SparkPeople Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts Team Messageboard Want to break free from hurts (childhood and relationship issues, illness, depression, weight loss, etc)? We will look to Jesus for answers to become our best physically and spiritually. SparkPeople Hopeful Hearts Breaking Free From Hurts Team Messageboard Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.08.14! It's Tuesday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you chose paper or plastic or carry your own bags in and out at the grocery store? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day - now if I can get SP to work, I'll be doing alright! Having issues with SP this morning! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:44:19 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.07.14! QOTD 07.07.14 Monday! <BR> <BR> I've jumped to doing this on a daily thread and had to change the title a bit as it won't fit. <BR> <BR> Today's question is: Do you have TV trays and how many? <BR> <BR> Have a great and blessed day! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:01:49 EST Grateful Prayer of Thanks to God I am grateful and praise God for all the blessings in my life and all that he provides for my family and I. <BR> <BR> Lord, I don't want to ask you for anything today, I just want to say "thank you". <BR> <BR> Thank you Lord, for our Daily Bread <BR> Thank you Lord, for your protection in our lives. <BR> Thank you Lord, for prayers answered every day! <BR> Thank you Lord for my sweet wife, my loving daughter, my adorable Grandchildren, and our faithful loving dog and our sweet affectionate ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:51:19 EST Please agree with me in this prayer request ... Lord, I thank you for the blessing that is my sweet wife. Please bless her Lord and help her to trust in you more and let go of the stress in her life. Please heal her of her depression and jealousy. Lord, please create in her a pure heart, spirit, and mind and fill her with hope and faith. Lord, please lead my family closer to you everyday and continue to bless us and provide for us as you always do. I am so grateful for the many blessings in my life and all that you provide for us. I thank ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:44:30 EST XXXXXXXXXX Post closed! Share jokes, riddles, or actual experiences that are wholesome and appropriate for all people and ages. to enjoy. <BR> <BR> Some jokes are not appropriate for a Christian team, so I am closing this post since I started it.. Please do not add any more. I hope all do understand. Thank you. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:07:36 EST life with an ungrateful distant man hello ladies and gents. Just wanted some advice if you have any. god has been dealing with me and my motives and I am now trying to put god first before anything and have a better attitude about things in my life. But I am still struggling having to live with a man that is very ungrateful of the things i do for him or for us, he always seems bored or unsatisfied, and he is always very distant and uncommunicative. Conversation with him is usually non existent and if he is talking to me it is v... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:32:10 EST A word from the Word <BR> June 9 - - Faith <BR> <BR> Mark 2:5 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. <BR> <BR> “When Jesus saw their faith”, faith is the key word in this verse. Faith plays a big part in prayer. So if faith is so important then don’t you think we need to stop and ask the question – what is faith? <BR> <BR> Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. <BR> <BR> First faith is a subs... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 17:11:36 EST Hey My name is WhoIReallyAm. <BR> I am trying to figure out who that is and trying to walk in God's grace daily to be the best that I can be. I have had a lot of hurt in my past that I have pushed down, hidden away from myself, and all those who love me. Trying to show my best side and never being vulnerable. This stuffing had lead to my hiding my feelings by stuffing my face. And stuffing my face has lead to being way about 50 pounds overweight, not liking my body and having low self-estee... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:40:25 EST Lots of hurts but only one healer Hi all! My name is Denise and I am brand new to the Spark site. I am 49 and have 70 lbs to loose, which is pretty daunting. I am a food addict and an emotional eater. This has gotten me into a very bad place as I have been pigging out over my prodigal son. I have 4 sons (age 28, 23, 21, and 15) as well as a 10 yr old daughter. My 21 yr old has gotten caught up with drugs and is now incarcerated. Needless to say, I have been a mess. <BR> I just woke up yesterday and said "ENOUGH"!!! I ... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:52:23 EST May 12-July 8 lose 16 pounds I have a doctor's appointment in July and I want to drop 20 pounds by the time I see her. I have been waffling at 219 for several months now and it would be great for my health being a pre diabetic and just overall feeling uncomfortable. My long term goal is about 50 pounds, so I want to get a jump start. A big obstacle that gets in the way is that I tend to binge at night. Besides being an emotional eater, I have a sensitivity to sugar and flour and I am vulnerable at night time for reas... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:37:33 EST Getting to Know Each Other One Question at a Time This thread will give us a change to learn more about each other. A LEADER will post a new question for the following day. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> NOTE: ONLY A LEADER WILL ASK THE QUESTIONS. IF YOU HAVE RECOMMENDED QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL ME. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Question for Monday, May 11: <BR> <BR> Describe where you live (City/State/Country) and tell us something interesting about your area. ... Sun, 11 May 2014 20:44:55 EST Fasting from Soda and Chips Week 2 Today is week two of my fast. Praise God I have fasted from soda for a week. <BR> For week two my goal will be to fast from soda, but to now add potato chips. <BR> Once again anyone is welcome to join me. <BR> The goal will be to record your name with a smiley face and to record the days you have been able to do this. I will check to see how every one has done and respond with a goodie to celebrate your accomplishment. <BR> Relisa <em>334</em> <BR> Water 2 days <BR> Chips 2 Days Sat, 10 May 2014 12:23:27 EST Pray for my boss, John Dear Friends, <BR> Please pray for my boss, John. We have a new leader in our area and the man is something else. He doesn't lay out any clear plans about what he exspects of his directors and then climbs all over them in front of all the other directors. Some very good employees are looking for new jobs. I think they are trying to get rid of my boss. John is a good christian leader for our department and really cares about his workers. John has been working 15-16 hour days just to try ... Thu, 8 May 2014 21:57:20 EST Mrs Mooyman I like to consider myself an old soul. There is not much new about me. I love old homes, old furniture, and have old standard values. I don't tend to relate well to people my age. I get more along with the older people than the younger. I am a wife and a mother of three. My job is to care for the house and our children along with my two nephews. I am a very busy person, but fight daily with weight. I am in no way a lazy person yet can't seem to lose the weight. I believe this is due to some d... Tue, 6 May 2014 23:52:16 EST My name is Donna Hello everyone. I have just joined Spark and am in need to support to reach my goals. I had heart bypass surgery in December 2012 and due to complications from the surgery I have not been able to return to work. Needless to say my life has changed drastically. I am hoping to find a buddy or buddies to talk to and get advice on how to get out of this funk of feeling worthless. I invite anyone to add me to your friends list as I would like to help others with their goals and feelings which in t... Tue, 6 May 2014 10:16:39 EST Church humor I received this today and it made me chuckle, so I thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Christian One Liners <BR> Don't let your worries get the best of you; Remember, Moses started out as a basket case. <BR> *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* <BR> Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited <BR> Until you try to sit in their pews. <BR> *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* <BR> Many folks want to serve God, <BR> But only as advisers. <BR> *+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+* <BR> It is easier to preach ten sermons <BR> ... Mon, 5 May 2014 07:50:04 EST Fasting from Soda This week my goal is going to be to fast from soda. I want to encourage anyone who would like to partner with me, to come on board. <BR> Sat, 3 May 2014 12:45:15 EST Judging Others? Hello friends, <BR> <BR> Will someone here please tell if and where it says in the Bible that we're supposed to judge others' behaviors? I grew up believing that God was the only one to judge our sins, and that the purpose of Jesus dying on the cross was so that we could be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life in Heaven. I'm getting very confused by different things I see going on, and I'm just trying to get clarification from some of you, because a lot of you know a lot more of what'... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:23:10 EST Hey! Hello, I am a 34 year old single divorced mom. I have one precious daughter. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:51:04 EST My inspiration! Today I decided to go for a walk. I didn't know what a challenge it would be. It is a beautiful day in Kansas. A great day for a walk. I started out thinking a 20 minute walk this should be easy. I forgot that I haven't went for a 30 minute walk in over 2 years. I started walking after 10 minutes my legs hurt, my hips hurt, and I was out of breath. Luckily I came across the World War II memorial on our university campus. I walked around it slowly and walked in place to read each messa... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:43:29 EST Dangerous blood pressure spikes My husband, Bob, is in the hospital again after having a stent placed in his artery leading to his kidneys two weeks ago. His blood pressure has been spiking for over a month now. Yesterday we went to the emergency room after his blood pressure registered 224/108. While in there it went down to 134/34. Then it began spiking again. They kept him in for observation. <BR> <BR> Please pray they find the reason for this spiking or hit on the right combination of blood pressure medication. ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:40:54 EST Pray for you and me Dear Lord Jesus, <BR> I thank you for this group I found that I can share you with others. I pray for each person on this site and this team that we can find what we are searching for to be sound of mind, body and soul. I also pray for the requests listed here. Give each of us the strength to go on another day and meet our goals so we can glorify you, dear Lord. I pray that you will help us to find purpose in life and to be able to share our salvation with others. Help me to be a leader ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:14:12 EST My bible study today I went to the women bible study class this evening. The topic of the study is being worn out. I learned that Jesus calls for each of us to have some time of rest. He called his disicples to rest. If you need a break from life just sit and let God fill you with himself. You don't have to do anything just ask him to fill you with his Holy Spirit. He will sustain you. <BR> <BR> "Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give ou rest." <BR> Matthew 11:28 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:02:48 EST Happy Easter! I would like to tell everybody in this team (the best one) Happy Easter! I hope you have some real quality time with your family and friends today while celebrating Easter. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:47:38 EST BIRTHDAY BOARD--- --->WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY??? HI SPARKFAMILY <BR> SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY HERE NO YEAR NEEDED JUST THE MONTH AND BIRTHDAY. LET US CELEBRATE THE JOY OF THE DAY YOU WERE BORN! <em>383</em> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:30:54 EST Good qualities to have in friendship. (a-z) A= available Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:55:50 EST SMALL STEPS to weight loss plan THIS IS AN AWESOME SMALL STEPS WEIGHT LOSS PLAN <BR> TRY SOMETHING NEW YOU ARE WORTH IT! <BR> <BR> Small Steps to Weight Loss Tips: <BR> <BR> May 1, 2011 by Kimberly Taylor <BR> Filed under MOTIVATION @ <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Day 1! Before we start your first small step tip, do a favor for me now: <BR> <BR> 1. Go stand in front of a mirror. <BR> 2. Hug yourself. <BR> 3. Say out loud, “I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous ar... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:36:21 EST 3 Confessions to Speak, "TAKE BACK" Your Temple! Encouraging Words to Share... <BR> From <BR> <BR> You are made in God's Image (3 Confessions to Speak) <BR> <BR> Recently in bible study, our pastor said something profound: “Most people act according to how they were raised, not how they were made.” His point was that many people, even Christians, act according to how their parents or other authority figures taught them. That is good if these people taught you according to Godly principles. But most of the time, that... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:59:42 EST ~ LEARNING TIPS UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE~ Are you having difficulty learning the bible? <BR> I had that issue too in the beginning it was quite overwhelming for me. The things I began to use that really helped was the "childrens bible in 365 stories" this book has all the bible stories in it in PLAIN English. If you don't want anyone to know that you have a childrens book throw a book cover over it (just call it a humbling beginners experience <em>211</em> ). Its really very helpful in the beginning to understand THE MOST HIGHS WO... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:59:47 EST EATHING HEALTHY MARATHON for 60 DAYS & WIN That's right! Enter this Challenge & WIN a Spark Goodie worth 1500 points!! Plus get HEALTHY and LOSE weight at the same time. Isn't that exciting!! Let's get creative and committed to EATING HEALTHY!! <BR> <BR> RULES: <BR> <BR> 1) Eating Healthy & Tracking everything you eat.. <BR> 2) Record & track your Daily Water intake <BR> 3) Stay with in your Daily Calorie Limit <BR> 4) Post your Daily meals,snacks, & water here Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:21:12 EST ABOUT ME... HI, <BR> My names donna smith, im new here, been on a healthy diet since feb sometime, i just started and didnt care what day it was, well my friend told me about this place, so married almost 18 yrs on easter and been walking but i was 212 pds, and my goal is 175 right now 200 or less, ive been walking but need better exercise for thighs, butt, and leggs... .. being in menepause , my whole middle is in bad shape plus my eating habbits were bad, off sweets except gummys, and drin... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:48:08 EST New Here My name is Vicky. I live in Central Texas with my husband and 2 dogs. I need to remove several pounds to lessen the stress on my knees. We have 6 grown children between us. We also have 7 grandchildren with one on the way in July and 3 great-grandchildren. Life is great. I just am in need of more energy. LOL Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:28:30 EST Regarding Amy (GODSCHILDAMYB) I just got off the phone with Amy, and her husband and she decided that they're going to get rid of the Internet altogether. I will be keeping in touch with her over the phone and through letters, so if any of you would like me to tell her anything, I'd be more than happy to let her know. She seems to be doing well. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:16:28 EST Team points I was reading about having your spark points and accomplishments being added to the team accomplishments, again I am asking, how do I do this? Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:04:57 EST New Here My name is Vicky and I live in Central Texas with my husband and 2 dogs. My grandson and his wife and baby live on the same property. I need to remove some weight to get the pressure off my knees. I have a great-granddaughter to play with! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:47:26 EST Hello Hi everyone & thank you for introducing me to this group. I'm really looking forward to all the advice & support & giving it in return. <BR> <BR> I'm 39 years old and have always struggled with my weight, but when I was 30 I was at my smallest which was 175lbs & I know that doesn't sound small but for someone with my frame & height 5'11" it was perfect, I worked out all the time & played sports. Well when I got pregnant with my twins in 2009 I gained allot of weight & I had them in 2010 ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:59:52 EST Bus Crash Sweet Jesus, please send comfort and strength to the families of those involved in the horrific bus crash in California that killed 9 people. Please heal completely the students who were burned in the crash. Parents are dealing with the unimaginable and need your loving arms to hold them. In Your name we pray. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:40:31 EST newbie hey ya'll. I'm Angie, 38 years old, divorced and single. I have 2 great kids, ages 20 & 16. I am also a grand mother to a sweet 1 year old who is the apple of my eye. Thank you so much for the invite to join your team!! I've only been on SP for about a week and a half so I am still learning things! I am also looking for motivational spark friends, so feel free to add me!!!! <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:38:20 EST How Are You Taking Care of God's Temple TODAY? Tell us what you're doing to take care of God's temple? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to exercise more and eat better, but most importantly, I'm taking care of the temple's inside by meditating on God's Word daily. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:55:57 EST This is how we should show love <link><BR>-Will-Put-the-Biggest-Lump-in-Your-Thr<BR>oat-What-Incredible-Kindness--5056.htm<BR>l?utm_source=GodVine%20Daily&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_campaign=04/07/2014 </link> <BR> <BR> Too many time we jump to the wrong conclusions.. But everything we touch or say makes someones day or tears to come.. Think of your walk and be a help or a smile today.. Yes this is in another language but you can be this young man anytime step out on faith and go for it Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:48:00 EST I have been here Cancer is a hard battle and I will never stop to share a person or link to give someone the push to stop and think of how Good life has been to you.. God gives us the strength to go forth and help someone.. This was perfect for this .. take the time to listen how this young lady made a difference <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Amazing-But-The-Reason-WHY-She-Sings-<BR>Is-Even-Better-5054.html?utm_source=Go<BR>dVine%20Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_cam<BR>paign=04/07/20... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:29:57 EST Slow/ Christian motivation Joseph waited 15 years <BR> Abraham waited 25 years <BR> Moses waited 40 years <BR> Jesus waited 30 years <BR> If you are waiting you are in good company <BR> Well, This spoke to me this morning. I have alway been, how can i say this kindly, slow. Slow to crawl, slow to walk, slow to speak, and now growing up, slow to graduate college, slow to marry... This spoke to me that maybe God has something special for me, that he is using this time to prepare me for. Let's not hurry God today, he migh... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 06:28:42 EST Weigh-in Dec 31: 198 Jan 31: 195 Feb 28: 190 Mar 31: 180 <BR> <BR> April 4: 178 <BR> April 11: <BR> April 18: <BR> April 25: <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:26:31 EST DID YOU KNOW????? I created this thread for us to share things that we didn't know that could be helpful to someone else. Participate and share something you learned that we didn't know. <BR> <BR> <BR> I learned from my mom that I should make sure that I wash all my fruits before refrigerating them because they have eggs on them already and they can create fruit flies. I know that's gross ughhh <em>198</em> my goodness. But its a good thing to know <BR> <BR> Did you know??? <BR> The more you bless others ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:46:49 EST APPRECIATION CHALLENGE I HAVE THIS IDEA HOW ABOUT WE SEE HOW MUCH APPRECIATION WE CAN GIVE IN A WEEK. IF YOU DONT GET OUT MUCH BUY A SMALL PACK OF THANK YOU CARDS (EVEN SOLD AT THE DOLLAR STORE AND ONLINE EBAY.COM ECT..) AND SEND CARDS TO THANK OTHERS FOR THEIR SERVICE, BEING A GOOD FRIEND, AND AWESOME SPOUSE/BABYSITTER/CHILD/NEIGHBOR ECT... EVEN IF THEY HAVENT BEEN A GOOD PERSON IN YOUR LIFE TELL THEM YOU WERE THINKING OF THEM TODAY. BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOURSELF! GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND DO SOMETHING!... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:22:31 EST Are U Thinking of Someone other than "YOURSELF"??? I was led to share this with you today... <BR> Are you thinking of someone other than yourself? <BR> There are many who work behind the scenes daily. In honor of them I feel we should take a moment to tell them how much they mean to us and how they change our world. For instance Mail Carriers do you have any idea how tough it can be to deliver your mail daily through hail, sleet, storms, dogs and freezing temperatures? Do you realize how many sets of stairs they have to climb "EVERY SINGLE DA... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:32:47 EST WHO HAVE YOU BLESSED TODAY??? IN LIFE WE ARE LED TO BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS AND MY QUESTION IS WHO HAVE YOU BLESSED TODAY???? Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:07:54 EST New here First, I want to thank Janegibe for inviting me here! <BR> <BR> I grew up in a Christian home (Pentecostal Holiness), but my Mom was/is narcissistic and abusive. It's cause a lot of problems for me that I was not willing to face until now. I'm now Catholic, and my love for Christ is stronger than ever and he is healing me one step at a time! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:29:03 EST GET FIT CHAT ROOM <em>9</em> <em>9</em> Let's get to know one another and hang!! <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:01:27 EST April A-Z A - April! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:05:10 EST Homonymns A to Z (sound same/spelled differently) aunt/ant Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:05:09 EST Vacation Hello my friends at Hopeful Hearts! I am leaving tomorrow for Texas from Wisconsin. We are driving! Yup, my husbands wheel chair is close to 500 lbs, I for one can't see them getting it in the cargo hull without damage. Saturday we are going to a sporting clay shoot for his disease, it is called Pompe, or Acid Maltice Deficiency. This is a big fund raiser for research. We are meeting with some friends we have known for years for dinner, we will have fun! We are going to have lots of US time i... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:54:27 EST GET FIT CLUB WEIGH IN'S (LOSE 1-2 Lb.s WEEKLY) Please create your New weekly weigh in & exercise post here. Make sure you edit your same post each week to keep the space limited with your weigh in's to your same original posting. Trust me, at the bottom of your original posting you will see a edit button to make this possible. I would like to Thank everyone for their cooperation at this time. <BR> Love Always your sister in Christ <BR> Jill Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:12:23 EST God's view of me!! I'm so thankful that God sees me as beautiful, whole, redeemed, forgiven, worth dying for. Amen and amen!! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:23:05 EST God's temple So in our ladies' Bible study, we've been talking about how our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We've challenged each other to be the best "temple" we can be, to respect the body that God has given us by feeding and nourishing it in proper ways. "I am not my own, for I was bought with a price." Is it okay for me to cherish and pamper this amazing body God has given me? Absolutely! I try to challenge my thinking every day when I am tempted to overeat or make a poor food choice. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:19:53 EST Hello from Canada!! Hi, I'm Paula, 55 years old from Ontario, Canada. I'm a piano teacher, mom to 4 tweens and teenage girls, married for almost 21 years, and a follower of Christ. My addiction? Food. I lead a ladies' Bible study from our church called First Place 4 Health which is a wonderful tool to help us grow spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. We even have a weigh-in every week!! I've lost 27 lbs. so far from my all-time high weight, and my goal is to lose another 84 lbs. Goal weight?... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:11:19 EST Have you changed someones world today??? I remember awhile ago I was riding a bus and the driver shared with me how she was having such a hard time dealing with the way one of her coworkers had treated her. The driver said she felt so hurt and disrespected. I decided to share my little nuggets and asked her to do something outside of the norm' bless her socks off and do it anonomously. She said there is absolutely No Wayyyyyyyyyy! I said honey you don't understand the feeling you get when you go out of your way and do something wond... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:23:42 EST Simplify Your Life" Room 102 <em>213</em> Hi Spark Friends! <BR> I created this thread for everyone to share their tips, stories and websites to make life simpler, as with spiritual transformations, bible studying, weight loss, cleaning, shopping, childrearing, moving, and any other topic/tips that would help to make life a little easier. Some of us lead busy lives sometimes and could use a helping hand. <BR> <BR> Simplify My life idea: <BR> I have begun by organizing my cabinets. I have purchased many containers dif... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 22:18:52 EST Easter A-Z Ash Wednesday Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:29:39 EST Last Letter of Word Begins New Word elephant Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:43:02 EST About Me - New So much to tell - so much not being said - I have always had faith and a belief in Christ but not much for religion - I grew up in a Catholic household with an abusive mother. I tend to trend towards self destructive behavior combined with depression makes for a colorful past. As a 45 year married mother of two I struggle to keep faith. I struggle with my weight and use food as a crutch instead of Christ. I wasn't planning on joining teams or posting, but I think having the support networ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:17:49 EST New member to Hopeful Hearts Thank you Judi for inviting me! This sounds like a group I can not only help with but get help from! My name is Debbie or Deb, I am a 56 year old married woman with two grown children and one grandson. My husband is very ill, he has a rare disease that is terminal and slowly deteriorates the muscles of your body, the enzyme that breaks down the food to feed the muscle is only working at a small percent. He is in a power wheel chair and on a respirator about 20 hours a day. <BR> In 2011 I had... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:50:56 EST Breaking Free from Hidden Abuse/shame As I have worked on my book, I have come face to face with this issue: <BR> <BR> <BR> I am ashamed of being a victim <BR> <BR> & <BR> <BR> of KNOWING a murderer ~~ <BR> <BR> I'm ashamed of having married a man who was a pastor and then discovering that he was also a murderer. <BR> After watching the daily local news, daily world news, television programs, nightly programs, soap operas, and movies, I have come to a stark reality: <BR> <BR> I'm in a new majority of people who have be... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:04:58 EST Sparkgoodie! Thank you for the sparkgoodie from the team for joining this team. Wow, I got quite a few sparkgoodies from the team members welcoming me to the group, what a nice bunch of people! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a super Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Big <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Denise Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:46:56 EST If anyone is interested. The Wahls Protocol comes out on 3/13/2014. I have pre-ordered my copy. If anyone would like to try this way of treating their hhealth concerns like MS I would love to have a partner or two as we figure how to follow the plan that Dr. Wahls lays out in her new book. I don't know about many of you but I have been progressively going in a direction, health wise, I just don't want to go and I figure this is worth a shot and from everything I have researched so far it can't hurt. Let me know by ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 23:25:30 EST Putting my strength in the Lord this Lenten season This team is so up lifting. I just made my new lenten promise to eat less and give to those who do not have as much. I have decided to donate money every week to the food pantry and when I think I am depriving myself I will look to him to know I am strong and can do this for me and my family. God is Great! Fri, 7 Mar 2014 00:01:47 EST EATING HEATHLY CHALLENGE FOR 30 DAYS Planning and sticking to healthy meals is what this challenge is all about. And we don't want to forget to track our meals daily. Tracking is one of the most important tools that we can use to in our efforts to lose and keep off our weight loss. Most important remember this is a new way of life. <BR> Love always your sister in Christ <BR> Jill Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:58:40 EST 8 Glasses of Water Daily Challenge !! Just use a EMOTICON to let me know if your getting your Daily requirement <em>194</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:17:28 EST My Prayers Are With You!! Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.and sings the tune- without the words and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson! <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh that I had wings like a dove! <BR> For then would I fly away <BR> and be at rest. <BR> Psalm55:6 Sun, 2 Mar 2014 07:06:39 EST Post A Green Emoticon <em>381</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 22:44:28 EST All things come together for the glory of god!! Hello I am 43 yrs old with 100 pounds to lose, and I am saved!! Amen!! But recently I am being re- born again mentally !! I know I was born again along time ago! But mentally The Lord is changing me I know that he is giving me a clean heart he is purging me he is teaching me his will not my will Amen!!! All things are possible threw Christ Jesus!!! And I know threw him I will reach my goal!! Please pray for me!! And I will pray for the team daily in Jesus name Amen!! Thank you Lord for this t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:19:02 EST Hope I did this right. I hope I am using the forum properly to introduce myself. I'm Bethany, but most call me Betty. I want to thank you all for inviting me to this group! I live in Erie, PA where it's winter 9 months of the year it seems! (just kidding, but we do have very LONG, SNOWY, BITTER COLD winters lol). I live with my husband and our 2 ferrets and 3 parakeets. I started putting on unhealthy weight when I was about 9 after my parents got divorced and was being shuffled between 4 different houses and ge... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:36:49 EST hi yall hi, my name is stacy. i just joined the forum. i am a single mom who is trying to change her life around. i had a small stroke in december and ever since then i have been trying to change my life around. i was 280 when i had my stroke now i am down to 260 i might be lower but i havent weight myself lately. honestly too scared to look i dont want to be disappointed in myself. well now here i am Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:30:25 EST Thank you Thank you SINGINGLADY47 for inviting me to join your group. I am glad to be a new member of your team. thank you. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 14:08:05 EST Doing what I never thought I would do My name is Bob, and I am 60 years old, and in poor health. I have been on Sparkpeople for over 5 years, but only have been really serious about it since July, 2013. I have high blood pressure, and had an allergic reaction to a medication that I took for over 10 years! I have osteoarthritis in both needs requiring replacement in both legs. Mobility has been a big issue for the last six months. My surgeon said that they wouldn't do knee replacements until I lost 100 pounds. Ashamedly, bac... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 22:07:20 EST My first thread Im nervous about posting in here, mainly because it seems so open to the public. So, I have a question, who all can see my posts in here? Before I go any further with sharing I would like some understanding. Thank you for input. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:07:57 EST #16 Amber Adams from Westland, Michigan hope I did this right :D Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:09:04 EST Answered Prayers/Pr ises--POST HERE Please post answered prayers/praises on this thread rather than the Prayer Request thread. Thanks. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:20:40 EST Motivation Day 1 We Got To Change Our Thinking. <BR> <BR> The truth is our past does not have to determine our future. Our past failures need not affect our ability to succeed. What we have to learn to do is to eliminate the belief that things have to always go the same way. The one area we have to put behind us is our doubts. <BR> Yesterday is gone and now you have today. You can't change what you did yesterday, but you can learn from it what not to do. Let it be your teacher, not your critic. <BR> Toda... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:37:28 EST The Daniel Plan Hi, for any of you who are interested in reading this book, I was given a copy of the ebook by a dear Spark member, and I would like to pass a copy on to any of you who would like it. Please send me a SparkMail with your email address and I will send it to you! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:01:17 EST including you in here Heavenly Father I am uplifting all SP HH peeps today its a gorgeous day here in W central FL and if its not a gorgeous day where you are I say Lord create a gorgeous day inside spirits Lord shine your son light in spirits and cause love to grow in the garden of our hearts and bring a fresh clean holy spirit wind to blow across our inner most being Make it the easiest thing to do is to stay on course wth our food,... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:43:44 EST Active Members--Reply here!! We are blessed that our team has grown so much. Yet, there's some people that we haven't heard from in a long time. If you do participate on this team, reply and put the next number. For example, I'm <BR> <BR> #1 <BR> <BR> The next person, hit reply and say that you're #2,, etc. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:21:38 EST Meet Your Leaders as of Feb., 2014 (DO NOT REPLY) Ronda (HANNAHSGRAMMIE) <BR> <BR> Using my walker, I slowly made my way to the front door. A woman who was delivering supper for my family asked, “Are you the lady with MS?” I answered, “Yes.” After she left, I went back into the bedroom, fell on the bed, and cried. I did not want to have MS (multiple sclerosis). I did not want to be 40 years old and not be able to walk. I did not want to be unable to care for my family. I did not want to be unable to return to work. I did not want to have an... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:29:08 EST Restore you Faith Restore your Faith in His Love and reach out to someone today.. He gives us the hands and knowledge to help.. slow down and restore and watch this.. We are human and no one is perfect but I know He is watching.. In His Love Jane <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-Humanity-by-Watching-This-Heart-Melt<BR>ing-Compilation-of-Rescues-4753.html </link> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:22:55 EST Doggie Kisses .. Not so fast For the Puppy Lovers only... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Compilation-of-Pets-Rejecting-Their-O<BR>wners-Kisses-4743.html?utm_source=GodV<BR>ine%20Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campa<BR>ign=02/18/2014 </link> <BR> <BR> Hugs and Kisses Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:08:28 EST GET FIT CLUB (LOSE 1-2 Lb.s weekly) Let's get fit together and Lose 1-2 pounds weekly. Sign up and set up your post today. You will post weekly what you are doing to get fit, and weigh in once a week your weight. Beginning March 1, 2014. If you enjoy this challenge and interacting with your team mates. I will be happy to keep it going. My Co-Leaders are Dari & Relisa, we will be co-hosting this together so feel free to ask questions for help or information. We are here for you. <BR> <BR> Weigh in Dates are : Monday's - Wedne... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:53:38 EST Hello all! I just joined yesterday and I am looking forward to sharing my strength, hope, and experiences with you. Glad to be here. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:42:20 EST from my heart to yours Good Morning praying for all hopeful hearts this a.m. That Jesus guide and direct our every thought word and deed especially when it comes to food nutrition diet and weight loss Jesus we surrender. Lord put us in the path of those who lift us up and let us do so in kind. Lord magnify yourself in our spirits let our hearts be made light as we turn over all burdens and negativity to you! Let us succeed in all of ou... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:39:24 EST Prayer Requests-- POST HERE ONLY ON THIS THREAD The original Prayer Request thread was getting confusing. Some people were posting their prayer requests as separate threads. The leaders are concerned that we may miss someone's prayer request. So, PLEASE POST HERE ONLY!! Then, please remember to update us as to the outcome of your situation. We truly care about your needs. If your request is more private, feel free to email any of the leaders. THANKS!! <BR> <BR> Ronda Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:38:18 EST read only if you want to be lifted up today!!!! <BR> <BR> Dear Lord? We so rely and depend upon you not only to keep us in control but get us going on a down hill slide to a lighter healthier version of ourselves I / we believe that you are the one who is actually discipline and restraint within us, and we praise and thank you for this but can we ask that by your supernatural hand our metabolism be jump started and our bodies ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:45:04 EST covering with a blanket Blanket prayer that is. Covering ALL this Monday morning in Hopeful Hearts. I lift up all of HH and ask Lord that you be in control! I we surrender anything and everything having to do with food and weight to you. We surremder our mind will and emotions. We want what you want for us Lord. Healthy bodies and good nutrition and and healthy and balanced thought patterns and emotions and this I/we ask in the name of JESUS... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:32:25 EST Jessica / HUNTERBLAKE0208 Hey everyone, I just received a text message from Jessica that she is in the hospital and will be for a bit. She cut herself really bad last night and could really use your prayers right now. I will keep you updated. I know she's new here, but she is really looking to this group for friendship and guidance in her life right now. I know you all were there for me in a big way when I was down and out. She has Borderline Personality Disorder like I do. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:06:50 EST prayer cover this Lords day Lord Thank You for your sacrifice on the cross that washed away all of our sin past present and future and threw them into a sea of forgetfulness to be remembered no more What kind of love is this it cannot be understood fathomed or reasoned in our finite human minds but Lord you looked down thru the ages at all of humanity and even saw each one of us with all of our struggles and still there you are we can call upon... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:50:22 EST GIVE AN EMOTICON FOR THE NEXT PERSON! Just simply give a simple message for the next person to read. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> I love you! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:25:20 EST Non-food rewards for small successes Hi everyone! I have lost over 50 pounds in the past 2 1/2 - 3 years. However, I have a lot more to lose. In order to keep ourselves motivated, we need to reward ourselves for small victories because each small victory leads to the ultimate victory -- goal weight and keeping it off. Too many times in the past, I have rewarded myself with food, whether it be for weight loss or other matters. One day, I saw myself in a mirror in a store and was happy with what I saw. It was Halloween time,... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:39:09 EST I'm Jessica My name is Jessica. I have bpd and major depression disorder. I live alone with just my dog, Hunter. I'm 30 years old. Totally alone in this world and no friends. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:48:11 EST For Jessica I have a friend on Facebook who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder, like me, but she can't figure out the SparkPeople website and only accesses the internet through her phone. She is a Christian and feels like she has no friends and is very unhappy with her life right now. How can I show you guys to her, so that she might be able to feel some love and acceptance like you all have shown me? I want for her to be able to get to know some of the members here, but it's hard with her only... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:06:02 EST thanks for the warm welcome Hi Team! My name is Lori Ann. I am 50 years old and have been diagnosed with MS, diabetes and osteoarthritis. Other than that, I am pretty terrific. I joined Spark hoping to get some advice and tools that can help me live a healthier life. As I'm told, 50 is the new 30. I sure hope so! <BR> <BR> My past was not great, I have suffered from abuse and loss, but God has pulled me through. I obviously have something nibbling at my psyche, else I wouldn't be 100 pounds overweight. I am h... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:27:41 EST Winner For Bwal Challenge As I had wrote in a Sparkmail, things have changed. People were getting to busy to stay with the challenge and that is okay. At a later time we may have a different challenge that Ronda suggested. But for now we will just do what we can at losing weight and support one another. So with that said, here is the out come of the challenge: <BR> <BR> Team Jill is the winner with a loss of close to 150 pounds!!! <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>205</em> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> Team Amy ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:30:54 EST What keeps your spirit from moving forward? Once on my travels, I spied a rabbit in a thicket. I said, "Oh, poor rabbit are you stuck?" It replied, " No." Then I asked, "Then why may I ask are you in that thicket?" "I'm scared," replied the rabbit. "But can't you see that I am just like you, and am out here, and free." The rabbit was quiet. It just looked out, scared but didn't move. And so sadly the little girl hopped and skipped away merrily. Inside she felt very sad for the rabbit that could have been her friend, yet hadn't come out... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:55:39 EST a little is ok. just a little? praying for us all this morning to keep on track. will be a little difficult for me going out tonjght 23rd wedding anniversary but Lord keep your hand upon us all and as much as possible let us be in your will for our lives even in the face of much chocolate..... Lord let us love you and love others with all of our heart mind will and emtions and keep us all in the palm of your hand speak to us when we veer to... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:34:18 EST Jerusalems cry <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This too will go off the page but I Pray a few will read this also Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:27:06 EST Short and Sweet Facing struggles is a part of life. If you begin to feel weighed down, let God help you carry your burdens. He will help you find a reason to smile. If you need a simple reason to smile all you have to do is ask.. I am not a leader but I am here.. Someone has messed with my settings and I no longer receive e-mails so for those who want... I am still here In His Love and a Pinch of Grace Jane Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:06:52 EST Nothing could move you more.. <link><BR>-How-God-Used-One-Woman-to-Stop-an-Abo<BR>rtion--4720.html </link> <BR> <BR> Before you click on link.. Think about how much God Loves each of us.. Then listen.. Words can not explain the movement inside your heart.. Pray for these ladies and know the child that you are having is a gift for You that is in your plan.. In His Service and a pinch of Grace Jane Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:27:29 EST cruise line piano bar entertainment Hey ya'll, <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd let ya know that my little brother is a piano bar entertainer for cruise lines. If you want to hear some great music, search for Seth Gibson on youtube. Here's one of his songs. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jrUFgE4 </link> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:58:41 EST FILL THE QUEST'S FOR HAPPINESS /FROM PLIDC1-021014 FILLIN THE QUESTIONS FOR HAPPINESS ( FROM PLIDC1) <BR> Monday, February 10, 2014 <BR> I just finished reading an article "Five Keys to Happiness" by Jeff Weiner, CEO at LinkedIn in which he quoted Ray Chambers, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for Malaria, who says there are five keys to happiness. <BR> What are your five keys? <BR> I'll omit a word or two from the Special Envoy's list today, and fill them... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:34:59 EST hope I am doing this right? I am the new gal LOL does it show? I know I have to go change all my settings so ppl can interact with me but until I get it all figured out, I want to pray for us all and get some ppl to a gree with me it has to be short today but never the less deeply felt in my spirit. "Lord be in control today because we surrender! Our food is what we need you to manage guide direct and supervise be our dietician our hea... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:36:35 EST something that spoke to me today I am studying the psalms with my best buddy and spiritual brother. as I was reading this really spoke to me. It is about delieverance. <BR> When a believer feels mortified, ashamed, broken and contrite in spirit.he is amazed that he shall find pardon and delieverance. Delieverance can't be found in deceitful men but can only be found by trusting in JesusChrist. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:28:21 EST prayer pls. lost my BF No (She didnt die but) abruptly shut me out of her life please pray that my BP BF and I have a reconciliation. I don't understand her this past yr. but she has been the one friend who I laughed with and cried with and we have been thru the same things/experiences in life. we had been friends for 15 yrs and all of a sudden she turned on me!!! pray that God would soften her heart and cause her to remember my kindn... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:17:09 EST who wouldnt want this? a prayer that is! I have committed to daily praying here a prayer to cover all team members, Father God I lift up our concerns and issues with our health nutrition & weight loss goals. Father instill in each of us today a burning desire to become smaller versions of ourselves by activating your power within us to pass by snacks, to choose right foods for snacks if we must snack to eat right regular meals consisting of... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:09:08 EST about me. Jackie, Gods Girl <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi~I am a 56 y/o Christian woman. been both a Christian and a hairdresser for the past 20 yrs moved to the sunshine state like 5 yrs ago from Siberia no just kidding upstate ny a hairdresser and an artist and use oil paints to paint mostly landscapes Jesus is my everything I fully rely on Him and nothing I am going to do in and of my own power is going to get these pounds gone. I am looking for prayer and accountability partners I will lift you all in prayer daily and ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:13:37 EST are you the ones? I have searched *unsuccessfully) for days to find a team that will responds to my corporate prayers blanket prayers each day for surrendering our mind will and emotions over to God in terms of our health and nutrition. They just don't seem interested where as I think ANY endeavor must start FIRST with prayer! I hope I have found a group of dedicated prayer warriors that we can pray for one another believing he cares about ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:07:18 EST Change 1 of a 5 letter word or rearrange them grate Tue, 11 Feb 2014 02:11:32 EST Gluttony: How is IT affecting YOUR life? On one of the other topics, we have been discussing how the enemy approaches us with the sin of gluttony. I know that Proverbs says in Chapt 23:20-21 "Be not among winebibbers, among riotous eaters of flesh; For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags" (KJV). The word glutton, itself, means "one who eats in excess". However, in my opinion any thing that is done in excess to the point of harming the temple of God (our beings), could be co... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:54:23 EST WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? I AM THANKFUL FOR TIMELESS MOMENTS OF BLISS. WHERE I FELT ALIVE, SMELLED THE ROSES, LAUGHTED SO HARD, AND FELT SO HAPPY I CRIED, AND NEW IT WAS A BLESSING TO BE HERE. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:46:30 EST Breaking the Window on Abuse & Mental Illness I've just launched a new website called 'Breaking the Window' - It's about helping to break stigma against mental illness and abuse; one window at a time. Stigma hurts! Every Time! <BR> <BR> The mission statement is: <BR> <BR> It is the mission of Breaking the Window to reach out to people in all areas of life to help, empower, inspire, and educate them in an effort to help break the stigma in the world surrounding Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues; and to help those suffering to b... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:14:20 EST Trackers Why when I post my exercise do the calories allowed increase but not the fats or others? Since I dropped the diabetes plan (I'm not diabetic), the allotted fats decreased. In fact, the original program doesn't allow any. I thought diabetics would have less fat allotment than those who are not diabetic. Would someone like to clarify this for me? Thanks. <em>211</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 21:02:59 EST ~THE GRATITUDE JOURNAL~ CLASS 101 Hi <em>213</em> Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I am learning to develop a more positive mindset by creating a gratitude <em>203</em> journal inspired by A size 6. I feel that its beneficial for us to learn to be more positive in thinking and its crucial in weight loss. This is the beginning of things I will share. This would also be a great project for your children/grandchildren to learn and do. We are to be thankful for everything even through the storms, I know I know its sooooo hard but all t... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 16:28:15 EST POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT ROOM... What did you do positive today? <BR> <BR> Did you do something to help yourself to enhance your life, did you help someone else, commend, appreciate thank and compliment another? Have you decided to do the thing you put off? Destroy Procrastination and get it done! Did you apologize to the one person you have hurt in the past? Have you mended that broken relationship? Have you made the changes and taken the steps you need to take to get where you need to be? What are you doing today to make... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:39:33 EST Anybody else watch the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate? This really won't be settled for unbelievers until Jesus Christ comes in his brightness... <BR> <BR> Anybody here struggle with believing God's account in the Bible of creation? flood? etc? <BR> <BR> I witnessed to a few, but it just bounces off....I'm sure they feel the same way:-P Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:22:07 EST "48 HOUR" NO NEGATIVITY CHALLENGE <em>213</em> SPARK FAMILY! <BR> I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A CHALLENGE TO ALL WHO WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE. A CHALLENGE TO NOT SPEAK ONE NEGATIVE WORD FOR FOURTY EIGHT HOURS. NO MATTER HOW BAD, LET NO UNFRUITFUL SPEECH LEAVE YOUR MOUTH. IN DOING THIS IT WILL ALSO MAKE YOU AWARE OF YOUR SPEECH.IN PLACE OF SAYING THINGS LIKE I AM TIRED ECT.. SAY THAT I AM BLESSED, IF SOMEONE MAKES YOU ANGRY MAYBE SAY NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER, IF HAVING A ROUGH DAY DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT IT, YOU C... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:46:56 EST the power of words words have the power to do two things <BR> <BR> 1. to tare down and destroy someone <BR> <BR> 2. to build someone up <BR> <BR> what are we going to do with the words we speak over people. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 13:38:52 EST Someone stole my idea Try this.. It works.. My questions are a little different but same idea... Try it.. If someone looks grumpy make their day and watch them smile.. Just being me.. His Love and a pinch of Grace Always Jane <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-Strangers-by-Doing-Something-You-d<BR>-Never-Think-Of-4658.html?utm_source=G<BR>odVine%20Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_ca<BR>mpaign=02/04/2014 </link> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:51:40 EST Excited to Join! Jan 29: 214.6 <BR> <BR> Feb 5: <BR> <BR> Feb 12: <BR> <BR> Feb 19: <BR> <BR> Feb 26: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:16:58 EST Write tongue twisters. Say each one 3 times. She sells seashells by the seashore. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 17:31:47 EST A-Z name places you would like to visit Arkansas's hot springs. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 17:23:24 EST I am in for February <em>521</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:56:27 EST Feeling Great!!!! <em>250</em> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:24:48 EST ENCOURAGING SPIRITUAL VIDEOS, SONGS & LESSONS I JUST THOUGHT I WOULD CREATE THIS THREAD FOR EVERYONE TO SHARE UPLIFTING AND ENCOURAGING SPIRITUAL VIDEOS... FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOURS <BR> <BR> <BR> Encouragement in adversity lesson-POWERFUL!!! <BR> <BR><BR>a <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 02:05:19 EST God has a plan for everyone! This was shared by a friend on my Facebook page and all I can say is Praise God! Christopher was born premature, blind, and autistic and yet his voice is proof that God uses everyone to spread his message. This is one of my favorite songs on Sunday mornings and this video is all the more so. <BR> <BR><BR>yk Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:30:30 EST I'm back <em>524</em> Without going into any details I ended up deleting my old account and started a new one. I was Super_Ace before. I hope you all remember me. Please add me as your friend if we were friends before. I'll be adding you. <em>334</em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:20:46 EST TEAM JILL SIGN UP FOR BWAL I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN IN THIS FEBRUARY CHALLENGE! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:19:20 EST you never know when you can inspire someone sometimes you never know when you can really inspire someone. you often feel like people don't listen when you want to help them and wonder if you make a difference. I gave an encouraging word to my brother/ bestfriend last week. he actually used something I told him in his sermon. when he was feeling discouraged about something. I said sometimes you just need to step out in faith with God and perhaps he is asking you if you will trust him. he actually used that last night. was really ins... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:57:18 EST What do you do when you get bored? Just wanted to throw this topic out there...... might give us some ideas the next time we get this way... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 04:32:40 EST SWAP IT for a healthier choice! I touched on this subject with another member recently where we compared what we gave up that was unhealthy and what we replaced it with that was a healthier choice. This is also something that our government pushes here in Australia to help prevent obesity. The SWAP IT campaign. <BR> <BR> Let us know what you have swapped such as the elevator for the stairs for example! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:07:37 EST urgent prayer request I just found out that a childhood friend of mine is in a medically induced coma for the next 5-8 days. She was pregnant and contracted pneumonia. The baby was taking all of her oxygen supply. They took the baby by c-section at 26 weeks. They now have my friend in a medically induced coma in an oxygen tank for the next few days. They are not sure if there is any brain damage. The baby seems to be doing OK at this time, but is still critical. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:44:44 EST Sentences that tell WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY HOW Create sentences that show all 5 of these: what <BR> <BR> example <BR> This morning I saw a terrified squirrel scamper quickly up a tall tree to escape becoming the hungry dog's entrée. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:06:37 EST Open your hands and heart <link><BR>Video-You-Need-to-Watch-if-You-re-Havi<BR>ng-a-Bad-Day-4606.html?utm_source=GodV<BR>ine%20Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campa<BR>ign=01/25/2014 </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:55:21 EST Share a happy thought, event, story, or poem. Come and share often, even daily if you want. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:06:56 EST Enduring the Fiery Furnace I was just thinking about the three Hebrew boys and how God gets His greatest victories out of apparent defeats. Very often the enemy seems to triumph for a little, and God lets its be so, but then he comes in and upsets all the work of the enemy, overthrows the apparent victory, and as the Bible says, turns the way of the wicked upside down. The story of the three Hebrew children being cast into the fiery furance is a familar one. Here was an apparent victory for the enemy. It looked as ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:59:18 EST Thank You! Thanks to everyone who commented on my pictures and spark page! I appreciate it and hope I brightened your day! All of my pets are rescues with their own unique stories. I am going to start tomorrow blogging about a couple of them each day, so I hope you pet lovers enjoy. I was blessed to grow up in a rural family where animals were loved and cherished as family members. As my mother grew increasingly frail in her last days, she still loved the company of her 5 dogs and she passed away with t... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 03:11:53 EST Why we overeat at times...... Come and share at different times, why you may choose to overeat. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 06:29:37 EST Fill in the Blank An ____ a day keeps the ____ away! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:41:25 EST Post a Red Emoticon <em>150</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:27:06 EST Valentine's Day--A to Z List words or phrases A to Z of things associated with Valentine's Day. <BR> <BR> <BR> A for affection given to our loved ones. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:23:47 EST false I have read many posts on the team that have made my blood boil. I have come to the conclusion that many people judge others and think they have the right to do so. They call themselves christians and if people don't believe or do as they say they aren't. Now there is a post attacking the president of the United States. I fear for your soul. God hasn't turned his back on any nation, not even Korea or Iran. I will pray for you. You must have a different God than I do, because my God lov... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:53:41 EST Stay Rooted in His Word But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he mediate day and night. And he shall bringeth forth his fruit in his season, his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:2-3 <BR> <BR> A treee cannot survive without water. We are a tree of righteousness and in these times, it is vital to stay planted by the river of God's Word. Do not underestimate it's power. It flows with guidance and sustenance. It flows with strength, Within His Word... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:43:24 EST Word of Encouragement Don't let ANYONE ALLOW you to doubt the call of the Lord on your life. The enemy uses people to discourage, dishearten,destroy, and keep you from OBTAINING your PREDESTINED place in Christ. But you must perservere and CHOOSE to keep moving forward. You will obtain the Prize at the end. <BR> <BR> The Lord speaks to our condition and will always offer a way out. Remember the woman of Samaria. In John chapter 4, the story is told of this woman's life taht radically changed after an encount... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:18:57 EST What to do when you just can't give it up??? Hi Sparkfamily I am in confession and having an issue with giving up "stuff" <em>198</em> . I have lots of stuff consuming my second bedroom. Oh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy goodness I HAVE STUFF! I have so much that each and every month I call an organization to come pick up some stuff. I am so overwhelmed although I feel like I am blessing others, I try to encourage myself to continue giving more but I am not getting rid of enough! Its so bad they know me on a first name basis when I call lolllllll... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 03:01:05 EST PROPHECY! God gave me this prophecy the day Obama was re-elected. Now I want to share it. <BR> <BR> <BR> 11/7/2012 <BR> " I have turned the hour glass and the sand is running. The nation is coming down but My children will not see the worst of it! This was a test to see where the heart of man truly is. The people has made their choice!" says the Lord Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:23:47 EST Staying Focus In this journey called life, God has provided landmarks and signs to help us reach our destination. There are signs of right and wrong directions: we see dead end and wrong turn symbols, detours, yield and stop signs that tell us where we are, where we have been, and where we are going. Suffering is inevitable, and as we continue our journey of life on earth, we will encounter sadness or loss of some kind. The tragedies and the negative events we experience in life can either cripple our fu... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:59:51 EST U HAVE 30 DAYS, HOW WOULD U LIVE YOUR LIFE? IF YOU WERE TOLD YOU ONLY HAD 30 DAYS TO LIVE AND YOUR LIFE WILL END THE 31ST DAY HOW WOULD YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE UNTIL YOUR DYING DAY? WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE? WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE? WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPRESS HEAVEN AND DEPRESS HELL? YOU ARE GIVEN 30 DAYS COUNTDOWN IS NOW.... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:41:58 EST Natural Cure Room This room is under construction temporarily I thought I would be able to finish this in 24 hours-its just not possible and I was getting a little stressed from the 24hr timeline I set for myself <em>24</em> . <BR> So I am asking my fellow spark family to assist me by sharing their health remedies, with a website for further information on its history and usage. I really tried to get this done but my other jobs are being neglected and it is my desire to do this slowly and correctly one day a... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:52:26 EST Taking Your Position In Every Opposition Discouragement and desperation are tools that the enemy uses to keep us from reaching our goal in Christ and life in general. From the beginning of time many have given up their dreams and hopes due to assults from the enemy. Thats why 2Cor. 10:5 tells us to cast down every imagination and thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. I know their are times when we want to just give up. The rerentless stress, anxiety, and demands of your problems increase as you find your abilit... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:13:31 EST Kicking Fear Out One of Satan's greatest weapons he uses against God's people is fear. fear brings about feelings of anxiety, frightening thoughts, worry and panic. There are people who live in the realm of fear daily. This fear is not from God, it's from satan himself. Fear, anxiety, and stress are barriers to spiritual development. They keep you from experiencing the peace of God. <BR> <BR> John 4:18 says perfect love casts out all fear. <BR> <BR> When fear tries to enter our hearts, it should find it o... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:31:56 EST New Pictures I just posted a bunch of pictures of my fur-babies (all rescues) on my spark page. Please check them out if you are an animal lover and have time. I am going to try to find time to write all of their stories in my blogs. I thank God for the privilege of ministering to his animals. They give me so much love and also give me a purpose in life--one of the main reasons I am trying to lose weight and get healthier is so I can continue to work in rescue as I get older. I am truly blessed by the won... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:16:55 EST Only gone for a litle while On my way to CA.. Huge surprise to kin.. 30 years and I am not a size one and 95 lbs.. Pray for me.. I will be back on the 24 th.. Love to all.. Jane <BR> If I get lost in one of the tunnels.. Not sure if I will survive .. They may have to send a search party to find me.. Miss each of you.. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:22:23 EST Encouraging Devotional Blogs by SparkyCarley Sometimes in the midst of those storms it feels like you’re all alone trying to survive. It’s during these times, our weakest moments, we start to wonder if God is even there. Is He listening? Did He forget about me? Why am I going through this? Did he fall asleep and leave me to fend for myself? Ever feel like screaming “Wake up Lord!”? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/whose-fault-is-it-really.html </link> <BR> <BR> I request that if you would like to le... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:33:15 EST Psalm 9 Testify of what God has done. Read Psalm 9. <BR> <BR> The psalmist says to recount God's wonderful deeds. I have for a long time been an advocate of testimony services. People telling of the wonders that God has done. These can strengthen the whole church, increase the faith of the congregation as well as the teller. There is power in personal testimony, not telling of what happened to others but a personal experience. God told both Moses and Joshua to remember to tell others the great things God has done. Tell som... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 04:11:18 EST Be as Kind as this Teacher Teachers dedicate their lives to educating their students, but one teacher in Denver, Colorado, is actually risking her life for one of her students. Jen Sculley is a teacher who, out of the kindness of her own heart, is donating her kidney to one of her students in need. <BR> She is a match, plus she wants to give that child the gift of life. Jen lost an aunt to cancer and didn’t want to see a student succumb to the same fate. She learned one student had kidney disease… “And as she was telli... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:27:45 EST Singing Lady.... Talked to her tonight and she sounds a little weak.. She is in Summit Hospital in Nashville TN .. I will call and get an update tomorrow.. They are checking to see if it is was a heart attack .. She does have heart problems so Pray for her and that God will bring her back to us soon.. In His Love and Service Just Me Jane Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:43:53 EST Very Stressful Day. I was going through my emails when I came to a post on the AAU team. One of our team members DH was just diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. The prognosis is 1-3 months. Barb is looking for hospice and then will bring her husband home to live out the rest of his life. This news on top of they just lost her mother in law about 10 months ago to cancer. Her niece is in the middle of chemo treatment for cancer in her abdomen. I don't know how much this poor woman is suppose to endure. She ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:15:10 EST Stupid question! When I was active in SP a couple of years ago I posted pictures to my spark page but now I would like to post some new pics and can't remember how! Can anyone help? Its not intuitively obvious or maybe I'm just not very intuitive! Sorry to be a bother but if anyone can help please send me a message! <BR> Thanks! Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:24:41 EST She Got Served So my wife tells me yesterday that she got the divorce papers on Thursday. I don't know why she waited a day to tell me but whatever, the countdown has begun and the date is April 30th. Hopefully everything is agreed upon and that date will hold up as the day our divorce is finalized. That seems unlikely since once you read on I may be forced to ask for supervised visitation only which she probably won't care about but that's not what my daughter wants. <BR> <BR> In the mean time her boyfrie... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:12:29 EST Share some favorite health snacks. Carmel Rice Cakes with a tiny bit of peanut are delicious and low in calories. I find them to be quite filling. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:35:32 EST She got served So my wife tells me yesterday that she got the divorce papers on Thursday. I don't know why she waited a day to tell me but whatever, the countdown has begun and the date is April 30th. Hopefully everything is agreed upon and that date will hold up as the day our divorce is finalized. That seems unlikely since once you read on I may be forced to ask for supervised visitation only which she probably won't care about but that's not what my daughter wants. <BR> <BR> In the mean time her boyfrie... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:08:27 EST Thank you to the singing lady!! Thank you so much for praying for me. I have my focus on the bible and the message God was trying to speak to me. I wrote it in my blog thanks a bunch. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:43:54 EST The Visit So my wife and I are getting divorced, most of you know that already, and she came over to visit the kids last night. She spends about 3 hours a week with them and it's usually on Friday nights but on Tuesday she sent me a text message that said "Do you want pizza tomorrow night?" (Wednesday). I had no idea what she was talking about and I hate texting at this point so I simply said "What?" So she replied letting me know that she was going to be working Friday night (the night she usually s... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:37:00 EST "HOWDY NEIGHBOR" challenge (positive finds only) WE now have 200 neighbors on this team. Let's find something POSITIVE ONLY from their blogs, threads or sparks mails to say about them. On your mark, get set, let's go get acquainted! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 05:03:30 EST SHARED WORDS OF PRAYER HERE IS A PRAYER TO START YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY IF YOU FIND OTHER MOTIVATIONAL,INSPIRATION PRAYERS OF ANY KIND THAT ARE HELPFUL PLEASE POST THEM. BE ENCOURAGED.. <BR> ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE <BR> <BR> WEIGHT LOSS PRAYERS <BR> <BR> A Prayer to Lose Weight*** <BR> Guide me Father, as I strive to lose weight You are my light, my anchor, and with you I know all things are possible. Help me this day to make healthy choices and give me the strength to fight against des... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 00:03:40 EST The Dime Room~ lite confessions of a sparker.... Ok guys this is "the dime yourself out room" where we confess our "WEIGHT" transgressions, repent, try again and never give up! There is no condemnation. Have you did something you shouldn't have along this weight loss jouney? Be accountable, begin to make the changes and adjustments necessary to succeed. Did you have one too many munchies <em>29</em> ? Not worked <em>319</em> out in days? Just being lazy without a cause? Yelled at the kids too stressed you cant eat that <em>471</em> ? Ha... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:18:51 EST Severina418 (Teresa) I just wanted all to know that Teresa is home. She called me and she sounds so much better. She wanted me to tell all thank-you for the phone calls and prayers and that she loves you all. <BR> She also gave me permission to give her phone number. <BR> <BR> Cell# 937-515-6645 <BR> Home# 937-378-4550 <BR> <BR> Her computer is down so we are not sure when she will be back online but I will give you her news as we talk on the phone. <BR> <BR> I thank-you also for your prayers and support fo... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:57:05 EST Trying to get pastthe loss For those of you who have followed my story here I just wanted to say thanks. What started as a simple weight loss plan turned in to a support system for me because of my wife having an affair and us getting divorced. If you've followed me you know the entire sordid story and just how bad it has gotten, it's been hell. <BR> <BR> So I'm kind of in this holding pattern and nothing has progressed or changed but for some reason this week, especially last night and this morning, I am really missi... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:30:18 EST THE LOL ROOM~share your funny moments here... <em>524</em> its me Davii (Dah-vee) and I wanted to share my lol (laughing on line) story today. It is minus 14 degrees here today um about 6-9 deep in <em>27</em> snow and my guy called to ask if I needed anything from the store. I said yessssss I told him that I wanted some food then decided I really would like the <em>193</em> scale that counts your fat I have been wanting that for weeks. He said ok which do you want the scale or the food? I was like oh this is not a dilemma " I wi... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 02:24:26 EST Working out with injuries: I CAN DO IT ! I had been moving very slow with my workouts not having very much energy. But I had a nice talk with myself and said girl you can get this done! The only way to get results is to start moving daily not a few times a week at least 5 days. I just got up with this I am not in the mood attitude and that will not produce result!!! I told myself you CAN NOT HAVE THAT "BANGIN <em>344</em> BODY" lollll IF YOU DO NOT DO WHAT IT TAKES! So I elevated my glorious toosh and got busy moving. It seems li... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:25:30 EST Cheers or Tears (sign in daily on same thread) one week at a time <BR> January 6th (an example) <BR> 8+ cups water+= <em>46</em> <BR> met personal fitness goal= <em>104</em> <BR> stayed in calorie range= <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste this . Then daily come back; hit reply and fill in the information. To make it easier to find; let's only make extra comments on your own reply page where you record results daily. Thank you. <BR> <BR> January 6th <BR> 8+ cups water+= <BR> met personal fitness goal= <BR> stayed in calorie... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:17:37 EST Our Beehive needs some busy bee volunteers. If you list your name, I will get back with you through sparks mail. <BR> <BR> What our team could use are some volunteers, besides the leaders, who might have 15minutes of extra time about 3 times a week. The job is easy but very important. I will explain it through sparks mail if interested. Thank you in advance. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:12:12 EST Recipe for a Miracle Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. <BR> <BR> Recipe for a Miracle <BR> <BR> 1 cup Tension <BR> 2 cups Stress <BR> 1 &#65533; teaspoons of Guilt <BR> 2 heaping cups of Limited Time <BR> 3/4 tablespoon of Urgency <BR> A dash of "No Other Choice" <BR> 3 heaping cups of Faith <BR> <BR> Fold ingredients gently into a bowl. Mix vigorously and add a ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:01:02 EST Daily Devotionals My devotional today reminds me to go to God with all of my requests....there is NOTHING He can't do!! It's from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. <BR> <BR> January 6 <BR> I am able to do far beyond all that you ask or imagine. Come to Me with positive expectations, knowing that there is no limit to what I can accomplish. Ask my spirit to control your mind so that you can think great thoughts of Me. Do not be discouraged by the fact that many of your prayers are yet unanswered. Time is a trainer... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:15:40 EST R stand for ... List words that begin with the letter R. <BR> <BR> rabbit Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:20:45 EST Double Letters A to Z List words that have double letters <BR> <BR> apple Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:10:24 EST Word Association What word "goes with" this word? <BR> <BR> sad Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:08:03 EST My Spark Name I chose shortstory because I'm kind of a closet writer. It has been one of my escapes all my life. If I would only write down the stories in my head..... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:09:52 EST Hey hey! HA-P 2014!! Hey hey SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> First, I'd like to thank HABITATVITALITY for inviting me to join this SparkTeam! I'm grateful to be included in and to be inspired by its members! <BR> <BR> Second, please feel free to add me as a SparkFriend, if you feel so inclined. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I look forward to exploring everything "Hopeful Hearts..." has to offer! <BR> <BR> All the best! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:48:09 EST Greetings I have just started this process again after 5 years of being away. <BR> <BR> I think I would quote a song and say, "Life is hard, God is good." He delivered me from suicidal tendencies and serious negative thinking, but I have yet to succeed in the weight loss area and stay there and I suspect it has always been emotional and stress related and the fact that I grew up on comfort food and junk food. <BR> <BR> I succeeded last time I used Sparkpeople, but life happened and I emotionally shut... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:07:16 EST You never Know <BR> <BR> You Never Know <BR> <BR> You never know when someone <BR> might catch a dream from you. <BR> Or something you say may open up the windows <BR> of a mind that seeks light; <BR> The way you live may not matter at all, <BR> But you never know, it might. <BR> <BR> And just in case it could be <BR> that another's life, through you, <BR> might possibly change for the better <BR> with a better and brighter view, <BR> it seems it might be worth a try <BR> at pointing the wa... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:27:40 EST 16 FREE eBooks from Beth Moore If you love to read, this is for you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ree-ebooks-from-beth-moore/ </link> <BR> <BR> I don't know if anyone downloaded the free books and audio Kenneth & Gloria Copeland had available in December on Facebook that I posted. I took advantage of the offer and am so glad. Very inspirational books and stories. Feeling Blessed! I think they are still available. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 08:55:20 EST HE IS WORTHY....HAVE YOU PRAISED HIM TODAY? HALLELUYAH THANK HIM HE IS SO WORTHY TO BE PRAISED! i AM THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER DAY. HAVE YOU GIVEN HIM HONOR, THANKSGIVING, PRAISE AND REPENTENCE? I AM THANKFUL THAT HE HAS EXTENDED HIS MERCY AND GRACE UPON ME. SOMEONE DID NOT WAKE UP TODAY, BUT YOU DID <BR> HE HAS FOUND YOU WORTHY OF ANOTHER DAY. YOU WERE GIVEN ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER CHANCE AND ANOTHER YEAR. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO WALK IN RITEOUS THIS YEAR??? HE IS COUTING ON YOU TO MAKE THE CHANGES NECCESSARY SO THAT YOU AND HE MAY DINE ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:27:59 EST AN AWESOME SCRIPTURAL READ!!! EPH 4:17-32 <em>296</em> <BR> Eph 4:17 <BR> Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. <BR> Eph 4:18 <BR> They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. <BR> Eph 4:19 <BR> They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. <BR> Eph 4:20 <BR> But that is not the w... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:43:58 EST Words of Wisdom Watch your thoughts ; they become words. <BR> Watch your words; they become actions. <BR> Watch your actions; they become habits.. <BR> Watch your habits; they become character. <BR> Watch your character; it becomes your destiny Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:01:04 EST Jill Frank and Jill made it to Palm Bay and they now find themselves in a holding pattern and have to wait to do the arrangements.. She will call as soon as they get things in order this way I may have a time to let you know when they will head back home.. I am headed back to bed I have came down with a cold.. pray that things will come together for all that are mourning the death of their loved one .. May they find comfort in Him.. In His Grace Jane Sat, 4 Jan 2014 10:24:21 EST Do you know of a good bible study website? I would like to redevote myself to my Heavonly Father by studying more <em>296</em> and devoting more time with him. I am aware of the bible gateway site I was just wondering does anyone know of any other sites where they have bible studies, concordiances, maps, trivia ect... <BR> thanks. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 19:52:19 EST TURTLE TEAM WEIGH IN FOR BWAL CHALLENGE THIS THREAD IS FOR WEIGH IN ONLY.... OUR ORIGINAL SITE WAS GETTING A LITTLE CROWED.... <em>134</em> <BR> THANK YOU Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:55:07 EST Jills Team (link was broken) Beginning Weight Jan. 1: 230 pounds <BR> <BR> Jan. 8 - <BR> <BR> Jan. 15 - <BR> <BR> Jan.22 - <BR> <BR> Jan.29 - <BR> <BR> January 31 Final weight: <BR> <BR> Total Loss for January - <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 00:33:22 EST Filing charges for Cookie Harassment! lol Oh my goodness I went to the grocery store last night to purchase some cheese and a sports bottle for water. I walked down the first aisle and look to the left it was glorioussssssssss those oatmeal cookies wanted to do the tango with me and I was more than willing (in my mind <em>334</em> ) I gave it some thought and said Noooooo and took a sharp left into the next aisle then it was calling me back Davii come here girl. I had to go see what that cookie wanted Ok ladies I didn't want to b... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 23:52:54 EST OH WHAT A SNOWY DAY... It was a cold snowy day we had a snow storm today and it was like winter wonderland outdoors 6-9 inches of snow Yuckkkkkk! I was visiting my guy and was about to go home and as I got to the stairs fear had overcome me looking at all the snow that had accumulated within hours. I looked at the snow as I took my first step and said Father please don't let me fall down these stairs. Before I finished my sentence I was laying at the bottom step ( I am crackin up laughin now rolf!) Oh my goodness I... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:38:05 EST Hello My name is Wanda. I have been a member since 2009 but have been lurking in the back ground. This part of SP is all new to me. I was invited to join so here I am. I don't post, I guess I am afraid of being embarrassed. <BR> Anyway, I can't say for sure what all of my issues are (I am just starting to figure the out) and I am not sure where to start on this part of my journey. I am a food addict, and emotional eater. I actually just realized it about 6 months ago and I am still tr... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:59:58 EST 20 minutes of DAILY EXERCISE EMOTICON FOR TEAMS JUST USE AN EMOTICON TO LET US KNOW THAT YOU WORKED OUT TODAY!! <em>311</em> <em>315</em> <em>362</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:21:01 EST BWAL Leaderboard( don't reply) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Weight Loss In Feb. For BWAL Challenge~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Team Amy (rabbit) <BR> week 1-5 week 2-+3 <BR> weight loss for Team Amy so far:123 <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Team Jill (turtle) <BR> week 1-14 week 2-14.5 <BR> weight loss for Team Jill so far:159.5 <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:46:44 EST THE HARE TEAM HUDDLE FOR BWAL(Team Amy) I have decided that since this is a team, we work as a team. We will have better success by working together. So I want all of my team members to throw in their ideas of a great workout, and what you believe is a great meal idea for the day for those who can do so. I am limited in my own pantry so I will be doing portion control and eat only when hungry and quit when I am just satisfied and not over stuffed. <BR> <BR> I hope for you all today to achieve an accumulation of 2 hours worth of... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 07:15:08 EST cutting I am kinda thinking about cutting right now. My thoughts have been going in a dangerous direction all day. I've been thinking about the cult I was raised in and stuff like that. Then I started thinking about my Grandma. She died in 2005. I didn't get to go to her funeral because I was in Ireland. In fact, I wasn't told until 2 weeks later that she had died. My husband and step-son are here, so I probably won't do anything. But, I am really struggling right now. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 19:10:49 EST Katie's testimony IWhen I was 8 months old I was diagnosed with Epilepsy and a learning disability. I would have seizures 80% of the time without the medicine and that was cut in half with it. I would walk short of hitting a wall in a zombie state. The doctor at the time because my mom believed in healing and told the doctor she would not put me away in a special care home. she knew God was going to heal me stood firm on that. the doctor then asked my dad to talk some since into my mom. he said is it is one th... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:13:14 EST seeking wisdom For those who have not read some of my blogs, I was raised in a cult lead by Bill Gothard. It is a homeschool organization still thriving today called Advanced Training Institute. Gothard is an expert at twisting Scripture to say what he wants it to say. I was in the organization from the age of 9 until I was 20. It wasn't until I went to college that I was exposed to another lifestyle. I started questioning everything around that time. I am still questioning what I was taught. After spending... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:10:22 EST THANK-YOU SO MUCH FRIENDS FOR....... This is a great place to give your thanks to the friends on this team. I know there has been so many times I have wanted to say thank-you and just don't know where to put it, so here it is!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank-you friends for the prayers for my brother and his situation. God is working in his behalf. <BR> Thank-you for all the great birthday wishes. They are all precious. <BR> Thank-you for your support for me on my weight loss journey and in my personal life. <BR> You guys are the gre... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:23:55 EST A word from the Word A daily look into God's Word. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:53:40 EST Tough Time I'm having a really tough time tonight, just can't seem to deal with my situation. As evil as my wife has been to me these last couple of weeks for some reason I'm sitting here missing her and I hate myself for it. It seems like everyone else is enjoying life (my daughter is sleeping at her friends house and my son is in his room playing video games) and I sit here alone just wishing mine was over. I want to hate her and be mean to her and tell her what a horrible person she is and how I'll n... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 21:13:26 EST VALENTINES DAY CALLENGE 1) PREPARE A HEALTHY MEAL AT HOME: Pick one from Chef Meg's Recipes of one of your own creations <BR> <BR> 2) CHOSE A PHYSICAL GIFT THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU BOTH: Either for the one night that you will enjoy together and or a membership to a gym, golf club, paint ball, art clubs, get aways for couples, horse back riding, excetera. and Yes, even Put Put works.... <BR> <BR> 3) GET A BABY SITTER... NO EXCUSES PLEASE. THIS IS YOU TIME, REWARD TIME FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK, YOU DESERVE IT. SHOW THE ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:55:51 EST Prayer Please~ I have Neighbors from hell Today is not a very good day <em>24</em> for me I am in need of riteous prayers regarding my neighbors. I have been dealing with constant pounding, stomping, jumping, playing basketball, running, jumping off of things onto the floor, dragging, and dropping furniture from 6:30 am to 11:30pm I have spoken with the mother, the landlord, the children, the neighbors and my heavonly father. I just don't know what to do anymore my company hates visiting because of the loud pounding and booms ov... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:11:32 EST another breakthrough since doing my journal keeping a spiritual journal is helping me a lot. I am experiencing another huge break through. the passage in the bible I read today was 1 peter 2:12. It speaks of conducting yourself honorably and righteously among the gentiles. immediately that scripture jumped out and spoke to me literally leaped off the page. when it comes to my attitude/ heart and things I say or my actions I need to make some changes in these things. I can conduct myself properly. <BR> <BR> I am going to write a lett... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:05:51 EST A Story Shared by my Father It is called the little spider.... <BR> One day a little spider walked all over to find a place for his home.. He found the most perfect place.. It was in the mouth of a cave that over looked the whole town.. He thought the sunrise and sunset would be a beautiful view from the cave.. He climbed up and jumped and he missed.. He jumped and missed over and over.. He sat down and rested and just knew it was not going to happen.. At the last moment he decided once more to try again.. He climbed u... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:43:16 EST Name a Praise Song or Hymn A to Z Amazing Grace Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:30:59 EST Introductions! Just dropping in to say hello and thank you for the invite to this group. It looks pretty active and I look forward to interacting with everyone. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Feliz <em>192</em> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:57:34 EST Surrender This may sound silly, but how do you surrender yourself to God? I know it is something that has to be done on a continual basis, but how do you go about it? Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:06:55 EST brother bonding update well I was very glad to see my older brother stepping out of his shyness to build a brother/sister bond with me. usually I had been starting the conversations he is really shy. but this time he was confident and walked up to me and started talking with me. even though it was simple as How's my Katie doing? giving me hug after church. I talked more with his brother his personality is like mine. I bonded with both brothers. he was really kind to encourage me not to give up on my dreams to rea... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 19:30:47 EST My Brother, please continue praying..... I know that I have asked you to pray for my brother. What he is going through with my sister-in-law and not seeing his girls. Let me refresh you, he can see his girls, there is no restraint against them but because there is a restraint against him to his soon to be ex, he can't see them because he can't get around her. I have found him on youTube and I am leaving a link. <BR> Please watch this so that you know what he is feeling. My brother looks bad in this because he hasn't been sleepi... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:21:29 EST Singleness is a Choice-See explanation in 1st post Singleness is a choice, albeit sometimes made by others, as in the case of death or divorce. But, now it's your choice as to how you're going to live it. Are you going to be bitter? Are you going to date everyone in site? Are you going to be a hermit? Are you going to snap when people ask stupid questions like: <BR> <BR> Don't you want to be married? <BR> Why don't you marry someone nice from your church? <BR> Have you tried Internet dating? <BR> Why did you get divorced? Who's "fault... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:32:54 EST Facebook Friends I would like for any of my sparkfriends who have Facebook accounts to add me as a friend on Facebook, only if you want to. search vinny pastore in CT. or my Facebook email is Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:52:41 EST developing a brother/sister bond with your brother I have a spiritual older brother in my life who accepts me as his own sister. he is really shy. but shares my sentiment about developing our brother/ sister bond the right way. where should we start with that? are there any do's and don'ts on this? I have never had a brother of my own he's never had a younger sister. his are older. but we have a lot in common even share the same calling in life. any advice on this? we are polar opposites in personality he is shy and I am outgoing. he says he... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:19:11 EST And so this is Christmas, I wish it was done. Because it just keeps getting worse and worse. Friday night my wife is over to visit the kids and of course I'm making dinner for her and the kids. I ask her is she's going to start giving me any kind of support for our daughter and she asks me what I mean. I said I'm doing and paying for everything and you're giving me nothing towards her support, since you left and I have to take care of them I'm entitled to child support. She says I thought we agreed to joint custody, this woman gets dumbe... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:08:37 EST Inspirational Devotions, Sermons, and Poems Please share any devotions, sermons, or poems that have inspired you. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:00:58 EST Tell Your Favorite Old Testament Story This is going to be fun. First, you have to tell us the story in your own words. But you also need to show the scripture references for your story. You may have to do some research for this one but we all need to be familiar with the stories of the old testament people and how all of it leads to our Savior, Jesus and how God related to and protected Israel. I will begin with the story of Ruth. Now, some of these will be long, but I know we are all going to learn from these and have fun doin... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:30:30 EST Write the first word this word makes you think of saddle Sun, 22 Dec 2013 02:05:09 EST Opposites A to Z after/before Sun, 22 Dec 2013 01:59:12 EST Compound Words A to Z airhead Sun, 22 Dec 2013 01:56:58 EST Grandma's Brag Book I know there are several Grannies on this team - including me - who love to brag about their grand children. I mean, come on, they really do the cutest things! <BR> <BR> But honestly, one of my biggest motivators on this weight loss journey is that I want to be around for my grand kids as long as possible. They are my inspiration! <BR> <BR> So if you're like me - inspired by your grand kids - here's the thread for you! Share their cute and maybe not so cute antics and maybe a link to a phot... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 12:43:43 EST Little Known Bible Facts (Confirm your fact prior to posting.) <BR> <BR> Newborn babies were rubbed with salt (Ezekiel 16:4). Sat, 21 Dec 2013 02:36:41 EST Goals for 2014 If you say lose weight, be specific. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> 1. Lose a total of 50 pounds by Feb. 28. <BR> 2. Buy a few mew clothes to celebrate. <BR> 3. Participate in 3 challenges: <BR> 5% challengs <BR> Biggese Winners at Losing <BR> 10K team Sat, 21 Dec 2013 02:31:07 EST TURTLES AND HARES CONTESTANT LIST(DON'T REPLY) FIRST OFF, I WANT TO SAY THANK-YOU FOR ALL WHO ARE SIGNED IN. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN AWESOME CHALLENGE. <BR> SECOND OFF, ANY OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT MADE YOUR POST WITH THE DATES, PLEASE DO SO SO THAT YOU HAVE YOUR MARK FOR YOUR WEIGH INS. <BR> <BR> HERE IS A LIST OF THE CONTESTANTS. AS MORE SIGN IN I WILL ADD YOUR NAME. <BR> PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD. IT IS JUST TO LET YOU KNOW WHOSE TEAM EVERYONE IS ON. <BR> <BR> <BR> TEAM JILL --------------------------- ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:42:57 EST "SWEET FREEDOM CHALLENGE" Lets Give it up Hi I offer up a challenge for someone to go in with me and give up one of their favorite sweets today. Be bold as a lion and just give it up Girl!!!! you can do it! I'm telling you those things are the devil. I let go of the honey buns they are glaze monsters and are now in the trash YESSSS!!!! <em>244</em> Whose next confess your mess free yourself from those pesky little devils! <em>306</em> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:09:38 EST OMG World War 3 honey bun battle last night! Last nite I had WORLD WAR 3 with a honey bun! <BR> my sister was visiting and she left that little box of devils in my cabinet! Oh my they were calling me all nite I wanted to pull my hammer out and beat every one of those glaze monsters lol! Oh my goodness it was a rough one but I overcame it <em>104</em> YESSSSSSSSS! the devil is a lie I am not going to be swimming in honey bun guilt! I can do all things Thu, 19 Dec 2013 04:34:11 EST Name types of threads you'd like on this team! Open for any suggestions. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:02:55 EST I wish some day to........... go to Canada again and ride the enormous bus on top of the ice glacier and to lay on my stomach and drink the icy flowing water. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:47:57 EST Goodmorning What a wonderful day it is!!!!! <em>445</em> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:10:38 EST Excellent group what a breath of fresh air! Hi guys <em>524</em> I'm new here what a pleasant aroma coming to this page. The scriptures just bounce freshly in your mind I love it. Ahhhhhhh its like coming home to a nice comfortable lazy boy chair with a fresh hot cup of delicious tea. There is nothing like the Most High's word, without it I can do nothing and it is for that I am thankful. <em>223</em> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:20:00 EST LET'S GIVE GOD SOME PRAISE!! Throughout the Bible God teaches us we are to praise and worship Him and serve Him and Him alone! God expects this from us. "For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.' " (Matthew 4:10). Praise and Worship works both ways - it is necessary for God and it is necessary for you! It is one of the keys to drawing nearer to God. <BR> Come here often and shout out your praises to God! <em>129</em> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:16:25 EST TODAY'S THOUGHT! TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 12/17 Tue <BR> When lost people see the light of Jesus shining through the lives of the redeemed ones, they will take notice. Now, we all have works, but Jesus here mentioned “good works.” What are good works? Good works are works motivated by love, carried out in the power of the Holy Spirit, and performed for the glory of God. In other words, good works are works produced in us and through us by Jesus Christ Himself. As I yield to Jesus and He lives His life thro... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:11:34 EST Weight gain So today, after debating about it, I decided to weigh myself, just to see the progress I was making. I wasnt expecting to see much of a loss, only a few ounces, but I was shocked when I stepped on the scale and I had GAINED weight! I officially began SP on Saturday but I've been eating better and exercising since Thursday- staying in my calorie allotment, etc. How is it that I've gained weight? Has this happened to anyone else? I felt so strong recently and now feel very beaten down. I want t... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:25:28 EST I hope this works I have this poem well worth the time... I would like to tahnk everyone with all the Prayers and notes.. Here is what I found to send to a few and thought it was a good one to send out to anyone who Loves our Military.. I Pray this link works.. Love and in His Service Jane <BR> <BR><BR>/soldier.asp Mon, 16 Dec 2013 23:10:16 EST Using smoothies to help lose weight Hi everyone. I was just wondering if anyone has used smoothies to help them lose weight. Did it work for you? Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:09:57 EST HELLO EVERYONE! I'm Vic and will be posting daily blogs, "FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH", AND "TODAY'S THOUGHT". I pray you will have time to read them and respond. I look forward to hearing from each of YOU! Thanks LOIS for inviting me. God Bless Everyone! Vic. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:41:09 EST My 2nd and 3rd break throughs spiritually the first is that when I was writing a friend of mine who was putting security in her boyfriend I know this was a God thing coming out. I said as much as we love the guys in our lives ( your case your boyfriend.) my case my spiritual brother. we can't place our security in them and depend on them to make us secure. its an unrealistic expectation to place on them and not fair to them. our security can only come from Jesus Christ. I shared this insight with my spiritual brother and wrote it in... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:29:06 EST My profession Hi all, I am a Professional Poker player living and playing in Florida. I have been a born again Christian since I dedicated my life to Jesus when I was 12 years old and am going to be 52 on Dec.30th, God willing. <BR> . <BR> I was hurt in a scuba diving accident in Belize and have been on Social Security Disability for 5 years now, and believe me it is not enough money to live on. Before I got disability, it took 2 years, I could not work and took up playing Poker online. I found out I was g... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 01:16:03 EST stop....closed ......already similiar threads oops.....made in error......we already have similar threads Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:27:35 EST New here I have never been on these message boards before. Am I doing this right by posting a new topic under the introduce yourself forum? <BR> <BR> I am here to give and receive support. Today is my Day 1. I am ready to do this! I have made a weight loss blog and hope that it helps me along the way. The last time I lost serious weight in 2006-2007 I kept a weight loss blog on MySpace (back when that was the big thing--haha!) It helped a lot. Since then I've just been gaining weight back slow... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 20:11:18 EST Another Bad Day I'm having yet another bad day so this is just something I posted elsewhere today and I'm posting it here so I can try and get through my bad day and bleak looking weekend. The problem I'm having is when I think real hard and think about everything she did to me, I still want her back. I still think of her every moment of every day, I feel so agonizingly alone without her here. I still want to hold her in my arms, look into her eyes, make love to her, lay with her, sleep with her, and be with... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:33:54 EST Homemade Christmas Ideas Here I am sure that many of you here love to do arts and crafts especially when it comes to making something for the tree or decorating the house. Even something to send to a friend or loved one as a gift. Share here what you have made and how so that we can try it also. <BR> <BR> I know how to make a paper chain garland. Take construction paper or any paper will do and cut into strips. You can decorate the strips if you like. Then loop the first strip to make a circle and either tape it or ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:29:09 EST getting my spiritual life in order I bought a big journal today to keep a spiritual journal on my journey. I am going to write my first entry tonight. I am going to switch when I study the bible and do it just before bed. read the psalms and write in my spiritual journal in the evening also my mind is more relaxed then . where the mornings and afternoons are busy with school work and really chaotic. I can't focus well. It doesn't matter what time I do it as long as I do it that is all that matters. <BR> <BR> I was looking on... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:19:57 EST You Version? Hey awesome team. I was wondering if any of you use youversion? If so, please leave your username and we can be friends if you would like. I happen to love youversion and use it at church and for daily readings at work and reference. It's such easy Bible access for being on the go. <BR> <BR> I am carmenjean. <BR> <link><BR>an/edit?id=CarmenJean </link> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:18:44 EST On the verge of a complete breakbown Well Spark Friends for those of you who have been following the situation with my marriage I'm here to tell you that today was the worst day ever, worst day of my life. Yesterday there were more unsavory findings regarding my wife and her online friend involving talking about me and emotions I was going through and telling her about along with him wanting phone sex from her. That was enough to cause symptoms of a heart attack and for me to be rushed to the ER. It turned out to be extreme anx... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:51:55 EST Change One Letter to Make a New Word beat Mon, 9 Dec 2013 13:00:21 EST Do you write poetry or books? Published any? If you like to write for your own pleasure or to share with friends (whether you have published a book or not), PLEASE SHARE SOME WITH US. <BR> I just finished reading one by one of our own members, Indianabon. Daughter of Scarlet is Christian inspiration about the Rachab. Thank you Indianabon for letting me purchase this book and getting your signature as well. Please let me know where I can find more of your books. <BR> <BR> I have not quiet finished yet another book by another author... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:32:58 EST What name do you go by? I've noticed several of us use our real names in messages and board posts. If you do, please respond with your Sparkname, and the name you go by, for quick reference. Thanks! <BR> <BR> MIDLYN <BR> Name: Donna Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:27:34 EST Have you decorated for Christmas yet? HEISTHEANSWER (Lois) will be P-R-O-U-D of me, methinks. I decorated with all my encouraging and uplifting decorations I could find, and mostly skipped over Santa. Except for the St. Nicks that I painted in the past. Yes, I'm posting this at 1 am, but the tree is UP and LIT. Whew! Have a holly jolly Merry Christmas everyone!! I'm gonna go get some sleep. <em>102</em> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 01:02:54 EST What are you thankful for?????????? Hi Guys <BR> <BR> I was feeling physically and emotionally in bondage this morning and week and just couldn't get out of bed to work today. This week took a toll on me. As a newer Christian alone on the holidays I was feeling empty sad and wallowing in self pity. I am healed of bipolar just waiting in faith to be off all meds. To be off my anti depressant and to do so well during this season is truly a sign of God's power and strength. When I get out of bed my back aches bad and I slept wron... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:17:53 EST A to Z Christmas ("things" that remind you) angels Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:02:05 EST Introduction Hello, everyone. My name is Michelle, wife of 9 years and going, mother of two, who works full time, and goes to college. Life has been incredibly stressful, and this constant battle with my weight has not made it any easier. I have no support and am having a hard time supporting myself. To be honest I hate my appearance. Depression is trying to take control over my life and I am miserable. I am desperate for help. I am a person of faith, but my faith has failed me in this battle. I walked... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 16:36:25 EST Apologies Hello my dear friends, I just want to check in and say how sorry I am that I have not been around. I moved about a month ago and I have not gotten the internet hooked up in my new apartment. I am down visiting family and decided to take a look at the team and see how things are going. I have been going through a lot lately so my weight loss has not been doing well... too focused on the things of the moment ya know? However, I am am determined to get back on track with things. The move wen... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:13:03 EST Name an object to decribe yourself today! Check in daily with a new object for if you are like me your feelings may change often. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Today I feel like a stuffed <em>428</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:10:09 EST weight loss Hello everyone I am so happy I just lose 7 lbs in 2 weeks a total of 55 lbs <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:50:36 EST Angels Among Us What does the bible say about angels? I've always wanted to study this subject but find it hard to get reliable material that is scriptural. Anyone have any ideas? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:33:29 EST New Team Member and my blog Hello all, my name is Vinny and I joined your team today based upon some responses I got to a blog I posted yesterday. It was suggested that I share it here so other team members can get to know me better. So here it goes: <BR> <BR> "Thanks again everyone for your responses and words of encouragement. I'd like to say that I feel better today but that would make me a liar. So, I've decided to share a little bit more with everyone to try and get it all out and to try and get on the road of r... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:05:21 EST Prayer for me, please... I seem to have pulled my back out a bit tonight while exercising. I thought a warm bath would help, but it doesn't seem to have helped. I'll try some Polar Ice on it. I'm supposed to work tomorrow, but the weather report isn't sounding too good. Maybe it will be a snow day. <em>211</em> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:55:30 EST Thanksgiving week This is going to be a challenging week. We had our Thanksgiving dinner at church last night. I sort of overdid it. <em>4</em> So far, Thanksgiving Day should be the only challenge left for this week. I hope I don't encounter any dinners at work. It sounds like I may not get to work Tuesday due to bad weather they're predicting headed our way. I can't remember having a major snowstorm for Thanksgiving. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:20:38 EST Please Share Your Baptisim Story Hi guys and gals. I so enjoyed reading NARROWPATH2011 (Chris) baptisim story this weekend. I thought it would be cool if we could share ours here too. <BR> Also I can answer questions you may have about baptisim (biblically). <BR> <BR> I was saved when I was 12 and never saw the need to be baptized again. I was baptized when I was a baby at 8 months old in the Lutheran Church. <BR> <BR> I learned in my years at church that Baptisim is our public way of delcaring that Jesus is our Lord a... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:49:18 EST Messianic Prophecies and their Fulfillment Christmas will be here before you know it. I thought it would be nice to see how many different Messianic Prophecies we can find in the Old Testament and their fulfillment in the New Testament before Christmas Day. They do not have to be just about the birth of Christ. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:20:17 EST FUN WITH CHAIRS Chair exercises are great! <BR> <BR> One that was very easy was to sit in a chair, have a resistance band. <BR> <BR> Put the resistance band under both feet and hold it in both hands. <BR> <BR> It should make a U shape. <BR> <BR> Then pull up- this strengthens your arms, several muscles if you pull your whole arm up. <BR> <BR> If you rest your elbow on your knee or the arm rest and gather up the band tighter, you can do an arm curl to strengthen your bicep. <BR> <BR> This is done by sim... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:28:10 EST This needs to be on the fist page.. for a while Thanks Mother Hen.. I Pray this does not get pushed behind.. It needs to be on the first page for a while.. It is the Holidays and everyone should read and respond.. Great Topic.. Love Little Thorn <BR> <BR> <BR> Posted by Heistheanswer <BR> What are we to do (devotions and discussion) Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:43:36 EST HOW TO HANDLE OUR BATTLES WITH VICTORY #1 <BR> Would you agree that our lives are more than just about becoming healthier and physically fit? (though this is very important). Our lives or the lives of those we care about are constantly bombarded by so many evils that sneak in unannounced causing havoc of great immensity. Just to mention a few: broken relationships, divorce, abuses, addictions, lies, thefts, destruction of life, acts of jealousy, insecurity, poor self-esteem etc. etc. <BR> <BR> My fellow sisters and brothers in ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:21:52 EST Two words - Change one Passion Flower Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:08:55 EST Team Amy Sign Up For BWAL Challenge Any on team Amy will be doing fast pace and hard core work outs. <BR> <BR> <BR> Jan. 1st-203 <BR> <BR> Jan. 8th-1 Loss <BR> <BR> Jan. 15th-2 Gain <BR> <BR> Jan. 22nd-2 Loss <BR> <BR> Jan. 29th-1 Loss <BR> <BR> Total weight Lost for Team Amy- Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:38:18 EST Team Jill Sign Up for BWAL Challenge Any who chooses Jill will be doing the slow pace and limited mobility workouts. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:36:20 EST The Biggest Winners At Losing Challenge Hey loved ones, we have a special challenge set up by Jill and I. It begins in January. <BR> <BR> Here are the rules: There are two teams. Team Jill who will be over the slow pace and limited mobility and mine, Team Amy which is for fast pace and hard core workouts. <BR> <BR> From now until Dec.30th you choose which team you want to sign up on. You can only sign up on one team and no later then Dec.30th. No new sign ups after that date. <BR> <BR> Jan. 1st you put your beginning weig... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:33:40 EST Bible study: John chapter 1 (welcome if interested If anyone is interested in studying the first chapter of the gospel of John with me, read it and look at these points. Take one and explain it more fully based on the scriptures. You can use other scriptures as cross references if you would like to. If you want to take the same point and share your findings, that is fine, too. Come and share as often as you wish. We will use this for a few days. <BR> This study is non-denominational ( after all the church by definition is not a denominat... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:52:49 EST Setting Captives Free - The Lord's Table Hi all, I wanted to share a free program that helped me lose a lot of weight the last time I was here. It's called Setting Captives Free - The Lord's Table. This 60-Day interactive course will teach you to enjoy a new-found relationship with the Lord. You will find freedom from the sin of gluttony, by learning to follow biblical and practical ways, as you daily proceed through this course. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-table/ </link> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 02:15:17 EST The Nightly Messages from HannahsGrammie I just want to say that I am really enjoying those. The interesting English facts are . . . well . . . interesting. I like that sort of thing. It makes me think of my sweet grandmother who passed away a few years ago now. She always enjoyed words and we enjoyed them together. I know that sounds odd. When we would come across a new word, we always enjoyed looking it up . . . etymology. Where it came from, who coined it and why. Nice memories. <BR> <BR> And the passage about forgiven... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:38:07 EST Daily Challenge For Fast Pace And Calorie Burn Well, my loved ones, it looks like I can be of a little assistance to Jill. She is doing great in place of Ginger. Ronda and Lois has asked if I can help a little. By all means though, Jill is our challenger and motivator. I will just give small fast burst workouts for everyday. Jill's challenges are the major ones and for people with immobility. Please continue to follow Jill and only do mine if you want to add hard core. <BR> <BR> For 11/19; if you can, do anywhere from ten to twenty... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:48:20 EST Staying home vs. working Do any of you who work outside the home find you have a harder time staying on track when you're home (have a day off)? Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:38:35 EST Suggested meals on tracker Do any of you use the suggested meals and snacks on the nutrition tracker? If so, do they help you stay on track? Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:15:52 EST Share What work's for you & What Doesn't Work Let's share what exercises work best and what doesn't. Let's also ask our accountability partner's for their idea's and support in these area's that we need them the most. We are our own support group and we need one another, Not just for exercise, but meal idea's what works for some may not work for other's, but let's share our stories. Let's put our heart's out their, so we can Break Free.......... <BR> love Always your sister in Christ <BR> Jill Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:03:02 EST 10 minutes of Daily Exercise for November !!! This Month's Challenge is to do at least 10 minutes of any exercise that you are capable of doing. No matter what it is, walking, stationary bike, gardening, vacuuming etc. just as long as you commit to 10 minutes and post it with an emoticon!! I'll even give you double credit for finding time to do at least 10 minutes on Thanksgiving!! <em>244</em> How Awesome would that be if we all could find time for ourselves on Thanksgiving day. I also want to suggest for those of us that have a tou... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 20:36:12 EST Alternative to Pancake Syrup Hi! If you're like me and want pancakes once in awhile but don't want the added calories and carbs from the syrup, try a couple tablespoons of apple butter. It doesn't have to be sugar free, and it's still lower in calories and carbs than the syrup. I despise the sugar-free syrup. ugh! <em>42</em> I was surprised at how good the apple butter was on the pancakes. Also, I got the idea from the pumpkin pancake recipe on SparkPeople recipes. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:58:54 EST Positive Thinking Challenge For most of my life I had a negative mindset. I grew up with very negative thinking patterns in everything that was said and done in my family. I didn't think of it as 'negative'. I just thought of it as 'that's just how it is'. About 6 or 7 years ago, I realized just how negative my thinking patterns were, and how devastating it can be on one's life, body, and soul. I set out to change my negative thinking to positive. I wanted my very first natural instinct in any situation to be posi... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:51:18 EST 20 Things that I Just Do Not Get Here's a list of things that I wrote a couple of years ago in a blog post on one of my own websites. It's just a fun list of things to think about. <BR> <BR> 20. How to cook bacon without having the house full of smoke and the smoke detector going off saying “Fire. Food. Fire. Food” in that annoying voice! <BR> 19. Rap or Punk Music. It’s just noise. Isn’t the part about ‘music’ supposed to have some? This doesn’t. <BR> 18. Pointy toe shoes.... ewwwww! Ugly. Points are for weapons, not w... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 21:58:57 EST Sharing Encouraging Thoughts From Your Journals I hope you have kept journals throughout the years. I have done this off and on and it always amazes me that when I was in need and asking God for insight, He never failed to enlighten me. When I read those things from my journal even years later it sends freshness of faith and courage. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to share often. We would love to hear from you. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:20:54 EST What is your occupation? retired school teacher Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:25:22 EST Why did you choose your username? I love the reminder that Jesus is the answer for all my needs. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:13:30 EST MOVED TO GENERAL FORUM: PRAYER REQUESTS Moving our prayer requests to the General Forum under the thread already there called Prayer Requests. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 08:28:28 EST Food A to Z Artichoke Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:46:01 EST payer request update on my daughter's transfer a few minuets ago in my email box was her acceptance into k12. and I printed off on the k12 website where it shows my daughter my daughter is approved. We are public school free!! <BR> No more Kingston. first thing tomorrow we give the counselor her paper and she is released. party time:) Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:41:28 EST What did you have for supper tonight? Tonight, I enjoyed a mix of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and melted cheese for supper. It was delicious and very healthy for me! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:05:42 EST