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 GTKO, QOTD 09.17.14 Wednesday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> When you come to, do you log in first, or do something else first? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:25:34 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.16.14 Tuesday! Hello! <BR> <BR> Do you have a day in the week, that is so different than "normal" that you feel like it has twisted your mind up and find it hard to stick with your fitness? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:39:23 EST TODAY'S SPARK! TODAY'S SPARK! <BR> Lead By Godly Example Today! God Bless YOU! Vic. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:32:28 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.15.14 Monday! Good morning! I occasionally get mixed up on dates and days, so if/when you see one, please let me know and I'll fix it. <BR> <BR> Do you have a tree that you like better than others, weeping willow, fir, maple, something else, and why? <BR> <BR> Have a great one. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:21:04 EST Learning to Drive (support needed) I am an adult survivor of child abuse, and have made great strides in starting my life over this year. I got married, moved out on my own, got a career, and now want to start learning how to drive so that I can drive myself places and be independent. As someone who was constantly belittled and made to feel stupid and incapable my self-esteem is extremely low, so all of your support/advice/tips about learning to drive as an adult would be appreciated. Thanks, Lana Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:11:33 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.13.14 Saturday! Hello! <BR> <BR> Are you enough of a computer geek that you can fix most software problems yourself, or do you need your IT geek? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:23:49 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.12.14 Friday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Do you have a pest controller come to your house on a regular basis, or just when needed? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:52:08 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.11.14 13 years ago, the US was attacked by terrorists at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and one plane full of innocents down in PA. <BR> <BR> This morning, on one particular channel, they are replaying the entire news day, apparently, no commentary from today's news people, no notices about this is a replay, but at the bottom of the screen is: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 THE TIME MSNBC so it might take you a moment or two but you will eventually figure it out. <BR> <BR> I was surprised at how ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:11:32 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! (In English, also available in Spanish) <BR> 9/11 Thu <BR> This woman pictures every person who does not know Jesus Christ as Savior. The lost are defiled by a blood disease. They inherited this disease from Adam. This condition has plagued the lost person since they were born. It is a condition the sinner can’t make better or change on their own. Many lost people spend their entire lives searching for meaning and help for their condition, but instead o... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:42:46 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH! FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 9/11/2014 <BR> Mark 5:22-34 <BR> THE CASE OF THE RUINED WOMAN, Lesson 27b <BR> <BR> v. 24-26 HER SUFFERING <BR> <BR> v. 25 Her Affliction - We are told that she suffered from “an issue of blood”. This literally means that she was hemorrhaging, or bleeding, from some place in her body. The word “issue” means “a flowing of blood”. It may mean that she suffered from a menstrual flow that never ceased. Whatever caused this internal hemorrhage, she wa... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:54:42 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.10.14 Wednesday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Lots of pain this morning, please send up prayers for the pain to dissipate or me to be able to accept it, <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you follow the stock market and/or all the business talk you can find on TV or the iNet? <BR> <BR> Have a grand one and may God bless all of you. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:50:04 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.09.14 Tuesday! I forgot to make yesterday's question the 3rd sticky, but I am glad most of you found it. I made a 3rd sticky for as long as it takes for me to do this one. <BR> <BR> Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you like Brussels Sprouts? (That is the official way to spell them.) <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 05:19:48 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.08.14 Monday! Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> No restrictions; if you owned a TV network, and you had a hit show - biggest hit show ever for your channel, would you dump that show at its peak, then keep advertising for it after the season was over? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed one! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:05:25 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.07.14 Sunday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> I think I may have asked this questions before, so please forgive me. <BR> <BR> Do you like avacados? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:14:54 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.06.14 Saturday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you have a specific food that you absolutely love, or a certain recipe that you have made so many times, because it's your fav, that you don't even need to look at it any more? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:46:22 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.05.14 Friday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you like to cook everything in one pot, or are you more like a TV Cook Host and use everything in the kitchen? <BR> <BR> Have a grand one! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:09:48 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.04.14 Hello! I feel like I did this earlier today, but I don't see it, so we'll start again. <BR> <BR> Do you ever go to Grand Openings of stores or restaurants in your area? <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:17:05 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.03.14 Hello, Friends! <BR> <BR> Is your resume up to date? <BR> <BR> Have a good one. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:21:52 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.02.14 Tuesday! Good morning, Team! <BR> <BR> Now that Labor Day is over, and all the left overs are in the fridge, what do you store your leftovers in, plastic (as in Tupperware or Libby, etc.) or are you a Mason Jar user (or some other glass container)? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 03:46:18 EST GTKO, QOTD 09.01.14 Monday! Labor Day! Happy Labor Day, Everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you all are having a nice relaxing day, doing only what you want to do. <BR> <BR> I am feeling better than yesterday and a few days prior, but still haven't lost the allergies or whatever has hit me and I suspect, it might be my own fault. I'll tell you later. <BR> <BR> Do you have a tradition that you do every Labor Day? <BR> <BR> Have a good one. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:25:52 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.31.14 Sunday! Hi, Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am down with something and hoping to get better by Tuesday Early so I can go to work, so please forgive me for being late. My head feels like it's floating on something ugly but putting me to sleep constantly. No pain, just YUK! <BR> <BR> Do you like cereal, hot, cold, dry, with milk, etc.? <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:06:18 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.30.14 Saturday! I thought I was here yesterday - however, with a head so full of stuff, I know my brain is not working right. <BR> <BR> No restrictions; if you were allowed only 3 colors to pain your house, what colors woul dyou choose. <BR> <BR> Have a good one. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:49:49 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.28.14 Thursday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you wear socks and shoes, or bare-foot sandals on a regular (mostly, usually) basis. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:55:40 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.27.14 Wednesday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the prayers, please keep it up as I think I've almost got my answer, just need to think about it some more. <BR> <BR> Do you have cable TV, Dish TV, Direct TV, or just plain old TV? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:13:21 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.26.14 Tuesday! Hello my Friends! <BR> <BR> The weather here is great - no h on the horizon, at least not coming here. <BR> <BR> Do you brush your hair or comb your hair? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:00:28 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.25.14 Monday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> San Francisco had an earthquake this morning, lots of damages, 200 to hospitals and I expect that number to rise later today. I can tell you, first hand, how disorienting and scary an earthquake can be. It leaves you totally vulnerable feeling. There is nothing you can do except use your preplanned disaster plan or duck and hide under a table if you can with the hope and prayer that you won't be stuck to die slowly. <BR> <BR> But the fact that you have ab... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:43:56 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.24.14 Sunday! Good morning, Team! <BR> <BR> Have you every/Do you have a pet bird? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:36:59 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.23.14 Saturday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> How many pairs of shoes do you own? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:16:23 EST Journey Across America 08.24.14 - 08.30.14 Journey Across America 8/24/14 - 8/30/14 Sunday through Saturday <BR> <BR> This week we have new rules and instructions. <BR> <BR> For this week, if you have any questions or need help, please send a SparkMail to FloridaGhost. Do not add a post to the thread except your original, which is to copy my instructions below the ----- line below. Only copy the part below the line. <BR> <BR> You will also need to post your activity minutes, not just your fitness minutes. If you can only track... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:29:40 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.22.14 Friday! Gotta go right now - I'll be back shortly. <BR> <BR> Okay! I'm back from the pool fitness program and breakfast and getting the DH off to work. <BR> <BR> Question: How would you get veggies into your breakfast, assuming you don't like breakfast or the idea of veggies for breakfast? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:32:59 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.21.14 Thursday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> What kind of disaster prone area do you live in (earthquake, tornado, hurricane, flooding, fires, landslides, factories, railroads)? (Due to human error and often times stupidity, factories blow up or have huge loss of life events and trains fall off their tracks more than they want you to believe.) <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:22:29 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.20.14 Wednesday! Sorry I am late today! Too much going on with me. <BR> <BR> With no restrictions - what is your favorite ice cream - soft serve, hand scooped, chocolate, vanilla, combination? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:20:40 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.19.14 Tuesday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> I am not doing good today. Yesterday was an all day trek of isles and standing and my hips, knees, back are causing a great deal of pain. No pain meds except Tylenol, which is not helping, so not getting very far, very fast. <BR> <BR> Did you buy your car off the lot, from a private seller, or have one "custom" made? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:15:46 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.18.14 Monday! Busy with the Journey Across America! We are having so much fun so I hope you join us. <BR> <BR> Do you like to go through antique stores? <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:05:06 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.17.14 Sunday! Good morning! Yesterday's hamburger sparked some cravings! Not my goal, but they all sounded delish! <BR> <BR> Journey Across America is on it's way! <BR> <BR> How often do you go to museums? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 05:04:27 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.16.14 Saturday! Good morning, Team! <BR> <BR> Making healthy changes and winnine! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today's question: No restrictions involved, if you make a homemade burger, what do you put on/in it including the type of bun or other "handle" you use. <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:45:27 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.15.14 Friday! Woke up to T-storms in the area. Loud and louder. <BR> <BR> I lost 5 pounds and I gotta tell everyone. So excited about it. I felt bloated and basically, fatter all the way around the day before and then yesterday I used the backup old fashioned "no battery required" scale and discovered I had dropped 5 pounds. Was almost afraid to believe it! <BR> <BR> Okay, I'll get serious now. Today's question is: Do you watch TV in the morning, after you get up and if so, what do you watch? <BR> ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:08:16 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.14.14 Thursday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> We're having a T-storm roll through and it's prompting me to ask, how many T-storms do you get in your area, frequently or occasionally? I do not expect you to give me a count. <BR> <BR> We have them here, nearly daily, especially at this time of year, H season. This area is considered the lightning capitol of the year and I live almost the center of it, according to what I have been told by the weather channel and the locals, which are only a few as most of us hav... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:49:15 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.13.14 Wednesday! I'm late due to an early morning meeting that lasted a lot longer (Too Long) than I anticipated. <BR> <BR> Good day! <BR> <BR> Do you wear makeup and if so, how often do you wear it (daily, occasionally, ???)? <BR> <BR> Have a great one. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:43:11 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.12.14 Tuesday! Yesterday I wrote the wrong start date for the Journey Across America. Sorry! <BR> It is 08.17.14. I can't wait to get going on it. And another comment on it - even if all you can do is physical therapy (PT), you can count the minutes and still participate. <BR> <BR> Today's question: Do you wash your pots and pans in the dishwasher or by hand? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:35:25 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.11.14 Monday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Have you heard about the Journey Across America? Are you getting ready for it? Are you joining it? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:20:03 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.10.14 Sunday! Good morning, Team! <BR> <BR> A 'plug" for the "Journey Across America" Team Challenge launching on August 16, 2014 from the Hopeful Hearts Team. More details to come. We'll be able to see the "Bug Light" a lighthouse at the entrance to Plymouth Harbor. It's a Spark Plug Lighthouse. In other words, it's shape reminds everyone of a spark plug and there are apparently several in the US. I know there is one in Maine as I've seen it. The Challenge is for everyone and anyone can accomplish ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:18:08 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.08.14 Friday! Good morning, All! <BR> <BR> Where do you keep your nuts (the kind you chop and eat, not your family members)? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 05:51:25 EST Journey Across America Challenge Results 8/17-8/23 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> DO NOT POST ON THIS THREAD!! <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> A ranking of the participants will be provided after August 23. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:54:24 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.07.14 Thursday! Good morning. I feel like I've done this already today! <BR> <BR> How many waste paper/trash receptacles have you in your home? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 06:08:42 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.06.14 Wednesday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you keep a journal or diary? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed one! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 05:59:57 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.05.14 Tuesday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Are you up for a challenge? I am hoping that whoever did the fitness challenges in the past, the hair and the turtle teams, will come back and do them or similar again. Would appreciate it if those of you who would also like these challenges to be again, would post on the wall your desire to find the hair and the turtle races. <BR> <BR> Can you do that everyday until it happens? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:39:54 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.04.14 Monday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Do you know what a Medical Power of Attorney is and do you have one for yourself and/or your spouse or anyone else in your family? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 4 Aug 2014 05:22:06 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.03.14 Sunday! Good morning friends! <BR> <BR> How far away from your house do you travel before you feel you are in another zone? <BR> <BR> In other words, if you're going shopping, would you go 20 miles away to buy things without feeling like you have to justify the distance and expense or is your "zone" only 5 miles away. <BR> <BR> Sorry - I know what I'm aiming at, but I'm not sure I'm getting it across to you. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Have a good one. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:21:54 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.02.14 Saturday! Good morning, Everyone! <BR> <BR> Do you have the SP activity tracker and use it everyday? <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:24:39 EST GTKO, QOTD 08.01.14 Friday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you ever go back and read the posts of the previous day on GTKO/QOTD? <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful one! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 04:05:59 EST THERE IS HELP FOR YOU! We have all gone through various sicknesses, bondages, problems and heart breaks, some almost unbearable. But dont lose hope and give up. No matter what you have been going through, consider where your help comes from. <BR> <BR> ''"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?'' <BR> <BR> ''The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, to preach DELIVERANCE to the CAPTIVES, an... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:31:10 EST GTKO, QOTD 07.31.14 Thursday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Busy day for me yesterday, today is going to be a long one. <BR> <BR> How often do you get your car "serviced"? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:05:33 EST Cooking Question Hi everyone! I have a question. When you cook macaroni, does it double in size? I know if you overcook it, it could be more than that. However, most of the nutrition labels on pasta indicate a serving size as 2 oz. "dry." I found one on the "search" for 1 C. cooked, but it had 67 grams of protein for a cup of cooked macaroni. Not hardly! That sent up a red flag. So, I got the box out of the cupboard and it wasn't even close to that. So, if 1/2 C. dry is a serving (= 2 oz.), then would... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:34:36 EST GTKO, QOTD 07.30.14 Wednesday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> What kind of pharmacy do you use, the big name ones or a smaller version? <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:39:01 EST GTKO, QOTD 07.29.14 Tuesday! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> How many times a week do you go grocery shopping? <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:29:53 EST GTKO, QOTD 07.28.14 Monday! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Thank you Mary Beth (MBB50) for today's question! <BR> <BR> If you didn't have to worry about money - what would you do with your life? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day, all! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:57:50 EST Letting go and giving it all to God. The first thing I remember about how different I was to my eldest sister was when I heard my father tell my brothers that I was not as beautiful as her and that was why they were picking on me. In truth they were only playing but the truth of his words cut me as if with a sharp knife and the pain of it never went away. I keep a photo of myself at the age of about 3 years and cannot see the scar of my hair-lip or my crooked nose, There are no photos of me as a baby so in my mind even as an ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:26:05 EST GTKO, QOTD 07.27.14! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Last day on the road. Hear we're headed through bad weather, so travel prayers would be nice. <BR> <BR> What is your absolute favorite dinner, healthy, wise, or not? <BR> <BR> Have a good one Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:52:06 EST GTKO, QOTD 07.26.14! Spent all day driving. Left at 6pm and just called it quits now. <BR> <BR> When is the last time you took a class in First Aid? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:48:40 EST Anyone in the Dallas Tex area? Actually - what I'm wondering at the moment, is if anyone here located somewhat nearby, would be interested in my Joyce Meyer cassette tape sets. I am trying to declutter and probably won't listen to all these again, and hate taking them to a thrift store for fear of them not selling and being put in the trash someplace. NOT what I want happening to these excellent teaching tapes. But in desperation, I was going to take them today, as I discovered craigslist - where I'd listed them under F... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:34:38 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.25.14! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Did you play with marbles when you were a kid? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:41:16 EST Getting to know ourselves, QOTD 07.23.14! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Would you like to start something on this team that is a non-challenge fun thing to do? It would be something that would help us in our journey to success and give us confidence too. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:03:22 EST Getting to know ourselves, QOTD 07.23.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you have workout shoes or shoes specifically designed for some form of fitness? <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:53:15 EST Getting to know ourselves, QOTD 07.22.14! Good morning! <BR> <BR> Do you have a large scream TV? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:08:32 EST Getting to know each other, QOTD 07.21.14! Do you know what. Slug is? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:20:19 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.20.14! Sorry I'm late today. I have been driving all day and I just got to destination and pulled my handy 12 minute low-impact aerobics session from SP so I could get my legs back to normal. Sitting in the driver's seat all day does not make for good leg shape any more. Even with an every 2 hour walk at a rest stop, it still caught up to me this evening. <BR> <BR> Feeling better now. I won't be online until after noon tomorrow as I will be driving again in the morning, from 4:30am on. <BR> <B... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:46:30 EST Getting to know each other, QOTD 07.19.14! Yesterday's answer: According to the latest study, as stated by my doctor, it is a maximum of 2 hours of non movement (sedentary lifestyle) before tissues start to become deteriorated. I, too, must move every hour and this is probably better than make a two hour mark on the clock and waiting until it rolls around to that mark before getting up, but at the very least, if you must sit for 2 hours, do not go beyond that point or you will suffer for having ignored the "rule". If you don't feel ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:19:46 EST Getting to know each other QOTD 07.18.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> How long is the maximum amount of time a body should be in a sitting position before it starts to have problems in tissues and joints? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:55:23 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.17.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you have a garden? <BR> What's growing in it? Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:47:29 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.16.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you have a front porch and do you use it? <BR> <BR> Have a good one. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:55:23 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.15.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> How often do you move? In this case, I'm talking houses, not fitness, although that question will come up at some point. But today, it's just houses or apartments. <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:25:10 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.14.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> When was your last major appliance purchase and what was it? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:48:50 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.13.14! Good grief! Not enough commercials on the screen yet, we have to deal with the flying survey question box! Hate that thing! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday, all! <BR> <BR> Do you like meat loaf or a fish loaf, like salmon loaf? <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:31:01 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.12.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Do you like to camp? <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:45:18 EST Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Sparkversaries Please tell us the dates (no years) of your birthday, anniversary, and sparkversary. <BR> <BR> Mine is: <BR> <BR> Birthday: August 24 <BR> Anniversary: May 26 <BR> Sparkversary: May 21 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:07:23 EST Hi there Hello, I am pretty new to Spark people, but motivated to use the tools to lose weight and get control of my GERD which I was recently diagnosed with. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:01:12 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.11.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> I know we asked what states you have been to in your travels, today we are asking; What countries have you been to. <BR> <BR> Only requirement on these answers is that you put your foot on the ground, no length of time or where you went, you just had to put your foot on the ground. <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:48:39 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.10.14! Hello, Friends! <BR> <BR> Have you ever given a coffee pot as a wedding gift? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:25:36 EST Getting to Know Ourselves, QOTD 07.09.14! Good morning, Friends! <BR> <BR> Yesterday's question prompts today's question. <BR> Do you recycle? and; <BR> What is the strangest thing you have ever recycled? <BR> <BR> Have a great one! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:59:36 EST 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 Spelling Bee (10+ letter words) A to Z arithmetic Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:57:21 EST XXXXXXXXXX Post closed! Post closed Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:07:36 EST Name Five things you are grateful for everyday Hi everybody, here is our new challenge: to name five things you are grateful for everyday. You can write them in this thread or write them somewhere at home or just think of them and tell us on this thread that you have done so. I think it is so important to always remember to be grateful for all the things we have, physically, mentally and spiritually, because we have so much more than we ever thought we had. It doesn't have to be five different things everyday- you can repeat- but always t... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 04:18:58 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 HOW MANY GLASSES OF WATER HAVE YOU DRANK TODAY? OUR COUCHES HAS RECOMMEND THE BODY NEEDS 8 OR MORE GLASSES OF WATER PER DAY. WATER IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE HUMAN BODY. <BR> I DRINK 11+ GLASSES OF WATER PER DAY. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:18:33 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 SparkPeople Trivia I really like taking the SparkPeople Trivia Quiz every day. Honestly, I don't do too well, but it's fun. To take the Trivia Quiz, to to the tab Articles/Videos. Wellness. You'll see SparkPeople Trivia sort of in the middle. I thought it might be fun to put our daily "scores." <BR> <BR> Today, I got: <BR> 3 correct <BR> 1 incorrect <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 May 2014 22:07:45 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 BIBLE 101 HI THIS THREAD IS FOR THOSE OF US WHO WOULD LIKE TO LEARN THE BIBLE WE ARE NOT BIBLE SCHOLARS (I am a student) BUT ARE LOVERS OF THE MOST HIGH AND HIS WORD. IT IS OUR DESIRE TO ASSIST YOU IN LEARNING THE BIBLE, BUT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO STUDY AND DO YOUR RESEARCH.... <BR> <BR> ********ATTENTION:SPARK FAMILY******** <BR> PLEASE SHARE FACTS FOLLOWED BY SCRIPTURE PLEASE <BR> <BR> HOW TO GET STARTED READING THE BIBLE? PLEASE READ THE OTHER THREAD <BR> HOW TO LEARN TO GET INTO THE BIBLE? PLEAS... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:35:43 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 Breaking Free from Depression Our new leader, JCH628, will be posting information about the subject of depression. I have found that too often, people, especially Christians, do not want to admit that they have depression. Suffering from depression does NOT mean that you don't have enough faith or are weak. It doesn't even mean that you're not happy. Please remember that we are NOT professionals and will NOT give professional advice. But, if you have any questions/comments, please post them on this thread. DO NOT STA... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:54:47 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 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