SparkPeople Christian Living - The Official Team Team Messageboard This group is for Christians motivated to lose weight and develop healthy living styles all for the glory of God. SparkPeople Christian Living - The Official Team Team Messageboard WHO'S NOT TIRED <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TIRED Tue, 7 Feb 2017 13:46:52 EST Hi from WV Hi y'all <BR> I'm 38, 251... stay at home mommy of a soon to be 4 year old. She turns 4 on the 29th. :) I need accountability partners. Motivation would be grea. What works for you? Cause I feel stuck at this weight. My goal is 200. Then 180 then 150 or 160 unless I look too skinny. Mmhmm it could happen. Lol I'm 5ft 7.5. <BR> <BR> I just want to be healthier, happier...I am a struggling with depression due to low self esteem that I shouldn't have..Christian. I want my kiddo to grow up bet... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:04:03 EST Hello new here Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Janel and I live in Utah. I attend a non-denominational Christian Church that has a lot of great people. I have begun a new journey towards slimming down and like all facets of my life, I want Christ to be a part of it. I am giving him my all. My worries and my stress as well as my excitedness and happiness to change into being what He wants me to be. I am also doing this because I want to enjoy my health and my family for years to come. I can't wait to meet you a... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:22:49 EST Afraid of growing old I'm so afraid of growing old because I am single and childless! I will never have children of my own either because I have already menopaused. Plus I don't even earn enough to support myself, so adoption is out too! <BR> <BR> I'm so afraid that when I grow too old to help myself that I won't even be able to afford to walk to a nice nursing home because I can't pay! <BR> <BR> I know that it's too soon to worry now but I'm on dialysis and I will be on dialysis for the rest of my life. My pare... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 03:51:11 EST Interesting reassurance <BR> Excellent article on casting your cares on God! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?m=rkk cljvwgt&amp;r=vpyhvpvrpfhk&amp;s=adbtksmpt<BR>btml pwyzgvrvmsldzzlbhmvkkw&amp;q=1477301113&am<BR>p;a=view </link> Tue, 1 Nov 2016 05:17:52 EST books I would like to recommend a couple books I recently read one by Shiela Walsh on the longing I love how she teaches with the use offthe story from the bible as she tells about her own challenges in life. Another is a different writer the uninvited I have yet to read it all , thou Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:16:30 EST Good afternoon and blessings to you all I'm a returning member after taking a hiatus for a few years. Many changes have taken place and now it's time to get back to basics such as: My faith accountability and my weight. <BR> I Live in Lenoir NC with my husband, a friend who fell on hard times, and 3 cats. We currently attend a Cowboy Church in Lenior that is very Bible based, friendly, with an excellent pastor. <BR> We are all sons and daughters of the King who need each other. <BR> Thanks for the team. <BR> Linda Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:04:03 EST new here Hello All <BR> My name is Olga and I am new to this group. I have just restarted my journey on the road to wellness. I am back on Spark because I am helping a good friend of mine. She had no idea Sparkpeople was here! It is fun to see all the new groups and settings that are available now. <BR> I hope this will be a daily thing. It is so nice to have Christian friends to talk to. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:20:56 EST Hello! I just joined Spark People tonight but I am halfway through my weight loss already. I love Jesus and God is teaching me to love and take care of myself. Grateful to be here and hoping to meet people to be encouraged by and to encourage. <em>524</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:13:19 EST Hello Hello, I am Kenya and I am looking to start a healthy lifestyle with help fro God and peers. <em>524</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:34:15 EST Hi! I'm 68 and from the Ozarks in Missouri.I have had a real problem with gluttony and have given this problem to God. I am hoping with the support of this team I can be successful. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:33:24 EST Checking In, and New Blog Posted Hello, All! <BR> <BR> Well, it's been over 2 weeks, and I've been pretty quiet. Not that quiet, I've been tracking and exercising every day, but darn it if I just haven't been able to get on and post. <BR> <BR> So I've posted a nice update in my blog. Please feel free to read and comment. <BR> <BR> I will be more diligent about keeping in touch in the future! <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Tom Wed, 6 Jul 2016 02:06:30 EST Hello, All! (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly) Hello, All! My name is Tom. OK, there is the short version of my introduction, so feel free to stop reading now. For those who are more stalwart of soul, feel free to read on! <BR> <BR> I guess I’ll start with where I am now. I’ve used Sparkpeople in the past, with varying levels of success. My most recent go at it, under another screen name, did pretty well for a while, and then I found all the weight that I had lost. I’m sitting now at about 306 (as of yesterday morning). Of course ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:45:20 EST Thank God for my data plan! The dialysis center I go to has stopped providing free wifi! That's why I m so thankful for my data plan! I can't watch Korean drama anymore though bcoz it would cost too much! Tue, 24 May 2016 20:30:03 EST How can I be a good Christian Wife?!? Help! I have realized recently that even though I believe myself to be a faithful Christian and a good wife...I am not a good Christian wife. I am not submissive. I am not respectful. I am not honorable to my husband. I subvert the decision making process by always trying to have my way. I interrupt when he is working with the children. I do not listen to him appropriately and I do not humble myself before my husband. <BR> <BR> I am first confessing my sins to fellow believers and asking for your... Fri, 13 May 2016 17:39:00 EST prayer request for my Son Joshua Joshua Moved back fro New York a little over a year ago and has had a very hard time finding a job in his industry here in the Chicago area . it is in Hotel hospitality...... He came back to be closer to family, he is living back home with me, he helps around the house and is a hard worker. He will move back to New York where these jobs are easier to come by, but he wants to stay here .... Please pray he finds some thing soon. Sat, 7 May 2016 13:01:05 EST spit or chew Spit if you dislike or chew if you like <BR> <BR> Answer and leave a food for the next person. <BR> <BR> <BR> devil eggs? Wed, 4 May 2016 21:25:36 EST Prayer Request I just dropped my daughter off at school for a choir competition that's 3 hours away. The weather here in Texas is not supposed to be great today and they will be driving in the dark there and back. Can I ask for prayers of safety for their travel today? Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:23:44 EST Question for upcoming mission trip Hi, everyone. In July, I'm going on a mission trip, and I'm super excited! I'm a bit concerned about the flight, though. I'm flying from Chicago to London, most likely on an Aer Lingus plane with 17-inch wide seats. I'm currently around 230 and 5'3", and I hope to be down to 220 pounds or less by then. At my current weight, I usually wear a size 20 (2X), but sometimes an 18 or 22/3X. I've only ever flown on one trip before (with Southwest), and I think I was around 215 pounds. Do you guys thi... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:02:55 EST The Lord's Table course I will be doing the Lord's Table Course - if you think you might be interested in joining me, you can find more info here <BR> <BR> <link><BR>board_thread.asp?board=31258x66674x639<BR>94066 </link> <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:59:02 EST One of those days.... Sometimes when I have a craving the only way to deal with it is to eat enough that I feel almost sick. I don't mean throwing up, just feeling so full I feel sick. It didn't get that extreme because I only bought one box. It was those lemon bars. <BR> <BR> They shouldn't be that hard to make but I never get around to it. Same with other weaknesses that would still be unhealthy if I made them but at least better than boxed, processed food. <BR> <BR> I hate it when I have those cravings. ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:03:45 EST Hi I'm live in Marietta, GA and am pleased to join this team. I have two small children (7 and 3) and work full-time. I'm active in my church and love the Lord very much. I need help and encouragement with making the right food choices during the day and almost binge eating at night. My weakness is sugar and I know my body is addicted to it at this point. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about a year ago and often feel tired and sore. It is not unmanageable but I feel it contributes to m... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 22:26:23 EST I desperately need prayer I really hate to sound selfish, but I could use some prayers right now. This has been an absolutely horrible week! Tuesday I had a really bad asthma attack at work and was sent to urgent care. After waiting about 30-40 minutes from the time we entered the urgent care, I was taken to a room. Then, about 15 minutes later the nurse practitioner came in. She listened to me and said I wasn't getting any air in my lungs. She ordered a breathing treatment. It took like another 20 minutes to get the ... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:22:33 EST Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. <BR> Philippians 4:6-7 NLT Fri, 5 Feb 2016 03:55:54 EST Finding Clear Guidance Finding Clear Guidance <BR> <BR> Psalms 25:12 <BR> <BR> How can you be sure you’re making the right decision? Sometimes it may seem as if God plays hide and seek when we’re trying to know His will, but that’s not the way He operates. He wants to give us clear direction. The real question is, What do you need to do to hear His voice? <BR> <BR> Clear the pathway. We have two main obstacles that hinder our discernment: sin in our life and our own strong desires about the situation. To receive... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 04:47:40 EST 1 John 2:15-16 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. <BR> 1 John 2:15-16 NLT Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:33:05 EST The Throne of Glory The Throne of Glory <BR> <BR> 1 John 1:1-4 <BR> <BR> When you pray, how do you approach God? Numerous Christians visualize a holy, righteous being and approach Him with feelings of fear, unworthiness, and reluctance. On the other hand, many believers picture the Lord as a pal and talk to Him with little reverence. <BR> <BR> Neither approach is healthy. Our finite minds cannot fully grasp that God is both loving and holy. Let’s first explore the holy, fear-provoking side of the Lord. As you... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 03:41:24 EST Ephesians 4:1-3 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. <BR> Ephesians 4:1-3 NLT Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:53:17 EST Am I Looking To God Am I Looking To God? <BR> <BR> Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says, "Look to Me, and be saved . . . ." The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ. "Look t... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:46:55 EST 1 Peter 5:8-9 January 25, 2016 <BR> Verse of the Day <BR> <BR> Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. <BR> 1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:03:19 EST Update on my friend Brad Update on my friend Brad. He is out of ICU and his kidneys are working a lot better. Thank you to all of you who were praying. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:22:46 EST prayer request for a friend I have a very dear friend who is on the verge of divorce. She is in her late 50s and has 2 young children they adopted from China. She is in a situation that is emotionally abusive and doesn't know how to get out of it and still have the life she wants. She is feeling this pressure from her husband, siblings, and his siblings. It is almost like they are all ganging up on her. Granted, I only know one side of the story, but she is the one that knows more about child-rearing than her husband. T... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:53:09 EST I'm new Good snowy afternoon everyone! <BR> <BR> I am snowed in today, which is a perfect day for lurking on Spark. I have about 130 lbs to lose to be down to 150. At this point, my intermediate goal is to get below 200. I have not been below 200 since probably high school. I am interested in getting an accountability group started where we post every day 2 things we have done towards our weight loss goals. For Christmas, my mom got me the Spark calendar. I have found that to be very helpful. For th... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:52:54 EST Urgent prayer request My friend Brad has a really bad infection throughout his body, and may not make it. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:09:03 EST Impossible brother! My brother is impossible! He flys off the handle for no reason and he doesn't respect me or my parents! He doesn't even talk normally but gesticulates like a monkey and raises his voice unecessarily! And he does this ALL the time! I don't know why he is such an angry person! <BR> <BR> I used to think he wasn't like this at work at least but I heard from his workmates he sometimes does this at work too! I am concerned because I don't want him to lose his job or die from a heart attack! Being ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:34:01 EST Optimistic <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi! I'm Di (pronounced dye or die never dee), I'm 62 and living in Tucson. I have 120 pounds to lose and they say I can do it by April 2018. I also have stage 1 breast cancer. I am trusting the Lord to make the hormone blockers an effective treatment until we can make arrangements for me to have surgery to remove it. Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:35:50 EST question about money worshi Is it considered money worship if you are only wanting to be able to pay your bills and take care of what you have been given by the Lord? Jesus said to give to Caesar what was his. Wouldn't paying your bills be similar? I don't feel like I should be anywhere when I keep hearing that you have to give money to this church and this radio when you don't have enough to keep the bills paid. Last week the pastor where I was at church said that doing things to help with the church didn't count, ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:44:42 EST Thank you Thank you for all the warm welcomes, I've been so confused with this huge Spark People site! I hope it's OK to friend people without asking them first. I think I'll start asking! I think I'll like it here, and I'll get used to this. One of my favorite things is to sit in front of a computer screen, really, and that's one of my problems!!! <em>20</em> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:59:09 EST Hello I just joined---I've 'dieted' all my life and I'm heavier than ever. I never dreamed I'd get this heavy but I went through a very bad time in my life and didn't deal with it at all well, ate and drank my way to 300+ pounds. I hate what I've done and it's a struggle to reverse the damage. I need prayer and some friends. This is my last chance, I damaged my health badly! Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:53:07 EST Prayers For My Son My son is going through a bad time right now. He is in his second year of college right now. He had a girlfriend, his first one ever this year and they broke up last week during finals week. I didn't even know about her until this past weekend. I overheard him talking on the phone to a friend about feeling down and dark days and how he wouldn't commit suicide because that is too easy, but it had crossed his mind. He had gone outdoors to talk to this friend and when I heard the door close I we... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:36:04 EST Bonus Team Points 50 bonus points for the team today! <em>104</em> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:47:28 EST Death of a family friend I just found out that a friend of my family passed away on Tuesday evening, so would like prayers for the person's family and mine. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:16:27 EST Christian Book Reviews "The Case for Christmas" - Lee Strobel <BR> <BR> This one is hard for me to rate.... I give it a 1/5 and a 4.5/5. I'll explain in a bit. <BR> <BR> Lee Strobel is a brilliant author, most known for his other books "The Case for a Creator" in which he basically scientifically proves the absolute impossiblity of evolution, and scientific proof for creation. "The Case for a Christ" in which he historically proves that accuracy of the Bible and existence of Jesus Christ. He also authored "The ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:11:29 EST Prayer for my toe I would like prayer for my big toe on my right foot. I don't know if I bruised it, or if something else is going on. I ask for prayers that God can heal it. Otherwise I will be calling my doctor to get it checked out in case it is something. I also pray that if there is something wrong that it will be an easy fix. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 03:40:12 EST Requesting Prayer this week Hello everyone, <BR> I haven't posted here before, but I have three pretty big prayer requests this week that I am trusting for the Lord's faithfulness, but I'm still having anxiety about. I feel like God is steering me toward other believers for prayer and strength. <BR> <BR> The first request is a job. I don't have one, and I am almost out of money. I don't have enough to make it through January. There is one specifically I applied for that is my dream job, but I do not know if it is God'... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:22:13 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Dustie. I'm joining spark people with the hope of finding encouragement to be the best me in all areas of my life. I am a born again Christian, wife and mother of 3 young children. I have always struggled with my weight. I am currently heavier than I ever have been and its starting to take a toll on my health and preventing me from being the mother I want to be. The last five or six years have been a struggle for me. I've changed a lot but in some areas I have changed for the worst... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:22:49 EST Is Feng Shui considered Divination? My Dad is a strong believer in Feng Shui. I was thinking of getting the 2016 almanac for him. But now I am thinking that I shouldn't encourage him but he will buy it every year anyway. <BR> <BR> He is upset with me atm and I was thinking of getting it for as a peace offering but now I feel guilthy. Am I betraying the Lord by this? Mon, 26 Oct 2015 07:15:36 EST HI! My name is Edith, excited to be a part of this team! <BR> Be Encouraged....... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:21:50 EST Hi!! Hi, my name is Marisa. I recently lost 10 pounds, think I've gained back 4 so here I am trying again. My biggest obstacle is a lack of consistency. I compromise too much and it affects my goals. Any prayers you have for me in that area are greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:22:23 EST 46 y.o. female 5'0" needs to lose 70 lb Hi there. My name is Stacy. My husband and I are missionaries in Tennessee. I love God, love my husband, love my 4 grown children, and love my 3 dogs and 2 cats....but I need help loving me. My constant battle with the love of food and lack of activity has put me at an all time high of 176 lbs after losing down to 120 pounds 3 years ago. Some of my struggles are a husband that is naturally skinny, living quite a ways from town (gym/friends), and the fact that I bummed up my ankle on the ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:17:24 EST TRIVIA This isn't exactly fun and games but found no place to put this. <BR> If you do the trivia on the points lineup you know how much you can learn about a healthy lifestyle. <BR> It teaches you many things. <BR> Maybe at the beginning you don't know the answers but at the side they give an explanation of each question answered wrongly. <BR> They repeat the same questions over and over so you begin doing better as you know some of the answers. <BR> It is fun and as we post we are kind of account... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:40:54 EST HI HI, My Name is Jaime. I am just starting Jimmy Pena's Prayfit 33 day challenge thing. I think it will be motivating. I got DVD's so that I can do them any time of the day. I also got a toning challenge one. They're rated pretty well, and they're Christian. So, I'm happy. It's good to meet you all. I am looking at short goals. Long term goal is to get from around 280 to 175ish. Short term goal, to get healthy with Jimmy Pena, and see what turns out :-) <BR> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:47:32 EST Daily Devotional Wake up every morning. Get down on your knees. Praise God and ask him what you can do for HIM today. Be HIS vessel. <em>334</em> <em>521</em> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:02:54 EST Do you ever skip church? And do you feel guilty abt it? As a rule, I go to church nearly every Sunday morning but sometimes I just feel so tired that I skip it. <BR> <BR> Why does it have to be in the morning? I would be more inclined to go if it was Saturday evening! Sun, 16 Aug 2015 03:50:34 EST I hate my life! I am on dialysis, thus, I have to limit my fluids to 500ml a day. As you can see, I am not allowed to drink much. To make matters worse, I hardly urinate now. My weight has been climbing up and up and up, esp during weekends. <BR> <BR> I go for dialysis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Which means the weekends are 2 days dialysis free. I normally weigh abt 61kgs plus on Mondays. Lately, though, I weigh 63kgs plus on Mondays. My main problem is Mondays. Currently, my target weigh after di... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:08:16 EST Need some help I'm having trouble staying motivated. Lots of health problems but I know if I could get to doing some light exercise and watching diet, it would help. Anyone have any suggestions? Sun, 9 Aug 2015 06:39:30 EST prayer Needing prayer going through a battle and depression is getting me down.. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:26:36 EST New <em>524</em> I am new to this group. I am married and I am 34 and over weight. I am looking forward to getting started on my journey. I know this group will be helpful. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:40:35 EST what's your routine? Hi all, I'd like to get some input on people's diet/exercise plans. What has worked for you? I've tried them all! Low fat, low carb, low cal...I've been doing this since I was 12 (the flash backs of Slim-fast are traumatizing!) I am desperate to find what works for me that I can maintain the rest of my life. My father died at a young age (48) from a heart attack and I know I am heading down the same road. I need to make changes before it's to late. I have started walking in the past couple we... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:19:39 EST New! Hi all, I'm Erica. I've been on and off with Sparkpeople for a few years now. My teams always seem to wither away and become inactive and I get discouraged and take a long break from the site. I decided to give another shot and found this team. It looks fairly active so I thought I'd give it a try. I am a 40 year old Christian, single woman with 2 girls (both grown, out of school but still at home) and I have about 140 pounds to lose. I'm looking for motivation and support and, of course, new... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:50:20 EST Just joined Hey Y'all. I just joined and am now headed to Church. Im Laina. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:49:37 EST Seeking True Stories Hi, team! I am trying to learn more about how the Holy Spirit helps mothers. If you or anyone you know has had an experience in which the Holy Spirit has spoken to you clearly and directly regarding your child, please email me. I would also appreciate it if you could spread the word to your church and other Christian women you know. Thank you so much! Sat, 18 Jul 2015 13:50:52 EST Cajon Pass fire Good morning team! <BR> <BR> (I decided to start a new thread about this. I dont know how to delete the post I just made in the other thread.) <BR> <BR> We had an awful freeway fire yesterday in my area. It was heartbreaking to watch the live footage of the destruction a brush fire can do. There are still many misplaced people this morning in the Cajon Pass area. <BR> <BR> Let's pray for them...."Dear heavenly Father, please send your angels (human and heavenly) to these stranded people th... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:30:23 EST Song Title/Art ist-HELP! Hi, All - I wondered if someone could help me out <em>303</em> I've heard a song on Family Life Radio several times over the last few weeks and I love it. The problem is they have never given the song title and artist when I'm listening. One line of the song is "........You have been my God through all of this." I'm thinking the tittle might be in that line?? Anyway, if anyone knows the title of this song I would really appreciate it - if you know the artist, that would be a bonus! Thanks... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:05:28 EST Admitting I'm not alone: A Wonderful Discovery All my life I have been wanting to do things on my own. I get a sense of satisfaction that if I do it all by myself then I am truly a wonderful person. <BR> <BR> Did this mentality line up with God's Word? No. Jesus devotes a whole chapter in the Bible about "abiding in Him" John 15 <BR> <BR> He also says in Matt 11:29 "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me" how do I do it? <BR> <BR> Well that's why I am at Spark people I want to learn how to do it and also be apart of a community that i... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:30:33 EST California Greetings! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Shellie from Southern CA. I just joined the team this morning. I hope to meet other Christian ladies. I have been a member of SP for awhile now but a new friend I made on here yesterday told me about this Christian section. I hope you all have a blessed day! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:31:10 EST PLEASE PRAY FOR MY PASTOR :) Good Morning :) Gonna be in Church online soon you are welcome to join our pastor is in the Ukraine please be praying for his safety many months back he was there and the new president of the country got saved :) I know he is called to go there however I know they are fighting there so keep him lifted up Curry Blake Thank you all :) Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:55:45 EST JESUS LOVES YOU &#8206;Saturday, &#8206;11 &#8206;July, &#8206;2015 <BR> I have been reading in Matthew and studying and in James with my granddaughter , Nothing has changed you know ,,, Jesus went about doing good and the enemies of the cross hated him ,, It is still the same the enemy is constanlty trying to change good to bad ,, we the Children of the most high who have accepted Jesus as Savior and have given our life to walk as he instructs us must keep our eyes on why we are still here ,, we have work... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 08:07:04 EST Greetings from Minnesota! Hello and greetings from Northern Minnesota! I just move to Minnesota last year and I love the peace and quiet up here. There is a wonderful church just down the road. I love reading, cooking, hiking, canoeing when I can, socializing and creating stuff. I am looking forward to meeting others on this team. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:39:26 EST What Book Are You Reading Now? I am currently reading Lee Strobel's new book, "A Case for Grace." I've cried my way through the first three chapters and sincerely hope I'll have more time to devote to reading it in the coming week. Strobel, as always, uses his background as an investigative reporter to search out the topic - in this instance, God's ever-flowing grace to His children. Like the Case for Creation, Case for Christ, Case for Christmas and the Case for Faith, Lee Strobel interviews real people and presents und... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 20:00:45 EST WE MUST STAND Good Morning , <BR> So many have come to me upset over the new developements in our goverment ,, I will say this we know as the Bride of Christ that one of 2 things will Happen ,, #1 2 Chronicles7: 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. <BR> God means us not the world ,,, MY people he said .. so if we his people r... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:33:52 EST WE NEED TO PRAY ! Good Morning Looks rainy here however I feel its all the smoke we need to pray for God to let it rain in Calif and Alaska and Washington where all the fires are burning ,, Father in Jesus name we need it to rain in these places that have Fires and Droughts ,, Thank you Father ,, Have a awesome day :) Be a Blessing to someone :) Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:57:05 EST Hello, I'm Tina . . . I am returning to Spark People after an absence. I'm dealing with plenty of stressful circumstances, which are: <BR> <BR> 1. Several health problems, including possible adrenal fatigue, back pain, sleep apnea, obesity (which is why I'm on this website!), and chronic bladder pain (a condition called interstitial cystitis, which I've lived with for nearly 25 years). <BR> 2. A teenager with high-functioning autism, and my associated worries about his adulthood. <BR> 3. Depression, which I've al... Tue, 26 May 2015 20:32:04 EST IN TIMES OF NEED :) &#8206;Friday, &#8206;May &#8206;22, &#8206;2015 <BR> Good Morning all , <BR> wow so much going on in the news sometimes I just have to step back and take a deep breath and spend time with Our Father God ,,,, it could overwhelm one ,, I have been joining in the prayer and fasting For Our Brothers and Sisters and our country ,,, Oh Father we need to be awakened ,, and repent ,,,When I start to get overwhelmed by anything this is the verse I turn to <BR> <BR> PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 4 : 8 Fin... Fri, 22 May 2015 09:42:59 EST My name is Vicki I am now introducing myself to LOW GLYCEMIC food choices. <BR> Does anyone have good ideas about breakfast choices and lunch. I can figure out the evening meals ok. <BR> What about snacks????????? <BR> What about GOOD salad dressings either to make or already prepared????? Mon, 18 May 2015 13:25:45 EST Reading Isaiah 40 Fri, 15 May 2015 19:43:39 EST BIBLE TRIVIA ANYONE ? God our Father Physically wrote something 3 times in the Bible .The first 2 were on tablets , what did he write the 3rd time ? Fri, 15 May 2015 09:24:01 EST HOW ABOUT SOME BIBLE TRIVIA ! Fill in the Blank ,,,,,I THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 5 : 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a ______________ <BR> Thu, 14 May 2015 09:40:48 EST Inspirational Movies Fireproof <BR> <em>529</em> Mon, 11 May 2015 13:36:32 EST PLEASE PRAY Friends, please join me in praying for my sparkfriend FERRETLOVER1's (Judy) baby grand-nephew named Finley. <BR> <BR> Let's pray prayers of faith for this child! <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:45:45 EST Prayer requests Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> I met with a nutritionist last week and it was pretty overwhelming information. <BR> I need to develop food plans to lower my blood sugar, limited because of IBS, etc. and high cholesterol. Please pray I can be discipline and I'm asking for accountability. <BR> <BR> take care <BR> Diana Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:35:47 EST Working Out on an Empty Stomach Hello everyone! I need your opinion. How many of you prefer to work out on an empty stomach? My goal is to lose 60 lbs by doing it the old fashion way - diet and exercise, no pills. I get up every morning at 5 AM w/o eating breakfast and walk on the treadmill for 30-35 mins 5 days a week and strength training twice a week. After working out, I may eat a bowl of oatmeal if I have time before I leave for work or eat a cereal/protein bar if I don't have the time. Honestly, I 'm really not a brea... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:39:32 EST God will take care of you! I woke up really late today. As a result, I didn't have time to eat lunch. I arrived in the dialysis center hungry but before I left the house, I packed some fried rice that my Mom cooked, intending for it to be my lunch. <BR> <BR> My friend whatsapped me to ask me to Church for Good Friday service. I will be going straight after dialysis. I was kinda worried about what to have for dinner when out of the blue another patient bought me a burger and coke light. One of the nurses also gave me ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:19:19 EST Having a rough week! Hello everyone! I'm not loosing any weight, my habits are not changing and I'm overwhelmed. HELP! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:21:18 EST New Team for Pastor's Wives I wanted to let you all know that I've created a new team for ministry/pastor's wives. <BR> <BR> I've had a long-time desire for a team for women in ministry who also would like more strong accountability. I want to create fitness challenges and ask everyone to track food. I'm asking people who join to be willing to check in with the team daily for accountability. I'm also trying to broaden the focus to include missionaries or women who are employed in churches doing ministry. <BR> <BR... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:24:21 EST needing prayers Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I need prayers. Pray that I surrender everything to God. Just learned my 22 yr old daughter is pregnant by her boyfriend. This is where the tendencies come to overeat. <BR> <BR> Take care <BR> Diana Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:59:58 EST John 14:26 John 14:26 <BR> King James Version (KJV) <BR> <BR> <BR> But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 02:26:22 EST Don't give up... Creating long-lasting healthy habits. <em>315</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:05:57 EST Christian song lyrics sites Does anyone know sites that might have the lyrics to the song "Come and See His Glory?" It is a song near the beginning of the Passion Play and I would like to have the lyrics. I don't know if we will be singing it during the play or if they will use the CD again like they have before. They have the words to He's Alive in the back of the script. I just kind of want to learn the words to all the songs in it for some reason. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:56:00 EST Satanism in entertainment Does anyone feel that the entertainment industry keeps getting more satanic? <BR> <BR> Last year's grammy awards, certain artists with their symbolism, lyrics, 'dancing', even the same sex 'marriages' officiated by Queen Latifah, for instance. <BR> <BR> This is disturbing on so many levels because of the legions of fans they influnce, that many ppl are heading for eternal damnation just because of entertainment! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:07:07 EST Satanism in entertainment Does anyone feel that the entertainment industry keeps getting more satanic? <BR> <BR> Last year's grammy awards, certain artists with their symbolism, lyrics, 'dancing', even the same sex 'marriages' officiated by Queen Latifah, for instance. <BR> <BR> This is disturbing on so many levels because of the legions of fans they influnce, that many ppl are heading for eternal damnation just because of entertainment! <BR> <BR> What do you think? Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:00:03 EST Christian faith and Yoga or meditation I may have asked about this before, but several years ago if I did. I was wondering what people think of yoga and meditation and how it might affect the Christian faith/lifestyle. I was reading the Best of SparkPeople that had an article on how yoga and meditation and such help with heart problems. My friend says that the meditation they require for those types of exercises open the mind to let evil enter. Pretty much seems that exercises for relaxation all go against the Christian lifest... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:15:22 EST OVERCOMING FEAR Psalms 56:3 <BR> <BR> We have all at one time or another been afraid for one reason or another and David here brings out one of the reasons why we are afraid sometimes…ENEMIES (people who constantly slander and attack you and plot evil against us) but we should learn from David’s response, he says that when he is afraid he will put his trust in God, he trusted that God would fulfill what he had promised and wondered what can mere man do to him!!! <BR> What is trust? <BR> •Firm belief in the ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:01:01 EST I'm new -- again! <em>521</em> The SPARKPEOPLE video is so very inspirational. Yes, I'm new here again and YES, I CAN DO IT!!! I am looking forward to the support from this forum. <BR> <BR> Romans 12:1-- I plead with you, give your bodies to God. Let it be a living sacrifice, holy--the kind He can accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? <BR> 2-- Dont copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do a... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:52:45 EST The Passion Play I haven't posted on the team for a long time, but thought I would post about this Play which is performed in many places all around the world. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Passion Play. We are currently in rehearsals in Denver, CO and the plans are to have 5 different portrayers of Jesus from different places around the world. I can remember that there is supposed to be one from South Africa and, I think, India. A town in Mexico just had their first year and had 4 performances... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:00:31 EST I'm new I'm new to the forum looking forward to meeting all of you Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:51:05 EST Lost 8 LBS last week Praying God continues to keep me motivated in this journey. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:10:55 EST Happy to be here! Hello from North Dakota! <BR> My children are grown, I am a grandmother of two. <BR> I love people, l am a good friend. I have many interests and love to learn. <BR> Our home with fur babies and 3 parakeets (my sons). <BR> Love to metal detect in the summer, garden and flowers. I tend to change this up in my life as I like changes, from furniture to painting new colors. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:57:00 EST Answers to Prayer A year ago my wife was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was quite a shock because she hadn't been ill and all the routine tests were fine. A CT scan showed her bowel was completely blocked and had shut down. Emergency surgery removed 41/2 feet of bowel and colon. This was followed by six months of chemo. Today a colonoscopy showed the bowel was clear. She still has to have a CT scan in March because there was also cancer in ten lymph nodes. I pastor three small churches (four in the summer) an... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:52:41 EST Enoch Jubilees Jasher Has anyone read these books? Im starting Enoch today,....just curious about your take on them! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:53:35 EST It's a start! Lost 9 pounds, but it's water. Only the first week, I've been here before, but I still feel good about it! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:29:31 EST Women Living Well Anyone here doing the Women Living Well Bible Reading? <BR><BR>ime-to-begin/ Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:18:20 EST New to Christian Forum Hello! Just want to introduce myself - so glad to know there are others I can communicate with who are seeking to lose weight with God's help. <BR> <BR> I'm a 46 year old mom of 5. Triplets - age 11 (2 dd and 1 ds), 1 ds-9yrs, 1 ds-7 yrs. <BR> <BR> We homeschool and keep super busy - but still gaining weight at this age and stage of life. Want to lose about 30 pounds and keep it off! <BR> <BR> Praying for success! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:38:46 EST Hello and Happy New Year! Alright people this is THE year! I'm starting off 2015 by declaring victory over my lifelong weight battle. I've been telling myself it's just not possible for long enough. Maybe I can't do this, but I know God can! <BR> <BR> This is the year I stop doubting and start obeying. This is the year I stop waiting to FEEL like doing the work. This is the year I stop wanting it to be easy. This is the year I welcome God into the ugliest, scariest, darkest, sin-filled corner of my life. <BR... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 21:28:04 EST Hello, I'm Tim Hello everyone, my name is Tim and after a two year absence from Spark, I realize it's time to come back and start over fresh. <BR> I joined a couple of days ago, and have been looking at different teams to join, and this one popped up several times. I think God is telling me that this is where I need to be. I've been a Christian all my life, but have had some set backs during my 46 years. I've recently started reading my Bible again, and prayed to God to help me get to know him and our ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:42:47 EST Off to Cosco I am off to Cosco to purchase high protein products that will bridge me into a healthy weight and lifestyle. I have discovered that carbs are my enemy having maintained a relatively low calorie existence, (below 1500 calories) since my gastric bypass surgery. I have put 30lbs back on, (sigh); in the last two years (as soon as I went off the protein shakes I started gaining ever so slowly). <BR> <BR> I am looking for recipes, tasty products, anything that is going to give me that high protei... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:21:41 EST Hi Everybody I'm new and need some friends! LOL Wandering through this site is so much fun---I found this team and said, "Yes!" I'm a Christian mother with an athiest daughter. I need to move closer to God myself. I pray daily for my daughter to see the truth. Maybe someone out there has some advice on that and also I need to lose almost 200 pounds! Both seem overwhelming, but I think with God I can do anything. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 17:01:06 EST Hello All, I'm Kim... :) Hi Everyone... <BR> <BR> My name is Kim. I'm a Canadian. Loves - Hockey, Hello Kitty, Thunderstorms, Horror Movies, Vanilla Scented Candles, Honey/Vanilla Tea, Stuffed Animals, Photography, GOD, and My Husband! ;) I am a Full-Time College Student taking Photography, and I'm finished in April 2015. Really sad ... because I love my teachers and all the awesome Photographers I have met along the way. (fellow classmates of course!) ;) I signed up on here last night.. (December 29th)... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:42:09 EST Howdy Wow! Life sure isn't easy! I started my weight loss journey almost a year ago and while I knew it wouldn't be easy I don't think I was prepared for the negative "voices" in my head telling me I couldn't do it. I am making slow progress though I did not navigate the holiday season very well. I am determined now more than ever to make healthier choices. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:37:45 EST HI, My name is Angela Hi, I accidentally posted to the wall yesterday, sorry about that.... I am excited to have found your team . I love our Lord, He has been so good to me, I have learned that I can't get through my days without Him. <BR> <BR> I am married to a wonderful man here in Northern Utah and we have four amazing boys, 2 of them no longer live at home. They grow up so fast. Over the past 5 years , I have gained weight, I think a lot of it has to do with having chronic illness and the medications I tak... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:22:39 EST New Years Resolution Challenge Hi! I have decided to set myself a New Years Resolution Challenge and wondered if anyone would like to join me? It's a way of encouraging myself to consistently pray and read my Bible each day. <BR> <BR> I want to achieve a minimum of 1 chapter read and 1 person/situation prayed for every single day, but I am going to *aim* for 10 chapters read and 10 people/situations prayed for. If you want to join me you can set your own daily Bible reading and prayer goals. <BR> <BR> I will be ch... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 03:10:25 EST Hello everyone. My name is Corliss, I am a Christian and child of the Most High God. I am a divorced mom of 11 children, all 11 are from my ex husband. Seven of them are grown and on their own. I am also a grand mother of 4 with a 5th on the way. I am engaged to a wonderful man who loves me and my children. We home school the four children that are still at home. I am from Killeen Texas but currently the six of us live in La Marque, Texas where my fiance' was born and grew up. I started with Spark Peopl... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:50 EST New here Hello all. My name is Rose and I am 49 years old and 49 pounds overweight. (give or take). I recently lost my fiancee of 6 years to heart disease and diabetes. Quite a wake up call. I'm hoping through the grace of God, some work on my part, and the help of some friends I can find the strength to get healthy and lose some weight. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:12:21 EST Book Covers Book Covers – Pastor J. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine once narrated to me how she received a call from an international company based here in the city and they wanted her to speak to some of their top management. Now the thing was that she was not expecting this and apparently she was having a bad hair day. <BR> On arrival at the company, they took one look at her and concluded she was not the kind of person to speak to their top management. Without bothering to find out what she had to offer, ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:45:37 EST C I Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:39:31 EST Squeaky Shoe Christian Squeaky Shoe Christian. <BR> A Christian gentleman went to the mall to purchase a pair of shoes. He was outfitted with a suitable pair and went away happy. Some weeks later he brought the shoes back. "Didn't they fit? Weren't they good?" asked the shoe shop attendant. <BR> "Yes they did fit" said the gentleman <BR> "Then why are you returning them?" asked the attendant <BR> "Because they don't have a squeak!" said the gentleman. <BR> It appeared the man wanted a pair of shoes that would squea... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 23:18:34 EST New to SparkPeople Hello everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople and new to the community. I'm looking forward to going on this journey with everyone and letting God take the lead! Everything is possible with Him even this seemingly impossible weight loss journey. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:02:50 EST How has God blessed you? He give His only Begotten Son, that I may live! <BR> <em>304</em> <em>459</em> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:47:19 EST Help!!! I have not been on here in a long time. It has been since march of 2013 when I last tracked my weight and I was at 260. I am at 288 now and going down hill. There are a couple things I am struggling with and need pray and guidance for. <BR> <BR> First, I have been struggling with a powerful addiction now that I felt I had been delivered from. I can't control myself I continue to do it when I know it is a sin and destructive to my relationships with God and my wife. I love my Lord and sa... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:07:48 EST what do I do with my Harry Potter collection? I have both the books and movies. They cost quite a bit. My Christian friends say I should burn them. But I just can't seem to do it. I m not about to become a wiccan nor fantasize abt doing spells. Surely no harm will come by treating it as fiction and reading/watching intelligently! Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:02:40 EST Hi I'm new I'm just trying this out and exploring stuff----what a huge place! I am a Christian but I've gotten way off the path. I need to get control of my life back and make some new friends! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:32:54 EST wedding prayers I'm really struggling with my mom right now. She wants total control of my wedding. When she heard I was engaged she decided on a wedding date and started looking for places. My fiance and I got that changed. She's got the catering of things that she likes to eat that I have food allergies to and she's making appointments with cake places for flavors that she likes. When I see her shes usually always angry and demanding. I've had the experience where she came over impatient and angry waking m... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:04:55 EST Starting over... again.... Hi All! I'm Kim. Used to be on here (off and on) in the past. Here again to get a new fresh start on my weight loss journey. I'm Canadian. I'm currently in my 2nd year (my final year *sadddd*) of Digital Photography at local College in my City. :) Love it. I mostly take photos of landscapes, and have dabbed into Architectural Photography too. Love horror movies (the scarrier... the better!) ;) , thunderstorms, and hot chocolate (special occasions - not to drink it *everyday*... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:13:14 EST Question I am not sure where to post this, so I am sorry if I am doing this in the wrong spot? <BR> But where are the people that are struggling? Everyone sounds so upbeat and like they have it all under control. Some days I feel that way, too. But today I do <BR> carbohydrates are screaming at me from every corner. Help! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Proverbs :-) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:13:39 EST Ephesians 2:8-9 Ephesians 2:8-9 <BR> King James Version (KJV) <BR> <BR> <BR> For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:28:29 EST Kindle DL - The Story There's a book our church is doing in its small groups for Bible study. I purchased it yesterday and it was only $4 for the Kindle DL. It's called The Story. Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nuing-People-ebook/dp/B004OR18FG/ref=t<BR>mm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid= </link> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:00:02 EST Hey y'all! Looking for some motivating, encouraging friends here on spark people! Add me, I'll be encouraging & motivating as well! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:17:36 EST Hello!! Hi! I joined the team yesterday! My name is Ashley, I'm a student from sunny Florida. I joined this site because I want to live a healthier lifestyle and better manage my stress. Of course, what good is it to have a healthy body without a healthy spirit as well? This site has given me a sense of accountability to keep making healthy choices. I am hoping that this team will give me the same sort of accountability as far as prayer, reading my Bible, and quiet time is concerned. <em>213</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:35:39 EST 55 and trying to lose weight Just joined today. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:07:00 EST Newbie Hi, I just started SP last week and I really need to get plugged in. I am looking forward to reading what God is doing in your lives. Today I weighed in and I lost 2 pounds this week <em>208</em> victory for me and a begging of my journey. Many blessings! <BR> <BR> Cindy Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:47:22 EST How do you know God is talking to you? answering p How do you know God is responding to a prayer even if it's just ''yes'' ''no'' or ''maybe''? <BR> <BR> How do you know the source of perceived ''signs'' or dreams? <BR> <BR> How do you know if you can trust something, someone etc aside from whats written in the bible? <BR> <BR> How do we determine what's God will is? when he wants us to do something? <BR> <BR> Also, what's the point in praying? does it make things happen? is it for God to talk to us and provide answers? why does he want u... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:04:18 EST Do we have to close our eyes when we pray? I know most ppl do this but I prefer to keep them open! <BR> <BR> Am I going against the rules? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 05:42:21 EST Prayer Requested A friend called me on Sunday night requesting that i come to her house as her 20-something daughter had overdosed. It appears as if she will be okay, but lose custody of her daughter. This is something she was worried about when she did this. <BR> <BR> Please prayer for this young lady, her child, & her family. I only want what is best for all. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:14:58 EST not totally a newbie.... ;) hi :) my name is kim. i was on here back in 2010 and then have been back on and off since then. i lost a lot of weight on spark people and slowly went back to my old habits (darn junk food! & emotional eating) - and have gained some weight back. i am here for once and for all. i am not going to give up on myself this time. this time is different. <BR> <BR> i am totally convinced that my husband is trying to mess me up ... but you know... he doesn't make me eat anything... i am... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:23 EST The Trap Of Discouragement The Trap of Discouragement <BR> <BR> Habakkuk 1:2 <BR> <BR> Do you feel stuck in discouragement? If so, you are not alone. <BR> <BR> At some point everyone experiences dashed hopes. Disappointment—an emotional response to a failed expectation—is the normal initial reaction. But allowed to linger, it can turn into discouragement, which hovers like a dense cloud. When that’s the case, there is no sense of joy or contentment, no matter what you do. <BR> <BR> The circumstances that trigger th... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:31:33 EST I need prayer--asking for God's guidance Its been too long that Ive been doing this weight loss journey by myself. I need to turn this weakness over to God and hopefully God will take control. I cant do this by myself anymore. I dont have willpower to keep from eating all those unhealthy foods. Im getting tired and the motivation is getting less and less. I need God and those on sp to pray for me that there will be a divine interference in this matter. Im way too overweight to give up but my strength is declining. I dont want... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:31:04 EST Need your prayers I am asking for your prayers. I just retired after working for many decades. I am trying to make sure my life change does not derail either my Christian walk or my fitness and diet habits. The change is more difficult than I anticipated. <BR> <BR> Thanks and God bless, <BR> <BR> Marie Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:43:56 EST Prayers Please I have a couple prayer requests. <BR> <BR> 1. My friend, Sharon, and her family are going through a tough time. Her father had been in and out of the hospital for almost a year. He passed on on Friday the 6th. As she puts it, "A WWII Veteran went home to be with his Savior on the anniversary of his landing at Normandy." Sharon was with her father as he slipped into the arms of Jesus as she was playing a CD of Hymns for him. The one that was playing at the time was "The Old Rugged Cross... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:03:04 EST starting all over *again*.... hello fellow spark people :) <BR> <BR> was here before and now I'm trying to start all over again. hopefully this will be the *last* time for me and my starting all over's. <BR> <BR> I am Canadian, born and raised in a city called Toronto. moved out of Toronto in July 2013 to go back to College. my husband and I got hit by a car in November 2013. :( my left wrist was broken/shattered. my wrist was in 3 different colorful casts - for 8 weeks. when I got my final cast off - ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:52:24 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone -- I'm Karen. I'm 57 and a yo-yo dieter. I have lost and gained the same 20-ish lbs at least 4 or 5 times in the past 10 years (I have kind of lost count). I was an active member of Sparkpeople 3 years (and at least 3 gain/lose cycles) ago. You can read my sad tale of woe in my blog and on my Spark page. I have no doubt I will lose it again -- I am really good at losing weight (and also regaining it). I am here to hopefully learn from others how to actually maintain it this tim... Mon, 19 May 2014 20:50:41 EST newbie? nah, not really..... :) hello sparkies, :) <BR> <BR> my name is kim. i am a canadian, who loves photography (mostly street photography and nature), addicted to hello kitty & horror movies (yeah, i know that both of them don't go well together...but that's just me){*smiles*}. i am *wanting* to become a vegetarian but kind of nervous that i would just end up turning back to meat in the end... but i am willing to even try to do it. :) i am an emotional eater... but, surprising i did everything but eat after g... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:21:59 EST Hello I am Rock! Rock stands for Jesus is my Rock and of course the 7's are God's number. I have been struggling with weight for a very long time. I am now to the point I cannot take it any longer. I want to be healthier. I'm not the only one going through this and I am going to need prayer to make this happen. <BR> <BR> So a big Hello to all my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ out there and I am here for you also. <BR> <BR> In Christ, <BR> Rock Sat, 3 May 2014 21:25:41 EST &#9734; Newbie... ..&#9734; Hey Sparkies.. My name is Kim... I am indeed a newbie. :) Looking to get healthy, lose weight, make some new friends and have some fun along the way. :) <BR> <BR> Always remember -- <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:37:07 EST Inspirational Video This video and beautiful song has inspired me for years. <BR> <BR><BR>ere.html <BR> <BR> Praise God! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:12:15 EST New to Group Hi Everyone, I am new to this group and wanted to say Hi! and looking forward to getting to know people. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:26:14 EST Hi There! Hello - I'm new *again* to SparkPeople. But it's been so long that I'm having a bit of trouble navigating myself around. I truly feel like I'm new here. I don't even remember my username from last time. I may even click a wrong button with replying here! I feel like all thumbs. LOL <BR> <BR> I lost 5 pounds this past month and now have at least 75 pounds to go. <BR> <BR> I love the LORD and am glad to find like minded people here. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you all. <BR... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:40:32 EST Giving Points Hello everyone, <BR> I know it's been a long time since I posted, but I wanted to say Happy Resurrection Sunday. <BR> <BR> I noticed there are over 287 thousand members in this group. I wonder what would happen if each one of us gave one of our Sparks points daily for a while and see if we got up to 1st place and stayed there :) <BR> <BR> Be blessed <BR> Teresa Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:10:59 EST Back Again Hello all, I have returned to SparkPeople after a long absence. I am glad to be back and to have and give support to the members. I am taking it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:13 <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:15:50 EST going down for the last time I feel like I just can't do this anymore--the continual failure is beating me down. <BR> <BR> How can I be so ineffective with the power of the Holy Spirit within me? <BR> <BR> Emotional issues underneath sabotaging my efforts? OK. but how do I get to them?? <BR> <BR> I open the bible and don't know where to go. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:56:59 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! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 06:33:08 EST Good Morning, Lord! Today, I will keep my eyes on the cross, a picture of Jesus’ love for me. <BR> <BR> It changed my perception of the Cross. I’m talking about the question “Do you know how much Jesus loves you?” and the answer “This much,” an answer illustrated with arms outstretched just as our Savior’s were when he was hanging on the cross. His nail-scarred hands, stretched volun­tarily across the rough wood and held there by iron pegs that pierced his flesh and made him bleed, speak volumes of Jesus’ amaz... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 05:36:44 EST Hello hi everyone! I have been a member for quite sometime but I have never been consistent :( I haven't lost much weight due to lack of motivation and will power. I am a stay at home mom who works in direct sales. I am 31, happily married and I have 3 children ages 9 1/2, 7, & 2. I am tired of being over weight for my height and still looking like I am pregnant and not feeling confident. I do love my body because its the only one I will ever have and it gave me 3 beautiful kids. I accept myself as... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:01:45 EST How does anyone get ready for death? Hi, I've been on dialysis for about 10 years. Lately, my blood pressure has been on the low side, and there is no medication to treat that. I have been told to limit my food and drinks but that is just so hard. I am a little overweight but I am by no means fat. The nurses are telling me that my heart is getting weaker and I fear that I may be dying. <BR> <BR> But I am not holy enough for Heaven yet, I still have a long way to go but I am running out of time! How does one ensure that one goes... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:51:02 EST Sunday Message Hi all! because this is the Christians site, I thought I would start a topic so that we could post every Sunday what we learned or talked about at church. <BR> <BR> Today in my church we discussed Genesis 37-39, Jacob and his sons. While we have heard many times about Joseph and his coat of many colors. Today the part of the story that struck me was that Reuben lost his birthright for immoral behavior. Plus he didn't really feel like he was bad enough to deserve to lose his birthright. <... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:41:57 EST Hello I am not new to Sparkpeople, but I am new to the message board, and honestly a little intimidated. I trust in the Lord everyday to guide me and that includes taking care of my body. I am trying to lose 10 pounds and at 54 it does not go as easy as before. I am glad that I found this team, and I am seeking for encouragement to achieve my goal. I Look forward to become part of this community.. Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:55:58 EST From your Mom First of all, I want you to know how beautiful you are. Not because you are my child, it is because of the One who created you. He took His time creating you in His image. He counted your hairs on your head (Luke 12:7, He knew you before you were created (Jeremiah 1:5), He sent His only Son to die for you (John 3:16). <BR> The world tells us that we are incomplete, we are flawed. It tells us lies. I tell you the truth, you are more valuable, and far more beautiful then you can imagine. ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:23:32 EST The Word for Today Is.............. .............. Holiness – Doing What’s Right <BR> <BR> Doing what God has deemed righteous (the right thing, according to His judicious will) is our act of holiness. Yielding our will to God’s to manifest heaven on earth, according to His plan, is tremendously character building. And we are tested in the journey. <BR> <em>459</em> <BR> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:02:26 EST Praise GOD.. I am new to this team Hi my name is Sharon and I am new to the Christian Living team and hope to 'spark' some buddies along the way. I am not new to SP and have been following SP for some years now however it has also been a struggle for me. I am trying to lose 15LB and its extremely hard but I ask GOD to guide me and track every thing that I do and feel. Please contact me and help me to stay motivated as I have been logging on faithfully since Jan 2014. This is the first time I have been consistent like this ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:54:55 EST Hi! I'm new! Hi, I am new to sparks. My name is Francie. I am in my mid 50's, I am a mother of two sons and now have 4 grandchildren. I have a wonderful husband and in May we will be married for 35 years. I joined Sparks to drop about 10lbs but mostly to stop drinking pop. I love the thought that I can join other Christians on this tuff journey! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:46:04 EST Feeling a bit under the weather... Hello my dear Brothers and Sisters, I am feeling a bit under the weather today. I have seen many things in my life not working out as I had originally planned them to. Through the grace of God I am understanding that He has a better plan for me and I have seen, in hindsight, how He has saved me from making major mistakes in my personal life. This doesn't make everything easier, I still struggle with my emotions and patience but it does comfort me to know I can turn to Him at any time and it c... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:30:38 EST Incoming newbie! Today I begin again. Again. I'm a 50's Christian wife and mom, cybrarian at an elementary school, and recovering from a foot injury. Being sedentary from the injury has piled on pounds so I want to start fresh today- docs released me last week to certain types of exercises I can do while foot continues to heal. Here are three things I've learned I need for my success (in my anti-procrastination campaign:) 1) Start and end the day in touch with my creator and savior. 2) Do exercise first thing... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:12:22 EST would like to do this everyday here if ok? This morning Lord I again lift up the SP who believe that praying about our health and nutrition reaches your ears and you do act within us strengthening us and at work in us when we are making our nutrition choices Lord let this ( health and nutrition ) become priority with you coming first. I myself surrender this issue and if others are in agreement they will surrender too. Lord shake us & wake us when temptation comes along. at that moment we must surrender! In Jesus name I ask and ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 08:41:43 EST Favorite: Old or New Testamen t?!?!??! New Testament <em>296</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 06:12:49 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:28:16 EST Newbie Hi! My name is Cindie. I am 55 years old and need to lose 50-60 pounds. I want to get God's temple in shape and set a better example for my children and grandchildren. A better life begins today with God's help. <em>30</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:49:38 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? NEW BLOG POST: Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:17:31 EST What is the best advice you've ever received?!?!? Never say mean things about anybody; they are “poor souls to pray for.” You do not know their story! <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:57:10 EST Resting in Him The Christian life is not a nervous, hanging-on-to-God, but a resting-in-the-hollow-of-His-hand. "Underneath are the everlasting arms." Deuteronomy 33:27 We as Christians will not grow by toiling and turning, stretching and straining, but rather by yielding completely to Christ's control. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:49:25 EST Maker Diet 40 day health experience by JordanRubin It is a amazing tool in conjunction with spark people. These to tool have help me turn my life around with lord Jesus as the centre and Holy spirit as my guide. keep up the good fight. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:28:47 EST Before I die, I want to Leave a legacy for my family and friends <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:28:53 EST Did You Hear the Latest News?! Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s SO much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some, even manage to justify it. Here's a struggle that I had recently. I wanted to respond to a situation I observed. What to do? What do you do in situations like these? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/did-you-hear-latest-news.html </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:35:38 EST What is your favorite bible story/lesson? Moses parting the Red Sea <em>459</em> <BR> Exodus 14:5-31 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:14:18 EST Impatient with elderly parents. My Mom keeps losing her keys and her glasses! Most of the time, she only finds her keys after 30 minutes of rooting in her handbag, but within that time, she will send me on a wild goose chase, which is pointless, bcoz her keys are in her handbag all along. <BR> <BR> My Dad keeps asking me to operate the DVD player. He also yells for me even when I'm busy just bcoz he doesn't want to answer the phone. And when he watches TV, he can't even hear what I'm saying! Is it selective hearing or is h... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:44:36 EST Hello When I first joined this site, the site decided that it would be enough for me to lose about 36 pounds. That's not so bad. Then I went to another site that would show me what I should look like at my target weight goal. I still looked fat. I think it might be because of all those scrawny models out there. Anyway, whatever the case, I decided that I want to lose even more. Now I have 60 pounds to lose. I hope I did not set an unrealistic goal. I used the BMI chart to help me. Plus I never had ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 03:30:43 EST Praise Report My husband had quite a wreck on his bike ride this morning...very bloody, battered, & bruised. BUT no head or back injuries & nothing he won't heal from. He was riding fast with the wind at his back & the roads were wet. It could have been SO much worse. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Praise God! Thank you for having him in Your protective hands this morning. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:03:02 EST Favorite Christian Songs 10,000 Reasons - Matt Redman <em>276</em> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 23:47:36 EST Hello i am New to this team Hello my name is Diane, and just joined Spark people. I need to lose 180 pounds and need the support from others who are also trying to become healthy for God,themselves and Family. Or for whatever reason they may have. I know its not a easy task but with strong perseverance and prayer i know it can become a victory! Good luck to all that are just starting a positive change in your life and congratulations to those that have reached your goals and beyond! Thank You,Diane Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:58:27 EST What is Church? As our family is yet again considering our local church options and we are contemplating some mix of house church and attending a local large gathering of believers we are realizing that most local churches are not very good representations of the church that is described in the book of Acts 2:42-47. <BR> Most have justified moving away from this model for various reasons, some of which I find more legitimate than others. <BR> The other thing that modern Christian churches have moved away fro... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:52:14 EST Free Beth Moore book downloads for Kindle! If you enjoy Christian reading...Beth Moore is the way to go. She is giving away 16 FREE book downloads for Kindle! Here's the link!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ree-ebooks-from-beth-moore/ </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:07:04 EST ONE MORE TRY BACK TO WORK ON MONDAY AND BACK ON MY DIET. THIS IS NOT EASY, BUT I CANNOT GIVE UP IMHAVE TO KEEP ON TRYING. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:44:35 EST Grace & Mercy I have struggled for 30 years with an incident that happened in college (attempted date rape) and today the Lord helped me to see it was not all on me. I made a stupid choice which resulted in a negative outcome. But there we two people in that room and I never wanted what he was pushing. <BR> <BR> I praise the Lord for His grace & mercy. I have been crusifying myself over & over again for 30 years for that evening. I have padded myself in 35 extra pounds to "protect" myself from further unw... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 19:42:23 EST I'm new (again) I came here for a short while a couple of years ago. I am now motivated because we just joined Medi-Share ( and they are requiring me to lose some weight. When I reach their goal, I won't have to pay the extra monthly fee for health coaching. It's worth it because I do better with accountability. I don't know if I will be able to make the changes AND keep up here, but setting my goals high so I won't fall so far down. <BR> <BR> My changes are, starting the Idiot Proof Die... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:37:30 EST New Sparky... Hi all, My name is Kimberley. I am a college student (taking Photography) and loving it. :) I was born and raised in Toronto Canada. Moved out of Toronto (still in Ontario) to attend school. :) I am married. No kids. Today (December 29th) is my birthday... so for a present from myself - I joined SparkPeople. :) I am not waiting til New Years to make my "become healthy" for my Resolution. I'm doing it right now! :) I would like to lose around 45 pounds and then re-evaluate w... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:28:15 EST Christian Lounge 2014 ~ Christian Lounge ~ This is going to be our new chat room. So we don't have to change it every year. We can just keep talking and keeping up with our friends and prayer list. So looking forward to seeing you here. <BR> <BR> Happy New Years Team! <BR> From your Team Leaders, <BR> MCDIDDLYD <BR> WESLEYV Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:45:59 EST Taken by Surprise At church a couple of weeks ago, I noticed the man in front of me was holding & sometimes rubbing his lower back, leading me to infer that he was in some sort of discomfort. This was pretty much confirmed as he walked down the aisle toward the communion table as his gait was very awkward. <BR> <BR> When the service was over, I approached him & asked if he in fact was in pain. He said that he was so I offered to pray with him for healing or at least some relief from his pain. At first, his ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:45:53 EST Christmas cheer and Holiday greetings Today represent the day that God showed love and mercy on our souls and gave his only Begotten Son so that we might have everlasting life. Jesus loved us so much that He willing walked the earth teaching us God's word and His commandments, and enduring the crucifixion on the cross so that we may have everlasting life! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>88</em> <BR> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 22:31:28 EST Getting to the ROOT issue... Hello! <BR> <BR> I am new to this group, and I'd like to share a bit of my story and intentions... <BR> <BR> First of all, I'd like to lose weight - about 40 lbs. <BR> <BR> After 25-30 years of dieting (starting when I was about 9), I've come to realize that dieting is not the answer for me. I dont want to spend my time and energy on more obsessive diets. I am in this to find my root issue... <BR> <BR> Yes, I do have hypothyroidism and metabolic trouble turning food into fuel (ATP), but ... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:14:01 EST Christian Humor There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our <BR> new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets." <BR> <em>528</em> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 07:24:49 EST I'm New! Hi! My name is Debi and I live in Lockport, IL. I'm 54 years old and single. I live with my sister and her 8 year old, Jack. I have a cat named Agnes and two guinea pigs named Fig and Gomez. I love to read, cook, and crochet. I'm currently at 367 lbs. I've already lost 57 lbs with WW. Hoping to make friends and share ideas! Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:12:30 EST Romans 12:21 Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. <BR> <BR> ~ Romans 12:21 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:53:50 EST Hi there! My name is Vanessa and while I'm not new to SparkPeople, I am new to this team <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm about a month in on my journey to a healthier me and am so happy to have found an active Christian team! <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting you and getting healthy together. Feel free to add me as a friend or comment on my page <em>252</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:56:17 EST Sparky Sparky... A new sparky here... well sort of Hi! My name is Kimberley.. I'm in my 40's... been here before... lost weight... gained some back.. and have returned to get this weight off once and for all. :) I'm Canadian. :) Married. No kids, but I have a zillion stuffed animals. There is talk in the New Year of getting either a puppy or a kitten.. it will be my 1st animal ever... kind of excited and nervous at the same time. :) I can lose weight on my own.. but I'm looking for some support along the way. So! :) Hope... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:05:11 EST Making changes in my life I am making major changes in life right now... The 2 big ones are getting on meds for my hypothyroidism and taking better control of my health and rebuilding my relationship with God. I feel like my struggles stemming from my thyroid issues had a big effect on my relationship with God. I can definitely say I have been going through some depression with it and being in a state of feeling too tired to do anything and not feeling up to even wanting to pray numbed me out even more. In the mess I... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:46:03 EST Spiritual Journey Hi everyone. My name is Monika and I have been a sparker for almost four years. I have been attempting to take off the same 40lbs since I started. My biggest obstacle is me. I am a compulsive excuse maker, and have recently come to terms with the fact that I am my biggest hurdle. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of this past summer, I started on a journey of self-enlightenment which has transformed into a spiritual journey. I have reignited my relationship with God, and have accepted that with Hi... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:05:39 EST Do you eat dinner together as a family? Do you eat dinner together as a family? Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:46:33 EST prayers for the Crouch family I don't know if any of you heard, but the founder of TBN Paul Crouch went to be with the Lord on November 30th 2013. Please lift up his family and friends in your prayers. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:59:56 EST prayers for the Crouch family I don't know if any of you heard, but the founder of TBN Paul Crouch went to be with the Lord on November 30th 2013. Please lift up his family and friends in your prayers. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:53:34 EST Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. <BR> <BR> ~ Psalm 107:1 Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:41:09 EST 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purfies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 <BR> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 04:54:17 EST Prayer of the Day “A Prayer For Grace-filled Speech” <BR> <BR> Father, I want the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart to be pleasing to You this day. I pray that my conversation is uplifting so that I build others up rather than tear them down. May I walk and talk with Your grace so that I impart grace to others showing respect, courtesy, and interest in their lives. Just as salt is tasty to food making it more pleasant to eat, I pray that my dialogue is wholesome, making conversation pleasant a... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:29:16 EST John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. Anyone who loves me will be loved by my Father and I too wil love them and show myself to them. <BR> John 14:21 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 05:40:44 EST Psalm 4:4-5 Don't sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. <BR> <BR> ~ Psalm 4:4-5, NLT <BR> <BR> This is also my prayer request. I am having trouble keeping my anger in check. So please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 04:29:00 EST HI I am Tammy I have insulin-dependent diabetes. I have had it for about 7 years and it is very uncontrolled most of the time, mostly because I struggle with my diet. I would love to talk to others who share my struggles and learn about daily menus that could help me. Thank you! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:23:08 EST Urgent Help, Prayers needed ! I need prayers Please. I woke up from a nap today to find a large bump on the back of my head. It starts at the base of my neck almost to the midway point up the back of the head to the center divide of the back of the head. It projects quite a ways out. It's a large lump that suddenly appeared out of the blue. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 04:14:18 EST Hi I'm New-ish Hi I'm starting over after replacing my computer. My goals are the same, lose weight while moving closer to Jesus. I'm looking for a good beginners Bible study to do, if anyone had any suggestions........? Tue, 5 Nov 2013 16:25:35 EST Prayer request I am going to the dr on the 13th and this is a new dr for me. I have thyroid issues and I am pretty sure that it is out of wack right now. For the last 3 years I have been trying to treat my thyroid issues naturally but in the last 3 months I have gained 15 pounds plus am dealing with some other issues associated with my thyroid. <BR> I am praying that this dr is proactive and is willing to help. I have had way too many drs that just don't care and do very minimal. I don't have insurance curr... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:51:34 EST Prayer need My husband has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It is in the bile duct more than the pancreases which is good and no blood vessels are involved. Please pray for Terry and our family- Lisa and Tammy daughters and me Brenda his wife. I know God is working all things for good. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 07:34:00 EST It's National Breast Cancer Month! <em>390</em> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 01:57:28 EST Back At It Good morning everyone: <BR> <BR> I've been MIA. My husband and I recently celebrated our 7th anniversary and went away for a few days to celebrate. We returned on Monday evening, I went back to work on Tuesday only to be furlough (I am a federal employee). I attend a leadership conference away this past weekend and got home yesterday evening. Well I am back at it this week motivated, ready to work out, eat right and log everything. Well that's all for me today. Enjoy your day! Bless... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:49:27 EST Different but the Same? Hello everyone, my name is Kelly and I just joined SparkPeople yesterday. I am wanting to join a team that honors the Lord above all else...but I have a sticky widget. I am a Mennonite, and we don't take photos, I cannot post any of myself. If this would be a difficulty for anyone I'd understand. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose and some health issues (HBP, Arthritis, and Raynauds Disease{Primary}). I'd like to be an encourager to people who love the Lord...or people who don... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 07:49:05 EST Christian Prayer Request Book Father, <BR> <BR> You are the sovereign Lord over all creation, and yet Your ear is open to my prayers. I thank You that I can come boldly before Your throne to receive the help I need for myself and others. I am grateful that You are not a God that is far off, but that You are near. Your heart is full of concern for Your children. I am confident that You hear me when I cry out to You. I rest in the security of Your watchful eye. My heart looks with anticipation for the answers You will sen... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:41:37 EST message looking for the blog earlier this week that was posted saying how God made eveything. Like how many stripes on a watermelon, seed on wheat. rows on other things. Please email it to me if you can. Thanks Kay Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:30:24 EST Prayers needed for my sister-in-law she has cancer Just found out today that my sister-in-law has cancer of the pancreas, not sure what stage it is in but will find out when my brother-in-law lets me know. Please pray for her and her salvation too. Her name is Dee. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:00:47 EST My Bible Verses for this Week "Be very careful then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil, therefore do not be foolish but understand what the Lords will is." Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV <BR> <BR> These verses have a lot of meaty substance to them. You can read and meditate on them every day and get a little different nuance from them than the previous day. <BR> <BR> Taking care of our bodies, the earthly temple that the Holy Spirit dwells in would be one o... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 01:51:33 EST Need some encouragement Hi, <BR> So 3 years ago I had our second son and lost all my baby weight plus 10lbs. I was feeling so good and happy A year ago June we had our first daughter. She is so beautiful and so cute. Such a blessing. Anyways after 3 months I figured something was wrong when I was really depressed and snapping at everyone and wanting to stay in bed all day. I was diagnosed with Post Partum Depression. It has been a year now and it just seems to linger. I am on medication but I still seem off.... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:49:21 EST Introduce yourself to the team Hi! I am new to this and still figuring this out. I'm not too computer savvy. I am 49 years old and have 4 beautiful children. My youngest will be 18 this November and is the last one to leave the nest. I have been married to the most wonderful man God blessed me with for 26 years this coming October. <BR> I was in an auto accident in 2004 and went from being very active to mostly inactive due to chronic back pain. So all muscle that I did have turned to fat and has remained that way. On May ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:10:57 EST Newbie Hello to all. I'm so happy there is a Christian forum. I know I've not taken good care of God's temple that He loaned to me. But, thankfully we have a forgiving God and I'm going to try once again!! I'm 53, a widow and have two adult daughters, one married, one engaged. I also have extended family and good Christian friends. Because of medical reasons I no longer drive and find that a HUGE challenge, especially when trying to figure out how I can minister to others. I do my best when I'm out ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:03:01 EST NEW TO THE TEAM MY NAME IS CRYSTAL AND I AM NEW TO THE TEAM!! MY MOTTO ON MY JOURNEY IS GOING TO BE FAITH NOT FEAR!!! Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:54:53 EST New Here Hi <BR> <BR> My name is Becca and I am 26 years old. I am a mom of a beautiful little girl who is 10 months and I have an amazing husband. I have to lose 100 punds at least and I really need help and support from anyone. I know that God will get my through this but I would really love some support from anyone that would be willing to lend it! <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:19:28 EST Prayer request Please pray for my mom, she went to the doctor today with an ear ache and they found fluid around her heart that needs to be drained, they are keeping her in the hospital for the night. Thank you. <BR> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:22:49 EST No more singing in churches.... Interesting article. Let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>013/05/why-men-have-stopped-singing-in<BR>-church/ </link> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:43:03 EST Lost and found love He was a good friend 24 years ago. We never dated, but hung out as friends. We went our seperate ways and married others. Two and a half years ago, he came back into my life. We fell in love - hard! Our relationship was long distance and too soon after my divorce. I wasn't ready and freaked. I was not used to being being treated like a princess by such a godly man. Now we haven't spoken since last November. I miss him terribly, because I love him as I have never loved before. Today I am in hi... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:24:41 EST Job Interview Prayer My job has announced they will start layoffs at the end of the year. I don't know what is going to happen, but I have an interview tomorrow and would appreciate prayers for God's will and my own peace in the situation. <BR> <BR> Thank you Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:36:14 EST Introduction To The Team Hello! I joined this team recently but have just now had the time to do a post. I have had quite a stressful week and just posted a blog about it on my spark page. I did find out that with God's help and the accountability of Sparkpeople, I have been able to stay on track with my healthy eating, despite a stressful week. I look forward to giving and receiving encouragement through the team! <BR> <BR> Kathy <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Sep 2013 20:42:47 EST Can anyone recommend a mother/daughter Bible study Next month we're doing a month long "experiment". We're going to do without the things people would have to do without if forced into an emergency (no hot water, no electronics, etc.). One of the things we thought we'd like to do for that month is a mother/daughter Bible study. She'll be 11 in November if that's any help. Does anyone have suggestions? Thank you! Tue, 3 Sep 2013 16:45:26 EST NEVER GIVE UP!!! I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!! Lord, I pray that I will be focused today and as a band member watches the conductor, I pray that I will keep my eyes on you as I go about my day. Please help me to be strong as I strive to be the healthy person you created me to be. In His name, amen. <BR> <BR> Ok, here I go again!! My middle name must be Yo-Yo!! Unfortunately, I find myself at this place again! But this time I have joined SparkPeople and just learning my way around... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 03:52:53 EST starting again My name is Sheila. I am a born again Christian I am 66 and have been battling the whole weight thing for many years. Yesterday I weighed 249.6 and that is it! Oh Lord please help me to start and keep going. Please pray for me. Thank you. Sheila Mon, 2 Sep 2013 21:46:12 EST Hi Hi guys. I just found out that I am diabetic. I need to shed a few pounds! New to the site as well. <em>213</em> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:27:18 EST Hello, I'm Allie. Hello, Everyone! I am not new at SP, but I am. :) When I signed up years ago, I never really got serious about my goal. I had too many other things in my life to deal with at that time. BUT now I want to make a hard, conscious effort and would like to ask for help. <BR> <BR> Being that this is a Christian team, this is my request: I would like to start a prayer group. This group needs to be a small group, no more than 7 people, that would encourage and pray for each others' weight loss goal... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:30:43 EST Not so new to SparkPeople.... Hi Sparkies.... <BR> <BR> I used to be on here in 2010... lost weight... very successfully.... disappeared.... ate and ate again... gained most of the weight I had lost back... and now I'm just trying to find my groove again. I need a lot of support... and that is why I'm looking on here... because the support I had in 2010 was unbelievable :) and, helped me a lot during my journey. I have next to no support at home... husband just does not seem to understand why I want to lose the weig... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:03:02 EST All About The New Kid.... :) Hey All!! My name is Kim. I'm a married, canadian woman ... heading back to college this September for Photography. I totally *love* taking photos of mostly nature/wildlife. :) It's been awhile since I was in school.. so I'm nervous, scared and have anxiety attacks over it.. and, it hasn't even started yet! I am somewhat shy... until I get comfortable around you... then you'll be lucky to shut me up. ;) Now onto my "weight loss" journey... I used to weigh 400 pounds... lost some... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 20:13:31 EST I’m HIS sheep I’m in the process of reading a book called “Sensible Shoes” by Sharon Garlough Brown and so far (I’m on page 103) it’s a great read. It’s about four women whose lives are on four very different tracks who end up going to a retreat center for a deeper spiritual connection with God, a “sacred journey”. One of the activities the facilitator of the journey executed was a visual scripture reading. She had everyone close their eyes as she read a bible scripture and asked them to imagine that they ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:51:49 EST Sparkie .. Once Again! :) Hello Sparkies!! <BR> <BR> I used to be on SP in 2010, three years later - I find myself with a lot of the weight I had lost back on my body. :( I feel icky in my own skin. I need to get my life back on track.. and that is why I signed up on here again. This time *will* be different. I *will* get this weight off for good and make sure it never comes back. I am looking for some spark friends that will join me on my journey .. and, we can support each other on each others journeys. ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:37:16 EST Newbie introduction ... Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie, and I'm on a quest to lose 160 pounds. I have a very long road ahead of me, and I would love to make some new friends so we can encourage each other along the journey. I look forward to getting to know all of you. God bless! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>296</em> <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>296</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:06:49 EST 27 yrs & still an issue Hi Gang, <BR> <BR> I am calling specifically to my Christian brothers (however sisters please reply also). After 27 years of marriage how can communication and conflict resolution still be an issue for my husband. He thinks an "I sorry" covers it all. <BR> <BR> Doesn't he know that the hurt goes deeper than that and that a women needs to talk it out for it to be resolved. Not always of course. Just on the "bigger" mistakes. My spirit is void. I feel nothing because to feel the hurt would de... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:36:46 EST Gastric bypass!!! My name is Giselle and I am schedule to do bypass surgery on 9/12/2013. I feel so confused at the current moment. I feel like I have not really given weight loss a honest try, I feel that I am trying to take the easy way out if you can call it this because for the past 6 months this has been the hardest thing that i have had to do! OMG! my husband is against it he also says i have not really tried to lose weight. I am full of excuses of why I need this surgery; they continue to tell me that i... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:26:28 EST Better Late Than Never - Hi, I'm Kee :) Good Afternoon SP Christian Living Family! <BR> <BR> My name is Kee and my user name (I’ve been asked what it means) is BTWIMKEE (by the way I’m Kee). I joined this group when I first started my page and account with Spark People but neglected to post on it so here I am now (better late than never right?). I’m 28 years young and reside in Virginia where I am a graduate student and employment seeker. <BR> <BR> I accepted God into my life at a late age (18-20) and even though I am far from p... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:40:26 EST NEW Blog Post: Collecting Rewards Options NEW Blog post! Ever wonder why things aren't working out like you prayed for? Here's something that might shed some light. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/collecting-rewards-options.html </link> <BR> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:07:47 EST Back again I find myself kicking myself, again. I am my own biggest critic. I hear myself in my head I need to do better. I know I did not get this way overnight, and it will not change overnight. Hardest thing for me is to allow myself the occasional "Oops, I messed up" moment. <BR> I am so tired of looking at myself in the mirror and seeing my body the way it is. I do not like feeling every ache and pain in my body. <BR> When I express how I am feeling, I feel bad when the response I get is t... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:07:32 EST Joined yesterday Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Annie and yesterday I joined this team. I feel hopeful to be in this online community. <BR> I feel sure this will be a life-changing time in my life (as long as I keep with it this time). <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know you and learn from your "travels" here. And, I'm hoping that I, in turn, will be an encouragement to you. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Annie <BR> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:26:38 EST trying again Hi All. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for quite awhile although when I signed up I guess I was not that serious because I have not been back or even seriously looked it over. Well 20 more pounds later I REALLY need to get serious so today is the day! I got a Healthy Fit kit from Abonne from my daughter because she is a new associate of theirs and I wanted to help her get started. Hoping that this will also help me get kick-started too so that it will be a win win for both of us. Go... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 15:39:18 EST Prayers for eye healing I'm not sure how to ask this. Yesterday I went to the eye doctor to have the inflammation in my eye rechecked. It turned out that it is not inflammation as they thought, but a hole in the macula. He said I would have to have surgery in my eye and that, if I am lucky, it will restore a little of the vision but I will continue to be "blind" in that eye. After surgery I have to lay face down for a full week, 24 hours a day. I do not have a bed to lie on because my folks's old mattress is li... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:09:38 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:12:33 EST Another Sparkie Newbie... Hello Sparkies... My name is Kim. I'm a SparkPeople Newbie. :) I am looking to make new friends and lose weight - while having fun. :) <BR> <BR> I am Canadian, married and love photography. :) <BR> <BR> Let's get chatting.. :) Mon, 8 Jul 2013 23:59:34 EST NEW Blog post: Writer's Block or Spiritual Block? I've been having trouble writing lately. What's the real issue? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/writers-block-or-spiritual-block.html </link> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:31:41 EST Daymover My name is Daymover and i'm new to SP. I just happened on this sight when I was looking for ways to lose weight. I can't believe all of the different things available to you to help you on your weight loss journey. This is just what I need, a place where I can go and talk to other people in the same boat I am.Reading about others failures and successes will help me with my journey towards losing weight. J hope that everyone who reads this is successful in meeting their goals and will encourag... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 20:54:45 EST TODAY'S THOUGHT! TODAY’S THOUGHT <BR> 7/2 <BR> We might think that as we grow older this thing called sin will get easier; that we will get a handle on the flesh and we will be able to live above sin. Dream on my friends! The sins that tempt you today may not tempt you when age comes creeping in, but I am certain that there will be a whole bunch of others sins just waiting to take their place. DID YOU KNOW? For more details on scriptures, story and lesson, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:06:26 EST Changes to Spark Points I hadn't noticed until tonight that we no longer get points for taking a poll.... I wanted to know why, and so began searching for an answer. Turns out there are several changes.... just in case some of you hadn't seen this either, here's a link to the SP Blog that explains the changes in the way we get Spark points... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=simplified_sparkpoints_and_more_of_<BR>them </link> <BR> <BR> Blessings and <em>247</em> Marge Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:30:02 EST Super shy but I'll try! Hello all! My name is Danielle and im from the Chicago suburbs. I have come back to SP because it worked for me in the past. Rough times caused me to gain my weight back and here I am again! I have always had trouble finding a group that I fit into and was active in so I am hoping to friend help and support and community with people I can closely relate to :) Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:27:36 EST I'm Back 163.8 Need to keep at it. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 08:57:56 EST Prayers for my son Need prayers for my son, he has a hernia in the groin and they said that he needs it fixed because it is causing him allot of pain. They say it will maybe cost about $13,000 to fix and he does not have a job or insurance, he is going to college to get a job and he is going for engineering degree. But that will be years away for that and there is no jobs here where we live and I just need prayers for him and the financial problem. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:12:16 EST prayer for the tenants in my building I just found out my friend and neighbor Marilyn has inoperable brain cancer. It is a fast growing cancer, and will be put in hospice soon. Please pray for the tenants in my building, as most of us are having a hard time understanding why this is happening to such a sweet lady. <BR> <BR> She is a very strong christian, so she wil be going to see her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ soon. <BR> <BR> She has 1 brother and a sister-in-law left, and they are taking it pretty hard. Please lift them up... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:06:16 EST Perfect Symbolism - Blog Repost Ok, so bare with me as this is not a topic I normally blog about, but I felt it was important enough to share. <BR> <BR> I was writing an email to my wife and wanted to add a heart to my signature but I was unsure which keyboard combination would do it. So after a quick search, this is the internet after all, I discovered it was "ALT + 3". I was struck by the perfect symbolism in that combination. <BR> <BR> The "3" representing the partnership of the husband, the wife, and God, in a holy un... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:29:02 EST Reindroduction Hello everyone my name is Wanda, and I would like to reintroduce myself. I have been on Sparkpeople for quite sometime. I used to be a serious yo-yo dieter, until recently. I have been on this forum before and I just think it's lovely to have Christian support, and Godly principles in our weight loss journeys. I'm so happy to be back, and with the correct principles this time. <BR> <BR> Thank you and may the Lord be with you all and give you strength on your journeys. <em>41</em> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 19:27:35 EST Prayer please? I'm going to the doctor at 3 today for a very personal thing. I'm just hoping it's nothing permanent or serious. So please say a prayer for me. Thanks so much and I'll update asap! Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:31:27 EST hello everyone Hello my name is Tiffany. I am 30 years old. I have one daughter that is 10. I am raising her on my own. <BR> I have been on & off spark for a while now, but never really “ON” it. If that makes sense. I want to actually use it, and have it help me. <BR> I am starting my journey to find the healthy, true, godly, happy person I know that I can be. Just figuring out how to do that is a journey in itself &#61514;. <BR> Motivation is the biggest thing for me. I feel like I am lacking in that dep... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:55:29 EST Single Christian meeting sites? Has anyone here tried a Christian singles dating site they would recommend? Thu, 30 May 2013 23:23:43 EST Prayer for Clyde Clyde broke his wrist on Friday. He and I spent all day at the hospital today. Because of it being the VA Hospital in Seattle, after a long weekend, we went to the ER. I am glad now. The triage nurse put him in the "cardiac" section of the Emergency Department. We went to get a cast on his left arm and pain he had developed over the weekend in his left hip. His BP was 204/156 with a heart rate of 176. They discovered an irregular heartbeat through having him hooked up to a heart monitor. Clyd... Wed, 29 May 2013 01:43:56 EST Hi. I'm new. Starting today. ... Curious as to how many calories you are allowed. Mine is 1500 but I'm thinking since so much to lose I should have more. Must have Lords help to stay w this. Pray for me? Thank you! Mon, 27 May 2013 10:52:20 EST Going beyond dipping my toe in Hi, I'm Janet 51 year old single woman. I have traveled a lot in my life and even lived in Russia for several years. I am now spinning my wheels in the corporate world. I teach an aqua boot camp class several times a week which I love. Getting paid (even a little) to work our and challenge others! I can be outgoing when I want to, but am really a closet introvert. I find it difficult to express my feelings and writing this stuff is really a step outside my comfort zone, but I'm taking t... Thu, 23 May 2013 22:11:05 EST NEW BLOG: Passing of the Seasons Ever feel lost from God? Seasons change and they're not always painless. <BR> Here's what I'm going through right now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-of-seasons.html </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:29:53 EST Urgent Prayer Needed for Ariel My 22 year old granddaughter, Ariel, called me an hour ago from the hospital in Gig Harbor, WA. She has been having abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding at times other than menses. Sorry to be graphic but... Thankfully she had someone I could talk to who wasn't on morphine and could give me the details. Ariel has an ovarian cyst on her left ovary. I am really concerned because that was the start of my "journey" to a total hysterectomy at age 28. And her mother has suffered from endometriosis f... Wed, 22 May 2013 01:43:22 EST PLEASE pray for my emergency eye surgery TOMORROW <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <BR> <em>459</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> Please see my blog for details <BR> - probably the last for a while <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=frances%2Dagape </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> ... and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. <BR> The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. <BR> James 5:16 KJV <BR> <BR>... Tue, 21 May 2013 19:28:47 EST What's for dinner? Tonight I am either making pea soup or the new skillet lasagna recipe in the Spark recipe section. Tue, 21 May 2013 16:48:27 EST Two Letters, Begin and End The last two letters of a word start the beginning of the next word (any number of letters): <BR> <BR> hoLY = lyRE Tue, 21 May 2013 13:59:06 EST Prayer Please! This is for a pastors wife that was sent to me so sorry did not think it would sound like my husband .. so thank ful you are praying They so need it .. he is In Iran and I pray for his safety and release .. <BR> <BR> PLEASE PRAY AND AGREE <BR> My name is Naghmeh Abedini and I am writing to invite you to participate in a national day of prayer for my husband, Saeed Abedini, who is currently being held in a dangerous Iranian prison because of his Christian faith. Remember His Chains day of pr... Sun, 19 May 2013 10:50:07 EST 5 letter annagram Keep words to 5 letters, make a new word using the same letters, or, change one letter: <BR> <BR> angel=legal Sun, 19 May 2013 10:18:24 EST Suzanne's journey Hey guys and gals! Just needed some encouragment to keep motivated to loose weight and feel better. I hope I can also be an encouragment to anyone needing it. Wed, 1 May 2013 17:56:26 EST New Sparkie.... Hi! My name is Kimberley. <BR> <BR> This is my first day on being on my weight loss journey and I'm looking to make some friends. :) Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:53:06 EST opinions/s uggestions wanted hi everyone <BR> <BR> i am in a speech class & have to give a speech so i thought i'd make it about SparkPeople. i wrote & posted the contents of the speech in today's blog and i'm looking for your opinions about how the speech could be improved or if it's ok the way it is <BR> <BR> thank you! <BR> Marie Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:10:32 EST Introduce self to team.. Hi! Ive tried the Spark before but Really didnt participate..I have lost weight a few years ago..but as usual gained it back Plus Im Starting Again..Im A Mom of 3 grown daughters & live in MD..Im also a working RN @ the local hospital..I live with my husband of 37 yrs..Im looking for support & ideas..using my Faith is something I think may here I go!! Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:23:00 EST Nourishing Life of Leaness & Fitness Hi! Making a habit out of nutritious, pleasant, self-control and temperance..Using the fruit/gifts of the Holy Spirit to love my body and my mind. Tough since age 49, want to be trim, slim for Him and me...Love to all, keep on tracking.. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:52:29 EST NEW BLOG: Worshiping in Your Dreams Have you ever worshiped in your dreams? I don't mean have you dreamed you were worshiping, but worship in your dreams. Here's a recent experience that I had. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hiping-in-your-dreams.html </link> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:51:46 EST My important blog I don't know if you guys read other peoples blogs, but I would like to invite you to take a few minutes on Thursday to read my blog. I am enrolled in college and it is part of an assignment. I am keeping the subject secret so that I can get feedback from those who read it. I would appreciate it if you leave a comment on my blog if you read it. Thank you in advance. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:17:26 EST A Spark Newbie... :) Hi All! My name is Kim. I'm on here to lose weight & make some friends along my journey. I am shy .. so if you don't see me around.. it's just of my shyness. I am however working on my shyness & hopefully I will be able to come out of my shell every so often and post a message on here .. or two. ;) <BR> <BR> So, I just wanted to say "hi" and do a quicky intro. :) Hope to get to know some of you! :) <BR> <BR> Have a great spark filled night.... & best of luck on your own journey'... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:31:43 EST oops I did this by mistake and am trying to figure out how to delete this. I meant to reply to a topic, not create a new one. Please help! Sun, 7 Apr 2013 03:54:49 EST James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." "For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. James 1:13 Sat, 6 Apr 2013 05:39:48 EST James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." "For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. James 1:13 Sat, 6 Apr 2013 05:35:23 EST Hello from Josie Hi, My name is Josie and I am glad to be here! <BR> Thank you for starting this group. It looks encouraging to me because the goals seem to be very close to my own and because one of the main focuses seems to be on reading the Bible. <BR> <BR> I battle chronic pain, chronic anemia, hypothyroidism, borderline high blood pressure, and sleep disorders. Overwhelming fatigue is one of my greatest obstacles to weight loss. So is inconsistency. I have a history of eating disorders and so I tend to ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 18:30:20 EST PRISM weightloss program i was just curious to see if any of you have tried this program. several years ago I did this and lost 100 pounds in 24 weeks. but when I went off of it I now have gained 78 pounds back. just curious. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:28:23 EST New here! So glad there are other Christians on here! Looking for support from like minded people..I have a long journey ahead of me.. 80lbs to lose.. Been this heavy fifteen years, so I know this will not happen overnight.. But I'm doing it right this time. Seeing a doctor, not being too critical of myself.. Trusting God to help me take care of his temple! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:27:49 EST Prayer needed for friends My close friend's step-nephew TJ was in a serious car accident the other night on his way home to Wyoming. The back half of his arm was cut off (triceps and elbow) and they do not know if they can save it. He needs prayers for a miracle. My friend and her nephew also need prayers because her nephew cannot handle change or bad news and he always turns to Anne for comfort for everything. Also, please pray for TJ's family's strength as they are with him. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> <BR> Darl... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 17:59:42 EST Start Looking At The Bright Side Meditate On <BR> <BR> The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness… <BR> <BR> Matthew 6:22–23 <BR> <BR> Start Looking At The Bright Side <BR> <BR> It’s time for a new beginning! Let this day be the day where you start to live life praising God! When good things happen, you say, “Praise the Lord!” When bad things happen, you say, “Praise the Lord anyway!” <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:41:16 EST New member Hi. I’m Debra (48 in April) and I just started Sparkpeople today. I‘m a married Christian woman, looking for friendship and losing weight. I enjoy meeting new people and making new friends to support, pray, share recipes, help others, and am a great listener. Please add me. Take care, have a great day, and God bless. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:18:01 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 2) If God gave you a button to push that would release you from the one thing that bothers you the most... would you do it? Here's my thoughts on that issue. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-2.html </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:38:22 EST IF YOU ARE SHUT IN ! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND CHURCH AND CANT GO FOR ANY REASON WE HAVE <BR> CHURCH ONLINE ON SUNDAY AT 10 AM CENTRAL ``YOU ARE WELCOME <BR> WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU .. <link> </link> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:17:34 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 1) Ever get the feeling like life is just blah. I mean those times when nothings exciting, but it's not depressing either. It's just....blah. Here's what I learned recently while I was at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:20:55 EST Prayers Needed for My Daughter I got a call from my daughter while I was working my shift at the Christian Bookstore this evening. She has been having seizures off and on for years and more frequently over the past 3 or 4 months. She takes anti-seizure meds 2X a day. They did an MRI in December and another one on Feb 14. They were looking to see if she had had "baby" strokes. Thankfully not. But her neurologist told her today that there is what seems to be blood on/in the right side of her brain. She is going to be admitte... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 01:12:07 EST Thou Shalt Not Kill: You’re Guilty! My latest BLOG POST - How many commandments have you broken? Which ones are you SURE you haven't broken? You might need to rethink your strategy. Check out my latest blog post! <BR> <BR> Blog post: <BR> <link><BR>-shalt-not-kill-youre-guilty.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also feel free to friend me on Facebook. <BR> <link><BR>er </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:34:29 EST Prayers Needed I have 2 prayer requests, both for neighbors. <BR> <BR> 1. For Deb who is going into alcohol/drug rehab on March 1st. She will appreciate all prayers for success. <BR> <BR> 2. For Laurie who is going in for a brain scan on March 7th. The first one was for her eyes, she is now legally blind. This one is for other problems they found on the first one so they can determine how long she has to live. <BR> <BR> Both of these ladies are special to me and Clyde. They have been our neighbors and fr... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:25:37 EST Gods plans not mine Hi there, <BR> <BR> God has seen fit to give me custody of 3 of my small grand-kids. As they will be needing me for a long time, I thought it time to get myself on track so I can be there for them as the years go by. I cant nor wont argue with God so I must change myself and get healthier for these babies. I am glad there is a support group like this to help along the way. <BR> <BR> Kimberly <BR> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:00:57 EST IF YOU ARE SHUT IN ! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO TO CHURCH YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME TO MINE IT STARTS AT 10.00AM <link> </link> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:47:11 EST Hi! Hi, I'm Trina. I am 41 and I am looking to lose 90lbs. I have type 2 diabetic and I have PCOS as they tend to go togther and therfore it is very difficult to lose weight with metabolic syndrome. I used to be an atheist, but know I am married to a preacher and we have 2 children that are homeschooled. I teach Sunday School and junior church at our local Baptist church. I love the Lord, but I have not been taking care of my temple. Lust for food rather. I know I should not eat certain food... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 01:36:15 EST WE ARE SO BLESSED ! Hi all <BR> God took me in Mathew today and one of the things I don't read enough is the Be Attitudes so many call them .. <BR> MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 : 1 ¶ And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: <BR> 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, <BR> 3 ¶ Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. <BR> 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. <BR> 5 Blessed are the meek: for they sh... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:07:46 EST John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 07:02:43 EST joanba18 Peace and Blessing...have not taking care of the TEMPLE the LORD has Blessed me. Thanking you in advance for the encouragement and support. GOD BLESS Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:57:17 EST