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10/27/10 9:13 P

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You be as wordy as you like. We love sharing our hearts with one another. Long posts are welcome!

~Missy~

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10/27/10 7:48 P

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i just finished reading through the posts in this topic and want to tell you all that you've touched my heart. i can't believe i actually teared up and have a lump in my throat. even though i just joined this team, i feel grateful that i've finally found a group of people that i can communicate openly with. i'm relieved beyond my wildest expectations.

shelly: hon, you're beautiful. don't let that old snake steal your joy - about anything. he's just jealous because you're a child of the most high God and he's going to do everything he can in the days/weeks/months/years ahead to try to get you under his wicked spell. don't worry - God's not going to let that happen.

bobby: i like your attitude and am looking forward to getting to know you better! God bless u.

julie: i can so relate to your post. i thank God every morning for loving me enough to send Jesus to die for my sins (and there's SO MANY of them). i thank him for my good dog too emoticon even when he wakes me up at 5:30 a.m. on saturday

to the rest of the team: i'll try not to make my future posts so long...but i can't promise that it won't happen.

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Cheryl

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10/27/10 4:38 P

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Amen, Margaret! Laughter truly IS good medicine! *hugs*

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10/27/10 10:52 A

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Margret, yes you are so right. Having a sense of humor especially about our selves makes living life so much easier and a lot more fun.



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10/27/10 7:29 A

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I am so glad we can all laugh at ourselves...evn though we are getting the very serious message of Shelly`s post.
Margaret

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and renew a steadfast spirit within me..."
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10/26/10 9:02 P

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Julie, that was an awesome post!

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10/26/10 7:01 P

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Shelly, it is always good to laugh especially at ones own self, it keeps me grounded.



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10/26/10 3:52 P

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Bobbie you crack me up about what you said about..so long as we are not stinking, I don't know how you do it but you keep me laughing! emoticon

Julie thanks for sharing withn us. God is working something good into you, I just know it! emoticon

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10/26/10 11:41 A

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Julieo100 what a great and soul searching post to share with others. Yes, like Joyce Meyer says, the mind is the battlefield. He has no other entrance in our lives except through the throughts he can place in our minds and then it is up to us to speak them forth or speak forth the word of God which will contradict the thoughts of the enemy all and every time. That is the only way to fight devilish thoughts is by confessing the word of God in the name of Jesus and by appling and claiming the blood of Jesus. The blood and the name are our power tools and also us being the righteousness of God by the blood of Jesus in the name of Jesus



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10/26/10 11:35 A

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Shelly/Bobbie, I can't express how much you've both helped me. That life sucking, power hungery devil TRIES to continue working..... I LOVE waking up in the morning walking the dog & the first thing I do when I open the door is Good Morning GOD, Good Morning JESUS, Good Morning HOLY SPIRIT, thank you for another day! I meditate on the LORD's prayer during my shower and then physically meditate on putting on the armor of GOD as I'm getting ready for work. I also meditate & pray on the bus to work. I'm reminded of how Bobbie says We need to speak things out loud and YES they are true and GOD does work on me, still molding me, sometimes gently, sometimes tougher. This time of year is especially bothersome for me because of past issues some strong reminders of who I was before surrendering and telling the truth. There's usually more stress in our home and in our relationship. I have to work on this daily (communication, differences of opinion, internal & external controversies) and there are days I feel so much closer to God than others. The spat you got into reminds me of the way we go thru things. The mind is a powerful machine, somedays mine seems to be more insane and it takes me a while and I do eventually get there; that "thoughts/feelings" are not always accurate representations of reality. Still learning to LIVE a new way of LIFE with God, holding my hand and telling me it's ok, trust ME, I'M taking care of you. GOD Bless everyone on this team and on Spark, Lord knows we can't do it on our own!

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
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10/26/10 10:46 A

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Shelly, you are spot on, the time we spend with Him in the morning is much more important on how we look, just so long as we are clean and not stinking and offensive to those around us. I love this post of yours. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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10/26/10 12:11 A

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Please read this portion, if nothing else.


You guys, I love you ALL so much, my extended family is like what you are!

Margaret
When you said, "...people will think you wrote this Shelly, it is so long!" You made me laugh at loud!!! emoticon Thanks great!!! I love what you said.

Missy
Thanks hun, you are a sweetie. Can't imagine this team without you.

And Bobbie
Thanks so much for your thoughts. Ok, I got it, I am the most beautiful person that ever walked on this earth!!! LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon Ok, let's not get carried away huh!!! No, you are correct, it is what is inside that matters the most. I know I have gone out with some really HOT guys before I got married. Some of them were nice, but most of them had issues, and I think they were used to girls letting them treat them like crap, 'cause they were always surprised when I broke up with them! You know someone can be so utterly attractive, but if they are not good to you all that good stuff on the surface fads away, and you are left with rotten crap, plain and simple! And some people get more and more lovely due to all the goodness inside of them. We want to lose weight, and or live a better live and be healthy, but it is our souls that matter more than ANYTHING else.

***I want each you to consider something. I want you to determine how much time you spend each morning getting yourself ready for work, or whatever. How much time do you take getting yourself "fixed up"? Now figure out how much time you spend with God each day, each week, and each month. You see, I believe that the time you spend with God is more important than the time we sped fixing ourselves up.

I admit, my time is for sure lopped sided some days and weeks, and months. I am working in this, and I hope you will too.

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10/25/10 9:06 P

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Satan is a liar, the father of all lies, and there is no truth in him. His primary directive is to deceive us. Add to that the fact that the heart of man is desperately wicked and above all things deceitful, and is it any wonder we do not see ourselves, each other, or God clearly? It is only as we allow the truth of the washing of the water of the Word to cleanse away that deception that we can see clearly. Oh, how thankful I am to the Holy Spirit for revealing truth to us so that we can see the beauty in ourselves, in others, and in our God. Hallelujah!

~Missy~

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Shelly, you are so cute, and you are so adorable. But, I see you through a mothers eyes because like I said my one daughter Michele and you are the same age and do and say the same things. You are beautiful and not fat. Stop it, now. You know what Shelly? I like myself no matter what I look like, I do not look like something i am not. what you see is what you get. This is our earth suit, the real you is on the inside of you. Tell that old enemy to shut up and learn to live with your being beautiful. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Shelly, You already know that I commented on how great you looked in this picture...can` rememvber if I said "beautiful" or not, but that is what I meant. Yes Satan has a way of attacking and trying to take joy from our beautiful and pleasant times. The picture I have of my mother in the sky...my sister emailed me a copy because I wanted to show everyone!!! and when I was printing it off, I was watching it come out of the printer and...I saw a demon! It was late at night and I was scared, it was so bad...I could not pick the picture up out of the printer...Then I prayed and cried...and told satan to go away, get away from my precious Mama because she was in heaven and he was not! I took the picture and showed so many people and although not everyone saw Mama, no one mentioned seeing a demon. I told my sister( the one that took the picture) later what had happened, she said she saw it too, when she scanned it to send to me...I still see it,if I look for it, but I don`t look often. The evil one did not want this proof of God, Glory and Everlasting life to be seen by others, he tried to steal my joy...it did not work, but only because of prayer, faith and Mercy and my Loving Father in Heaven(with my Mama).
I got a little carried away with my explanation....people will think you wrote this Shelly, it is so long! emoticon
Love and Hugs to my beautiful, non-fat looking friend!
Margaret

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and renew a steadfast spirit within me..."
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10/25/10 7:23 P

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Is the Devil Speaking in Your Mind?

It has been proved that a person can stave themselves thinking they are obsess. They feel fat on their bodies, and see fat which is not there!

Now, there are many causes for this, and I am not about to sit here are say the devil causes this to happen. However, I believe at times the devil is responsible for many things which start in your mind.

I want to share something with you. Last month BobbieNorthren and I met while I was in Chicago. It was one of the most beautiful spark experiences I have ever had in person. The Holy Spirit was with us, just like the Holy Spirit was present when I first met my good friend Griff, who is a member of this team.

Bobbie (BobbieNorthren) and I talked about God throughout our 1.5 visit with one another. I was so happy I could not contain myself. After we talked we took a picture together. Bobbie mentioned that she needed a picture for her Spark page so we took one of her and one of us together.

When I first saw this picture of myself (the one I am using now) I could not believe how beautiful I was. I feel silly saying that. I don't like talking about my appearance. I think i am pretty sometimes, but that is it. Many times I do not like how I look, but I have a good self-image, and a good self-esteem. But within moments later I looked at it again and thought," My face looks fat, ooh may look at my body...it is HUGE!!!" But then I looked back at my face and I realized it was beautiful. Later that evening I thought, God's Holy Spirit is in this picture with us, and He is inside of me and Bobbie in this picture. Please click on this link to see our picture.
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if you look at this picture you will see me standing next to Bobbie. I don't know door if it is me or the devil attacking me, but I just feel like I look fat in this picture. Now, to get a clear idea of what I am talking about look at my picture on my page of me. I am not heavy, I want to gain muscle and lose more weight, but I know I am not heavy, and the picture on my Spark page shows the true form of my body. Even though it was taken almost a year ago, my legs look better 'cause I lift weights, and I have not gained weight. Please look at this picture on my page.
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Well, this all may seem silly to you but it bothered me, and I did not know why I looked the way I did in the picture. I asked my husband what he thought of the picture, and He said he thought I looked beautiful. But, my husband tells me I am beautiful throughout the week. I am not sure why he does this. I don't go around saying I am ugly everyday. But, I think some men are just like that, they like to compliment their wives/girl friends. So, hearing him say that about me I just was not sure if he really meant it. The next day I saw this picture on Bobbie's Spark people's page and was a bit alarmed! Now I really felt bad about the picture. I thought, maybe this is to reach me to be humble, although, I don't go around saying I am pretty or anything close to that, but, I just could not get it! I talked to my husband and told him how I felt. I said to him and I am ashamed to admit it, but I am being truthful with you. I said to him, what if people see that picture and think I gained back my weight, or think I am fat? I have worked hard to lose my weight. (I used to weight 221 pounds). He said, Shelly, you can tell by your face that you have not gained weight, don't worry about it. But I said, John, my BODY is huge in the picture on Bobbies page, it looks like I gained weight. I am afraid our conversation turned into a spat between us. My husband kept saying people will not think you gained weight, and I kept telling but I looked fat, I started to become hurt 'cause I did not think he understood how I felt. He finally said something I knew to be true, but was not sure about, he said, Shelly the devil is attacking you. He wants you to feel badly about this picture, that is why this is happening.

You see, I have this wonderful memory of being with Bobbie. We sat at MC Donald's Bobbie, my husband, and I and talked about God almost the whole time, and the Holy spirit was sitting right there with us. I tell you you could feel HIM!

When I looked at this picture of myself I decided to use to as a new profile picture since I had not updated one in a while. When I looked at my eyes I saw something, I felt something, and I realized it was God! Now, when I think about something, or when God tells me something, there are times when God verifies it through other people. That to me is like God saying, you see this IS true this IS what I am saying to you. Now there where two people who made a comment about the Holy Spirit being inside me which is reflected in this picture. Bobbie and 7pastormike7 both said something similar about my picture. They both said that the Holy spirit was present within me in this picture. I don't have Bobbies quote from here email, but I have Pastor Mike's quote. He wrote,"The Lord has blessed you, Shelly ! You eyes show forth the Love of Jesus and your words are so timed with the love of the Holy Spirit speaking out through you !! Your Gifts are so evident my dear sister ! God bless you."

Now, I know this post is kinda not one if my best ones. But I just felt the need to share my experience with you.

How many times have your thoughts brought you down? When was the last time someone said you looked good but you did not believe it? One thing you can believe is that the last thing the devil does wants you to do is to feel good about yourself. You see, I have learned when we like ourselves we are NOT THREAT to the devil! He works hard to make us feel bad. Promise me that you will work just as hard to love and accept yourself.

I care so much a bout all of you. I know I share just about anything with you, and it is because if I think it will help just one person, even if I am embarrassed about it, I will do it for you. Don't be the devil's punching bag. I know, I need to work on it some days as well. Since I fell my legs are starting to get a tiny bit soft. But God got my back! I will be hard and defined in no time!!!

Note to Bobbie:

Hey girl, please don't feel badly about puting the picture up. I am glad you did! It makes me know how much you care about me! (hug) It led to this post, and maybe someone will be helped as a result. Besides, I know who I am in God and THAT is amore important than what I look like, or what someone may think. I think you are ok, that this post did not or will not make you feel badly. But, you know me, I just don't want to take the chance of making you fee bad. Love ya!

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