is my emotional state right now? Am I rested in the Lord?" "Am I eating just because I'm tired? Do I really need a nap?" "Did I choose this food because it's nutritionally valuable, or because I'm craving it? Am I feeding my true craving, or is it time with the Lord or with a friend th... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:12:33 EST Leader #3, Welcome! Welcome Christine (Huzzah39) to the leadership team! We look forward to seeing what God will do through you, Christine. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ZZAH39 </link> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 12:43:25 EST Dispelling the Darkness: A Look at Ps. 37 – Part 1 Feeling led to share my current Darlene's Ponderings blog series here as it is getting into things that we need to realize and practice as we seek to practice Christian Mindfulness. May God bless us to have His perspective for life more abundant and full. ( <link> </link> ) <BR> <BR> Dispelling the Darkness: A Look at Psalm 37 – Part 1 <BR> <BR> “FRET NOT yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not up... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 12:37:45 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 12:07:45 EST LIVING MINDFULLY IN GOD'S TEMPLE - JULY Thanks Ladies for the encouragement. I believe we will try to continue this discussion throughout July. <BR> <BR> I am continuing on my journey of making better dietary choices. I am watching my carbs and sugar intake. I am trying to include plenty of protein without overdoing it. I have found a few things that I definitely cannot eat b/c it shoots my sugar way up. Some days I find I have a craving for something and once I eat that I am satisfied. My cravings lean towards the healthy side a... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:52:27 EST Mindful Query 1: 7 / 2 - 6 / 2012 This week, as we review and work through Week one of the mindfulness challenge I will give us a focal question each day. <BR> <BR> By way of review: <BR> <BR> Week One’s Focus: Slow down and become aware and alert to what you are doing and experiencing while you are eating. <BR> <BR> It helps to narrate to yourself what you are doing while you are doing it, praying for God to help you be truly aware of the goodness of His supply. (Ex., "I am eating an apple, it is sweet") Too often we ea... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 17:38:35 EST July 15 - 30 Challenge 15 to 30 minutes every day, that is the challenge. What are you to do in those minutes? That is up to you. <BR> <BR> This is a "Just do it" challenge. Are you avoiding exercise? Is the heat keeping you from the yard work? Are the dishes piling up while you avoid them like the plague? Is there a beloved porject that you do not give yourself time to do because too much else is calling for your attention? Each day you have 15 to 30 minutes to fill with needful, and fun things that you tend to ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:37:43 EST July Emoticon your day to check in. Let us know how you are doing in a hurry by using emoticons to pictoral your day (short written elaborations okay as needed). <BR> <BR> The chat thread is now with the weekly review of our mindfulness challenge under the Mindfulness Challenge Forum. Come discuss life and Christ-centered mindfulness with us there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23154x56335<BR>x48748514 </link> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:30:23 EST Week 1 review and challenge chat here: I am starting over to get my sweets back under control after a fall the past couple of weeks. To encourage our progress I think I will take us through a week at a time so we can discuss our progress. Hope you will joine me here. As a review of week 1's mindfulness goals: <BR> <BR> Week One’s Focus: Slow down and become aware and alert to what you are doing and experiencing while you are eating. <BR> <BR> It helps to narrate to yourself what you are doing while you are doing it, praying for... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:16:51 EST Assignment: Mindful Delight “…delight yourselves in the Lord and continue to rejoice that you are in Him…” (Philippians 3) <BR> <BR> I encourage you to read this in the Amplified version of scripture: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>=Philippians%203&version=NASB;AMP;KJV </link> <BR> <BR> Share here the prayers, thoughts, experiences and victories that delighting in the Lord bring to your day. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:52:02 EST Mindfully Applying The Armor of God Ephesians 6:14a <BR> "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist" <BR> <BR> Truth - What is it? <BR> The opposite of lies. / Conformity to fact or reality / Steadfastness: sincerity / A statement or belief that corresponds to the reality <BR> <BR> Daniel 3 tells us about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They stood up to the King based on their knowledge of the truth of God. In other words they had wrapped themselves in the belt of truth. <BR> <BR> We use belts to ho... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:13:27 EST Fell down I keep meaning to share that Thursday I had my first real fall since starting our Mindfulness challenge. I was so tired all day Thursday, and when I got home that evening from Dr. appointment with the frustration there, dinner with DH and errands, I started just grabbing stuff to eat. I had two of those small Little Debbie's honey buns at 230 cals each, then I went to see if DH finished off the Krispy Kremes. He hadn't. I downed 2 of them. Then I was satisfied for the night and quit. Since I ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:35:11 EST Feast or Famine The following devotional is today's "Vantage Point" devotional sent by The Presidential Prayer Team, with my comments at the end. <BR> <BR> Habit to Look <BR> <BR> “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation” (Psalm 42:5 ). <BR> <BR> Suicides of soldiers, homosexual teens and prescription drug users have been in the news lately. The Center of Disease and Control Prevention states there are about 37,000 suicides each year in the United States and about 18 times that many emerg... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 12:56:36 EST Patience with Attitude “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you” (Psalm 39:7). <BR> <BR> In today’s verse, David talks about waiting on the Lord, a topic he was well acquainted with. David was a young boy when Samuel anointed him, but he waited a long time, traveled a rough road and went through severe tests before he actually became king. <BR> <BR> Drawing from scriptures such as James 1, patience can be defined as maintaining a good attitude and doing things God’s way, while waiting for Him to f... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 14:55:27 EST Count the Cost My Princess Warrior, <BR> <BR> I want you to count the cost and come to Me before you make any decision or commitment. Your time is of great value to My Kingdom. <BR> <BR> There may be many things that seem good, but not all opportunities are from Me. Let’s reason together; take a few days to pray, and I will reveal what is right for you. Don’t allow anyone but Me to move you into a position that takes your time and talent. I am your Navigator in this life; therefore, I don’t want you to al... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 12:56:38 EST A Group In Harmony (NOTE: The following thoughts do not flow from any problem. They simply flowed to me out of my quiet time as I read this passage and caught the vision of God's desire for us.) <BR> <BR> "I entreat and advise Euodia and I entreat and advise Syntyche to agree and to work in harmony in the Lord. And I exhort you too, [my] genuine yokefellow, help these [two women to keep on cooperating], for they have toiled along with me in [the spreading of] the good news (the Gospel), as have Clement and the... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:46:48 EST Pray! As I read the following article, I recognized that Satan will do everything he can to keep us from prayer: or to get us so wrapped up in self-preoccupied praying that we fail to care for the things that stir the heart of God. That begs the conclusion that perhaps the only reason for our struggles in life is purely for the purpose of stopping our prayer. Enjoy, and let us pray! <BR> <BR> The Day of the Watch Has Come! <BR> By James W. Goll: <BR> <BR> "I will restore the ancient tool, the Wat... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:04:33 EST June Challenge: Until I... I don't know about you, but my life can be a little out of balance. One thing I am working on in my mindfulness challenge is to reestablish some balance in life. This challenge is simple and is individualized. Fill in the blanks of the following sentence: <BR> <BR> "Until I ___, I will not ___." <BR> <BR> This can be done for a Spark Goal, I home-life goal, or whatever area of life you feel needs attention now. You can do just one statement for the entire month, do several all at once for ... Thu, 31 May 2012 22:01:35 EST Challenge discussion Hey, gang. I have finished this challenge, but I am going to go through again to lead the way for this discussion thread. Here is how this will work: <BR> <BR> 1. First reply for each week of the challenge as you progress through, copy and paste the challenge for the week you are on in the reply thread for the day you start that week. Now remember that you can take longer for each week, or you can hurry through it, then go again as many times as you want. This will let you know when you star... Thu, 31 May 2012 21:44:13 EST Friend Chat-N-June Just be friends here and get acquainted, share your day, etc. Thu, 31 May 2012 21:35:18 EST LET us be mindful... “My son, do not forget my teaching, but LET your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Do not LET kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man” (Proverbs 3:1-4, NASB). <BR> <BR> I thought this was interesting wording. The passage is written as "Wisdom" speaking. <BR> <BR> What is this passage telling us to do? And... Fri, 25 May 2012 08:53:46 EST Today's Meditation The meditation of my heart today is my prayer for each as we journey this way. Feel free to share the meditations of your heart that may inspire our Mind of Christ, mindful living. Wed, 23 May 2012 12:59:50 EST Mindful of our power and aurhority “For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inher... Wed, 16 May 2012 10:42:06 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 15:18:02 EST Four Weeks Done: I've only just begun. I have finished my four weeks of focus and I feel stronger of Spirit than I have felt in a long while. I have stronger control over my impulses and cravings, am facing sweets with determined purpose, and I am using Spirit-controlled mindfulness in daily living, from choosing what to put my focus into through the day, getting things done, ministering to others, being busy about the business of living as honors God as God. My quiet times are much improved as well, answering God’s call to commun... Tue, 15 May 2012 14:05:45 EST 14 Days Sweets Free: Beginning again. I made 14 days without eating any sweets other than the 2 occassional mini Hershey's Special Dark Chocolates allotted. Yesterday I enjoyed cake and ice cream with DH and a soda with a meal. Today I begin anew to try to beat 14 days sweets free. I am feeling strong, my Christian Mindfulness team helping me along with the sweets challenge team to have right thought toward food. I look forward to continuing this journey of controling the sweets and not allowing them to control me. <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 13 May 2012 13:33:31 EST Define "Mindfulness" From a spiritual standpoint as well as from a human standpoint, define "Mindfulness" as you understand it. <BR> <BR> Describe your understanding of Chirst-Centered Mindfulness. <BR> <BR> Don't be intimedated by the response of others: in fact, I would suggest giving your response first, then read those of others. If you learn something new from those you read, share what you learned. <BR> <BR> Together let's firm up our grip on what Mindfulness truly is from the standpoint of this group's ... Fri, 11 May 2012 15:16:10 EST Moved Oops, I put this in the wrong thread. Moving to general discussion forum: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x56335x480<BR>23898 </link> Fri, 11 May 2012 15:13:10 EST Mindful Living in God's Temple "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." <BR> I Corinthians 6:19-20 <BR> <BR> During May, we will explore ways to keep our "Temple" pure and healthy God's way. Let us be mindful that we are a "Temple of the Holy Spirit." <BR> <BR> Feel free to share your thoughts on treating our bodies as God's Temple. <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> Thu, 10 May 2012 20:27:40 EST Pass it on! Help us to grow the group by mentioning it in your blogs. Spark bylaws prohibit sharing specifics that invite others to your team other than through personal blogs. You can mention a team in passing on threads, but not as an invitation to join. And it is prohibited to send invitations through personal messages, though you can use the team "Invite a friend" link. So the best way to promote a group is through our blogs. <BR> <BR> If you are being helped with this challenge, be sure to pass it... Thu, 10 May 2012 13:42:19 EST Slow And Steady Wins The Race: RACE S – Stop before doing <BR> L – Look before choosing <BR> O – Open self to recognize truth <BR> W – Walk guilt free <BR> <BR> A – Amend the path <BR> N – Notice and address issues <BR> D – Don’t throw away your confidence <BR> <BR> S – Study to be approved <BR> T – Taste the good life <BR> E – Eat for life <BR> A – Address true needs <BR> D – Daily press forward <BR> Y – Yesterday is gone! Leave it there. <BR> <BR> W – Walking for life <BR> I – Inspiring others <BR> N – Noting the good <B... Wed, 9 May 2012 09:25:30 EST Slow And Steady Wins The Race: THE S – Stop before doing <BR> L – Look before choosing <BR> O – Open self to recognize truth <BR> W – Walk guilt free <BR> <BR> A – Amend the path <BR> N – Notice and address issues <BR> D – Don’t throw away your confidence <BR> <BR> S – Study to be approved <BR> T – Taste the good life <BR> E – Eat for life <BR> A – Address true needs <BR> D – Daily press forward <BR> Y – Yesterday is gone! Leave it there. <BR> <BR> W – Walking for life <BR> I – Inspiring others <BR> N – Noting the good <B... Tue, 8 May 2012 12:53:39 EST Slow And Steady Wins The Race: WINS S – Stop before doing <BR> L – Look before choosing <BR> O – Open self to recognize truth <BR> W – Walk guilt free <BR> <BR> A – Amend the path <BR> N – Notice and address issues <BR> D – Don’t throw away your confidence <BR> <BR> S – Study to be approved <BR> T – Taste the good life <BR> E – Eat for life <BR> A – Address true needs <BR> D – Daily press forward <BR> Y – Yesterday is gone! Leave it there. <BR> <BR> These have us pressing forward in our race to many WINS. <BR> <BR> W – Wa... Mon, 7 May 2012 12:05:12 EST I need to be more mindful of my life. HI! <BR> I need to be more mindful of what I do and eat each day,so this sounds like a good team. <BR> It seems I do so much everyday but a lot of times I just do it on automatic and i'm not really there,like eating. <BR> I see food,pick it up and eat it without really thinking if i'm hungry,if it's good or if it's really that I want,or if it's healthy. <BR> I even forget why I am on this journey of getting healthier. <BR> I can't wait to hear how you all deal with this. <BR> Thanks Darleen f... Sun, 6 May 2012 20:59:42 EST Hi Team! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople about a week and a half ago. At the start, I didn't really know what was involved or that there were so many teams. First, I signed on as part of a secular group, with very kind and supportive team members, but it just wasn't right. <BR> <BR> Right away, I became slightly obsessed about counting calories and tracking exercise (not to mention getting points), and it is only recently that I realized the mental space it started to take up. The idea is ve... Sun, 6 May 2012 19:54:11 EST Leaving Our Baals Behind - Be Circumcised of Heart Jeremiah 8:22 was a discussion point with a friend not long ago. As I thought about the passage and sought the Lord, He reminded me of what He showed me years ago with regard to health issues. Knowing that we are trying to get our thought life to line up with God’s will and help us change bad habits so we can look and feel better, I think this thought process found in Jeremiah 8-9 fits here, thus I share with you. <BR> <BR> Here is what God revealed to me as I studied specifically 8:22 – ch... Sun, 6 May 2012 12:23:45 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race - STEADY Thus far we have covered … <BR> <BR> S – Stop before doing <BR> L – Look before choosing <BR> O – Open self to recognize truth <BR> W – Walk guilt free <BR> <BR> A – Amend the path <BR> N – Notice and address issues <BR> D – Don’t throw away your confidence <BR> <BR> …Once we get this firmly founded under our feet, we can stay the course with STEADY… <BR> <BR> S – Study to be approved <BR> T – Taste the good life <BR> E – Eat for life <BR> A – Address true needs <BR> D – Daily press for... Sun, 6 May 2012 11:36:05 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race: AND We looked yesterday at SLOW… <BR> Stop <BR> Look <BR> Open to truth <BR> Walk away guilt free <BR> <BR> …Following this SLOW pace often leads us to the AND of life. AND always introduces more-to-follow. There is always more following AND. So SLOW leads to… <BR> <BR> A – Amend the path <BR> N – Notice and address issues <BR> D – Don’t throw away your confidence <BR> <BR> Amend the path – Slowing to stop, look, open to truth, and walk guilt free often means an amendment of some sort... Sat, 5 May 2012 22:27:53 EST Slow And Steady Wins The Race: SLOW S – Stop before doing <BR> L – Look before choosing <BR> O – Open self to recognize truth <BR> W – Walk guilt free <BR> <BR> Stop Before Doing! – Moving too fast on most things can get me in big trouble. Having a craving hit and running to meet it head on without understanding why I am craving means too many calories at day’s ends. So I am working with my mindfulness efforts to stop and… <BR> <BR> Look Before Choosing – Look at what is really going on. Am I truly hungry or is it just appeti... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:26:23 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race: The Acronym The following will introduce my next items from my next numerous blog topics as I consider this month the fact that “slow and steady wins the race” and what that means. It is part of my journey to become mindful of these things, and hopefully it will encourage others along the way. Since it fits this teams focus, I am sharing here with hope of it encouraging future members. Each post will cover on word-acronym at a time. My prayer is for us to succeed on our journey in life and in Spark. <BR... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:22:26 EST Index - Aids to Winning <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Articles and thoughts to assist in winning the race (If you find a link is not working, please let me know so that I can fix or remove it. Thank you): <BR> <BR> Today's Meditation - <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23156x56335<BR>x48198238 </link> <BR> <BR> Leaving Our Baals Behind - Be Circumcised of Heart: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.a... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:18:09 EST Week 3 Discoveries Share here things you discover to help with week 3's focus. What is "Satiety"? To what areas of life does learning satiety apply? What scriptures do we have available to us that would fit a life of satiety? Etc. Discoveries, anyone? Tue, 1 May 2012 14:53:21 EST Mindful Chatter Among Friends Chatter and let's get better acquainted here. Tue, 1 May 2012 14:44:08 EST Satiety... .Question? Okay, opinions anyone? Satiety is paying attention to hunger and full or satisfied signals, right? That kind of goes against the multi meal, stave off hunger philophy, right? So which is best? Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:19:05 EST Escaping Stinking Thinking Traps Hey, friends. How you doing on your journey to mindful living in your healthy lifestyle to date. I am on week two and from the looks of things, I may be here awhile. I am not good at stopping to realize my thoughts, emotions, and energy levels before eating. LOL. Well, I am getting better at catching the thoughts and emotions, but I just aint got it yet, ya know. <BR> <BR> Anyway a friend said something that got me thinking: most of us pretty well know the thought processes we get into that ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:27:37 EST Also new to group Darlene graciously invited me to be a part of this group. My name is Christine and I have been with Sparkpeople for three years in August. I haven't been mindful always in my eating and in my speaking at times and most importantly in my relationship with Christ. I hope this group will help me to keep my mind stayed on Christ and that I can also help the group to do the same. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:03:21 EST Week 2 Discoveries Share here discoveries made about emotional eating and the aid of mindfulness to that habit. <BR> <BR> For example, I have discovered that though I may be eating because I am truly hungry, and though I may have stopped myself from emotional eating numerous times throughout the day, I can eat to feed my hunger and inadvertently make food choices that are feeding my emotions. So I need to watch that as well. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:22:10 EST Call to check in! 4/22 Hey, everyone. How are you doing? Tell us what week you are working on and how you are doing. <BR> <BR> I had a successful first week--as reported in week 1's discussion thread and in my personal page under th intro thread. It feels goo to have some alertness and awareness going anew. And the moderating ones thoughts article really helped me. So I feel ready to press into week two and am preparing myself to realize why I am eating at any given moment. <BR> <BR> Hope all are doing well on yo... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:04:07 EST new to sparkpeople Hello everyone, <BR> I am learning how to navigate around sparkpeople, I think that is why my page is private,, LOL.. not quite sure what all I'm doing yet.. I did want to join a team, and I was looking for a team that definitely recognized that we need the Lord, and He somes first before anything else. So I'm still not quite sure how to navigate around, but I hope to learn more as I go on. <BR> Getting ready for church now, I go to Grace Bible Church in Hollidaysburg PA.. I am 40 years old,... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 08:35:54 EST Welcome Co-Leader, Kathleen Everyone welcome Kathleen - HisFreeSpirit - as co-leader with me. Your prayers on our behalf as we seek the Lord and work together to make this a good experience for you is appreciated. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Kathleen! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>SFREESPIRIT </link> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:42:41 EST Welcome CHRISZ40! Since your page is private, I hope you will click "create new topic" and introduce yourself to the group. We look forward to knowing and walking with you in our mutual journey to have the mind of Christ, being mindful in all things, especially the things of our Spark journey. <BR> <BR> BLESSings to you, <BR> Darlene Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:40:29 EST Practicing Moderation in Our Thinking The following article on moderation struck me as a good topic for discussion. Read the article, making notes so you don't forget what God highlighted for your personal journey, then share what you see in this article as helpful to our goal to tap into the mind of Christ in practicing mindfulness in our healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=729 </link> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:17:35 EST New to this group I deleted my message as I thought I was in a different group. I will post here but I won't be so informative just yet. Thanks for understanding. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:45:11 EST Scripture Share Share scriptures you find helpful in understanding and walking in God / Christ-centered mindfulness here. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:55:40 EST I'm going to quit!! Hi, I'm Kristi. I have lived in Alaska for 11 years now. It is difficult for working out sometimes, but I've adapted. The struggle I still have is food. I like it, and don't always make the healthiest choices. It isn't a struggle I have wanted to give up though. I have decided that it is time to stop fooling myself. I tell myself that I deserve a treat once in a while, lately that has been pretty much everyday. With God's help I am going to make it once a week. I am going to be more mindful o... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:28:21 EST Week one Discoveries! It is day one of week one for me on this challenge and I have already made a discovery. It is practically impossible to practice this focus on what I am eating and all the nuances of flavors, textures, gratitude, etc., when eating in front of the TV or Computer. Hum. Guess it is time for a change. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:26:03 EST Membership Report Thread Index <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Click "Create New Topic" above and introduce yourself to the group. That thread becomes your personal report and accountability page where we can encourage you. Post there goals you have and your progress as you practice Christ-centered mindfulness in your journey to a healthy lifestyle. I will link each of your pages below so we can find you. Please let me know if you leave the group so I can remove your link. Have ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:50:59 EST moved Thread moved and closed out. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:44:49 EST The Wall-of-Fame <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Below will be linked the reports of those who successfully complete this four week challenge and share with us under the winners forum how it has effected their healthy lifestyle journey. We hope the success stories below will encourage and help you, and we look forward to seeing you here soon! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> to: <BR> <BR> Darlene (Abby-Joy) - 4/13/12-5/13/12: <link> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:44:26 EST Darlene - Team Leader Hi! I'm Darlene. I am starting this group because I want to practice mindfulness with Christ as my focus. So I adapted the mindfulness materials I found to reflect Christian Principles. My hope is that others who have this same desire will join me here. <BR> <BR> On a personal level, I am a mid-50s homemaker, married to my best friend and the greatest husband, created just for me. We have 3 beautiful children and 11 grandchildren. I have been a Christian for over 40 years and a Spark member ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:37:57 EST Emoticon your day For quick check-ins and reporting, give us an emoticon and a short statement if needed to let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:25:09 EST Chatting together For those of us who like to visit and get acquainted, this is the place. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:23:12 EST About this Forum <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This forum is for celebrations and successes. Click "create new topic" and share your successes as you grow stronger in Christ-mindfulness and come into a healthier lifestyle. We want to hear of and be encouraged by your successful journey all along the way. <BR> <BR> We especially want to hear from those who successfully complete the challenge. Tell us how your healthy lifestyle has been effected by your journey. ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:12:58 EST Week 4 and Beyond Discussion You may share your week 4 journey here. If you have questions about week 4 or something to share specific to week 4, start a new topic under this forum. <BR> <BR> By way of review: <BR> <BR> Week Four and beyond: Take what you've learned and apply it to other areas of your life. <BR> <BR> Try Mindful grocery shopping. Strengthen your spiritual mindfulness skills you've already started over the last three weeks—just like pretty much everything else in life, mindfulness and alertness to th... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:05:27 EST Week 3 Discussion You may share your week 3 journey here. If you have questions about week 3 or something to share specific to week 3, start a new topic under this forum. <BR> <BR> By way of review: <BR> <BR> Week Three's Focus: Learn to assess your satiety level accurately to defuse emotional eating or mindless eating. Is this true hunger, temptation calling; or are emotions or surroundings making me want to eat? I've been eating awhile, am I full yet? <BR> <BR> Allow your Christ-centered mindfulness – aw... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:03:36 EST Week 2 Discussion You may share your week 2 journey here. If you have questions about week 2 or something to share specific to week 2, start a new topic under this forum. <BR> <BR> By way of review: <BR> <BR> Week Two's Focus: Before eating, become aware of your thoughts, emotions, and energy levels, all of which affect your eating. <BR> <BR> Ask yourself questions such as, "What is my emotional state right now? Am I rested in the Lord?" "Am I eating just because I'm tired? Do I really need a nap?" "Did I... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:00:22 EST Week 1 discussion You may share your week 1 journey here. If you have questions about week 1 or something to share specific to week 1, start a new topic under this forum. <BR> <BR> By way of review: <BR> <BR> Week One’s Focus: Slow down and become aware and alert to what you are doing and experiencing while you are eating. <BR> <BR> It helps to narrate to yourself what you are doing while you are doing it, praying for God to help you be truly aware of the goodness of His supply. (Ex., "I am eating an appl... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:57:43 EST Challenge Overview: Read this first. Moved to General Discussion section Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:34:50 EST