SparkPeople The Steadfastly Determined Team Messageboard As Christians, we have decided we are determined to succeed. Encouraging one another, we don’t look back, but we lengthen our stride and run straight toward the goal to win the prize. SparkPeople The Steadfastly Determined Team Messageboard Anniversary on Sunday! Janet's anniversary is on Sunday (September 1st)! <BR> <BR> Stop by her page with congrats: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>IDGON </link> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:29:54 EST Anniversary tomorrow!!! Let's celebrate Karen's anniversary, on August 31st. <BR> <BR> Stop by her page with congrats: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>VERORNOW </link> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:28:10 EST A Birthday to Celebrate - August 7th! Our Janet is having a birthday tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Please join me and help her celebrate the Steadfastly Determined way! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>IDGON </link> <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>244</em> <em>335</em> <em>383</em> <em>244</em> <em>335</em> <em>383</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:47:10 EST TODAY'S THOUGHT! TODAY’S THOUGHT <BR> 8/6 <BR> We have all taken the wrong path at times. If we want real revival in our lives and church, we must consider the path our feet are walking right now. We must abandon the “deceitful, sly and slippery” paths of sin, pride, self-righteousness and worldliness that lead to destruction, and we must step onto the path of submission, surrender and obedience to the Word and will of God. DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “F... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 07:13:22 EST Anniversary Celebration - August 5th!!! Tomorrow (Monday, August 5th) is Nancy's anniversary! <BR> <BR> Please stop by her page with your congratulations! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RKNG2ABTTRME- </link> <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>129</em> <em>410</em> <em>384</em> <em>129</em> <em>410</em> <em>384</em> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:51:34 EST August Challenge - Being positive! Let's continue on our special objective to fight against negativity. Our new challenge is to record something good that happened to us or that we are looking forward to. <BR> <BR> I will start by asking you how you did with our July +4 challenge. <BR> <BR> On my end, I did well. I am still working on losing the pounds, but I know I will get there. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:48:07 EST Game for August: Double letter words A-Z We stopped at A in July, so let's continue with B! <BR> <BR> B - battlefield Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:41:05 EST August Emoticons <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:36:39 EST Chat and Sharing - August Good morning everyone, and happy new month! <BR> <BR> As you know, this will be a short month for our team, as I am planning to "close shop" very soon, unless of course I have a volunteer to help. My schedule will change when my son starts his new job so there will be much less time for me to be on the computer. And a lot of people disappeared (I know they are not on vacation) when Darlene left. I just finished the Sparkpeople "training" for leaders and I do think I have given it my best s... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:34:51 EST Fight against NEGATIVITY! This is a good article I received from Discovery House, publisher of "Our Daily Bread", <BR> RBC Ministries | P.O. Box 3566 | Grand Rapids, MI 49501-3566 <BR> <BR> I was eager to share it with you. <BR> <BR> WHY SHOULD WE BE OPTISMISTIC? <BR> <BR> Read: John 16:16–33 <BR> <BR> A merry heart does good, like medicine. –Proverbs 17:22 <BR> <BR> The Bible isn’t a psychology textbook, but it gives us the wisest counsel for experiencing happiness here and now. Proverbs 17:22, for example, as... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:26:49 EST Anniversary Coming Up!!! Time to celebrate: tomorrow (July 14) will be Charlene (CINDYCHARLENE) and Jerry's Anniversary! Let us all wish her a happy day! <BR> <em>337</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>337</em> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:09:57 EST July "+4" Challenge Choose an area to improve by 4. It can be improving your exercise time by 4% or by 4 minutes, losing 4 pounds during the month, spending 4 more minutes daily reading Scripture, adding 400 more steps to your daily count, adding 4 more vegetables or fruit per day or per week, drinking 4 more glasses of water per day or per week, etc. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:50:43 EST July Challenge - Being inspired! "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?" <BR> 1 Cor. 6:19 <BR> <BR> We all know this. But do we live it? <BR> How does the Spirit inspire you to make your body his temple? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:43:56 EST FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT - introduction I do not have Sarah's talent... <BR> <BR> But I found a good study online and I wanted to share it with you and have your thoughts. <BR> We will start with a general introduction to the Fruit of the Spirit, which I will "cut" into manageable pieces. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:36:25 EST July Emoticons <em>213</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 10:06:11 EST Chat and Sharing - July Let's start a brand new thread for this new month! <BR> <BR> Janet - 11 teeth all at once? This is huge! No wonder poor Lexie has been feeling poorly. I am glad the main vet will take care of her. <BR> Now that you have at last this referral to a rhumatologist, did you make an appointment and if so, when are you going? I hate doctors that thinl anti-depressants are a cure-all... I am so glad you held your ground. This is a victory for you! <BR> <BR> The weather here for this week is th... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 10:04:22 EST Game for July: Double letter words A-Z This game was very successful, so let's continue for another month. <BR> <BR> We had stopped at B in June. <BR> <BR> C = cuddle <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:52:24 EST Celebrate Our Victories! Let's post here some of the GOOD things that happen in our life. Weight lost, exercise started -or continued-, victory over a bad habit of any kind, health improvement, family accomplishment, etc. Anything. Even the little things count! <BR> We need to share and celebrate what is POSITIVE and give ourselves a pat in the back for what we are doing RIGHT! <BR> <BR> I will start by telling you that last Sunday I said the closing prayer in church (benediction). I was terrified at the thought... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:19:32 EST Today's Bible Verse I decided to replace the post "Today's Meditation" with "Today's Bible Verse". <BR> We are all busy women and sometimes we do not have time for a full meditation. Besides, our team is already doing a meditation on the fruit of the Spirit... <BR> <BR> But we all read Scriptures every day! <BR> <BR> So, let's share a verse that we like especially. You see, every day I pick a verse (or two) to nourish me throughout the day. This gives a "kickstart" to my day and I am going back to it at slo... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 10:07:45 EST Anniversary Celebration! Please join me and celebrate Carol's Anniversary tomorrow (June 5th)! Here is the link to leave her a message or/or a goodie! <BR> <link><BR>KI42 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>236</em> <em>384</em> <em>236</em> <em>384</em> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>129</em> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:55:29 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. The leadership team is in good hands as Sarah takes my spot with Veronique there to help, and probably another coming on-board with them. I know that you will do well. <BR> <BR> You are each in my prayers ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 18:30:02 EST June Challenge for Love's Sake I don't know about you, but when it comes to my Spark journey, I too often fail to love God, myself, and others enough to stay the course in some areas. The challenge for June is to realize the love connection that is vital to our success. What is one goal you need to really work on because you love God, yourself, and others enough to do it? It might be working to get more and better sleep so you have strength to function without being so cranky. It may be to realize how certain things you cr... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:09:05 EST Topic for June: LOVE.... Lets use this area for anything we want to post that shows love...a poem, story, photo, picture, quote, Bible verse..whatever encourages us to show Love to one another! Fri, 31 May 2013 17:42:05 EST Healthy Lifetime Challenge for June - LOVE Our Healthy Lifetime challenge will be based on love for God and others: do a specific heatlthy activity with a member of your family or a neighbor once a week (prepare a healthy meal together, go for a walk, garden together, etc.) <BR> Please post here to share what you did. Fri, 31 May 2013 16:53:43 EST June study: Fruit of the Spirit! Come join us as we take on the fruit of the Spirit. This month we will be studying LOVE..the first of the fruits. We will have a challenge going along with our study and I look forward to hearing from each of you. Fri, 31 May 2013 10:33:03 EST June Emoticons New thread for June. Please post your emoticons here! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:08:25 EST Game for June: Double letter words A-Z Our new game to start in June: double letter words, from A to Z. <BR> <BR> I will start: <BR> <BR> Attention Fri, 31 May 2013 10:05:54 EST Chat and Sharing - June Hello everyone - I am starting a new thread for the new month. Please start posting here on June 1st (tomorrow). Thank you! Fri, 31 May 2013 10:02:25 EST Happy Birthday, Robin! It is Robin's (oncemoreagain) birthday. Let's celebrate with her. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>CEMOREAGAIN </link> Sat, 25 May 2013 18:24:02 EST Update long term prayer needs Hey, gang. If you have a need listed on the long term prayer needs list, please update us here if you will: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=25138x58875<BR>x52037156 </link> Sat, 18 May 2013 14:12:14 EST Help Wanted Many of you received this by team email, but many choose to not receive the emails, so I am posting this here and on the announcements section with hope that all will see it and consider the opportunity. If you got the email and are not interested, you can stop here or skip to the bottom to see the newly forming leadership team so you can keep us in prayer as we regroup. Quoting the email: <BR> <BR> With Charlene and Karen leaving the leadership team for personal health and family reasons, o... Fri, 17 May 2013 12:05:52 EST May: Call to check-in Hello, gang. Wondering how you all are doing. Come talk with us and tell us how you are working to remain Steadfastly Determined. <BR> <BR> I am discovering that perseverance on this journey is my victory ( <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358622 </link> ). My struggle and up and down movement is so frustrating some days, that temptation to stop trying often tempts me. But I am learning the value of coupling self-control with perseverance. I have ... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:41:42 EST Today's Meditation <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 13:32:07 EST Inspirational Quotes To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us - and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes al... Tue, 14 May 2013 14:36:36 EST Happy Birthday to Sally, May 12th!! <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>26</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Sally, Happy birthday to you! Enjoy your special day! <BR> <BR> Team members - head on over and help her celebrate at <BR> <link><BR>L1512 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>26</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 14:38:47 EST Hug alert for Amy Amy (GETNFIT4GOD) is struggling with bad migraines. Let's huddle around her with prayer cover and support. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TNFIT4GOD </link> Fri, 3 May 2013 16:59:37 EST Thursday to Thursday Kitchen Party! The kitchen here wants to party this week. Today I got started on the job of cleaning the kitchen cabinets this week. I got the cracker cabinet done so I could store the new coffee pots in the top shelf there and I did the outside of that cabinet. Then I did the plate shelf, getting rid of the greenery, polishing the area, and cleaning my Jesus' life timeline plates. It looks good, I am hot and tired, and I still need to put dinner on, which I am about to do. Whew. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 2 May 2013 18:31:25 EST May 5% challenge Choose a personal goal to work toward a 5% change, whether increase or decrease, through May. Increase steps or decrease weight; increase freggies or decrease sweet treats; or do one of each--an increase and a decrease. Your choice. Set the goal and be accountable at least weekly. Wed, 1 May 2013 00:28:20 EST May 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 00:23:48 EST Darlene's Sparkversary 4/27 <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Congrats to Darlene (D-ABBY) on 2 years with SparkPeople!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ABBY </link> <BR> <BR> We are proud of you and wish you well as you continue on this journey. <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>306</em> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:09:55 EST Happy Anniversary, Linda! 4/21 <em>335</em> <em>336</em> <em>337</em> <em>129</em> <em>384</em> <BR> <BR> Linda and her husband Fred are celebrating 35 years of marriage! Let's help make it a special day! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NDAF49 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:22:58 EST Hug alert for Sally! Sally (SAL1512) has been dealing with some dental work and a lot of pain and discomfort as a result. Please keep her in your prayers! You can stop by her page if you'd like at: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>L1512 </link> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:10:17 EST Update from Charlene I heard from Charlene today with numerous answers to prayers we have prayed over for awhile. She gave permission to share, as I know many of you will enjoy hearing. BLESSings. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>458</em> <em>247</em> <em>458</em> <em>247</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning Darlene, I am doing well today so far with my BP without medication. There is no rhyme nor reason, except it has to be an answer to the prayers of my family and friends. I am just thanking ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:45:03 EST Good Bye! Leaving tomorrow to go to New Hampshire for my oldest son's wedding. I am driving there and I am asking you to please pray for our safety. I will be coming back home early next week (Monday or Tuesday). See you all then! <em>247</em> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:06:22 EST April-May: Prayer needs Share prayer requests here. I usually will subscribe to this thread even if I have none, so I will get notices when others need prayers. I encourage the prayer warriors here to do that. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:36:46 EST Call to check in! 4-5-13 I am missing a bunch of you, though I am sure you are busy, it will be good to hear from you and know of your welfare. <em>382</em> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 11:04:10 EST Smoothie days! Smoothies are excellent sources of nutrition and pleasure. That are healthy to the body and strengthen the mind. A strong mind enables us to better connect to the Spirit when we are unhindered by dull-headed, wondering brains. <BR> <BR> Some of you have shared a little of your journey to the joys of Smoothies. Share here how you got started with smoothies, what you have found to be true about their benefits, and how they are helping your dietary efforts. Also be sure to share some of those g... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:55:19 EST Hug Alert for CindyCharlene Hello, team. I am sad to say that Charlene is forced by health issues to back off of some responsibilities to relieve the stress she can in hopes of bettering her bodies ability to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Please go by and encourage her with your prayers and understanding. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NDYCHARLENE </link> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 18:49:47 EST Get down under Report your weight ups and downs here as we work together to get down under where we have been to where we want to be. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:05:16 EST Steadfast tips What are some things you do that help you remain steadfastly determined on your journey in life. This can be things that help your spark, for sure. But if we are struggling in our health practices while doing well in other areas that require steadfastness, we can learn from those strong areas and find ways to apply it to our Spark Journey. Hopefully sharing the things that help us keep going will bring some encouragement. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:23:49 EST Word Association Game We start with a word, and you answer with the first word that comes to your mind. <BR> <BR> I will start with: <BR> <BR> Church Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:19:11 EST April-May: Accounting Be accountable for whatever you need accountability for here. <BR> <BR> I am working to focus on what "I Can" do rather than fretting over what "I Can't" do or fail to do. So I will be shouting out my victories each day. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:36:23 EST April 5% Challenge Set a goal for a 5% (or more) increase on your journey--Examples: <BR> <BR> * Increase weight loss by 5% <BR> * Increase steps by 5% <BR> * Increase days tracking food by 5% <BR> <BR> It is your choice, one of these or something else of your choosing. Let us know what your goal is, then report progress at least once per week. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:33:11 EST April-May: Emoticon Moods and Tudes <em>213</em> April <em>27</em> May <em>125</em> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:18:20 EST April-May: Chat Sharing together through April. Chat about it here. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:16:12 EST Video: 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> . <BR> <BR> 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... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:43:01 EST Happy Birthday, Brandi!!! 3/24 <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>144</em> <em>126</em> <em>409</em> <em>126</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to Brandi today! Let's all help her celebrate at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>KDUD </link> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>144</em> <em>126</em> <em>409</em> <em>126</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:43:19 EST Do it right the first time - Challenge This sounds like a great challenge to me. Give us a <em>244</em> each day you can see where you did the following. Feel free to share specifics about how you succeeded at following this advice day by day. <BR> <BR> “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. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:13:54 EST Made to Crave - Thoughts and 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 14:40:23 EST March Prayer Needs Share your prayer needs and praises here for March. If you will subscribe to this thread, you will receive a notice when a post is made. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:40:53 EST March Spark Share at least one goal toward a healthier lifestyle that you are working on in March. Be sure to report back how you are doing. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:25:20 EST March, march it challenge Waiting times are great moments of opportunity to do something to help your health. <BR> <BR> Watching TV? Commercial breaks are good times to get up and march in place or do some other exercise. <BR> <BR> Waiting in line at the grocery: do some calf exercises: Calf rocking or toe lifts--a simple stretch or the Core-belly work we did in January. People will just think you are fidgety, so fidget. <BR> <BR> Waiting on the microwave? Don't just stand there, do something to march it out. <BR... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:22:52 EST March Emoticon: Madness or Gladness Is it a madness <em>234</em> <BR> Or gladness <em>334</em> day <BR> <BR> Or whatever else you want to emoticon. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:13:26 EST Chatting up the March Madness "March madness," hum. Where does that term come from? <BR> <BR> This is our chat thread for March, to share the good, bad and ugly, praise worthy and glory. Have a great new month! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:42:20 EST Noah's Ark: Name an animal (A to Z) This is our new game for March 2013. <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Ant Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:10:04 EST info Hey,I read about a prayer thread on this do I get to that? Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:46:36 EST Long term prayer needs <em>227</em> Please do not post here <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Post April-May prayer needs here: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=25138x58875<BR>x52853095 </link> <BR> <BR> We are beginning to see some prayer needs come in that will be more than a brief wait or will need continual prayer for a time. If they are going to need extended prayer for several months or years, I will post them on this list for us who need a place to be reminded of them... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:32:28 EST Huddle Hug at Nancy's place: 2-6-13 Let's share hugs at Nancy's place today. Give her a little TLC and loving encouragement at the following link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RKNG2ABTTRME- </link> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:38:22 EST buddy Hi I'm Dori and I would like to have an accountability partner...I am a musician, jewelry designer, mom and wife, who wants the Lord to be glorified in every area of my life. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:02:53 EST accountability I sure need it! I would love to have a buddy to encourage and to be encouraged! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 10:33:09 EST it's me' Hi! I just started spark this week, although I've been losing weight since Dec. 20 I lost 18 lbs and then hit a I joined spark. I want to glorify Christ by my obedience to Him in eating and exercise. I looked for Christian teams on spark and found you! So...hi! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:19:56 EST Hug Alert: CindyCharlene - 2-4-13 Charlene's SIL passed away this morning. Let's huddle around! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NDYCHARLENE </link> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:53:29 EST Generalized Spark Accountability Here State you goals and keep us posted. <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:53:29 EST Happy Birthday, Nancy! <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Happy February 2nd birthday to Nancy!! You can stop by her page with wishes at: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RKNG2ABTTRME- </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>409</em> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:16:05 EST Hug alert: CindyCharlene - 2/1/13 Charlene's husband was rushed to the hospital last night. No news yet today as to how he is. Let's huddle around her: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NDYCHARLENE </link> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:43:36 EST Praying and praising through February Share your prayer needs here, and remember to share your praises. Be sure to share your healthy-lifestyle journey needs and victories as well so we can pray together and encourage one anther and celebrate victories. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:40:21 EST Buddy update chatter Share how the buddy system is helping you. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:49:41 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 21:47:03 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: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=25139x58875<BR>x51919372 </link> <BR> <BR> I am praying for all who post here. God will supply. Hugs! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:42:43 EST January Core Challenge Champions! Four persevered through January to do well with the Core Challenge of strengthening up those core muscles commonly used by boxers to protect their gut and backs. Let's go by their pages to give them an at-a-girl <em>380</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>326</em> <BR> <BR> Karen - NEVERORNOW: <link><BR>VERORNOW </link> <BR> <BR> Linda - LINDAF49: <link><BR>NDAF49 </link> <BR> <BR> Véronique - TERMI... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:27:27 EST February Emoticon Attitude! <em>223</em> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:14:16 EST Loving Friends Chat together I am looking forward to another good month with you all and to knowing you better as we chat together. Happy heart month! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:11:27 EST February Love your Feminine self Challenge I enjoyed the focus on neglected muscle groups last month. This being Valentines month, I think we will love ourselves and our mates by working on another neglected muscle group. This month we will work on our pelvic muscles. <BR> <BR> The pelvic muscles are vital for holding all in place, and for making those love muscles strong for fun <em>334</em> <em>2</em> <em>30</em> When these muscles are neglected, the walls of the vagina and the rectum can become weak, allowing one to fall... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:54:16 EST Game for February 2013: Giving Praise Name one thing (not a person) about which you want to praise G-d. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:44:10 EST Hug and Prayer Alert! Amy's father-in-law has passed away. If you'd like to stop by her page with prayers and condolences, you can do so at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TNFIT4GOD </link> <BR> <BR> Amy, We love you and are praying for you! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:14:30 EST Hug huddle 1-24-13 Let's all go to Darlene's page and give her a hug today. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ABBY </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:32:53 EST Happy Jan. 23rd Birthday to Kathleen! <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Kathleen!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>SFREESPIRIT </link> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>26</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:32:38 EST Hug Huddle: 1-21-13 Let's huddle at Amy's and encourage her: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TNFIT4GOD </link> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:48:52 EST Happy Birthday, Véronique, January 18th! <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> Happy birthday to Véronique (TERMITEMOM) and also happy 4th Sparkversary the same day! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>506</em> <BR> <BR> Stop by her page at <link><BR>RMITEMOM </link> <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> <em>179</em> <em>26</em> <em>179</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:08:03 EST Read and Define: 1-15-13 Wow. The following sets my being forth to soar to the heights. Read it, and define what you hear. <BR> <BR> “High hearts are never long <BR> Without hearing some new call, <BR> Some distant clarion of God, even in their dreams; <BR> And soon they are observed to break up the camp of ease, <BR> And start on some fresh march of faithful service. <BR> And, looking higher still, <BR> We find those who never wait till their moral work accumulates, <BR> And who reward resolution with no res... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:22:39 EST Darlene's Ponderings 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 10:29:58 EST Game: Name or place in the Bible, alphabetically A - Abigail Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:59:55 EST Hug huddle: 1-14-13 Karen (NeverOrNow) is our huddle page for today. Her DD has been very ill and it is causing much concern for Karen as she works to help her daughter in this time of difficult. Pray for Karen and DD and encourage her today at: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>VERORNOW </link> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:22:13 EST Just for today We can only progress one step one day at a time. Here is the place you can write your step you would like to take just for today. At the end of the day log your accounabiltiy as "done". You will be surprised how fast you will accomplish your overall goal. <BR> <BR> My goal for today is to wash, roll, dry, comb out and style my hair; a two hour job that is very difficult to even think about much less accomplish. But I know if I look better to myself when I look in the mirror I will feel be... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:45:47 EST Devotional Books Any suggestion for good devotional books? I am looking for something basic that would be a good introduction to Christianity. <BR> A friend of mine gave me "Jesus Calling"" by Sarah Young and I love it! It has a small devotion for every day of the year, with Scripture references. Is anyone familiar with it? Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:11:50 EST January: Core Challenge A couple of years ago, when I was beginning a serious exercise routine, I found my back getting into bad shape anew and was sent to Physical Therapy to correct the issues. While there, the therapist started me by stopping everything but one exercise for the first week of therapy. He explained that our weak core is what leads to our back issues, and the main core muscles are the place to start. What are these muscles? <BR> <BR> They are the ones that surround the belly button. He explained t... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:52:05 EST Step by Step - Straws This devotional thought so perfectly speaks confirmation of the path God is leading me to as I reestablish my commitment to the journey ahead. Hope it encourages you as well. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS: <BR> <BR> Take one step at a time and one day at a time to accomplish what is set before you. I am with you to empower you to meet every challenge and to overcome adversity, says the Lord. This is a time when your hope... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:35:44 EST Charlene's Thoughts and Encouragement My dear sisters, have you ever wondered if speaking affirmations is a good thing or not? I have. Well I have discovered that they are biblically correct. Let me explain. <BR> <BR> I awoke this morning to words found in Joel 3:10 "Let the weak say, I am strong." Chapter 3 talks about all nations being at war in the last days and multitudes stand in the valley of decision as the second coming draws near. Men of war were told to prepare and draw near and beat their plowshares into swords a... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:47:58 EST Hug huddle: 1-10-12 Hug huddle at Brandi's today: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>KDUD </link> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:07:58 EST Hug Huddle: 1-8-13 Let's huddle with a hug for Charlene today. Take her a word of encouragement at: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NDYCHARLENE </link> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:32:20 EST Send an invitation Invite someone to join us. Give us a <em>334</em> each day you do. The one with the most <em>334</em> at end of month gets a 250 point goodie from Darlene D-Abby. <BR> <BR> We can only become all we can be as we do the work that makes us our best ideal. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:03:41 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 15:56:15 EST Hug huddle: 1-4-13 I am a firm believer in hugs. They are necessary for life. And I know how often a hug has come to me at just the right time, so we will have hug huddle when someone just comes to mind as needing a hug, and Hug Alerts when we find a member in the midst of a struggle and in need of support. I am not sure if this will be done daily, but it will be done as God leads. <BR> <BR> Today's hug huddle is at Veronique's page (TermiteMom) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RMITEM... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:16:44 EST Happy Anniversary to Sally! <em>129</em> <em>336</em> <em>335</em> <em>336</em> <em>384</em> <BR> <BR> Sally (SAL1512) and her husband are celebrating 39 years of marriage this weekend!! Congrats and enjoy your special day! <BR> <BR> If you'd like to stop by her page and leave wishes, you can do that at: <link><BR>L1512 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>389</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:44:04 EST Members' Birthdays and Anniversaries If you'd like us to help you celebrate your birthday, wedding anniversary, Sparkversary, or any other special date, please post it to this thread. Be sure to include your name, the date, and what you are celebrating! <BR> <BR> <em>384</em> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>129</em> <em>336</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:35:17 EST Team Goals: Sitting team goals is always trial and error with me. I think of the team focus and my own needs for goals and start there to see what works and what people will actually participate in. I sat a new one today, so check it out. Click to goal to see the description on that goal. <BR> <BR> The one I added today is to help me and those like me who are not good to track their food and struggle to even think of doing so for a day, much less and week, and forget planning ahead. Today the Spirit sai... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:44:18 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 14:08:17 EST Moved thread see help wanteds at bottom of the about this team and help wanted thread: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x58875x51<BR>424488 </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:42:18 EST Emoticon it! This is a quick and easy way to check in and let us know what is going on so we can pray for, encourage, support and cheer one another. What's going on in life? What's on your mind? Tell us about it here with emoticons and perhaps a few words of explanation if needed. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:29:08 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 11:25:50 EST Introduce yourself here Hey, gang. I'm Darlene and I need to be steadfastly determined in this journey! <BR> <BR> I have discovered as we begin 2013 that I have left myself behind and fallen to the wayside on my journey to a healthy lifestyle. Our family has so much going on that is challenging our mental and physical and spiritual faculties that I cannot afford to fall to the wayside on this journey. I need my health, my strength, my ability to have right thoughts and attitudes, and I must have a right and good an... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:19:36 EST Peace to Draw Near to God “To the saints (the consecrated people of God) and believing and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace (spiritual favor and blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father” ~ Colossians 1:2, AMP. <BR> <BR> I keep crying this to the Lord for His people. It seems vital in this day. Why? <BR> <BR> There is a Secret Place within the being of every Christian, provided by God, in which we can draw apart to Him at any given moment to find this calm stillness that enables us... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:59:43 EST January Lengthen Your Stride Goal What goal(s) are you lengthening your stride to go after this month. Share it here. Keep us updated so we can encourage each other. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 00:03:40 EST Thoughts to Encourage Share thoughts that help you maintain a right mindset on your journey to a healthier life. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:59:45 EST Prayer Requests Share your prayer needs here. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:55:28 EST Scriptures to Inspire Our Journey Did God us a scripture to encourage and help your life journey today. Share it with us here. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:54:27 EST About this team & Help Wanteds <em>223</em> <em>227</em> Please do not reply here. For information only. <em>227</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I believe that we can do all things through Christ because nothing shall be impossible with God. But still I can have a tendency to struggle and need encouragement from others who believe as I do and are steadfastly determined. Thus this team begins with a hope of others joining who want victory too. <BR> <BR> Team Goal: As Christians, we have decided we are determined ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:29:00 EST Chatting Together Relationship takes time. This is the place to just spend time together. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:11:52 EST