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5/27/17 11:54 P

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I picked 6 cups of blackberries today @ my favorite walking place:)

My son made the Dean's List for College Spring Semester..I am so thankful..the Lord is so good!

My walk today was sooo hot....the humidity is bad...but I know the summer is going to be much much worse...but the Lord gets me through it

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The ball game ended up being cancelled because it was raining. So, the vice principal came by the classroom to do my yearly observation/evaluation. I THINK I let my light shine, especially when I passed out baby carrots for the kids to nibble to see the layers of root tissue, joking they should ask their moms for root tissue at supper time.


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LOL! I've actually choked on my handful twice, just this week. I only lost about 3 tho.......dissolved too quickly and ended up in a Kleenex. It wasn't my major ones so I didn't replace them. Your pile would choke me for sure! Oh I hope they have great benefits for you emoticon My Mom would do hers a pill at a time and that was exhausting to watch! Her gag reflex was quick so she couldn't do a gulp....just a sip.

You're right! You learn to work around it. My marathon cleaning and shopping jags are a thing of the past! Speaking of shopping....I've done online orders at Wal-Mart twice just this week. I didn't plan well the first time so forgot a lot. This time, I did my list first and didn't randomly prowl about!

I picked up an order after work yesterday and will pick up today's order tomorrow morning. I certainly prefer the early mornings as it was HOT when I got off work emoticon I say I roast like a chicken, going home at 5:00. I don't have far to drive but without AC it feels like a road trip! I should probably cover my arm for some protection........I've got a lot of sun spots and the left one is about two shades darker than the right one.

I look forward to getting home and winding down......So far today, I haven't had to take the cart out of the shed and I like that. I'd unlocked some units yesterday, to rent for the weekend.

Hope you all have a good evening and rest well.

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Chronic pain is not an easy thing to live with, but for those of us who suffer with it, well, we learn how to live around it! I found that White Willow helps to keep the pain in my knees and shoulder down to a minimum. It doesn't really help my back pain, but if it keeps my knee and shoulder pain under control, that sure helps a lot. It's like aspirin but without the stomach trouble! LOL! You should see the load of pills I take in the morning and at night when you add my supplements! I take a probiotic, magnesium, calcium, garcinia cambogia, potassium, a supplement for menopausal side effects, white willow, a fruit and veggie supplement, B12, CoQ10, fish oil, and lipoflavanoids for my ears. Almost all of those I take two of both night and day, there are four of them I take just one a day of. I have to use a little cup to hold them all, my hand won't do it any more. I sure hope they are helping me! LOL!

I weighed this morning and I was 209.8. Woohoo!

Love y'all bunches.



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More of an apple, calves pretty normal and arms as well. Tho I'm on a blood thinner, as long as I don't fall or run into the walls and doorways or get beat up by other household things, I haven't noticed much bruising since the hospital stay when the lab techs tortured me with blood draws.

I've had very painful trigger points for many years and I do relate my fatigue a lot to the weight and joint pain. I do have a lot of inflammation and it attacks my back, hips and feet most. I waddle more than walk some days.

Oh I hear you! My cardiologist takes notes but doesn't act on them much! Like the shortness of breath and fatigue issues....tho he did recommend a sleep study once to see if I have sleep apnea? Oh, I'd be whining! A diagnosis on my chart and no treatment of any kind? I go in hoping for "fixes"!

Oh....poor, sweet Mom. I will sure keep her in my prayers, Kim. My heart hurts for folks like her. They don't bounce back as quickly from illness and injury. I'm actually in those ranks now as well! Praying for a speedy and complete recovery.....

I ordered a new swimsuit and sleep pants. My long gowns are too hot and the sleep pants and a tank top would fit the bill nicely. I haven't been in the pool in 2 years I think, now....but after Diana's post, got to thinking how good that would feel and I remember the joy of pool time the mornings it was unlocked early and I could get in it for some "work". I have a suit or two at home that I've not been able to wear since I gained the 30 pounds last year.

I did see 229.6 this morning for the second time this week and I know I'd feel better, at 220 , even...so I'm going there. I'd like to see some improvement ASAP.

I'm looking forward to my 3 day weekend again. I'm hoping to make some progress on the home front while off. I did load the dishwasher for a run this morning and still have a sink full. For someone who has an aversion to cooking, I can sure make a mess. I want to cart off two tubs of stuff.........to the laundry room and Goodwill too. I love free, clear space but it takes work to have it!

Have a blessed and wonderful day ladies. I will as well. I am so thankful each day, for the gift that it is to me....even when I start at a 1 on the scale of 1-5. I may start low but my aim is high!

Love and hugs~

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5/26/17 2:46 P

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Are you pear shaped perhaps??? Smaller on top than on the bottom? Do you have large calves or upper arms? Do your legs and arms bruise easily? If you answered yes to those questions you could have lipedema. If no, then it isn't that, but very well could be the one of the other things I mentioned. Doctors don't know about lipedema or even lymphedema. They just don't look for it. I've had it since I was in my teens and not a single doctor picked up on it - I made the diagnosis and my therapist confirmed it. My doctor so far hasn't even acknowledged it. He has fibromyalgia on my list of things wrong with me because I asked him if that might be the problem with me because I was having so much pain in my arms and legs. He didn't even test me for it, he just put it down as the problem! Then I realized that it wasn't that but rather the lipedema when I was looking more into my lymphedema and saw a highlight for the lipedema and read about it. I mentioned it to him and he just grunted. Then my therapist, as soon as she saw me thought that I had lipedema, then I told her my symptoms and she was sure! I told him about what she said, but he never put it down on my list of things wrong with me, he just kept the fibromyalgia on there. He's not even treating me for the fibromyalgia!!! So, make sure that she knows that there is such a thing as lipedema if you have any of the symptoms for that, and that she does actually check you out for both the fibro and the chronic pain! And that she does treat you for this pain - you've been suffering long enough!!!

Mom is still suffering with her cough. She went to the doctor today, but I haven't heard what he said. She's down there coughing now. What a terrible thing this sickness is. She's been up and doing stuff now and again, but she can't go for long before she has to stop and rest. She's doing better than she was, but she is far from well. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

Love y'all. Kim

God bless, Kim

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Thanks so much Kim! I so appreciate prayers in my behalf.

I do have many trigger points all over my poor body. I know when she just pressed on my leg I nearly screamed form the pain. I see her again June 27th and will talk to her about this. I know it detracts a lot from my joy levels as well as being able to do my daily work...at home and the office. If I truly had to exert myself, I'd be fired emoticon

I've told you, I think of you when I have the back pain, loading/unloading the dishwasher etc. I do pray a lot, for God's strength for each task and the ability to get it done. Laundry was a huge chore yesterday but I was so thankful to finish and some days I do alter things a bit to make it easier for me.

This is where I'd like to be...if I can't be in my pretty green kitchen. I got it from one of Franklin Graham's posts on Facebook. He was in the mountains.......looks so peaceful.


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I wonder if you might have fibromyalgia, Bren! just a thought! You are in so much pain all the time and there are tests they can do, pain points they can check to see if it is that. There is also chronic pain syndrome as well. You've been in pain way longer than your accidents should have caused. You should ask your doctor to check you for those two things. Both of those, I believe, also cause the chronic fatigue as well. Our bodies have to work extra hard when we are in pain all the time and that is very fatiguing to the body, as well as to the spirit. You are in my prayers. Keep looking to the Father, just as you said, He knows and He has a plan.

What beautiful work you do, Diana! Your cupcakes are going to be adorable! I too do not have the patience to do that kind of work. We had a lace table cloth on our dining room table and I still can't believe that I crocheted the thing - how on earth did I finish that thing off - I rarely finish off projects that I begin, especially ones so big! LOL! My excitement usually fizzles out before I get done! Unless it's a have to do, or a gift I'm doing for someone, it often ends up in the half done pile! I have a bunch of crosstitch projects like that.

Oh, all that gobbledygook in my last post are Greek words! LOL!

We ended up doing fine during the storm, none of it came close to us. We got a little bit of rain, but none of the storms. Praise the Lord, some places got hit pretty hard and some of them looked like they had some funnel clouds too.

Love y'all bunches. Kim

God bless, Kim

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I've been thinking of you Shel, and hoping all was well with you at your spot on the map. It's good to "see" you!

Kim, we had that activity here and a touch down around Cross Plains. Those things can hit in more places than we might think.........like the one that hit Ft. Worth some years back. Praying for safety for us all.

Diana, I'd not have the patience to do fine work! Kudos to you!

Diligence. Another very good "D" word. As are direction, and discipline. I need more of all three. I use a few "P" words in my prayers for myself and others. Protection, provision and peace.......I will add these as well. I appreciate all the notes and scriptures you and Diana have been posting.

I've been struggling a lot lately, physically. The shortness of breath has been worse, chronic pain and fatigue. I'm hoping some of this will improve when I get back on Plavix as opposed to the Brilenta, whose first possible side effect is shortness of breath. I'd thought to see real improvement after my hospital visit back in March. However....I will always believe...we are in God's hands and He is aware of all that touches our lives. I know there are multitudes that suffer far more than I do and my prayers are with them, daily.

Today is a bright, beautiful, blessed day and I will enjoy it and thank God for it! I have sale prep to attend to today and some calls to make so will get at it in about 45 minutes.

Be blessed and strengthened today and be good to yourselves! I'll do the same here.......love and prayers.

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5/24/17 11:02 P

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Wow these nuggets are so inspiring kim!! Thank you!
Did 3 elephants tonight, just to test them on how easily they dry. Only 35 more to go. If these I did, dry well, I'll do more in the morning.

well here is a pic of the first 3, this is on the smaller salad plate, not the big dinner plate.
They did dry well, I have an appt at the unemployment office to start taking some computer classes this afternoon. They are free, and at some point I may need to get a part time job, so I want to take this time to gain some skills.



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When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Wow, good job, Diana! I hope everything works out with the elephants now!

Shel, have fun at the ball game!

We are under a tornado warning until 6 PM, although the sky and air don't really look like it and there haven't been storms. I guess the atmosphere is good for one!

I looked up verses on diligence today and the meaning in the Strongs - very interesting. It had a meaning that I didn't know was there -
G4710 σπου&a
mp;#948;ή spoudē spoo-day' From G4692; “speed”, that is, (by implication) despatch, eagerness, earnestness: - business, (earnest) care (-fulness), diligence forwardness, haste.
G4704 σπου&a
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ω spoudazō spoo-dad'-zo From G4710; to use speed, that is, to make effort, be prompt or earnest: - do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study.
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ος spoudaios spoo-dah'-yos From G4710; prompt, energetic, earnest: - diligent. The idea of haste and speed was new to me in the thought of diligence. The other meanings were familiar, but to work quickly to accomplish what God has set before us with an eagerness, and earnestness - that is diligence! That list from 2 Pt 1:5f that we have talked about recently - think about growing those things in our lives, not over a lifetime, but with a quick earnestness, wanting to see them in fruition with all haste! When we think about the days we are in and how quickly the Lord could return, it makes sense that He would want us to be all we can be for Him as quickly as we can! We need to reach people with the truth and we need to be fit to share the truth with others!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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5/24/17 10:14 A

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Good for you Diana!
Tomorrow various classes - including mine - are walking to the baseball stadium for a game, even though it's going to rain. For me the walk is too much too soon, so I'm juggling my van with my son-in-law-ish, because he has a doctor appointment.


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The best layed plans of mice and men........
I went to the YMCA and worked out in the water and came home and slept 4 hrs. Got NOTHING done!
So maybe when I get up tomorrow I can make up for lost time. It was a good workout, I pushed myself, I'm learning what to push. I bought some water shoes to give me better stability in the water, it helps resistance. So it would make my workouts more effective, I guess it did. emoticon


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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It's still raining here, Bren! The plants are loving it though! The flowers are looking really pretty. Mom's garden out back is beautiful. Mine out front is more a hodgepodge of stuff! LOL! I'm not as hands on as she is! I went out to get a package from the FedEx guy and the scent from the magnolia tree was really strong. I'm glad I don't have to do much to get flowers from it! My deep red lilies are blooming and I have some other lilies getting ready to bloom now too. My pink roses are blooming off and on too. I have a volunteer red rose that blooms now and again as well. It's a rangy looking thing, but the flowers are pretty. There is a blackberry bush that snuck under the fence from our neighbors yard, so we should have some blackberries this year too. Although Wade isn't real happy about that! Lots of briars.

Oh, Diana, it sounds like you are going to be really busy. It's a good thing this came up right after you retired!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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5/23/17 11:20 A

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I agree.......thanks ladies!

Diana, that sounds like hard labor to this ol' gal. I know it will be a beautiful experience for you all and much enjoys and the hard work soon forgotten.

I slept until almost 8:00 this morning. That's late for me and the cats agreed. One had given up and left...in a huff most likely since it was the snarky one that was missing.

I'm glad your part of the storm wasn't really wild, Kim. We've had more rain this morning. It's cleared off now and I could still do some work...like the laundry that was on my list.

Hope you all have a really good day. I'm off to get some chores done....tho laundry may wait until tomorrow.

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great take on that, kim. Great food for thought.

I am starting to make the fondant elephants for heather's shower cupcakes today, its a step by step process that involves, making a hardener to add to the fondant so I can make them early and they will harden and I can store them till the day of the shower. I was going to make the cupcakes frosting grey, but now I am thinking to make them a baby blue with a light grey elephant fondant placed on top. I bought the fondant already colored , I just have to knead in the hardener and then use the small cookie elephant cutout I bought to make them, let them dry under a lamp and then store. Everything should be done by tonight, then I can check that off my long, long list. I should be baking the cupcakes starting Monday and will freeze them until the day before the shower, then I will fill and frost them, then set them up the day of the shower and pop the elephants on them. whew!!


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I think it not coincidental that the last fruit listed in Galatians is self-control/temperance. I think it's one of the hardest to cultivate!


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Great devotional, Diana. The only thing that I would have changed was that he called it fruits of the Spirit and it is fruit of the Spirit. Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. It's all one fruit made of many parts - you have it all or you have none of it. It's just like when the Word says that if you break one Law you have broken them all - all ten of them are all one Law. I liked that he kept saying again and again that it is impossible to be virtuous, and live the life that God expects us to live without the power of the Holy Spirit in us! So true. We can be what God expects us to be by His power! Amen! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, what a blessing!

Your storm came through, Bren! It lasted about five minutes! Woohoo! Don't know if that was the brunt of it, but there was thunder and it's been raining for about an hour. We need the rain just in case things get dry during the summer.

Wow, I took my bp this morning and it was 87/55 - gulp! No wonder I wasn't feeling very well. I was also pretty congested in my head. I did take a decongestant, so that might have brought it down some. It was 101/58 the other day. That bottom number usually stays pretty low. It's supposed to be up around 80. That tells the strength of the pressure leaving my heart, the top number is the pressure going into the heart. Pretty sluggish going out!

Well, I need to go and wash my hair, so I will talk to y'all later. Love ya


God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

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Hey Girls....
I hope you're having a wonderful day at your spots. We still have some rain at mine...but I dry quickly. I got wet at Wal-Mart.

I have a few more office things to bring in and will do that shortly and finish my paperwork from yesterday.

Tomorrow is vacation day three...yippee! I'm aiming to get laundry done and order restored. I'm back to using a mini-do list for now. Three things for home, office and self....daily. The Wal-Mart stop wasn't on my the short list but it will be now! I needed things for here and cat food for home. My "treat" was mixed nuts and Skinny Pop bags of popcorn. I can use those at the office and not smell like a movie theater in here. I may try popping at home and bagging for work....since it's cheaper to do that.

I'm taking notes from y'all's posts too. I need both diligence and discipline in every area of my life. I need to work on that temperance too...some days I just get stupid...even when I'm sure I'll get sick. I need deliverance from those habits that harm me.

It's clearing off so I'll go get the rest of the office stuff in and put away. Have a blessed day and take good care of yourselves.

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August 19, 201525 Commentsby: Jack Wellman

What does virtue mean according to the way in which it is used in the Bible? What is the biblical definition of virtue?

Virtue is…

The word virtue has a lot of meaning and means many different things but can be a trait or disposition of character that leads to good behavior. One example is that someone with virtue displays wisdom, courage, kindness, good manners, courtesy, modesty, generosity, and self-control in their life. They treat others fairly and esteem others highly and value the sanctity of life. They treat others better than they are treated. Someone who has virtue has good, moral ethics and makes biblical choices in life.

A List of Godly Virtues

Paul gives us a good list of what virtues are in Philippians 4:8 where he wrote “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” so apparently a biblical definition of virtue are things that are true (the truth), noble, just (fair), pure (holy living), lovely (as Christ is), and things of good report where there are reports of people doing good things for God. Virtues like these are sorely lacking in this world today where behaviors are anything but virtuous.

Called to a Virtuous Life

Christians are to be salt and light in an unsalted, sin-stained, darkened world. The Apostle Peter gives us a very good look at the source of all virtue as he writes that it is through “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2nd Pet 1:3-4). Only His divine power can enable us to escape “the corruption that is in the world through lust.” This type of living takes a lot more than human effort; it takes divine power but He has given all who have trusted in Him this power to enable them to live lives of holiness and godliness.

Fruits of Virtue

We have read some of the fruits of virtue like things that are true, noble, just, pure, and lovely and we have also read that the source of power to live a virtuous life is from God Himself but without faith, we cannot possibly produce any virtuous fruits. The Apostle Peter writes about a cause and effect of living a life of virtue where he wrote, “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (1st Pet 1:5-7). Notice that we should add virtue to our faith and virtue to our knowledge for knowledge without virtue only makes someone a walking textbook. Virtue helps add to our faith, to our knowledge, to our self-control, to our perseverance, to our godliness, to our brotherly kindness and to our brotherly love. It all hinges on godly virtues being added to our faith.

Virtuous Byproducts

If you look at the list of the fruits of the Spirit you can see that they are all virtuous attributes and these include “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control” (Gal 5:22-23a). There is zero virtue in the fruits of the flesh like “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like” (Gal 5:20-21a) and Paul warns us all that “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:21b).

Conclusion

You are not your own source of virtue. You don’t have that kind of power within you. It is only the divine power of God that can produce virtue but we should have an occasional fruit inspection and see if we are living lives of virtue and producing the fruits that are associated with living a life of virtue. If you are, then you know that you must be a child of God for the fruits of the flesh are what the world bears but the godly, which have the Spirit of God within them, bear all sorts of fruit that are virtuous.

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I just noticed how far along your swimmer has gone! Awesome!

Hope y'all have a very blessed Lord's Day, love you.

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Yes Kim, I love the building blocks outlined. I was praying about how to keep ones self from getting selfrighteous about being virtuous and He showed me being centered in His love will keep that from happening.


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That is a great passage, Diana! I had that memorized once and can remember most of it. There are some key parts to that passage - "giving all diligence" None of that is going to happen unless you give your heart and life to making it happen. You have to be diligent, you have to work at it day after day. And right after that it says "add to your faith" You begin with faith and then you add to it virtue, to that you add knowledge, to that you add temperance (self-control)... to each thing you are adding the next thing and continuing on in the beginning things which are growing as we diligently work on them. This is one of the verses that has been in my transpositions lately because of "true knowledge". All of this comes as we study the Word. Awesome passage. I love it, so deep! Thanks for sharing it with us, gives me a lot to think about too. I pray that you are successful as you work to bring your eating under the Lord's authority.

I was downloading some of our Pastor's posts on Facebook and there were several on the family, they were very good. What constitutes a biblical family; protecting the children from the world; etc... very good stuff!

Wade is making some smoked ribs for dinner, can't wait!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Hi ladies! So I've been journaling the last few days, writing on paper, what I've eaten, calories, protein. It is helping me think 5 x's what I put in my mouth because I don't like to write by hand. My weight has dropped 7 lbs since Monday. My goal is to lose 10 + a month. With the surgery, definitely possible as long as I stick to the plan. I watched 600+ reality show last week, and on it they brought out there is a critical point after surgery where it can be likely you gain the weight back, I believe I am at that point where you can eat almost anything, my stomach is no longer swollen, and you are excited to eat what you want again. I equate happiness with eating esp in social situations, also when we didn't have much money having ice cream and such would really lift my mood. I have to find my happiness in getting to my goal weight. Great love comes with great sacrifice, He loved us enough to sacrifice His body for our healing, so I can sacrifice comparatively little to make my temple better. So I am feeling better inside right now.
I'm memorizing 2peter 1:3-8, I'm having trouble so I'm gonna take my own advice and start writing it down every day to help.
2 Peter 1:3-8 (KJV) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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That's great to hear Kim...report on Mom feeling better and getting some fruits and veggies in those smoothies. I've been thinking of doing some with the frozen fruit I got at the Dollar tree. I'll do that again! I had some in my oatmeal a few days ago and it was yummy...It was almost like cobbler. I did sneak some honey and FF half & half in there, so calorie wise it was costly but I'll do it again.

I need to cook up some eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast. I have some pork to do BB-Q with tonight. I had some thin rib eye steak last night and it was good but I'd like it much better with a char-grill taste to it ya know? I think you can buy additive but I'm sure the sodium is ridiculous. Burger King adds it to their burgers to hook you and make you think they are really cooked over an open flame. I remember once getting a burger with a grey, patty with no grill marks even and saying to myself..."hey! They cheated! This is not char-grilled/broiled".

I treated myself to the two thin rib eyes and a sirloin steak that's in the freezer for now. I need to spend some time on planning and meal prep. The word at my place is "Lazy" it seems. I need to build a spark under me and get busy! Getting started is the hard part, often.

I get to leave 10 minutes early today...to take the deposit in before I go home. Yay... I hope I can stay functional enough when I get home to do a couple of chores or three.

I hope the storms will be mild by the time they get to your place! We had a tornado spotted out close to Dyess AFB a couple of hours ago and very dark skies, heavy rain. It's clear now so it's coming to you.

Have a good evening my friend! I look forward to mine.

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Oh dear, your storm will probably come my way in a couple of days - boohoo! I remember that Tina loved a good storm - I think Barbi does too! Me no likey!

I made a smoothie last night for Mom and I and one again for lunch. I got in some spinach and fruit! The first fruits and veggies I've had (other than in pill form) in awhile! LOL!

Mom is doing better, thank you for your prayers. She is up and getting some easy stuff done. I went down to ask her if she wanted some smoothie for lunch and she was up, dressed and putting in some laundry! Praise the Lord! Can't keep that lady down for long!

Not much else going on in my neck of the woods other than heat! Yeah!

Love y'all. Kim

God bless, Kim

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Had to shower and dress by flashlight and candle this morning. Woohoo! We had a storm hit at 6:30 and power was off 30 minutes. The timing was perfect as I was struggling to get dressed being overheated so I finished with the fan on. Yay! I love the rain and we need it so it was a great morning.

I'm at work now and getting ready to actually do some.

Love and prayers......

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Me too. I'd like to change service. The last time I did was when I made a big boo boo and ended up with none! It took me almost 6 weeks to get back my phone and internet and I had DSL when I "disconnected" and when I asked for it back they said...Oh we don't do DSL anymore you have to upgrade to U-Verse and pay $100 more to get connected. AT&T are trouble!

OH no! I am so sorry she's so sick! I'll be praying for comfort and speedy healing. These things are miserable and come on so quick.

I agree on the trashy TV. Our cable is included in our rent so I can channel surf past the trash. There's a lot of it too.

I'm ready for 5:00........I look forward to getting home and hitting the recliner. I'm tired and achy. I ran to the store at lunch time and grabbed a few things. I've been wanting a steak...so got some, and a bag of Brussels sprouts and one of cauliflower and broccoli mix. Now to stay alert enough to cook stuff when I get home. That's the issue.

I sure hope you and Wade stay well and don't get what Mom has. Prayers for protection, provision and healing.......at all our places. Love and hugs~

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I hate when stuff doesn't work like it's supposed to. Can you change services?

Oh, that reminds me, I need to call a guy about renewing my Clearplay! We haven't used it for awhile, but we are going to get rid of our cable TV and save some money there. We pay for Clearplay so we don't have to watch the garbage in movies - makes it nice. It doesn't cost any more than Netflix or some of the other show channels. We also have Amazon TV which has a bunch of the other stuff on it as well. There are two Christian channels on it which are $4.99 a month each. If I do both of those I am still paying waaaayyyy less than I was for cable TV, and watching what I want to watch and not having a bunch of stuff on there that I don't watch. Lately I'd just rather leave it off.

Mom is really sick, please pray for her. She has some kind of upper respiratory thing. She is coughing up stuff and her throat is sore. She got it from her sister who caught it from her daughter and SIL. She's resting and drinking a bunch right now and taking meds to break up the congestion in her chest, but I hate to see her struggling so. She went to see the Noah's Ark Experience and came back sick as a dog! Bummer. They stopped at the Russell Stover Candy place and she got a bag of candy too - gulp. There is really only one thing that I can eat, a white chocolate bunny, all the rest are the regular chocolate. I might risk a piece here or there, but I think that white chocolate bunny will last me awhile. I may not agree with the idea of Ishtar (Easter), but the candy is still good! LOL!

Well, I'll let y'all get back to what you were doing. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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That prep work in on my to do list too, Kim. I've floundered badly for a good while now and have not been doing the bare minimum even some days. Makes me sad.......and feel bad.

My computer at home is really awful right now. AT&T did some changes and my service is now at least twice as slow as before and that was bad. Now I have freeze ups, boot offs and page loading is nuts. I pay way too much for my service too. Oh well....it is what it is and I'll give some attention to it as time allows.

We have some rain and stormy weather in the forecast here and I don't mind a bit! I'll be inside most of the time and not driving in it so I'm good.

I'm off to play catch up and then at 9:00 I'll make some calls. Have a great day and take good care of yourselves. I will at my spot as well.

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Sounds like exciting times around your area of the country, Diana! One way to help with the munching problem is to plan ahead and make snacks for yourself that are premeasured. I used to do this with my nuts and jello and even my jelly beans to make sure that I didn't eat more than the number in a serving. Wade ordered a gross of these four oz cups from Amazon with the lids and I would put my fruit cups, weighed on my scale, in the freezer so that they would be handy to just plop into my smoothies. It really made a difference to my weight loss during that time period. I should probably get back to that since I haven't been getting my fruits and veggies and eating my smoothies was a sure way to get those in. But it's easy to just grab and go with the good stuff when you plan ahead! Cheese sticks or a slice of cheese with meat wrapped around them plopped in the microwave for 12 seconds makes a great snack!

Not much going on again with me. My experiment went a bit awry today. I forgot to take the Nexium by itself today. I took a Nexium last night and then I took my generic protonix this morning - well, I had these cramps and urgings like I was going to have diarrhea, then when I went to go I couldn't like I was constipated - sigh! When I finally went, the stool was a normal consistency! LOL! I just sat there and was laughing, because I got both of the results that I was expecting and the final result was exactly what I wanted it to be - but not with the first two problems! I need to find a med that gives me the final result without the problems! LOL! And still keeps the acid away! What a terrible thing to talk about! But I'm an old lady with old lady problems, I hope the old ladies here don't mind!

I am going to open a thread for my Three Truths about Sin because it is about three pages long even when I don't write out the verses. If you are interested you can look for a thread with that title.

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God bless, Kim

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Good morning ladies!!
I am a little peeved, my weight loss has stalled and I am kicking myself in the butt, trying to hang on to the Lord and HIs promises. I am journaling starting today every bite I put in my mouth. I need to get back on track and stop making excuses for eating what is not good for my goals. But I confess, I get enjoyment from eating certain things, ice cream, fries, munching nuts as such. I love going out with friends and family eating together, it is a minefield for me. All thoughts of what I should eat goes right out the window. sigh. I am asking my family not to baby sit me on this, but understand that when I am in a social gathering, I am prone not to pay attention and will munch to my hearts content. So if they are aware they can gently remind me, offer me a small plate, or send me some signal. It is hard, knowing and doing are two different things, plus I am home more and need to practice self control, regardless of the circumstances.
Thank you for letting me vent!!
Heathers surprise shower is next weekend, the third, Lots to do getting ready, babies are as big as butternut squash now, 2.6 and 2.8 lbs. They are both breach at this point but that could change at any time. My granddaughter is in the throws of getting her wedding together, her fiancs aunt is p;aying for catering the wedding, someone else is dj'ing for free, a hairdresser friend is doing her and her bridesmaids hair for free, she has a free photographer, everything is coming together. I have great plans for the cake, and am excited.
Will be back here soon.
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Praise the Lord, Missy! That is wonderful news!

I'm glad you were able to rest, Bren. You needed that!

I'm feeling tired today, a little out of sorts. I think I have this medication thing figured out. One more experiment and I will have my answer - or it will disprove what I am thinking is happening. Tomorrow I will switch my meds and see if I get a different result, then I need to check with my doctor and see what he thinks about it all! Quite odd it is!

Well, I hope y'all have a wonderful day! Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Oh that's such a blessing Missy! God is so good. I'm praising Him with you emoticon

15 already? Wow...time does fly doesn't it. Seems like last week, he was 9. Prayers for you and yours, always.

I did rest a lot yesterday Kim. I'm feeling better today, just a hair weak. I am so thankful for every single day I get! Laundry is beyond me today but I'll play in the kitchen and at least sort laundry!

I'd picked up a bag of Halos yesterday and I'd forgotten just how good they are. I'll be getting some fruit and Vitamin C for the next week. I'll do up some salad bowls and veggie snack packs for my prep work for the next few days and grill some chicken thighs to go with dinners. I'll see how far I can get today.



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Thank ya'll for your prayers..my leg is better!!...It has not hurt me for 2 days at all...and I am walking normal...thank God!...Today my plantar F. has hurt me ...but I am so thankful for my leg being well..that I could cry...I was in a lot of pain...but now NO pain!! Thank the Lord!

5.5 miles today!

Today is my son's birthday...he turned 15...time needs to slow down..

prayers for you gals..


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They will appreciate the prayers! Thanks, Bren. You need the rest, so make sure that you make that a priority.

Wade has changed the bedroom around (again)! I've got my summer clothes in the cabinet and the winter clothes are not stored away. I saved out some long sleeve t-shirts just in case we get a chilly day still. The ladies in the family were commenting on how we finally got a Spring this year. Usually we'd been going from winter right into summer without the coolness of Spring in between, but Praise the Lord, this year He gave us this lovely cool period before the heat of Summer slams into us. We had a few hot days, but nothing like we normally get - God is good no matter what, but He was extra good to us this year!

I think I made a discovery, but I am still experimenting. I'll know for sure in a day or so. It has to do with my medicine change and my IBS-C.

Well, not much else going on with me. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Love you

God bless, Kim

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Prayers for you and your household...Mom and sister. God knows each name, heart and need and is in the midst of us. I need some as well. I woke up several times with a hacking cough and at 1:00, was up, sick and in the recliner. I'm not sure if choking on water at the office had anything to do with it, but you know how it goes down wrong and maybe ends up in a lung?

I hope they enjoyed the Noah's Ark experience and the rest of their activities and get refreshed and energized quickly. Rest is good...yes it is.

I'm off today and tomorrow since it's sale week so that's a blessing. I'll get some good rest and hope to be ok come Wednesday.

I need to play in my kitchen and clothes closet, do laundry and restore order to home, heart and spirit the next few days.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. May you be blessed best where most needed today....love y'all.......

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Hi ladies, hope you are doing well today. It is a beautiful day here today although a bit chilly still. I think we are supposed to start warming up tomorrow though.

We are celebrating Mother's Day today since Mom is heading out to see the Noah's Ark Experience tomorrow and she is going to see something else also with a senior's tour too. She and her sister are going on the tour through her sister's neighbor. Please pray for Mom and her sister, they both have been under the weather this week, Mom just started feeling poorly today. She is filling herself full of vitamin C and zinc. My BIL and two SIL's stopped by to wish her a happy Mother's Day, it was really nice. My one SIL, who lost her husband, recently had to put down her doggy as well - well, she rescued two dogs from the pound this past week and named them Charlie and Tucker. They are pit bull mixes around five years old. They are very cute looking. We haven't met them in person, just pictures, but she says they are very nice.

Well, I will let y'all get to the important stuff you are doing and wish y'all a happy Mother's Day! Love you!

God bless, Kim

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That scared me too, Kim. I clutched my chest and prayed! I didn't do aspirin because I'm not supposed to with the Brilenta, No more than the 81 mg daily. I forgot whether I could do some with the Plavix. I'll find out. I made a note of last night's issues.

I too, hope this situation will be a catalyst for salvation for those lost in that family. The girl's family got on the go-fund me ride immediately and are having a benefit dinner etc. for her side. Chris's son is the father of the little girl and the girl's family kept him away from her pretty much so it's all about the little mama and her family at the moment. It's really sad. It's sad these kids aren't given godly guidelines before they get themselves in trouble, too.

It's warming up here in my spot. We are headed for the low 90's this week. We had a really nice storm last night but I slept thru it. Once I take my hearing aid out, I don't hear much of anything. I saw evidence of the storm on my way to work.

I grabbed lunch from Market Street. Frozen fish filets (pretend grilled) and a bag of steamer veggies. It wasn't very good but it was edible and I'll make sure I bring something tomorrow!

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Oh, Bren, that scares me, like you were having a mini heart attack! Maybe you should have called someone! Should you call your doctor and let her know that happened???

I'm so sorry for your maintenance guy too, what a horrible thing to have happen. I hope that it is a catalyst for his daughter to come to Jesus. So incredibly tragic and sad - but that little 2 year old baby is more than likely with Jesus now, in a far far better life. I believe that children before the age of accountability (before they are able to tell right from wrong - it's different for every child) go to heaven when they die - but, only God knows for sure, the Bible doesn't say definitively. They are covered by the grace of Jesus until they come of an age when they can choose between right and wrong, then they have to choose to be covered by the grace of God through salvation. Our Pastor understood right from wrong when he was three years old, and he got saved when he was three years old! Was he a mature Christian then? No. Did he fall and have to repent since that time, yep, but at three years old he knew that he had done wrong and he needed Jesus in his heart. So even as young as three years old a child can know right from wrong and know that Jesus can make their hearts clean. He didn't even grow up in a Christian home! That's why I say it's different for every child. There are some churches that say you aren't at an age of accountability until the age of 12! Ha! Long before you are 12 years old you know right from wrong and can choose right from wrong - you can also choose Jesus before that age as well.

Well, I will get off of my soap box before I get too long winded. I hope that y'all have an awesome day. You get that stuff checked out, Bren! You take care of that leg, Missy - just keep an eye on it and don't let it get too stiff and sore! You are in my prayers. Love you

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Howdy do ladies....

It's Thursday again. Our days slip slide away, don't they? I took yesterday as a rest day after my marathon cleaning spree on Tuesday. I was so thankful to have that done.

I'd called the carpet cleaners to come out. She couldn't give me a time,just sometime in the afternoon...well at 1:00 I crashed so if they came and I was napping, I didn't hear their knock. there wasn't a note, saying they missed me so I'll call someone else....soon. If I had a cleaner, I'd attempt it myself.

Our maintenance guy is out for awhile. His 2 YO granddaughter was killed Sunday in a one car accident. Her mother was driving, went off the road and struck a tree. There's talk of her deleting a bunch of stuff from her phone, like maybe she was texting while driving. She's only 19 and had broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a concussion. Those little short term choices can have life altering impacts...often. Such a sad and tragic thing and this happens daily.

I've got the run of the place today and am happy to have it. We've hit our slow period already so there's not a lot of real work going on at the moment.

I didn't bring lunch so will dart over to Market Street for something in a bit. I'd opened the fridge three times, looked about and just shook my head...and left empty handed.

I had a rough night last night with breathing difficulties and gasping for air 15-20 times and chest pain at 3:15 AM. Me no likey.... emoticon I hope there will be no repeat of that.

My friend Cissy called me last night from the hospital. She's been in there since Sunday, early AM. Congestive heart failure and massive fluid retention. I'll call out there shortly and see if she's still there. She wasn't sure how long she would be there. She went in by ambulance.

I'm going to poke around and google stuff for a bit. Have a good day...........no matter what.

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Keep up the good work, Missy! That time is awesome! Don't give up! I would keep on doing the icing if the wrapping doesn't work, especially if you can feel it tightening up. You don't want it swelling too.

I had my first bout of constipation in about a month yesterday. Not sure what triggered it though. Praise the Lord that it is rare now rather than normal! I know, what a not so couth thing to talk about it is, but it is something to praise the Lord for since it had been such a problem for me.

Not much else going on with me, all is pretty quiet. My Bible Study is still working with transposing my study notes. There were several different topics today. I am still working on the verses for the three choices of sin though too!

God bless, Kim

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I tried wrapping it once..with no help..I do ice my leg on and off...the only thing that seems to help some is amrix (a muscle relaxer)..By the third mile yesterday..that muscle was tight!!

I walked 4.1 miles in 1 hour yesterday with my daughter...my best time yet..on a sore leg especially:) God is so good to me!!

I can't quit...I have to push through..cause my body is toning..and looking so much better...I can actually see my cheek bones now!! My fat is melting....I'm trying so hard

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Good morning Sisters!

I had a good day yesterday where most all I had on my list was finished, along with a little side trip to the Dollar Store for disposable cat food bowls for the Mister, trash bags some frozen fruit and two veggie blend. I got a bag of blueberries and three of the strawberry, blackberry and raspberry blend.

Bowls: one of the cats knocked one out of the storage area under my table and shattered it so I had to sweep glass up. I didn't get it all so will do another run by this morning. I go out barefooted and don't want any in my feet. I saw a few chunks when feeding them this morning.
I told my mean kitty that he would be banned if he didn't stop slapping around the others. He's a pretty thing but is snarky and has even smacked at me when I attempted intervention for my Calico. He was too hungry to behave maybe?

I worked very hard yesterday...reminiscent of days gone by. It was really painful and I had to pray for God's strength to get things done, but I do that daily...often many times! Today will be a bit less physical, but I want to get some things sorted for disposal and "gifting" for the laundry room and Goodwill. I have way too much in my kitchen and clothes closets and want to pare down and thin out...again

My cardiologist's office called and left a message while I was out yesterday. When I am a week away from being out of my Brilenta, I am to call them and they will call in an order for Plavix instead. I can get the generic and it will fit in my budget better. That $363 I just paid for the Brilenta was 4.5 months at the $75 price and could not be sustained at all.

I was dreaming of dancing when I woke from my nap yesterday afternoon. I haven't danced in 15 years or more and am not sure I could now but what good exercise it was. It was a waltz I was getting ready to do. I say I couldn't dance my way out of a paper sack these days.
I do miss the walking and physical activity I was capable of even 5-6 years ago. I'm sure I never did my "limit" of my God given capabilities! At this point, they have dwindled to perhaps a quarter of what I "used to do"....due to the pain, swelling etc. BUT.........no matter what, I am so very thankful for every day I am given and I am blessed.

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Howdy ladies! I hope that you are having a good day.

I'm with Bren, Missy. You do so well even when you are hurting. I try to exercise, but my body just says, "This ain't happenin'" rather quickly. My energy just disappears and my body hurts and there isn't any going on. I can walk for a little while, but then I can't breathe - but my body is alright! Go figure! I keep on doing my squats and toe raises though, even though my legs aren't getting any stronger. I don't know if it's because of the lipedema and the lymphedema or something else, but I will keep on doing them because I know that it can't hurt! LOL! I am glad that you are able to keep walking, I just hope you aren't doing any damage. Can you wrap the place that is hurting with an Ace bandage to give it support and keep it warm while you are walking and then ice it when you are through? That may be some kind of help. When Mom pulled her muscle the doctor had her keep it wrapped and had her putting ice on it. Just a thought.

Not much else going on today. I am working on looking up verses for something that Pastor David put up on Facebook - Three Truths about Sin. This is something that he has preached about for years and years, but here he gives just the basic outline for the three places a Christian can choose to be in and I wanted to look up verses that backed up those premises. (There are hundreds, I wanted to see what I could remember). I'll share some of it with you when I have some more of the verses looked up. It's very interesting. I am wanting us to share more Scripture truths on here, since devotions is part of the title of this "topic" thread! LOL! If any of you have anything to share from your devotions or Bible Readings, please feel free to share those too.

I love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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That's funny Kim...about the fruit and veggie consumption....Consumption-Assumption!

My flesh has been screaming a bit...ok...a lot....for things that are detrimental. I need to get that put down really good...and quickly!

I picked up meds yesterday and my total was $814.68 emoticon I did not ask why....I was picking up five with insulin and didn't check until I got to the office and they had charged me $363 for the Brilenta! Last month I paid $75. I called and of course got the little oriental guy and the best he could say was "you should have asked before you paid"....I left a message for my Dr. and may have to do the Plavix instead because this is way out of range for me. The $75 a month was a big bite...this was a choking one. That was half my medical fund that took four months to save. BUT....by God's grace I HAD it! emoticon

I'm getting order restored at home today and will go renew my car insurance later this morning. I forgot to do that last week, but then I was out of commission then too.

Missy....even if I was 34 instead of 64, I'd NOT have the discipline you do! I'd definitely be sidelined by the kind of pain you've dealt with. The most I ever walked was my 3 miles a day and that was uhm....17 years ago before the Meniere's struck the left side and knocked me for a few loops. You remain in my thoughts and prayers...you all do. I'm so thankful you're here.

I'm going to get back to work. Pest control is coming today and I need to clear things up before they do. I'm so thankful I don't have a bug problem here much. I've only had roaches maybe three times in 20 years, after getting new neighbors that brought some with them. That's a Big blessing in an apartment complex.

Have an awesome day, no matter what. It's a gift from God and we are blessed! Love y'all....


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My leg was getting better..I could actually put weight on it again...and then a couple days ago..it started getting tight again...I can put weight on it..but I am back limping some...it hurts! ...but I am still pushing forward...4.2 miles today...thanks..Kim for asking!!



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When I went to the doctor we talked about my blood work - part of which was the 202 triglycerides - he said that it was probably from the fruits and veggies I was eating - then he moved on to something else. I wanted to laugh - What fruits and veggies??!!! Oh, you mean the fruit and veggie pill I take every day?? LOL! I've really cut back on my carbs and am taking my fish oil every day now - so hopefully that will help - but still haven't upped my fruit and veggie intake. I just don't eat that much when I sit down to eat, so I make what I do eat a protein.

We had some branches surrounding some electric and cable lines cut down and today Wade went out and chopped them into smaller pieces and we moved them to the road for the city to cart away. Actually, they bring a chopper out and make it into mulch, which the city later sells or uses around town. I helped to move some of the branches. My little heart screamed at me a couple of times - What do you think you are doing?! We haven't worked like this for awhile, girl! Chill out! I sat down a couple of times to let it slow down the got back to work - it was fun. Mom was going to help, but she skipped out to go shopping and we were all done by the time she got back. I figured if she thought she could do it - then I had no excuse!

I really like Dee Henderson too - well, most of her books. I did run into one that went extremely slow! This one was very good, although it did get a bit slow in the middle. There was quite a bit of psychology in it which I sometimes rolled my eyes at, but overall I enjoyed it. The thing is, we can have some things, but we shouldn't love those things or hold on to those things. It should be easy for us to walk away from those things if the Lord asks us to. Too many people love their things more than they love the Lord - and unfortunately that means that their things are their god! There are people who wouldn't follow the Lord, even though He was calling them, because they wouldn't trust their children to Him. You can't even put your children ahead of the Lord! OUCH! If God calls you to someplace that may even have the possibility of danger - you go! If living there may be hard - you go! God never promised life would be easy, just the opposite. I have let go of a lot of stuff in my life, but I wouldn't trade what I have gone through for anything in this life - and I would go back in a heartbeat - because it was where Jesus sent me and He was there with me! It was hard, but it was so worth it.

Love y'all

God bless, Kim

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LOL! Too cute!

Oh that's very good Kim! Thanks! I love Dee Henderson's writing and have read several of her books. I'm in the middle of another set right now about Lincoln County. I like them but not as much as I was liking the ones I just read before getting chopped off mid thought.

I'd done my Wal-Mart order on line yesterday and picked it up this morning. That was fun! I'll do that again when my feet are out as they were, all this past week. I do forget things so will do a decent list next time. Sure saved me some hiking about on screaming feet...

I got some laundry done and trash dragged to the dumpster and here I go... whining a bit...they replaced our dumpster with a larger one and I have a LOT of trouble, lifting my bags high enough to get them in it emoticon

I also stopped in at HEB for a big bag of kale at half off...hooya... and another bag of Gala apples. I like the smaller ones because I waste less. I just had one with some peanut butter for my snack. Yummy! I had a coupon for a free pint of Halo ice cream stuff.I would NOT pay $4.98 for a pint. Gee...I was shocked! They probably hope you'll love it and buy some. I got the salted caramel one. I'll see how long I stay out of it.

I finally sat down to work on my disposal this morning. I got it working so it and the dishwasher would drain. It was really bad! My sink was backing up and the DW was as well. I ran it with some cleaner so when I get home I can do my dishes and clean the kitchen...and maybe I'll be inspired to cook again!
Oh yeah, the drone made a fly by in your kitchen, checking out gadgets too...I have so little space and I want so many things in my teeny kitchen! I want to start paring down and thinning things out again. I loved the part of your post about taking just what's needed....for the battle and the race! My word for the year is.... Release....

I need to finish some paperwork and clean the office so I can scoot out of here at 5:00. Have a blessed and restful evening all....Love y'all!




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Not sure that I agree with that take on it, Shel - but it is food for thought.

Bren, I thought that I saw a shadow pass over the picture window the other day! Just saying!

I was reading a book by Dee Henderson, Taken, the day before yesterday (well, I'm almost done with it, so I am still reading it), and in it the main character is talking to another character that has helped her since she escaped the people who kidnapped her 11 years previously. He expects her to be fragile and needing a lot of help - but she is quite strong and trusting the Lord. He wants to know how she dealt with what happened to her and she told him that she saw it in the light that we are soldiers for the Lord, and every soldier should expect to go into battle. None of us should expect life to be easy and have no trials. Her trial happened to be a whopper, but she took the opportunity to use that trial to gather information on the group that kidnapped her so that when she escaped she could bring them down. She wasn't passive, she acted like a soldier and perhaps a spy behind enemy lines and gleaned as much as she could and left information in as many places as she could. Because of that she wasn't sitting around afraid. She kept her relationship with the Lord strong during that time because it was the only part of her life that these people couldn't touch. That really made me think. We are soldiers, we are athletes and we are in training. We should be emptying our live of the things of this world, getting rid of the stuff that could hold us back. A soldier takes into war only those things that will help to keep him alive. An athlete takes into the games those things that will help him win the race. Nothing else should hold importance to us, we should be able to shed it without much difficulty. If we love the things of this world, the love of the Father is not in us - that's God talking there - and that's because those things keep us from being all that we can be for God... Just some more thoughts from me! LOL!

Love y'all. Have a blessed Lord's Day!

God bless, Kim

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Diana and Kim, great studies about burning coals!

On another note, but still about how we may construe a passage - I read a book ages ago, titled, (I think) The Elijah Project, wherein the author suggested that the woman at the well was NOT (as most will preach) a woman of ill repute - the multiple husbands having been according to the tradition which we can find in Matt 22:23-27 - a woman's husband dies, so she marries the brother to raise up a child in her late husband's name. Jesus tells the woman she has had 5 - and probably the present one was up next. If I remember correctly, the writer says something to the effect that, during those times, if a woman was widowed once it was a misfortune; twice, it was possibly a curse; but MORE, then it must be that God had a special call on her. Look at how she talks to Jesus - she isn't crude, and she speaks of spiritual things, a hope for Messiah. Furthermore, when she told her community, they LISTENED to her. Would they listen to a common tramp? Anyway...food for thought!


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Yep....drone slipped in and snapped that. Makes me feel cozy just seeing it! I love getting home form work, getting in my caftan and hitting the recliner with my Kindle and the remote. My snack would be popcorn and a Diet Root beer!

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OOO, have lots of fun, Diana. I have family who went there and loved it!

I get an e-mail from a nutritionist - Kate Scarlata. She's the lady who does the FODMAP diet stuff. In yesterday's e-mail she was talking about IBS-C and one of the things that could cause it. I like to share some of the things that I learn so that it might help someone else.

If you have been troubled with constipation, like I have, for years, then you may have a problem with your pelvic floor. There are symptoms that can tell you if this is part of your problem. I've had problems with this since I was a child, and I could check off almost all of the symptoms that they mentioned. I won't mention them here, but I will mention something that you can look up: dyssynergic defaction. This is a problem where the muscles don't contract properly, which causes a problem with more than just deification. So, if you struggle with this problem, then google this and see if you may have a deeper problem that you can talk about with your doctor and get some help.

I have also been transcribing again and the topic lately has been about "being persuaded". If you have a Strong's concordance the number is G3982 πεί&a
mp;#952;ω peithō pi'-tho A primary verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty): - agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield. When we speak to someone about Jesus, we are trying to persuade them to believe just as we were persuaded to believe. I ran across something today that made me think more about that word. If we are truly persuaded of the truth, then nothing will come between us and God, and we will allow nothing to separate us from God. If we are truly persuaded that God loves us, then there is nothing that can cause us to doubt His love. If we are persuaded that nothing is impossible with God, then we would never be afraid to stand up for Jesus in any situation and we would fight to the last drop of blood every sin, and we would hold fast to Jesus in the face of any persecution. Are we persuaded? Am I persuaded? or do I just say the words because it is easy right now? Something I've been thinking about!

Bren, do you have a hidden camera in my house???

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Y'all have a great weekend Diana! Sounds like fun for sure!

I just had some too. I was dreading my Wal-Mart shopping trip coming up and just finished doing it on line for pick up tomorrow morning. I'll just sign and go...and they load the car. Yay! This will simplify things for me. My computer at home is too slow but this one made it a snappy job...yippee! My meds weren't ready so I'll pick them up at lunch on Monday or maybe Tuesday AM.

I did stop at HEB before work this morning since I needed cat food. I rambled about and picked up a few other items while there. My feet were not ready for an extended excursion but my kitties rate pretty high and my desire for ice for my water is number two on the list. I found some pretty salad veggies, marked down, so grabbed some of those. One was baby spinach and kale and the other a spring mix. Pretty greens emoticon I'll have some with tuna for dinner tonight. I'm missing my tea about now....I'll go dig in the cabinet and see if I have any I can make up...

Have a beautiful and blessed day, Ladies....
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Well I am in Hershey Pa, we are meeting up at a half way point between D.C. and our home, which was Hershey. CHOCOLATE!!!!!!, Ron and I are going to check out chocolate world. Don and Jerri get in around 6, so we have around 4 hrs to kill. Ron is talking now about a sports/arcade building where they have a driving range. So I don't know ,but we are going to take off and explore.Have a great day ladies.


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If I had a bigger discount on the insulin, I'd not whine too much. I just called in for refills on Levothyroxin, Metaprolol, Metformin, Levemir, and Brilenta this morning. All but the Brilenta have to be faxed into the Dr's office for refills so I'll pick them up Monday or Tuesday. It will be apx. $580-$600. If I wasn't working, I sure couldn't get them! I traded off credit card debt for meds and medical issues! Oh well...God provides, regardless! I thank Him for the job that pays my bills.

That Nexium is very costly! Yikes. I'm glad there are some things I don't have to have. I'd be in trouble, too. Bummer, that the new meds aren't taking good care of things.
I'm hoping all I'll have are follow ups for the rest of the year. My PCP wants me in quarterly and my cardiologist twice a year so I can deal with that.

Other than my feet, I'm doing pretty well. I know when I get home, I need to drag trash out and clean the kitchen so am gearing up for that. If I can manage it, I'd like to vacuum as well.

I need to finish up some posting and clear my desk........I'll see you all here later!

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What a day! We had some downpours of rain last night and it has cooled down considerably today. It is that time of year when we are between our long sleeves and our short sleeves! LOL! I'm not sure whether I am cold or just right most of the time! My tummy is acting up today too. I think that my new tummy med isn't working. I am going to take Nexium for a few days and see if that helps, then I will know for sure whether it is the med or if it is something that I am eating. I will have to go on the OTC Nexium though, because the other Nexium is too expensive. I've been spoiled, Bren, with insurance. I can't imagine having to pay what you pay for my meds. My other meds are all but one, under 10 for three months, the other is just under $45 for three months. The Nexium would be over $400 for three months. Even OTC it will be over $200 for three months, but that is more manageable for me. Praise the Lord, I haven't needed to go to the doctor other than my regular check up! God is very good.

Not much more going on with me. I hope you are all doing well. How is your leg doing, Missy??

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Yay it's Friday! One of my favorite days. the others are Saturday-Thursday emoticon

I'm still hobbled a bit but am praying for full recovery by Sunday. Overall I am feeling better today and am very thankful for that.

Thanks for the book listings Kim. I was disappointed in my Gilbert Morris ones since two ended abruptly in the middle of a paragraph and the stories weren't finished. I really did like them too.

I got all my credit card payments run yesterday so today will be doing my posting, filing and verified prep. It will keep me busy and off my feet for awhile.

Hope you all have a great day and wonderful weekend ahead. I plan to at my spot. I have a list of things to get done once I can walk properly again.

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I agree, Diana. I also agree that in doing that the Holy Spirit convicts them of their ugliness and hopefully they turn from satan to the Lord.
Rom 12:17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
20 "BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS UPON HIS HEAD."
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I read several commentaries on these verses and they all went back to the verses dealing with vengeance being the Lord's and it is not ours to pay that vengeance on our enemies. We are to show our enemy the love that God showed to us and to leave our enemy to the hand of God. Two of the commentaries mentioned that the coals upon the head dealt with the smelting process. Here is what Clarke says about it:
Thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, is a metaphor taken from smelting metals. The ore is put into the furnace, and fire put both under and over, that the metal may be liquefied, and, leaving the scoriae and dross, may fall down pure to the bottom of the furnace. This is beautifully expressed by one of our own poets, in reference to this explanation of this passage: -
So artists melt the sullen ore of lead,
By heaping coals of fire upon its head.
In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow,
And pure from dross the silver runs below.
It is most evident, from the whole connection of the place and the apostles use of it, that the heaping of the coals of fire upon the head of the enemy is intended to produce not an evil, but the most beneficial effect; and the following verse is an additional proof of this (12:21).
Jamison, Fawcet and Brown says this: in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head As the heaping of coals of fire is in the Old Testament the figurative expression of divine vengeance (Psa_140:10; Psa_11:6, etc.), the true sense of these words seems to be, That will be the most effectual vengeance - a vengeance under which he will be fain to bend (So Alford, Hodge, etc.). Rom_12:21 confirms this.
These are Barnes' words on the passage: Thou shalt heap ... - Coals of fire are doubtless emblematical of pain. But the idea here is not that in so doing we shall call down divine vengeance on the man; but the apostle is speaking of the natural effect or result of showing him kindness. Burning coals heaped on a mans head would be expressive of intense agony. So the apostle says that the effect of doing good to an enemy would be to produce pain. But the pain will result from shame, remorse of conscience, a conviction of the evil of his conduct, and an apprehension of divine displeasure that may lead to repentance. To do this, is not only perfectly right, but it is desirable. If a man can be brought to reflection and true repentance, it should be done. In regard to this passage we may remark,
(1) That the way to promote peace is to do good even to enemies.
(2) the way to bring a man to repentance is to do him good. On this principle God is acting continually. He does good to all, even to the rebellious; and he designs that his goodness should lead people to repentance; Rom_2:4. People will resist wrath, anger, and power; but goodness they cannot resist; it finds its way to the heart; and the conscience does its work, and the sinner is overwhelmed at the remembrance of his crimes.
(3) if people would act on the principles of the gospel, the world would soon be at peace. No man would suffer himself many times to be overwhelmed in this way with coals of fire. It is not human nature, bad as it is; and if Christians would meet all unkindness with kindness, all malice with benevolence, and all wrong with right, peace would soon pervade the community, and even opposition to the gospel might soon die away.

So, the commentaries say that this passage does mean to bring conviction down upon the head of the enemy by doing good to him. Earlier in these verses we are told to Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not. And in Mt. Mat 5:44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you" We are to love people, to pray for them and to do good to them, all for the purpose of bringing them to Christ - Col 1:13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, This is what we want for all of those that we do good for, that they would be delivered from satan's kingdom and be transferred to Jesus' kingdom. Jesus brought conviction down upon my head and heart when He reached me, He brings burning coals upon my head when I do wrong now - and I am so grateful for those coals for they are refining me and making me into the woman that God wants me to be.

I ran into a bunch of e-books for sale, so I thought I would share those with you:
By Julianna Deering: Murder on the Moor and Dressed for Death - $1.99 each (These are books 4 and 5 in this series)
By Jocelyn Green: The Mark of the King $1.99
By Laura Franz: A Moonbow Night $1.99
by Olivia Rae: Resurrection $2.99
by Dani Pettrey: Still Life $1.99
by Kristi Ann Hunter: An Uncommon Courtship $1.99 (A Lady of Esteem and A Noble Masquerade are free)
by Melissa Jagears: A Heart Most Certain $1.99
by Susan May Warren: Wild Montana Skies free (Rescue Me $1.99)
by Elizabeth Camden: From this Moment $1.99
by Mary Connealy: No Way Up $1.99
These I've seen but didn't purchase:
by Tamara Alexander: A Note Yet Unsung $1.99
by Regina Jennings: For the Record $1.99
by Rosanna White: A Lady Unrivaled $1.99
by Rebecca Connolly: An Arrangement of Sorts and Married to the Marquis and Secrets of a Spinster and The Dangers of Doing Good and Burdens of a Bachelor $1.99/each
by Jen Turano: Playing a Part $1.99 (I'd already read this one)
by Sarah Ladd: Dawn at Emberwilde $1.99
by Melanie Dickerson: The Beautiful Pretender $2.99 and The Silent Songbird $2.99 and A Viscounts Proposal $1.99 (I'd already read this one)
by Tracie Peterson: Love Transformed $1.99; In the Shadow of Denali $1.99
by Sarah Sundin: Anchor in the Storm $1.99

These are the ones that I could find that had gone on sale. I don't know how long they will be on sale but it isn't often we see a sale this big. Some have been on sale before, but many are newly on sale!

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Good morning Ladies....

Just checking in to say howdy. I have nothing to add to the conversation but was glad to read your posts.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.........whatever you do with your day. I'll do the same.

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A good analogy of heaping coals on heads, it is not what it seems. Let's dig deeper to love like He did.
Proverbs 25:22 instructs us to heap burning coals on the heads of our enemies.

But what does that mean?

Initially, this sounds like a terrible thing to do, but this strange command is in the context of giving bread to our enemies when they are hungry and water to our enemies when they are thirsty.

Pastors and other Bible teachers have noticed this connection, and many have gone into great hermeneutical contortions trying to explain how it would be a good think to light your enemy’s head on fire.

I even heard one pastor say that when we were kind to our enemies, but they refused to repent and become a Christian, this would only increase their suffering in hell.

Isn’t that nice?

Aside from the troubling idea that anybody who is not a Christian is our enemy (!!!), what sort of person only serves others so that their future suffering in hell will intensify?!

This is probably an extreme Christian view (I hope so anyway), but most commentaries I have read on this text interpret the burning coals in some sort of figurative way so that it refers to something along the lines of the convicting work of the Holy Spirit, or a searing of the mind with the truth of God’s Word, or bringing upon your enemy a red face of shame, or something like that. Regardless, most Christian teachers believe that heaping coals on the head of your enemy refers to some kind of pain or punishment inflicted upon your enemy.

A while back I decided to study Proverbs 25:21-22 for myself.

Proverbs 25:22 and Burning Coals

As it turns out, heaping coals on someone’s head is not figurative after all. And it is definitely not talking about hell or anything negative.

To the contrary, the statement about heaping burning coals on the heads of our enemies is parallel to the statements about blessing our enemies with food and water. When this Proverb was written, people heated their homes and cooked with fire. But sometimes, a person’s fire would go out during the night, and before they could cook their breakfast, they had to go to a neighbor’s house to get a coal so they could relight their fire.

So Proverbs 25:22 teaches that if the fire of your enemy goes out, and they come asking for a coal to relight their fire, instead of turning them away or giving just one, we should be be extravagantly generous. How? We must keep one coal for yourself, and give all the rest of the burning coals to our enemy.

One commentary that gets it right is the Bible Knowledge Commentary on Proverbs. It says this:

Sometimes a person’s fire went out and he needed to borrow some live coals to restart his fire. Giving a person coals in a pan to carry home “on his head” was a neighborly, kind act; it made friends, not enemies.
Proverbs 25:22 instructs us to give our enemy so many burning coals they have to carry them the way burdens are carried in the Middle East: in a container on the head. Then they can go back and immediately bake their bread without having to wait for the wood to become suitable coals for cooking.

burning coalsThis is quite different than setting someone’s head on fire.

This understanding of the burning coals makes more sense, doesn’t it? Yes, and especially in light of Jesus’ instruction in the Sermon on the Mount to bless our enemies and pray for them. Jesus points that God sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous and the sun to shine on the evil and the good and we should do the same (Matt 5:45). And of course, this is exactly how Paul used the passage about burning coals in Romans 12:20-21, where he concludes by saying, “overcome evil with good.”

This reminds me of how Abraham Lincoln responded when asked why he did not seek to destroy his enemies, but showed them leniency instead. He said, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

We are to Love Our Enemies

God does not want us to be nice to my enemies so that their judgment will be worse in the end. That is not love. He wants us to show love and kindness to our enemies simply because our enemies are people too and God loves them just as much as He loves us. Though our enemies may never turn to Jesus as a result of our kindness, we are to love them just the same.


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Wow, trying to catch up with you guys...

I canceled my PT yesterday because a major storm was coming through and my DD didn't think it would be a good idea if I went out in it. As it was, we heard police and fire sirens frequently during the day. Then I thought I'd mow the lawn again - but it's still kinda damp. I'd thought of doing the back yard, but the pond is back after all that rain. (At least it's not a lake again!)

I went to call my father-in-law yesterday morning to read him scriptures - something I try to do every morning (his vision is failing and he gets dizzy after reading a couple of verses, and he LOVES the Word). But I was surprised when Levi answered the phone - apparently May 1st is THEIR Labor Day, so he was off. And his son Josue had taken Papi and Aunt Mercedes in the motokar to go visit Uncle Armando. So instead I had a nice LONG chat with Levi. He always encourages me! I ask him to pray before we say good-bye, and his prayers always bless me! In 2 months, I'll be back with him. I wish the immigration department would hurry up, but I think the new administration has clogged the works. Meanwhile, we'll take each day as it comes.
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Uncle Armando, Aunt Teresa, and Mami (Marleni) (2014)


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That is awesome, Missy - the walking. Make sure you don't push through the pain, but walk up to the pain - you don't want to do more damage. Sometimes walking while in pain helps, and sometimes it hurts, it just depends on what is injured. I know what you are talking about with the sister. My sister isn't mean to me, she just ignores me most of the time. She is the last blood relative that I have contact with. She lives in TN and I live in NC, so we don't see each other very often, but we do have each others phone numbers. She told me that when she got mine she was going to call me and text me all the time - sigh! I might hear from her once every three or four months. When her daughter got engaged my husband and I found out from a general post on Facebook - that's it, nothing more. I got a text from her a couple of months later, but we just "how are you" and "the weather is good" and that was it. She never let me know herself that my niece was engaged. That hurt. I have to make sure that that hurt doesn't turn into bitterness. I am turning the hurt into love and praying for them. It's their loss - and of course mine as well, because she is the last family that I have - but something is going on with them that they aren't wanting a relationship with Wade and me, and that causes me to pray for them even more. Look beyond the hurt to her heart and pray for her, because when she hurts you with her words or actions, she is hurting her soul and that is hurting her more than she is hurting you if you are trusting in the Lord through it all.

Satan will do all that he can to trip us up and cause us to lose our faith in these last days. Family can hurt us the worst, and that is why the Scripture tells us that it is our family that will turn on us, so we need to be ready for that - and we need to be ready to let them go, especially if they are causing strife and hurting our relationship with our immediate family and our relationship with Jesus.

I love y'all very much. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Oh, for you who like to read, check out the Brides of Webster County Series by Wanda Brunstetter. If you look for it on Amazon, don't stop on the anthology, go down to the four book series for $2.97. You get book one for free, and the other three books for $.99 each.
Here are some good freebies from today as well:
When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley
A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DiMarino
After a Fashion by Jen Turano
A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter
Running Toward Hope by Angelica Rose
Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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God bless, Kim

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1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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Thank you, Kim
It is not bitterness..just hurt. God gave me a baby sister..and I have always wanted to be close to her...ya know?...but I suppose it will never happen..sometimes people are just hard to be around..I can only pray

I walked 3 miles today..I made myself walk..I had taken a muscle relaxer...to help my leg and my neck..It did help...but it made me so TIRED!!!

MY RESULTS FOR APRIL: no days missed walking ..
*injury*..but God is carrying me through
354,174 STEPS
146 MILES
LAST MONTH I DID 312,479


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Missy, I think it is more a life of complaining and negativity. Having a difficult time with a loved one and then sharing that with us for prayer wouldn't fall in that category - I don't think, as long as you don't let bitterness and negativity fill your heart. We have to let go of the ugly things that come into our lives so bitterness and negativity aren't the norm. We also don't show that to those who are ugly to us. Showing kindness to those who are ugly to us is heaping burning coals on their heads (Ro. 12) - and that's hard to do when there is bitterness and negativity in our hearts. It hurts when people hurt us, and it helps when we have others pray for us to let that go. I need prayers to not let what is happening between my sister and myself turn into bitterness. It's more than one situation, it's a continuing attitude. You are one of the least negative people I know!

Diana, there were people, especially after Jesus ascension who weren't healed, the most famous being Paul. He had a thorn in his side to remind him that God's grace was sufficient. God also uses our illnesses to increase our faith, to keep us looking up and to remind us to that we need Him. Just as with financial needs as well. If we never had a need, we wouldn't need God. There are times that I have to lean on Him even harder and there are times I realize that I haven't been leaning on Him and things have gotten worse. The rain in our lives causes growth.
Jms 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Pet 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
7 that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Rom 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Good things come when we go through difficult times. God doesn't cause the difficult times, He allows them to grow our faith. Jesus had an agenda when He was on the earth. He was proving His deity as well as glorifying the Father through the things that He did. He healed the man born blind to glorify and honor the Father. He had to show that He and the Father were One. The apostles were able to heal many as well - yet Paul wasn't healed because God had a purpose in His pain. Paul was a man of great faith (and he wasn't a sinner despite what people say about Rom. 7 - Rom 7 is an example of the unsanctified Christian before he reaches the sanctification of Rom. 8. Paul reached Rom. 8). Many suffered a lot in those early days of the Church, beatings, floggings, limbs cut off, tongues cut out, [and death in horrific ways] - and many were not healed from the results of these things - yet they continued to serve the Lord in great ways, God's grace being sufficient for their need.

What a day we have had. Clouds and rain, but it's been warm - praise the Lord! Oh, on Saturday the guy came out and cut the limbs off of the tree - did I already mention that? There are limbs all over the yard right now. I hope the leaves fall off before Wade is able to get to them, it will make getting them to the road a lot easier.

Well, y'all have an awesome evening. Missy, you are in my prayers. I'm sorry for your hurt sweetie! Blood can hurt us worse than anyone else.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Thank you kim for reminding us of that inescapable fact. We are a vessel to bring light and truth to this world and nothing robs us of that ability more than negativity. So the question is, are we being a vessel of the Lord, or of the enemy? Unfortunately we each of us has issues that were already bad habits before we came to Jesus, negativity was mine. Even as a Christian I have to constantly battle how I 'feel' with the truth and reality of God's word. Mine is more emotional that physical now, thank the Lord. But I see the danger of chronic physical pain opening the door for emotional and mental negativity. I wonder at the loss of faith for physical healing leading to much of negativity in our lives. By His stripes we are healed. At church we have been learning to 'press in', being more obedient to not giving up and staying in faith for others for the long haul. We are seeing more and more how healing can start as a small seed and as we obey and continue to believe more healing takes place. Jesus healed all who came to him, very rarely did healing not take place, but when it did not , it was through unbelief.
I made my son, Scott his birthday cake yesterday , a carrot cake, and made him a dinner of scallops, potatoes au gratin, and veggies, plus a bread /dip bowl. I still lost some weight in spite of it. I have been monitoring my carbs pretty strictly, only veggies and fruits for carbs, and I feel tons better.
Praying is the best we can do for each other, confessing our sins and weaknesses does wonders for us as well. It reminds us how we are nothing without the Jesus, and His help.
That all being said, we are all on a journey, always learning, all in a different place spiritually, which is why we need each other.
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Ok....my take is that PAIN....Physical, emotional and spiritual...siphons energy, joy, strength, peace, purpose........and a string of other things. I use the term whiny a lot because I "feel" whiny! I also feel weak, weary, worn, unbalanced and unstable. I run to God first with those things, as He is my strength and healer....then I run to y'all, as my prayer sisters, friends and ones who can lift me up in prayer and spirit.

On that note....Kim, I've never seen or heard from you...a life of negativity. God knows every thought we have and action we take so putting on a happy face doesn't negate life's hurts, body's pains and heart's sorrows. They are emotional and physical and often spiritual needs to be taken to Him.....and shared with those who love and care.

That's just my opinion but I do feel strongly about it. I believe God should have the first and last word in my circumstances. Like you said recently, I too, covet the prayers of you ladies and other believers. We need those standing in the gap for us, regularly. If apology was needed for "whining" well, I'd need to step up too!

Now complaining....that I do need to "abstain from"! As in work issues and working the one day a week with Sharon. She'd be a good example of living negatively....and I confess, I get caught up in her drama and end up being mouthy and not very nice in thoughts, words and attitudes. That....is apology worthy and I need to turn from that behavior. SO....your post got me thinking on that and I am "convicted".....LOL Thanks!

Have a blessed new week ladies and keep coming in! Love y'all....hugs and prayers~

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OK...kim...are you telling me I can't complain about my day today..and how my sister hurt me once again...I suppose so.... emoticon
sometimes it just helps to talk about it..and know ya sisters are praying emoticon
I know in the Bible there were a lot of complainers..such as Job and David for example

anyway..I had an upsetting day..and would appreciate ya'lls prayers please

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Missy, I haven't quit, I just have a new direction that I am going in. I am going to work on getting my weight down to 200, that is 15 pounds. If I go beyond that I won't be able to find clothes that fit because my arms and calves aren't going to get any smaller and already I am having trouble finding clothes that fit my smaller torso and hips. I am going to be working on my tummy troubles. My new goals will center around the FODMAP diet and eating, as well as exercising for my back as well as to get the fluids moving in my body. I am reading a book now on the FODMAP diet. As soon as I understand more of what I need to do I can set up my goals for that and the exercise - so, even though I don't have goals right now I will have some shortly! LOL.

I was looking over some posts that our Pastor has on Facebook. He does some pretty much every day, it's great. I look these over on Sunday's, it's like getting to go to Church since my Church is on the coast and I am in the foothills! Today several of these posts were on being negative and how that can hurt our walk with Christ. We can never forget that there are only two sides - God and satan. God is light, truth, joy, everything good; satan is darkness, lies, evil, everything bad. When we live a life of negativity then we are giving satan praise. It never occurred to me that when I complained and whined about stuff I was giving satan praise - gulp. Break my heart! I never want to do that. I was letting the pain in my body rob me of my joy and praise and I ask for your forgiveness for dumping that on y'all too. Here is one of the posts that he had on it:

GO WITH YOUR NEGATIVE INCLINATIONS, THEY WILL ALWAYS BENEFIT YOU.
OKAY, I am late for April Fool's Day, but if you are following your negative inclinations, I guess everyday is Fool's Day.
First, God and His word clearly tells us that there are dangers with giving time, energy, or voice to worrying, complaining, criticizing, doubting, whining. This behavior is WRONG in itself and it leads to more wrong and it enslaves the person doing it and it is debilitating to those who hear and see it.
Second, Successful people (whether Christian or not) in business, sports, music, as well as effective mentors and teachers recognize the destructive powers of negativity. Those who are successful, or teach the principles of success, are quick to say that entertaining negativity will drain your energy, distract your focus, poison your resources, repulse your acquaintances, discourage your partners and scuttle your crew.
I have seen the success of motivational speakers and writers. Lives are changed, It does not result in salvation, but it does have a positive impact on those who apply the principles. And why shouldn't it? After all, positivity and hope and faith are all Divine principles of life.
However, I opted out of the motivational speaker class to be a preacher of the good news and salvation of God, which also includes Biblical principles of successful living. Besides, as a Christian I choose not to honor Satan for the evil he throws in my direction. Like it or not, being negative is a Satanic testimony. You can justify it by claiming that you are only being honest, but those who hear the whining often see through the thin layer of excuse making.
Listen, negativity begets negativity. I have said that nothing fails, like failure. Negativity not only siphons time, energy, focus, talent; negativity also spreads and consumes and robs your potential and future opportunities.
The devil has led some people to believe that there is something noble about being negative or defeatist. Choosing to live under a dark cloud indicates a major attitude flaw and even character weakness.
I DON'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. IT IS WELL KNOWN.
I realize that none of my friends fit into this profile, but maybe you have a friend who does. Why not repost this and just say that you found this interesting. Then your negative friends can be upset with me, until they realize that they can face their failure with positivity, hope and faith, and change their direction.

Asking each other to pray for a need doesn't mean we are complaining, it's something sisters do for one another, so never stop doing that - but let's stay in an attitude of praise. Let's keep the light shining! Oh, here's another saying he had that I thought was really good, something I'm going to put up to remind me:

Refuse the wrong, choose the right
Walk by faith, not by sight

I love y'all.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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4/29/17 5:34 P

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Kim, you don't have any goals?...Come on sister..You're the one that said in the new challenge..don't give up...don't look back and wish you hadn't quit!......You can do this ..I know you can!!! Don't quit!!!! Love ya!

Bren, I understand your point...but I cannot quit...I just can't...the only way I will quit..is if I cannot bear the pain anymore...I pray that NEVER HAPPENS.. I walked 4.5 miles today hobbling along..I am still shifting my weight to my other leg..but I am able to put some weight on my other leg..which I could not do a couple days ago...I have not missed a day of walking and THE GOOD LORD GETS THE PRAISE!!!!

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I'm trying to get going with the 21 day Fix thing and am in a great group on Face book. It's 21 Day Fix for beginners, no need to have a coach, buy their products etc. It's basically learning portion control! I have a real problem with that so this is all I'm doing right now. My goals are to get the 30 pound gain back off first.... and increase activity. After my fall a few weeks back I fell in the ditch and stayed there awhile. That hurt me more than I'd realized. I'm back on track today and moving on. Check them out if you want to.

Missy, I saw on FB about your leg pain. I know you're pushing through but honestly, rest is necessary as well. One can do further damage sometimes. Be kind to your poor feet and legs! They are doing an awesome job and many miles have been covered just in the past few months.

Oh my goodness! I would never have thought that task was so costly! Yikes! That much money is sure hard to come by too! I know there are many times we have to call in professionals as the job is beyond what we can do.

I'm having a slow weekend and am ok with that. I have paperwork and putter work to do that fills some time but can't post payments until Monday. That day will be very busy!

I'm going to play for awhile then clear my desk in there. I do look forward to 5:15 and getting home again!
I thought this was cute...brought to mind a dream I had many years ago about being chased by Big Foot. He finally caught me. Now, I'd just have to say...just don't hurt me, please.



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The guy came today and cut down a bunch of branches that were touching the wires. It looks really good. He said that he would cut down the whole tree for $600. I gave him $335 today because he did extra branches from what we talked about and then had to move a bunch of those branches to put the fence section back in. The next door lady gave me some of that cost back though. We thought that $600 more on top of the $335 seemed high since he's already done most of the hard work in getting those wire branches out of the way. The tree is fine right now, so we told him we would have to think about it. He was a really nice guy and very polite. The price he quoted for today was reasonable, I thought - but the new price, not so much! I'll have to see what Wade thinks when he sees the tree.

My poor legs are really swollen today. I haven't been wearing my compression socks, and today I was doing a lot of running around and standing, taking care of the stuff with the tree guy. I'm wearing the socks now! LOL! I need to get the swelling down and then I need to wrap them. It just seems like a lot of work for 1/4" of loss in girth! But I guess it also helps with the circulation - I need to remember that too.

Missy, we stopped the challenge - at least I have. If you and Bren want to keep on going you are more than welcome. There wasn't a reason for me to keep on when I'm not going to try and lose any more weight. Until I start working on my FODMAP diet consistently I really don't have any goals I'm trying to follow either. I am going to be reading the book I got and then getting the foods together that I am able to eat and culling the ones that I can't. When I am reading to do that, then I will set my goals and probably jump back into the challenge, if its still going on.

Love y'all have a wonderful day.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

1Co 15:33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.


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