Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
6/26/12 11:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It is very very uncommon for me to do this, but I am taking a break from this study. I was planning a real break from doing team work. Once a year I take an break from team work. However, I always find myself right back on the team page! I love this team so much nothing can keep me away! But during my break it is different because I have no team leqder durtes, so when I take a break I can just be a member of Sparkpeople and nothing else.

Well, as I said I was going to take a break but right now I am currently helping 2 people lose weight in a personal weight loss managment. I work as a coach, and give them personal attention. So, even though I was planing to take a break I became aware of a team member's need for help and offered to help them. When they accepted I was excited, and still am! So, I thought, well God has other plans for me, otherwise I would not had offered my help. I did what God wanted me to do even when it is not conventient for me. I will add that I am not a perfect person, so there are times I fail, and it takes me a while to obey God. However, in most cases I respond in a very timly manner, and do what God asks me to do. I love helping this team member, and look forward to h\doing more for her.

Just about the same time I offered to help this team meber of ours a member of Sparkpeopke contacted me and asked me if I would help her. I had offered me help a month ago, but the time she needed and wanted my help is now. So you know what, this is not the time to take a break. God knows just what I need to be doing!

I guess this post in itself is a lesson on surrendering. emoticon

PAULA614's Photo PAULA614 SparkPoints: (905)
Fitness Minutes: (904)
Posts: 38
6/13/12 5:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
yes although i dont comment,, i do read them, each and every week, and i continue to pray for you as you bring us this study...



with God all things are possible....


773 Days since:  refined sugar
 
0
200
400
600
800
SANDRALEET's Photo SANDRALEET Posts: 7,799
6/13/12 1:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We grow in Christ when we read think and meditate what we read.Thanks for helping us think and grow in Christ.Keep well my friend.

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


 Pounds lost: 25.0 
 
0
15
30
45
60
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
6/13/12 1:35 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well, more time has passed and I am aware there are people who have been reading this bible study. Sometimes I forget that even though people read what I write many don't post. I was reminded of this when a friend of mine wrote and told me she had read this study.

So, although no one has posted a comment in a while, I know there are people perhaps waiting for me to update and finish this study. For the past eight weeks I had been working on another bible study called, The process of losing weight, while working on this study as well. I do not normally try to teach two bible studies at once. But God brought it to my attention to do both. I really did not want to do 2 bible studies at once. They require a lot of work. Not that I am complaining. I love doing things for this team and God. But, I must admit when He told me to start The process of losing weight a few weeks after I started this study I was like, what, are you sure God? Like God would be confused, lol I knew I could do both well with His help. Now that the other bible study is over I can completely devote my time to complete this one.

We still have a long way to go. As I mentioned somewhere below I will not rush through this. I have failed to keep up with this for various reasons, but I will complete this study in it's entirety.

At some point this week yet I will be adding a new post on the Surrender bible study.

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
6/9/12 4:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have not written an update for this study. I want to say sorry to anyone who has been waiting for me to write an entry. My computer was all messed up. The one I did have to use was a bit of a mess as well for some reason. My computer is fixed now. I have spent time up-dating this team page a little bit, as well as replying to a post. I will update this study this coming week. Again I am sorry.

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/29/12 9:44 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
As you can see below last week I wrote a very long post. I haven't written since then cause I wanted to give anyone who was interested in reading it time to read it. I will continue with this study ina few days. Hope everyone is doing well.

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/22/12 2:19 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well, if you read the current update to this study you might remember I made an example of how to surrender disorder, & unplanned pain and suffering to God. I stated that the big things in life are easier for me to surrender to God than the little things such as poor service at a restaurant or food which is cold or cooked the wrong way.

Well, you would not believe what happened to me just ONE DAY after I wrote on surrendering! My husband and I went to a place which sells pancakes, and other breakfast foods. I was starving that morning and ordered a farmers omelet and it came with a side order of pancakes. I told the waitress that I wanted light cheese and ham. Our food took a very long time to arrive at our table but I told myself to be patient. I don’t know why I was so hungry; it was not like I didn’t eat the previous day. When our food finally arrived on our table our waitress gave my meal to my husband and my husband’s meal to me. Which I guess was an easy mistake, no big deal, right? I didn’t care, and did not think about it, but now that I am remembering all of this, mistakes were made throughout the whole experience at Ihop. We switched our meals and I realized that there was no cheese on my omelet at all. I told the waitress who was still standing next to our table; I ordered light cheese not no cheese at all. She said she was sorry, and offered to have the cook make me another one. She added, “it won’t take him long to cook it, it will be out in no time.” By that time I was really hungry, and I found it hard to believe that cook could do anything fast. I told her that I was aiming at a lower calorie omelet, so not having any cheese or ham in it would meet my goal & I told her it was ok. However, after I took two bites of the omelet I realized I could not eat the omelet because it tasted terrible! My husband’s experience was not much better. He ordered the same meal I did except he ordered a different omelet. His pancakes were almost burnt and yet cold and his omelet was missing onions. I flagged the waitress down and told her that I could not eat my omelet because it was the worst omelet I have ever tasted. (let me tell you, this was no lie!) She said she was sorry and I wanted to know if I wanted then to make me a new one. I told her no it was ok. I added that it was not her fault that the cook could not do his job, and that our food would not reflect on her tip from us. I also told her that she was trying, and I did not want her to worry. She asked me if I wanted her to get the manager. I said there was no reason to get him involved. As all these things were happening to me I was remaindering that I had just written yesterday on our team that whenever these types of things happened in the future I would involve God in the experience, and I would be able to surrender it to Him. So while all of this happened I told myself not to get upset, bring love into the situation. She told me that she could take 15% off my meal, I said ok, but I thought to myself, 15%? I DON’T think so; there is no way I am paying for this omelet. But I left it at that. Meanwhile, when I ordered my food I asked her to bring my pancakes out after I ate my omelet, because whenever I order this meal ether my omelet or pancakes get cold. So I asked her to just have the cook make my pancakes. I asked her if she would heat up the maple syrup (they used to do this all the time, but now you have to ask them to warm it up) she took John’s cold and burnt pancakes with her. I was so so hungry and could not wait for my pancakes to arrive at our table. The thought of waiting for the warm syrup to arrive on our table if our waitress would forget was more than I could bear. I was so hungry, and did not want to have to wait if she made a mistake. So, I waited for our waitress to come out of the kitchen, but she was nowhere to be found. So I asked a different waitress if she would bring me out some warm maple syrup, and she said that she would. Well, the pancakes arrived about five minutes later, but no one had brought me warm syrup. I reminded our waitress that I had asked for warm syrup. She said she was sorry, and I thought she had left to get it for me. I sat at the table, my stomach was growling. All I wanted to do was eat! I saw my waitress standing in the kitchen talking. When will she be back with my syrup I thought. After a few minutes I walked over to another table to grab some maple syrup. However, by this time my pancakes were cold. You know if Ihop was really busy I could understand more, ya know. But the simple fact was that they were mot busy AT ALL. Finally the waitress came out. I saw her walk over to another table, and took manners into my own hands. I got up and walked next to the table she was standing by. I waited for her to finish waiting on her customers. I saw that she did not have my warm syrup. I reminded her that she had told me that she would bring me warm syrup. The look on her face was a totally bank! She totally forgot about my syrup. I walked back to our table upset now. I told John, that’s it, it has reached her performance as a waitress, and she is not getting a 15% tip! I waited and waited for the warm syrup to arrive so I could begin eating my meal. By this time John was almost done with his meal. The manager was walking past our table but before he completely walked past I called to him. I told him that my husband’s omelet was made wrong, and so was mine (it was still sitting in the edge of the table not eaten). I told him it was the worst omelet I had ever tasted on my life. He asked me if I wanted them to make me another one. I told him no, and that I was not paying for it. He said ok, and walked away. Meanwhile, eventually the syrup arrived. I was going to be able to FINNALY eat breakfast. I poured the syrup, it was scolding hot. I mean I had to blow on my food, and when I put the pancakes in my mouth they were STILL hot! But you know what, although I had to be careful not to burn my mouth, remember, my pancakes were cold due to the fact I waited so long for the syrup. So, by the fact that she boiled the syrup my pancakes which were once cold were extremely hot now, lol. You know you have to laugh when so much nonsense is going on, and I was trying to laugh this experience off as one mishap followed the other. I was so thankful to be able to finally eat; I remember that I told John not to give our waitress a 15% tip. I also remembered the words I typed on our team page, and knew I had to act in love and kindness even if our waitress DID NOT deserve it. I had to bring God into the situation. I told John, that he should give the waitress a 15% tip, and when our bill arrived he did. The funniest thing which happened during our meal, our waitress told us as she lay the bill on the table that Ihop has a survey for us to take. I started laughing, and said, “Oh, trust me; you do not want me to take this survey”. She said you will receive a free order of pancakes if you take the survey. I told her, “Really, you do not want me to take this survey because I will be honest”. Our waitress said that she had to tell us about the survey. I told her, ok, but I wouldn’t be it. As we walked to our car I told John our whole dining experience had been bad. Our waitress really has messed up. However, I was told him I really trying to be kind, and loving while we sat there. I told him about the surrender study on our team. I told him that I had just typed yesterday that the next time I was in a situation where I was dissatisfied I would bring God into the situation, and I would be able to surrender it to Him. John told me that I had been nice, and that I had done a better job than I had done in the past. We sat in our car and laughed about all the things that went wrong. Our food was cold and was made wrong. We waited much longer than we should have had to. My omelet tasted unbelievably bad. And let’s just stop there. Although so many negative things happened, I think that it was a success!!! God was in my mind, and in my heart. I felt like going off, but instead I was calm. I truly surrendered this awful experience to God. I admit that I could have chosen nicer words when I expressed how my omelet tasted. Thinking back, perhaps I should not have told our waitress that she did not want me to take the survey. However, my tone was kind, and I was joking with her. I thank God for helping me surrender our breakfast experience. I encourage you to bring God and love into every situation you want to surrender. If you bring love and God into the situation you want to surrender to Him, take it from me, He WILL help you!

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/19/12 5:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
April 19, 2012
Surrender

emoticon Home Work

1) Look up verses in the bible on peace & write them down. * Or click on thr link below which will supply web sites with verses on peace.

2) Say each verse out loud when you are angry, in pain, or any other negative emotion.

As you do this I encourage you to think about the verses you have read throughout the remainder of the day. I suggest doing this for an extended period of time. Take note if this helps you in any way when you have read the verses on peace for several weeks.

click on the link below to receive some verses on peace:

www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=eqn%2Cf
ix
edpos%3Dfalse%2Cboost_normal%3D40%2CR>boost_high%3D40%2Ccconf%3D0.95%2Cmin
_l
ength%3D2%2Crate_low%3D0.015%2Cr
ate_hi
gh%3D0.015&gs_nf=1&cp=12&gs_
id=z&xhr=t
&q=verses+on+peace&pf=p&
output=search&
sclient=psy-ab&oq=ve
rses+on+pe&aq=0&aq
i=g4&aql=f&gs_l=
&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_g
c.r_pw.r_qf.
,cf.osb&fp=812dcb5c367d38b5&biw=853&bih=395


Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 5/19/2012 (18:33)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/19/12 5:07 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Ephessians 3:16-1
May He grant you the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened & reinfocred with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

My God I ask that you give me your strength, that I will be reinforced with your mighty power within me through your Holy Spirit. I ask that your power and strength will be made in me and worked through me ro give you the glory throughout my life. In Jesus mane I pray amen.

April 19, 2012
emoticon Surrender

An example of surrendering to God


The next example I am going to talk about I have the hardest time surrendering when it relates to little things like service at stores or restaurants. When it comes to big things in life for some reason it is easier for me to surrender to it.


This poem says," When you lovingly bare any disorder, any annoyance, any irregularly, when you stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility and endure it as Jesus did you are surrendering to God.

Those of you who read my posts know that I have been injured a lot these past three years. These injuries have been rather serious and have stopped me from being able to exercise for quite a while. I thank God that He has completely healed me of all of my injuries!!! In all circumstances I bare in my life I try my best to put Jesus in each one. I am humbly proud of myself because while suffering through pain I was able to experience and display the fruit of joy and peace throughout my last injury of falling down 13 steps.

It took placing Jesus in my thoughts, words, and actions, to be able to surrender that pain over to God. I have a note book which has quotes from the bible on peace, and throughout each week I spent time reading each verse on peace out loud to myself. I believed if I kept my mind on peace I would achieve peace in my thoughts, and feel peace in my body. I wrote these verses on index cards and kept them near me. I read these verses on peace while I was suffering with pain. There were times when I was in such pain that all I could do was lie on my couch and pray and cry. Although I was taking a very strong pain medicine it just did not take enough of the pain away. God helped me through my pain though. He gave me comfort, and eased my pain. There were times when I woke up in pain (well for almost two months I woke up in pain every day) and God would just take the pain away. I knew it was Him because one minute I would be in agony and the next minute the pain would be completely gone!

One of the things I did to surrender my pain to God was that I would speak out loud the true things about God which related to my pain. I would say, “inside of me God rests. I have all the strength of God because He is inside of me. And the bible tells me this.” I often reminded myself that God had healed me, and I would be just fine within God's time. There were weeks spent that I had to remind myself that I had to be patient with God. I thought many times during those months that God was using this injury to train me on patience.

I tell you what, you can experience pain and you can suffer miserably. During those circumstances you can allow it to cripple you or you can make the circumstance make you stronger in God. You can take your circumstance and discover what you are really made of. Are you full of God, or are you full of self-pity? It is during times of trail and suffering that you can learn how to use God's grace, dig in deep with God and experience glory with Him through your circumstance. I have been through a lot of pain in my life both physical, and mental pain. No one enjoys going there; we all just want to be happy and blessed every day of our lives. But we don't live in a fantasy land. So the more you know how to use life and make your circumstances help you stronger you will become in God.

I encourage everyone on this team to continue to develop their relationship with God. The more you think about God, the more you talk to God, the more you pray to God, the more you ask for God's help with both big and little things the more intimate your relationship will be with God.

The only way I experienced victory with
God as the result of falling down 13 steps was because I made God bigger than my pain. I made God bigger than my negative thoughts which I sometimes had, and I made the verses on peace mean more to me than anything people said to me, and anything else I thought about. I had to believe God was inside of me working on giving me comfort. I had to believe that although there were days that I had pain from the moment I woke up until the second I laid my head down on the pillow to go to sleep, although the pain was intense in my neck, back, shoulder and arm……. regardless of any of that - I had to believe God had healed my whole body! And you know what I did; even when the pain was the worst pain I BELIEVED God had healed me. This God, He helped me do it; I take no credit for any of this.

I will be the first to say, doing what I wrote about above is not easy. But being in pain is not easy. Grumbling and complaining does you not one ounce of good. In fact it makes you feel worse. But you know what does make you feel better, and actually does take some of the pain away? Filling your thoughts, and mind, and words with God. Hey, you can only believe I am sharing the truth with you today. If you are in pain, what better time to re-read what I wrote and try it yourself?

Well, the pain I have experienced is my example to you about surrendering. I have a harder time dealing with a waitress who lacks the ability to wait on our table while my husband and I eat out. As I was writing this I thought to myself, Shelly I bet if you brought God into those situations you would be able to surrender it much better.” So, although I have made improvement in this area, I will bring God into this circumstance the next time it happens. Like if we order food and it arrives at our door cold, I will surrender it to God.

Dear Jesus thank you for helping me with this post. Thank you for helping me while I was suffering. I lift you up and praise you for healing me. I ask you to please help us to surrender our mind, words, and actions, to you. In Jesus name I pray amen.

WHEN YOU LOVINGLY AND PATIENTLY BARE ANY DISORDER, ANY ANNOYANCE, ANY IRREGULARLY, WHEN YOU STAND FACE TO FACE WITH WASTE, FOLLY, EXTRAVAGANCE, SPIRITUAL INSENSIBILITY AND ENDURE IT AS JESUS DID - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD


WHEN YOU ARE NEGLECTED OR FORGOTTEN AND IT DOESN'T STING, OR HURT WITH OVER SIGHT, BUT YOUR HEART IS HAPPY COUNTED WORTHY TO SUFFER - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOUR GOOD IS NOT SPOKEN OF, WHEN YOU ARE CROSSED, YOUR ADVICE DISREGARDED, AND YOU REFUSE TO LET ANGER RISE IN YOUR HEART, OR EVEN DEFEND YOURSELF, BUT TAKE IT ALL IN LOVING SILENCE - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU LOVINGLY AND PATIENTLY BARE ANY DISORDER, ANY ANNOYANCE, ANY IRREGULARLY, WHEN YOU STAND FACE TO FACE WITH WASTE, FOLLY, EXTRAVAGANCE, SPIRITUAL INSENSIBILITY AND ENDURE IT AS JESUS DID - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU ARE CONTENT WITH FOOD, ANY OFFERING, ANY RAIMENT, ANY CLIMATE, ANY SOCIETY, ANY SOLITUDE, ANY INTERRUPTION BY THE WILL OF GOD - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN SEE YOUR BROTHER PROSPER AND HAVE HIS NEEDS MET, AND HONESTLY REJOICE WITH HIM IN SPIRIT, AND FEEL NO ENVY OR QUESTION GOD. WHILE YOUR OWN NEEDS ARE FAR GREATER, AND YOU ARE IN DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN RECEIVE CORRECTION FROM SOMEONE OF LESS STATURE THAN YOURSELF AND HUMBLY SUBMIT INWARDLY AS OUTWARDLY, FINDING NO REBELLION OR Resentment RISING UP WITHIN YOUR HEART - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 5/20/2012 (07:43)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/19/12 3:49 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am sorry that I gave not posted a new entry for this study. I wil try harder to post each week for now on.

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/8/12 12:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
SANDRA thank you for sharing with me about that. I really rely on God's assistance. I pray for His help before I start posting each new update, and while I am typing as well. It is God I want to be seen within this study. It is my goal to bring each person on this team involved in a closer more intimate relationship with God. Writing things down in this study should help you enrich your relationship with God. emoticon emoticon emoticon

SANDRALEET's Photo SANDRALEET Posts: 7,799
5/7/12 7:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I got your message and wrote down the verse and prayer.Thank you.

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


 Pounds lost: 25.0 
 
0
15
30
45
60
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/7/12 1:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paula thank you so much for sharing with us. It is when we share with one another that we all grow in the end. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I also thank you for your kind words.

PAULA614's Photo PAULA614 SparkPoints: (905)
Fitness Minutes: (904)
Posts: 38
5/5/12 7:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
thank you for sharing about surrendering and not seeking the approval of others only God. Your story hit home for me, I am very guilty of always seeking approval from others, and look for some kind of recognition, it has been brought to my attention always lovingly, but somehow nonetheless to my attention that I only need to seek the Lord's approval. So I thank you for sharing and encouraging me.
emoticon emoticon

with God all things are possible....


773 Days since:  refined sugar
 
0
200
400
600
800
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/4/12 1:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon HOME WORK

WHEN YOUR GOOD IS NOT SPOKEN OF, WHEN YOU ARE CROSSED, YOUR ADVICE DISREGARDED, AND YOU REFUSE TO LET ANGER RISE IN YOUR HEART, OR EVEN DEFEND YOURSELF, BUT TAKE IT ALL IN LOVING SILENCE - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD.

I feel that many times people find themselves in the situation that poem describes above while they spend time at work.

WHEN YOUR GOOD IS NOT SPOKEN OF...

1) When your boss or supervisor ignores your effort and handwork you have completed How do you feel?

emoticon Whenever this happens to you I want you to remember this verse:

Read: Colossians 3:22-25

Although this scripture is aimed at servants/employees, it is applicable to each one of us in our lives, whether we are in employment, or working in the home, or in a particular full-time ministry. Whatever we are doing, let us not be looking to man's approval. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Whatever we do, let us do it as if we are doing it for Jesus. May we not be pleasers of men, performing well when their eyes are on us. Because our reward does not come from men, but from the Lord, as verse 24 says, "Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The one whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah)."

So often we may look for approval from others. Quite often it doesn't come. We shouldn't rely on that, or even look for that. In the end it is God who we will stand before to give an account (Romans 14:10-12).

Let us look for ways to put a smile on God's face instead of a person's face through seeking approval. Let's put our thoughts and actions in God's will and plan, and seek these words from God,'Well done, my good and faithful servant'.


WHEN YOU ARE CROSSED..

2) So often someone does something that offends us. Think about the last time someone offended you. How did you handel the situation? Did you tell them off, get even, or talk behind their back? This is the way the world has taught us about how to deal with offense, but God explains a different way:

emoticon John 18:33 God does not forsake us during times of opposition. He defends us. That doesn’t mean that we won’t suffer, but He will give us grace to face victoriously any opposition that comes our way.

REFUSE TO LET ANGER RISE IN YOUR HEART

It is so easy to let your anger get the best of you. However, we don't have to sink into our emotions or let your emotions rule you.

emoticon Ephesians 4:26
Be angry, and sin not

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 5/7/2012 (01:37)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/4/12 12:57 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
In order to share with you about how I surrendered to God or failed to surrender to God I will need to talk about people and my circumstance. I rarely talk about people. Therefore, I want to explain I will be talking about people to share my situation today.

WHEN YOUR GOOD IS NOT SPOKEN OF, WHEN YOU ARE CROSSED, YOUR ADVICE DISREGARDED, AND YOU REFUSE TO LET ANGER RISE IN YOUR HEART, OR EVEN DEFEND YOURSELF, BUT TAKE IT ALL IN LOVING SILENCE - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD.

A few years ago I lost 35 pounds. I was visiting my family (in laws) who are lovely people. I could not have been married into a nicer family. We were all sitting in the living room andy husband, John started saying how proud he was that I was doing such a good job at maintaining the 35 pounds I lost for over a year. Now my family (in laws) had been seeing me lose weight this whole time but not once did they make any remarks about my appearance, or encourage me... nothing. As I first began to lose weight I thought they would congratulate me. As more and more time went on I realized that they just would not for some reason, and I accepted it. It was not that I was seeking their approval, but since they encouraged and supported others in the family I wondered where that support went to when it came to me. I was grateful that God had helped me lose the weight, and praised God for helping me maintain the weight for so long. However, when my husband was praising me for losing weight & his words fell on deaf ears I was hurt. Maybe I was more hurt that time because someone in the family had just finished telling everyone how proud they were of my sister in law. I remember asking my husband later that evening,"How could your mom and sisters just sit there and not say anything at all about me after you told them how much weight I lost, and how I have been doing so good at maintaining it?" By this time I was not only hurt I was mad.

I failed at serenading to God. Not only did I fail to surrender, but by not surrendering to God I was brought to a sad place- emotional pain and anger.

I thank God for helping me remember that day. I never think about it, and it is hard for me to remember failing at surrendering. Thinking back to that day I now realize I was seeking their love, and although I was not seeking their approval I wanted them to say something good about me...so maybe I was seeking their approval. I guess when my husband had said whatever it was, I thought to myself, now they have a chance to say, hey Shelly you hAVE been doing a good job. I was seeking SOMETHING from my family (in laws). We are here on this earth to please God NOT people. God makes it plain that we are to seek our self worth through Him and Him alone. Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust & take refuge in the Lord then to put confidence in man.



Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 5/7/2012 (01:41)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
5/4/12 11:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
May 2, 2012

emoticon Surrender

Hi friends! emoticon as I mentioned before I will be concentrating on the poem below until I have finished working my way through it and giving you examples of ways I have surrendered just as the poem describes. I hope that I remember times when I failed doing so. It is humbling to admit my faults here, but I have come to realize it helps others when I do so. Therefore, I am asking you now God to help me remember the times to succeeded at surrendering to you, but also the times when I have not. I ask you to help bring others closer to you through the things that I share and write here. Allow my failed attempts to surrender to you help them to see within themselves and grow within surrendering to you.

WHEN YOU ARE NEGLECTED OR FORGOTTEN AND IT DOESN'T STING, OR HURT WITH OVER SIGHT, BUT YOUR HEART IS HAPPY COUNTED WORTHY TO SUFFER - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOUR GOOD IS NOT SPOKEN OF, WHEN YOU ARE CROSSED, YOUR ADVICE DISREGARDED, AND YOU REFUSE TO LET ANGER RISE IN YOUR HEART, OR EVEN DEFEND YOURSELF, BUT TAKE IT ALL IN LOVING SILENCE - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU LOVINGLY AND PATIENTLY BARE ANY DISORDER, ANY ANNOYANCE, ANY IRREGULARLY, WHEN YOU STAND FACE TO FACE WITH WASTE, FOLLY, EXTRAVAGANCE, SPIRITUAL INSENSIBILITY AND ENDURE IT AS JESUS DID - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU ARE CONTENT WITH FOOD, ANY OFFERING, ANY RAIMENT, ANY CLIMATE, ANY SOCIETY, ANY SOLITUDE, ANY INTERRUPTION BY THE WILL OF GOD - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN SEE YOUR BROTHER PROSPER AND HAVE HIS NEEDS MET, AND HONESTLY REJOICE WITH HIM IN SPIRIT, AND FEEL NO ENVY OR QUESTION GOD. WHILE YOUR OWN NEEDS ARE FAR GREATER, AND YOU ARE IN DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN RECEIVE CORRECTION FROM SOMEONE OF LESS STATURE THAN YOURSELF AND HUMBLY SUBMIT INWARDLY AS OUTWARDLY, FINDING NO REBELLION OR Resentment RISING UP WITHIN YOUR HEART - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

AUTHOR UNKNOWN


Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 5/4/2012 (11:56)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/27/12 3:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon !!!!! All of you who have shared within this study whether it was weeks ago or just this week, all of you have made this study something so very special!!! You have made something truly beautiful out of this study. PLEASE continue to share with us as I will always share my heart with you here. You just can't imagine how your words help people. Do you realize that by your very words you are encouraging others? By sharing your experiences you are strengthening one another. God is working through YOU!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Dear God I can feel your presence within this study. Thank you so much for bringing each person here. I ask you God to bring memories of my past, the times when I have failed, and the times when I succeeded in surrendering to you. God help my words bring other people closer to you. I am your instrument, let me be played within their my team's ears. I want to bring glory to you dear God instruct me, teach me, help me to learn. I can only do this study through you. Reach me, let your Holy Spirit guide me. I ask you to penetrate yourself in me fully, completely Lord. Help me to stay within your ways. Dear God help me to surrender better to you through you my God. Dear God you must be so proud of this team as they share their hearts to you and with everyone here. Heat God I feel their spirits. They have a strong desire to surrender to you. Dear God help us all. As we seek you, as we live each day out God give us your power, your strength as we seek you through prayer, & as we seek you with talking to you. It can be only done through you dear God. So we come to you in prayer and we ask these things of you. We believe, we trust, and we agree in your precious name Jesus amen.

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/27/2012 (12:02)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/27/12 2:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Replies: to members/team

SANDRALEET
Thank you so much for sharing with us. Oh it is people like you who help others grow closer to God and help their faith to come alive and grow!!! I know the physiological pain of going through the stages of losing your sight. That was where I saw back 14 years ago. (If you read my page I wrote all about it) I LOVE that you wrote ,most lost faith. Then I found a book called women who pray. I prayed a lot .One day a peace came over me and I felt like I was flouting in the air .It never left me. I learned to take my situation as God will from then I kept on growing." The part I love the most, the part which excites me is when you typed, "...I kept growing." It is in our growth that we for a beautiful relationship with God. Just as you do things to build your relationship with a friend so must you also do the same things with God. We must share with God, trust God, and be there for God as He is always there for us. God wants us to talk to hIm not just pray to Him. How is talking to God different from Praying? Well, when you talk to your family and friends you share ALL kinds of things with them. You are not constantly requests things, and making your needs known to them. It is very important to do with but God, but God desires to be your friend. We must treat HI like a friend. Thank you so much for sharing! I love your relationship that you have with God!

KETTLEFUL
Oh Kathleen I am do glad that you are back. Take your time to catch up. I a so grateful you are part of this study. I thought you were no longer on the computer, now I understand. I am going at a pretty slow pace. I do not want to rush this important study. I love what you said,"I too have a lot of that these days so I have to give it to God and not take it back. I love the way I can do it and then not worry about ti after that. it seems like it just works like that for me." Kathleen I am glad you keep God's grace. It is God's will that we take His grace and move on. We are wise to do so. When God gives us His forgiveness, love, peace, or strength, then a few days latter we are back to hurting again, blaming ourselves, or being ad at ourselves... whatever, we have received a gift from God but we have not kept it. It is as though someone has given you a gift and you simply give it back to them. If you struggle with this team ask God for help and work with God to except all the gifts from God completely & never give it back.

PAULA614
I want to reply to your words,"...I do notice however that it is a daily thing sometimes even hour by hour or minute by minute to surrender myself, my will, my debt, my food, my family and my problems... but the hard part is to leave it." Paula surrendering to God has been the hardest thing I have ever done as a Christian. If we are doing to correctly there are times we will fall down, but God is always there to pick us up. When you have fallen seek God's hand, receive His peace as He picks you up. emoticon I have been surrendering to God since...what did I say below, Jan. '09 (I think) in that time God has brought every situation in the poem below into my life, and I am going to share one experience each week the nest three weeks. I have experienced many situations times and rimes again. Sometimes I did well, and sometimes I did not. It is not so important if we failed or succeeded in surrendering as much as it is important to WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IN THE PROCESS. I believe God knows how hard it is for us to surrender. But He sees our hearts and I believe does not concentrate a lot on our results from the process of surrendering to him. And trust me. this IS a progress. If it were easy everyone would be surrendering to God. Through our prayers, through our actions God is working and God is helping us all grow through surrendering to Him. Thank so much for sharing. Janis (Allenjoseph) I like that you wrote in your reply to Paula, I agree with you. We all do this.

ALLENJOSEPH
Janis as we surrender to God He creates strength in our lives and He turns our lives into something beautiful. It is a life we know not. Full of peace, full of His grace, and full of things we wanted yet at times did not even know we wanted or needed. They are His blessings. My life turned into such a beautiful thing when I started to surrender to Him. Now, life is life and that dies not mean my life became perfect, but you see, I began reacting & handling everything differently when I started surrendering to God. I surrender my thought,s my words, my heart, and actions to God. I keep no record of the success nor failure, but as each year passes I grow stronger and stronger with surrendering my whole life to God. You are doing so well with your weight loss because in part, you have surrendered it to God. Keep up the good work my friend. I want to comment on some thing you wrote. As you described below when you wrote me,"...She came back about 3 or so weeks later and brought up how some friend had told her she needed to face this as it had I guess upset her." I believe she took offense to your words, although you had a kind and loving heart and meant no harm, was trying to help her in fact. Well, maybe the devil did not want her to receive this help. Offense is a trap fro the devil which keeps us out of God's will, it keeps us fro growing! Be sure to shake offense off of you, it is a very important spiritual lesson. You went on to share,"I have not liked her since because I again apologized when she had returned and she still did not acknowledge my words. I do not treat people that way. It was very hurtful and I felt I was being treated like someone who had done something so wrong. She had not liked the fact that I had said something before she was done speaking. I thought I was being kind. I was not in her eyes." As you took offense through your emotions your feelings were hurt, and I can imagine you hurt in some form or another by her actions as you wrote,"I felt belittled & humiliated in front of my lady friends...It was very hurtful." Sadly enough we have all been in situations when a person has hurt us, we feel negative emotions whether we deserved to be treated in a certain way or not. You have shaken off the offense now Janis!!! It is God working through me which has allowed to you grow my dear friend. Thank you for sharing what you wrote below. You are growing and God is so happy for that! God has blessed me with you. You write such kind things about me. It is God who strengthens me as I rely, lean on, and trust Him. He is my shield! I thank you for your kind words. I thank God for what you said, as I give all the credit to God.

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/27/2012 (03:45)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/27/12 2:23 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
ALLENJOSEPH TYPED THIS A FEW DAYS AGO IN THE STUDY, THE PROCESS OF LOSING WEIGHT. I just wanted to bring it over here and share it with you:

"I'm just loving so much about these discussions, Shelly. They really make you think...and God is so good! I'm tired right now but I will be doing my half hour of exercise shortly, and I already recorded all my food for the day in my nutrition tracker. I didn't eat my supper yet, and I will after I exercise. These last two days I have been gone for the day. My appointment with my Family Doctor went so well yesterday. He was so pleased with all my bloodwork and my weight loss, and my blood pressure too. I'm so grateful that God brought you into my life to lead me even into a deeper relationship with Him. I was thinking this morning, as I was driving to a meeting where I meet with a group of recovering women. I was thinking of a past hurt when I was at one of these meetings, probably about 3 years ago, or more. A woman younger than myself was speaking, and I asked her a question in a kind way out of concern as to what she was telling us. I really wasn't being rude, but she treated me as though that I was rude. I even apologized but she did not acknowledge my apology. I said I was sorry more than once and she would not say anything. She's a working person so she would come from time to time and we always got along until that morning. She came back about 3 or so weeks later and brought up how some friend had told her she needed to face this as it had I guess upset her. I actually don't know why she made a big thing about this, but I felt belittled & humiliated in front of my lady friends. I have not liked her since because I again apologized when she had returned and she still did not acknowledge my words. I do not treat people that way. It was very hurtful and I felt I was being treated like someone who had done something so wrong. She had not liked the fact that I had said something before she was done speaking. I thought I was being kind. I was not in her eyes. Shelly, you have helped me see that I need to surrender this to God and humble myself. I read that about how badly you've been treated at times. I now understand surrender much better. I need to bring these kind of things to Gods feet and rise above these hurts and say why not. Our Lord suffered so very much and died a horrible death for all of us. My hurts are so small. I feel through your studies being brought closer to God. I want to be all I can possibly be for Him. I have alot of work to do, and your beautiful studies are such a blessing.
May God continue to inspire you and use you as one of His Shepherds. May you feel Him pouring Grace upon you as you do all these things to help bring people into a more intimate relationship with Him.
Sending love & prayers your way, Janis"

ALLENJOSEPH's Photo ALLENJOSEPH SparkPoints: (63,128)
Fitness Minutes: (18,348)
Posts: 3,554
4/26/12 10:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Paula I do feel that so many of us will give God a problem because it gets to a point where it gets unmanageable, we just can't handle it anymore. Then there comes a time when we start taking it on again. Sometimes it may be a difficult person we have in our life, and we put them in God's hands as we know we cannot deal with it. God can, and we PRAY! emoticon

Nothing Is Impossible with God.
Each Day Is A New Beginning.
When You Draw Close To God, God Will Draw Close To You.

Spark People Team Leader, GLITTERGIRL, from Team, "I Can't Do This On My Own", helped me reach my goal in 2012. I was able to maintain my weight for several months, but now I have to get serious again as much of my hard work I let go of, putting my focus on another issue. I will keep on, until I get back to my goal.


 current weight: 125.5 
 
140
133.75
127.5
121.25
115
PAULA614's Photo PAULA614 SparkPoints: (905)
Fitness Minutes: (904)
Posts: 38
4/26/12 7:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I thought I knew what is was to totally surrender but as anyone can see by my fruit I need to go back to the foot of the cross....I surrender every morning and by the time i get to work, i have gone back and taken it back....i cant seem to leave it with the Lord.... I give it and then go get it back, ( Like i could do it better ) what a joke that is..... I do notice however that it is a daily thing sometimes even hour by hour or minute by minute to surrender myself, my will, my debt, my food, my family and my problems... but the hard part is to leave it.
emoticon

with God all things are possible....


773 Days since:  refined sugar
 
0
200
400
600
800
KATLOVSDAN's Photo KATLOVSDAN SparkPoints: (5,726)
Fitness Minutes: (1,755)
Posts: 895
4/26/12 11:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
it means to surrender everything over to God no matter what it is. i have been doing this also allot in my life as i understand about pain. i to have allot of that these days so i have to give it to God and not take it back. i love the way i can do it and then not worry about ti after that. it seems like it just works like that for me. i haven't been here very much eather because of the computer went down and i wasn't able to get on the internet for quite some time. but now i'm bacck and ti feels so good to be able to read my e-mails.

kathleen

 current weight: 229.2 
 
238
218.5
199
179.5
160
SANDRALEET's Photo SANDRALEET Posts: 7,799
4/24/12 5:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I learned to trust God and accept my situation in life by going through a lot off things.I was mistreated as a child .Had A mental illness when I got older.Had one child with autism .My second child had epilepsy And child hood arthritis.When they got older they all so got depression.15 years ago my husband got a heart attack 2 years ago a massive stroke.He lives at home and need a little help each day.One of my daughter lives at home to. She is in bad health and is going blind.With her there I can get out to church and do some shopping.There was a time I all most lost faith.Then I found a book called women who pray.I prayed a lot .One day a peace came over me and I felt like I was flouting in the air .It never left me.I learned to take my situation as God will from then I kept on growing. emoticon

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


 Pounds lost: 25.0 
 
0
15
30
45
60
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/24/12 5:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
April 24, 2012

Surrendering

emoticon Home Work

In the poem below it states, when you are neglected or forgotten and it does not sting or hurt with over sight but your heart is happy counted worthy to suffer- that is surrendering to God.

1) Think about your life. Think about the times you have been neglected or forgotten. Do you find yourself in such a situation right now?

2) A. In the past how did you allow your pain to control your words and actions?
B. How can you surrender to God & not allow your pain to control your words and actions now or in the future?
C. Ask God to help you to respond to those situations the way He wants you to respond.

4) A. In what ways do you think through surrendering to God the pain will not hurt as much as it could have when you bring God into the situation?
B. Can you believe and understand that God will comfort to you as you treat others as He would like you to treat them through surrendering to Him?

5) In what ways by surrendering to God can you grow by the way you treat the people in your life?

Friends, surrendering is hard, but we are capable of doing this. I have a long way to go. Sometimes I fail miserably at it. But as the years pass I become better at surrendering to God. Through surrendering to God I have become a better friend.

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/24/2012 (17:22)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/24/12 4:53 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I used to live in Chicago and when I moved to Ohio many years ago having a friend was really important. After making a friend when I moved to Ohio several times I had a friend who would not only break our plans she would sometimes completely forget about them. I mean she would not call or anything. I had another friend who was not there for me at all during the times I needed her the most. I had to forgive them when it happened. I had to ask God to help me to respond to those situations the way He wanted me to respond, and tell them what He wanted me to tell them. In doing so, and not acting out when it happened I was surrendering to God. Surrendering to God does not mean you become a door mat. Over time these relationships had to end. But we need to act in ways which at first may not be comfortable in order to surrender to God through them. I will be truthful and admit it did hurt when those things happened. But it did not hurt as much as it could have if I was not bringing God into the situation. In surrendering to God I grew by the way I treated my friends. I did not allow my pain to control my words and actions. Through praying to God and asking for help during those times I was able to use Him to help me to surrender. This was a big accomplishment for me. I have no problem with confrontation. In the past (before with other friends) if they hurt me I would tell them they hurt me and explain how wrong they were. But as you surrender to God your whole attitude changes, as well as the way you react to people and things.

As i said when those things happened it did hurt, but the poem does not say when you feel no pain when you are neglected or forgotten. It says, "when you are neglected or forgotten and it does not sting or hurt with over sight..." I believe this means we are not allowing the pain of being forgotten, or neglected bring us to a pity party. When don't allow yourself to stay within that hurt. We lick our wounds, bring them to God, and try our best to make the rest of that day better. And this is done through bring God into our pain, and asking hIm to help us.

For it says in the poem, when you are neglected or forgotten and it does not sting or hurt with over sight but your heart is happy counted worthy to suffer- that is surrendering to God.

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/24/2012 (16:59)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/24/12 4:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
April 24, 2012

Surrender emoticon

What does it mean to surrender?

I am going to take a little more time on this area of surrendering to God. I am going to show you ways the poem below on surrendering illustrates ways you can use it and surrender to God through sharing personal times in my own life, and how I had to surrender to God through it. In the post above Will share the circumstance with you.

Here is the poem; in the post above I will share the circumstance with you. Although I posted this poem many weeks ago I will share it again.

WHEN YOU ARE NEGLECTED OR FORGOTTEN AND IT DOESN'T STING, OR HURT WITH OVER SIGHT, BUT YOUR HEART IS HAPPY COUNTED WORTHY TO SUFFER - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOUR GOOD IS NOT SPOKEN OF, WHEN YOU ARE CROSSED, YOUR ADVICE DISREGARDED, AND YOU REFUSE TO LET ANGER RISE IN YOUR HEART, OR EVEN DEFEND YOURSELF, BUT TAKE IT ALL IN LOVING SILENCE - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU LOVINGLY AND PATIENTLY BARE ANY DISORDER, ANY ANNOYANCE, ANY IRREGULARLY, WHEN YOU STAND FACE TO FACE WITH WASTE, FOLLY, EXTRAVAGANCE, SPIRITUAL INSENSIBILITY AND ENDURE IT AS JESUS DID - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU ARE CONTENT WITH FOOD, ANY OFFERING, ANY RAIMENT, ANY CLIMATE, ANY SOCIETY, ANY SOLITUDE, ANY INTERRUPTION BY THE WILL OF GOD - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN SEE YOUR BROTHER PROSPER AND HAVE HIS NEEDS MET, AND HONESTLY REJOICE WITH HIM IN SPIRIT, AND FEEL NO ENVY OR QUESTION GOD. WHILE YOUR OWN NEEDS ARE FAR GREATER, AND YOU ARE IN DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN RECEIVE CORRECTION FROM SOMEONE OF LESS STATURE THAN YOURSELF AND HUMBLY SUBMIT INWARDLY AS OUTWARDLY, FINDING NO REBELLION OR Resentment RISING UP WITHIN YOUR HEART - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/24/2012 (16:18)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/24/12 3:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Last week I asked you to think and answer some questions which related to surrendering to God. It doesn't matter of you share your replies here, although others will be helped the more you share, and it may bring a deep fulfillment to you as you share with us. But the important thing is that you answer them in some way or another.

Questions:

1) What way/s does God want me to serve Him now?
2) In what ways does He want me to serve hIm in the future?
3) Am I doing enough?
4) In what ways can I serve God with the time I have right now, what can I do?
5) What am I willing to do?

What way/s does God want me to serve Him now?

1. As each year passes I ask God what He wants me to do, and what ways He wants to be used by me. I know I am on this earth to serve and praise Him so I do not take this area of my life lightly. I believe that right now God wants me to continue doing the things I currently am doing to serve him. I do a few things which I plan to continue to keep my commitment to. There are two studies I am doing for this team, those two studies, and the other things I volunteer doing, I believe are the things God wants me to be doing right now.

In what ways does He want me to serve Him in the future?

2. I believe that God often prepares us to serve HIm at a later time. There are times in our life which we feel much pain. I believe it is through our times of suffering which we can help others by the result of the things we have learned. If and when we help others through our pain, when we tell others God taught me this, while going through that I learned this, I feel it brings glory to God. A good way to use your pain to help others is by putting God into the circumstance while you are in pain. Pray and ask Him to help you, but also do others things as well. Ask God what should I try to learn about you while I am going through this? God how can I use this to become closer to you? How can I show you and bring glory to you while I am in this circumstance? God how do you want me to behave while I am in this circumstnace? As you bring God into your circumstances you have this dialog between you and God. Your relationship begins to grow, and you change and begin to feel happiness on some of the days within your circumstance. Why, because you are focusing more on God than your problem while you are dealing with it. You begin to look for ways you can praise God even though things have not worked out in your favor.

Well, getting back to the question, do you remember what it was, lol? In what ways does God want me to serve Him in the future, this is what I think. I have asked God to tell me what He wants me to do next month, this summer, and next year. I believe God is creating a path for me to follow as I experience things in my life right now. I believe this because I can look at my past and see that He has continually done so repeatedly. My husband and I will be moving at some point in the future when my husband gets a new job, and I believe when that happens God will place me just where He wants me to serve Him.

Am I doing enough?

3. The things I am doing now, and I say this with all humility: I volunteer as a big sister through Big Brothers & Big Sisters, I volunteer at my church library, and on this team. That is keeping me pretty busy, and I need time to keep God first before all of this, so I feel I am going enough right now.

4. In what ways can I serve God with the time I have right now, what can I do? (answered above)

What am I willing to do?

5. I am willing to do anything that He leads me to do. At times I have struggled with this, but I have learned if God wants me to do something for Him He will give me what I need to do it. If I am afraid to do it He will give me the courage to walk it out. I have learned by going video blogs on the Spark Diet for this team that I can serve God afraid if I have to. Through trusting God and relying on Him I eventually had peace and joy (as well as courage) while doing those video blogs which in the beginning scared me. I have learned that if God wants to use my voice to help someone if I pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help me He will give me the words that I need. If you need anything to serve God through your prayers He will always help you.

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/24/2012 (16:05)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/24/12 1:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
SANDRALEET/team
Thank you so much for sharing with us! You asked do you ever have the feeling that God is putting you in a bath? You know I have felt that way. In this life we never want to get dirty. I mean, we never want to feel pain, have our needs not met, and many times we don't even want to be inconvenienced. But, when I say we don't want to get dirty I am talking about deep emotional pain which brings shame into your life. Those times when you have felt violated, it has come into your life and you feel as though you are crawling through the mud. If we cling to God, when we pray and talk to God, it is during those very times God washes us, and cleanses us. I have grown though much pain in my life, and though I have suffered through so much I have become victorious through God because I have leaned & relied on God through it all. I begged God to make certain things do away in my life, yet each of those things have molded me into the person I am today. You don't have to let hardship, misery and pain cripple you in your life. You can be abundantly blessed if you bring God into each and every situation in your life! Sometimes I have felt as though I have been crawling through the mud. Yet it is in those very times we can become so much closer to God.

Sandralee, you said ,"I feel that God wants use to Not be luck warm." I have written about walking around being lukewarm a few times in a post in a post. Man, not to talk anyone down, but this world is full of lukewarm Christians. God wants us to be on fire for Him. How meaningful your life can become when you have a deep love for God. People start to see something different about you. People start to feel that you are changing, and it is the result of spending time with God and developing a deeper relationship with Him!

You really touched on lot of different things and I have a lot to share in my rely, I could create a whole different study just based on your comments, lol. You wrote," use a few words from the Bible and just stay with them." I love that sentence, those words from the bible are medicine to our souls!

I have written enough all ready, but I just want to add this. You wrote,"... [we] think that we are dictators and can push our will unto others. Even God dose not do that .We are to be the light and others will follow by example and God working in them." So often we can lead others to God just by our example alone! Many times people deeply want to lead people to Godbecuase they love Him so much, but all they do is shove bible quotes down other people's throats. I do not know people like this, but Joyce Meyer has talked about this a lot in her teachings. She says that if a person says they are a Christian yet their behavior stinks they do more harm than good, they just become a walking hypercrit. I will just add this, let people see you in pain within a circumstance and praise God for helping you through it before things get better. As someone hurts you, although everyone knows about it, don't sink while in pain. Pray for that person, and ask others to pray for them as well when they say mean and nasty things about the person who has hurt you. It is those VERY things which lead people to God, not so much verses your cram into them. Your behavior of peace and joy will make others crave God. They will begin to want to have some of what you got, and this all starts with developing your relationship with God. Go deeper with God, spend more time with Him, talk to Him more, pray longer and more frequently, do whatever it takes. You see, I have lived through this, and I have done the things I asked you to do and it has changed my life. I no longer act the way I used to in the past, and my life has become more than I could have ever hoped or desired. I have this fuel for God and it burns deeply within my spirit. It comes into my mind and out of my mouth. The burning love for God fills me up and completes me!!! I thank God for this because it is all about hIm an nothing about me!

Ok, I need to get back to this study and update this week lol, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, I believe your words blessed our team.

emoticon

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/24/2012 (14:56)
MIRANDA1115's Photo MIRANDA1115 SparkPoints: (2,056)
Fitness Minutes: (350)
Posts: 24
4/23/12 3:22 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I realize that I am a few weeks behind, but I intend to catch up. I can't believe that I found your post. I haven't been on Spark for several months. It hadn't even crossed my mind...
But in the last few weeks, God has been pulling at my heart and in the last few days, He has been opening my eyes. Today, He led me here. I never really understood what it meant to Surrender to Him. This poem has helped so much. Thank you.

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." ~ George Eliott


 current weight: 206.0 
 
220
205
190
175
160
ALLENJOSEPH's Photo ALLENJOSEPH SparkPoints: (63,128)
Fitness Minutes: (18,348)
Posts: 3,554
4/22/12 8:35 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you, Sandra. I'm happy to hear of your very special day. God is good!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Nothing Is Impossible with God.
Each Day Is A New Beginning.
When You Draw Close To God, God Will Draw Close To You.

Spark People Team Leader, GLITTERGIRL, from Team, "I Can't Do This On My Own", helped me reach my goal in 2012. I was able to maintain my weight for several months, but now I have to get serious again as much of my hard work I let go of, putting my focus on another issue. I will keep on, until I get back to my goal.


 current weight: 125.5 
 
140
133.75
127.5
121.25
115
SANDRALEET's Photo SANDRALEET Posts: 7,799
4/22/12 7:42 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
To day I feel that the Holy spirit is with me. I feel at peace.God be with you all.

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


 Pounds lost: 25.0 
 
0
15
30
45
60
SANDRALEET's Photo SANDRALEET Posts: 7,799
4/19/12 8:39 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Do you ever have the feeling that God is putting you on a bath.I feel that God wants use to Not be luck warm.Just use a few words from the Bible and just stay with them.Listen to anything some one tells them and not look it up.Think that we are dictators and can push our will unto others. Even God dose not do that .We are to be the light and others will follow by example and God working in them.

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


 Pounds lost: 25.0 
 
0
15
30
45
60
ALLENJOSEPH's Photo ALLENJOSEPH SparkPoints: (63,128)
Fitness Minutes: (18,348)
Posts: 3,554
4/17/12 10:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
What a powerful & touching subject! It really makes a person think about the goodness we should show to others and not be looking for something in return. Your beautiful writing brought tears to my eyes. I know it's so important to pray for strength and guidance. I know I must ask God to give me strength and courage to be all that he wants me to be.
I really love this topic, Shelly. Thank you for encouraging us to grow in Grace and to show our love to God by what we do in kind acts toward others. I'm trying to remember if it is said this way in scripture, but we have sung this song in Church, It's, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my Brothers, that you do unto me". The acts of kindness we do for others, we are doing it as though it were our Lord.
Thank you for putting Spiritual food toward us, to grow in our Spiritual journey in life.
May God continue to bless you as you lead other toward Him. I know He's smiling down upon you.
My love & prayers always, Janis emoticon

Nothing Is Impossible with God.
Each Day Is A New Beginning.
When You Draw Close To God, God Will Draw Close To You.

Spark People Team Leader, GLITTERGIRL, from Team, "I Can't Do This On My Own", helped me reach my goal in 2012. I was able to maintain my weight for several months, but now I have to get serious again as much of my hard work I let go of, putting my focus on another issue. I will keep on, until I get back to my goal.


 current weight: 125.5 
 
140
133.75
127.5
121.25
115
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/17/12 5:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Give Until You Can't Give Anymore... Then Give Some More

My friends I have lived life in the fullest when.... I have felt the most love of others... My life has been abundantly blessed during the times when I gave all that I had to give, and then I turned around and gave some more.

I ask you to only do what I have done myself:

I want to tell you, share your time for others and don't look at the clock. Open your wallet, and don't count the money which falls into another person's hand. Give of your heart and don't ask if they deserve your kindness. Bless others and don't keep track of anything. For it is in the times when you give without thinking, forgive without reasoning, and did not think of your own needs, but rather the needs and the care of others when you really feel the true meaning of love, and the greatest amount of joy. For it is God which lives within your heart during those times in your life. So don't seek within yourself and become selfisf in amy way. Do not think of what this world deems worthy of your time, for God leads us only when we open our heart and let it lead our actions, not our eyes nor our mind.

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/17/12 5:35 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Home Work:

I belvieve God has a purpuse for each and everyone of us, and it all has to do woth giving back, serving God, and so much more. I also believe that we were born in part to give God glory with our thoughts, our words, and our actions. As we work on surrenderig together ask yoursself soe questions:

1) what way/s does God want me to serve Him now?

2) In what ways does He want me to serve hIm in the future?

3) Am I doing enough?

4) In what ways can I serve God with the time I have right now, what can I do?

5) What am I willing to do?


Some people are lukweatm bodies living a defeated life. Our lives can become so much more as we serve you and give you glory. God help us to see & do your will. Give us your direction. In Jesus name I pray amen.

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/17/12 5:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you so much for coing back and shating with us. I love what you wrote. Your post has imspired me to write my next entry for this study. emoticon emoticon

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/17/2012 (17:36)
ALLENJOSEPH's Photo ALLENJOSEPH SparkPoints: (63,128)
Fitness Minutes: (18,348)
Posts: 3,554
4/16/12 7:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It is so nice to hear these things because I must say that in the past, surrendering meant letting go. It meant surrendering my will to God but not really thinking of these things that God could be calling me to do. This is a beautiful growing experience for me, and I'm sure it is for many others. I feel God has reached me in giving to certain things, that I may not have given to as generously in the past. This topic on Surrender is a wonderful way to get more in touch with God and with our souls.
Thank you Shelly for drawing us closer to God.
May He bless & lead you always
My love & prayers, Janis "ALLENJOSEPH" emoticon emoticon

Nothing Is Impossible with God.
Each Day Is A New Beginning.
When You Draw Close To God, God Will Draw Close To You.

Spark People Team Leader, GLITTERGIRL, from Team, "I Can't Do This On My Own", helped me reach my goal in 2012. I was able to maintain my weight for several months, but now I have to get serious again as much of my hard work I let go of, putting my focus on another issue. I will keep on, until I get back to my goal.


 current weight: 125.5 
 
140
133.75
127.5
121.25
115
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/16/12 1:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
April 16, 2012

Surrender emoticon

What Dose It Mean To Surrender? (continued)

A few weeks ago when I started this study on surrendering I shared a poem with you. This study will not be rushed through. I will take my time and share in detail with you all that I know and all that I am leering about surrendering to God as He leads me and I work through this study. Surrendering takes time and I will not rush through this study- it would be a waste to try to pack a bunch of information within a short period of time. Surrendering is one of the the most important aspects of a Christian's spiritual life. Surrendering is a process, it is a journey with God.

emoticon Watch this short video on what does it mean to surrender:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBIXFdYoQgA

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/24/2012 (16:07)
ALLENJOSEPH's Photo ALLENJOSEPH SparkPoints: (63,128)
Fitness Minutes: (18,348)
Posts: 3,554
4/12/12 11:25 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Surrendering to me is realizing that God is doing for me what I could not do for myself. I think of, "Not my will Lord, but thine be done." Acceptance is the answer to all my problems.
God knows what is best for me. If I can give my all to Him, He will show me the way. I have to do the footwork. Life isn't always so easy, but God will always help me through my trials in life. If I come to God and ask Him to guide me & lead me, He will. I finally have reached that peace with my problems with dieting and exercising. It took this wonderful program with Spark People, and the help of a wonderful Team Leader, Shelly, who has shown & taught me how to use the nutrition tracker. As soon as I was taught that, motivation kicked in and it has been this way since February 4th. Now she has also helped me learn the fitness tracker. I wasn't recording my fitness until this week. I thank you from my heart Shelly. I know our Lord let you know I needed some guidance and that I was willing to learn. You knew I would love the fitness tracker; you told me so. I have faithfully used it each day. I try to exercise every day too. I'm motivated by the Grace of God. I never tracked food as well in the past. It is so much easier recording food & exercise on SP.
God has helped me see that I will need to continue this program in my life when I reach my goal. God has given me the Grace, Wisdom & Knowledge to see it doesn't end when I get to that point. He's helped me see things differently from the way I did in the past. I know it is because of this wonderful program, and the guidance of a very special Team Leader.
I was not surrendering before. I was not asking God for His help either, but I am now. I know our Lord wants all of me, the good & the bad. How can He help me if I don't bring all of me to Him. I cannot just pick parts. I want Him to mold me & use me, to do my best. He has blest me throughout my life. I feel deeply grateful for His blessings.
May we all continue on this beautiful journey of growing closer with Him. emoticon
Sincerely, Janis

Nothing Is Impossible with God.
Each Day Is A New Beginning.
When You Draw Close To God, God Will Draw Close To You.

Spark People Team Leader, GLITTERGIRL, from Team, "I Can't Do This On My Own", helped me reach my goal in 2012. I was able to maintain my weight for several months, but now I have to get serious again as much of my hard work I let go of, putting my focus on another issue. I will keep on, until I get back to my goal.


 current weight: 125.5 
 
140
133.75
127.5
121.25
115
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/11/12 9:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon One more home work assignment for you. Have fun with this one!

emoticon Search My Heart - Hillsong United - Lyrics emoticon

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0wn7dqdhQE

Assignment: Listen to this song and think about surrendering to God. This song represents surrendering so very clearly. Share with us your feelings, or jot them down in your note book.

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/15/2012 (02:11)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/11/12 8:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon I asked the team to answer the question below and these are their answers:

Questions:

1) A. Read the poem about surrendering below then think about your life. How does this poem represent your own personal life?

B. What feelings surface while you read the poem?

Answers:

BOBBIENORTHERN1
"When we submit to the love of our Lord all things are then possible. We have to live a submitted life to know the peace of our Lord. Submitting to my Lord allows Him to transform me from the inside out. I have to remind myself each new day to submit to His love for my and commit to His love for me which means that I believe and receive His love for me in the name of Jesus."


ONEAGLESWINGS (Sue)
"... I need to surrender my return to fulltime work from being a homemaker. I miss our sons. I am ever aware that they will be leaving the nest in a few years. I must surrender my anxiety about all the details I feel I do not have time to keep up with in my family's life. I have to surrender the anxieties of the learning curve in my new job. I want to learn the peace of surrendering to God - which to me, is really a TRUST issue. when I surrender, I'm saying to God, I trust you. I can rest in you. I can trust you are taking care of me, and using everything for my good....to develop character, to teach me how to show forth your nature in all things.
God help me learn to surrender. God teach me peace, patience, and JOY in the process. Help me surrender my family to you. Help me put you FIRST in all things!..."

MRSJBH
"I wrote in my journal "I am frequently miserable and I want Jon's (my DH) attention and (his) effort to relieve some of the unhappiness." This cannot be done by anyone other than God-I need to learn to rely on God's strength and sustenance. This morning I find the sparkmail about this study. Not coincidence, it is divine intervention."

FILLANGES
Complete surrender to God and HIS way of doing things is the ONLY way He can teach us, guide us, strengthen us, empower us and Bless us! When we refuse to or resist surrender, God can't do All the wonderful things He wants to do for us and through us. Surrender and submission are tied together. Can't have one without the other. James tells us in chapter 4; God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:6, 7 NKJV) you see, we can't walk in victory until we first surrender to God and allow Him to direct our steps. Thanks for this thread, Shelly ! Surrender is a MUST for all of us as we livening this earth awaiting Jesus' triumphant return! God Bless.

SPARROW59
"...It seems as if the more we try to keep hold of the control in our lives, the less we have and the more out of control our lives become. I am a control freak and it is very very difficult for me to just surrender, hand it to the Lord and step back but we have to. I'm sure many of you have heard the story of the little boy who brought his broken toy to his father and asked him to fix it but kept trying to help. Finally the father told him he couldn't fix it if he kept getting in the way. That's how our heavenly father is with our lives. We keep trying to fix it and it just gets worse. We need to totally surrender our broken lives to Him to fix."

ALLENJOSEPH

"..I have had to surrender to God. He is the answer to everything. He has blest my life & me in so many ways. I will write on this topic today.... I feel so blest to have our Lord in my life. He want us to completely give ourselves to Him, and He wants to mend us and our lives.
Thanks be to God for His kindness & mercy."

TISHALLA69
SURRENDERING I BELIEVE IS DIFFICULT FOR MOST PPL WEATHER ITS GOD, SPOUSE OR MY FAVORITE FOOD. WE MUST LEARN WHEN AND TO WHOM WE NEED TO SURRENDER TO BE BLESSED IN ALL THAT WE DO.

KIMCRISLER
This couldn't have come at a better time for me. I have so much emotional baggage in my life right now that I actually feel numb. Things that should hurt me don't. Things I should care about don't bother me. I know that I must get my life right with God, or else my life wont be right. Thanks for leading us in the study."

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/11/2012 (09:21)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/11/12 8:47 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
ONEAGLESWINGS
Sue, I love what you wrote! There are so many parents whoch feel just the way you do. May God bring you His grace and comfort as you surrender all of those things to Him.

Dear God please help Sue in her life and within her spirit. She wants to surrender to you in her life. Bring her peace, and your grace as she does so. Help her to surrender returning to full time work. Help her as she misses her sons. Also help her as she deals with her sons leaving in a few years. Give her peace as she surrenders her anxiety about all the details while she lacks time to keep up with her family's life. Comfort her as she has to surrender the anxieties of the learning curve in hrt new job. I ask you to magnify the Holy Spirit within her to become above and beyond any expectations her employers have of her abilities. I ask you to shine within Sue and give her your favor. Help her to learn the peace of surrendering to you God, and help me dear Lord to teach her and the rest of the team about surrendering to you. God Sue has typed that she trusts you. Bless her for sharing and answering these questions that I asked the team to answer. God she is a good woman who wants to do this. Complete her spirit within you! And God I ask you to answer all of her requests, as well as teaching Sue how to show forth your nature in all things. Dear God Sue's spirit spoke strongly within my spirit. Let your goodness bring all these requests into her world and make them known to her! God Lord almighty, you can do anything and with this prayer your work WILL be done in her!!! In Jesus name I pray amen.

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/11/12 8:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Surrender

April 11th

In What Ways Can you Find in Your Life You Need to Surrender?

As I work on repling to people who have made comments below I enourage you to work each day at doing things within this poem that I posted last week:

emoticon HOME WORK
As I work on repling to people who have made comments below I enourage you to work each day at doing things within this poem that I posted last week. Find situations in your life which this poem talks about, and then surrender those situations to God.


What Does It Mean To Surrender?

WHEN YOU ARE NEGLECTED OR FORGOTTEN AND IT DOESN'T STING, OR HURT WITH OVER SIGHT, BUT YOUR HEART IS HAPPY COUNTED WORTHY TO SUFFER - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOUR GOOD IS NOT SPOKEN OF, WHEN YOU ARE CROSSED, YOUR ADVICE DISREGARDED, AND YOU REFUSE TO LET ANGER RISE IN YOUR HEART, OR EVEN DEFEND YOURSELF, BUT TAKE IT ALL IN LOVING SILENCE - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU LOVINGLY AND PATIENTLY BARE ANY DISORDER, ANY ANNOYANCE, ANY IRREGULARLY, WHEN YOU STAND FACE TO FACE WITH WASTE, FOLLY, EXTRAVAGANCE, SPIRITUAL INSENSIBILITY AND ENDURE IT AS JESUS DID - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU ARE CONTENT WITH FOOD, ANY OFFERING, ANY RAIMENT, ANY CLIMATE, ANY SOCIETY, ANY SOLITUDE, ANY INTERRUPTION BY THE WILL OF GOD - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN SEE YOUR BROTHER PROSPER AND HAVE HIS NEEDS MET, AND HONESTLY REJOICE WITH HIM IN SPIRIT, AND FEEL NO ENVY OR QUESTION GOD. WHILE YOUR OWN NEEDS ARE FAR GREATER, AND YOU ARE IN DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN RECEIVE CORRECTION FROM SOMEONE OF LESS STATURE THAN YOURSELF AND HUMBLY SUBMIT INWARDLY AS OUTWARDLY, FINDING NO REBELLION OR Resentment RISING UP WITHIN YOUR HEART - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/11/2012 (08:20)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/10/12 11:31 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you again all who have posted here. I look forward to seeing you here in the future!

DEFIANTVEGA
You said,"Tahnks Shelly for sharing definitely we all need to surrender everything to him because he is our Lord and he wants us to turn to him when we are weak, sad, worrysom and even when we are having good days and things are going well. We should look to him in all things as he said he will carry our burdens. Thanks for the message" All I can say is that I totally agree eith you. God is my sourde my light in a dark corner, and my sunlight in the moringing. As I keeep myself within Him by oraying, talking to Him, and laughing with HIm He covers my burnders and makes the light for me! Thank you for sharing DEFIANTVEGA.


Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/10/2012 (23:40)
ALLENJOSEPH's Photo ALLENJOSEPH SparkPoints: (63,128)
Fitness Minutes: (18,348)
Posts: 3,554
4/8/12 12:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy, Blessed Easter to you Shelly, and to everyone reading this post. I thought what a coincidence, that I see your message exactly one hour after you posted your message.
I feel so blest to have our Lord in my life. He want us to completely give ourselves to Him, and He wants to mend us and our lives.
Thanks be to God for His kindness & mercy.

Nothing Is Impossible with God.
Each Day Is A New Beginning.
When You Draw Close To God, God Will Draw Close To You.

Spark People Team Leader, GLITTERGIRL, from Team, "I Can't Do This On My Own", helped me reach my goal in 2012. I was able to maintain my weight for several months, but now I have to get serious again as much of my hard work I let go of, putting my focus on another issue. I will keep on, until I get back to my goal.


 current weight: 125.5 
 
140
133.75
127.5
121.25
115
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/8/12 11:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you all so much for commenting on this study. It really is encouraging to have all of you behind me. I think it is interesting how many people said these exact words," could not have come at a better time." Isn't that just how God is? He is always there to give us what we need, Sometimes we have ti wait, but God always delivers!

I want to comment back to those who have posted a comment here, but then I will post a new point which represents surrendering. Each week I will post a new discussion about surrendering, and when I do so I will post the date, the title, along with the subtitle for the study.

KIMCRISLER's Photo KIMCRISLER SparkPoints: (18,636)
Fitness Minutes: (15,101)
Posts: 176
4/8/12 9:44 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This couldn't have come at a better time for me. I have so much emotional baggage in my life right now that I actually feel numb. Things that should hurt me don't. Things I should care about don't bother me. I know that I must get my life right with God, or else my life wont be right. Thanks for leading us in the study.

 current weight: 223.0 
 
264
238
212
186
160
TISHALLA69's Photo TISHALLA69 SparkPoints: (1,171)
Fitness Minutes: (414)
Posts: 32
4/7/12 11:14 A

Send Private Message
Reply
PERFECT TOPIC FOR THE SEASON. SURRENDERING I BELIEVE IS DIFFICULT FOR MOST PPL WEATHER ITS GOD, SPOUSE OR MY FAVORITE FOOD. WE MUST LEARN WHEN AND TO WHOM WE NEED TO SURRENDER TO BE BLESSED IN ALL THAT WE DO.

CLEAR YOUR MIND OF CAN'T. - SAMUEL JOHNSON


 Pounds lost: 5.0 
 
0
12.5
25
37.5
50
ALLENJOSEPH's Photo ALLENJOSEPH SparkPoints: (63,128)
Fitness Minutes: (18,348)
Posts: 3,554
4/6/12 12:14 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Dear Shelly,
I was gone all day Wednesday, and on Thursday wasn't able to accomplish all I had planned to, and didn't get a look at this wonder subject until late Wednesday night, and now here it is the beginning of Friday. I plan to comment on this beautiful topic today. I have had to surrender to God. He is the answer to everything. He has blest my life & me in so many ways. I will write on this topic today.
Thank you Shelly for all you do to lead us closer to our "Awesome God".
Love you, and God bless you always, Janis
emoticon

Nothing Is Impossible with God.
Each Day Is A New Beginning.
When You Draw Close To God, God Will Draw Close To You.

Spark People Team Leader, GLITTERGIRL, from Team, "I Can't Do This On My Own", helped me reach my goal in 2012. I was able to maintain my weight for several months, but now I have to get serious again as much of my hard work I let go of, putting my focus on another issue. I will keep on, until I get back to my goal.


 current weight: 125.5 
 
140
133.75
127.5
121.25
115
SPARROW59's Photo SPARROW59 Posts: 285
4/5/12 10:11 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you for this study. I need it more than zi can say. It seems as if the more we try to keep hold of the control in our lives, the less we have and the more out of control our lives become. I am a control freak and it is very very difficult for me to just surrender, hand it to the Lord and step back but we have to. I'm sure many of you have heard the story of the little boy who brought his broken toy to his father and asked him to fix it but kept trying to help. Finally the father told him he couldn't fix it if he kept getting in the way. That's how our heavenly father is with our lives. We keep trying to fix it and it just gets worse. We need to totally surrender our broken lives to Him to fix.

The journey may be rough and rocky but the view when I get there is going to be awsome!


 current weight: 146.2 
 
168
157.25
146.5
135.75
125
FILLANGES's Photo FILLANGES Posts: 2,880
4/4/12 6:22 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Awesome topic! Complete surrender to God and HIS way of doing things is the ONLY way He can teach us, guide us, strengthen us, empower us and Bless us! When we refuse to or resist surrender, God can't do All the wonderful things He wants to do for us and through us. Surrender and submission are tied together. Can't have one without the other. James tells us in chapter 4; God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:6, 7 NKJV) you see, we can't walk in victory until we first surrender to God and allow Him to direct our steps. Thanks for this thread, Shelly ! Surrender is a MUST for all of us as we livening this earth awaiting Jesus' triumphant return! God Bless.

“IN DOING WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO, WE DESERVE NO PRAISE.”


Live your life just as Jesus lived His! Because As He is, so are we in this world! (1 John 4:16-18)

God is Love...Imitate God...Any questions?


To live in pure "JOY"

put Jesus first in your life, Others second, and Yourself third.


 current weight: 220.0 
 
350
310
270
230
190
MRSJBH's Photo MRSJBH SparkPoints: (12,686)
Fitness Minutes: (7,653)
Posts: 930
4/4/12 11:50 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It is so difficult for me to surrender to the Lord and give up "my control" of my life. Although I truly believe that my attempt to control and to find refuge and healing from my loved ones is what causes me the most suffering. Just last night I wrote in my journal "I am frequently miserable and I want Jon's (my DH) attention and (his) effort to relieve some of the unhappiness. This cannot be done by anyone other than God-I need to learn to rely on God's strength and sustenance."
This morning I find the sparkmail about this study. Not coincidence, it is divine intervention.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anythingis excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.
Phillipians4:8
Think about who you want to become.


 current weight: 160.1 
 
180
172.25
164.5
156.75
149
WENDYSPARKS's Photo WENDYSPARKS SparkPoints: (70,002)
Fitness Minutes: (53,639)
Posts: 10,705
4/4/12 10:29 A

Community Team Member

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I will submit to the Lord and Surrender.

Wendy

"One step at a time"


Total SparkPoints: 70,002
 
60,000
64,999
69,999
74,999
79,999
SparkPoints Level 18
BOBBIENORTHERN1 SparkPoints: (38,223)
Fitness Minutes: (41,540)
Posts: 5,622
4/4/12 10:16 A

Send Private Message
Reply
I have to remind myself each new day to submit to His love for my and commit to His love for me which means that I believe and receive His love for me in the name of Jesus

www.kcm.org www.kcm.org


 current weight: 193.0 
 
193
174.75
156.5
138.25
120
ONEAGLESWINGS's Photo ONEAGLESWINGS Posts: 958
4/3/12 8:03 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I sure need this study. I need to surrender my return to fulltime work from being a homemaker. I miss our sons. I am ever aware that they will be leaving the nest in a few years. I must surrender my anxiety about all the details I feel I do not have time to keep up with in my family's life. I have to surrender the anxieties of the learning curve in my new job. I want to learn the peace of surrendering to God - which to me, is really a TRUST issue. when I surrender, I'm saying to God, I trust you. I can rest in you. I can trust you are taking care of me, and using everything for my good....to develop character, to teach me how to show forth your nature in all things.
God help me learn to surrender. God teach me peace, patience, and JOY in the process. Help me surrender my family to you. Help me put you FIRST in all things!

Thank you for this study!
Please pray for me. I need help in this!!!

Sue

"God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work WITHIN US" Ephesians 3:20
DEFIANTVEGAN's Photo DEFIANTVEGAN SparkPoints: (34,186)
Fitness Minutes: (30,325)
Posts: 6,596
4/3/12 6:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Tahnks Shelly for sharing definitely we all need to surrender everything to him because he is our Lord and he wants us to turn to him when we are weak, sad, worrysom and even when we are having good days and things are going well.

We should look to him in all things as he said he will carry our burdens.

Thanks for the message. emoticon

"This Mortal must put on immortality.....Death is swallowed up in victory" 1 Cor. 15:53-54

*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Leader of Raw Foodies Team
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=5031


 current weight: 142.0 
 
150
148
146
144
142
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/3/12 5:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Dear God I ask you to help me as I lead our team with this study. Please bless this study. I ask you to give me your knowledge about surrendering. Bring to me web sites which will shed your light into this post about surrendering. Dear God help me to be completely open with my team members. Help e to teach this study your way. God help my team members surrender to you. I want you to cause any person to find our team, send people here not for my benefit but to bring glory to you. Anyone who hearts cries out to you with a yearning to become a better person God, I ask you to bring them to this study and then slowly change their lives as a result. Help my team members not to focus on what they will be giving up, but what they will receive in the process of surrendering to you in so many ways. Magnify your Holy Spirit on this post and make yourself known. In Jesus name I pray amen.

GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/3/12 4:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Bobbie and Kay thank you for your replies. Surrendering to God has been the hardest thing I have ever done. Surrendering to God leaves me no excuse for my behavior. It is a work in progress as we try to live in a beater way.

Love what you shared with us Bobbie, I totally agree!

KAYDE53's Photo KAYDE53 SparkPoints: (143,212)
Fitness Minutes: (45,799)
Posts: 13,640
4/3/12 4:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Great study, Shelly!! Thanks!

~Kay~
************************
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Phillipians 4:13
************************


 current weight: 205.0 
 
227
220
213
206
199
BOBBIENORTHERN1 SparkPoints: (38,223)
Fitness Minutes: (41,540)
Posts: 5,622
4/3/12 4:16 P

Send Private Message
Reply
When we submit to the love of our Lord all things are then possible.

We have to live a submitted life to know the peace of our Lord

Submitting to my Lord allows Him to transform me from the inside out.

www.kcm.org www.kcm.org


 current weight: 193.0 
 
193
174.75
156.5
138.25
120
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/3/12 4:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
As I mentioned below I have been surrendering to God since Jam. '09. That does not mean it has been easy for me, nor does it mean I have been perfect. But God does not look at our failures and judge us as we try to surrender to Him. He looks at our hearts; He looks at our intentions, and out effort.

For a year or more I read this poem every day as part of my time I spent with God each day. I wanted to learn this poem given to me from God. I wanted to carry it within my heart so that when an experience came into my life and it represented surrendering to God I would become aware of it. So I can now say that in these past four years of surrendering to God just about every situation this poem talks about I have experienced it in some way or another.

1) A. Read the poem about surrendering below then think about your life. How does this poem represent your own personal life?

B. What feelings surface while you read the poem?

1. This poem was brought back in remembrance during the times I hurt myself in the last few years. This is the part I am talking about:

"When you lovingly and patiently bare any disorder, any annoyance, any irregularly...", Each tie I have hurt myself it took at least 7 months to heal because I hurt myself pretty badly. I was reminded that if I chose to bare this burden with God He will help me to be patient with my healing, and if seek His love though it, I will show Gods love as I am in pain. As I prayed with God, and as I spent time with God in my pain He helped me to live in my pain surrendering it to him. Some days I did not surrender it to Him and I turned to food for comfort. However, the next day I returned to God for complete comfort, such as only He can give such comfort fully. Each day of our lives can sometimes be full of disorders which lead us to annoyance. I have had many encounters which such feelings written in that poem. Waiting in line at a store when someone either a cashier or a customer holds it up for some reason or another. Waiting in traffic. Or waiting in construction as a racing car 1.2 a miles behind my car passes my car as they squeeze into the merge lane before I am even there. That is a big annoyance of mine. I always wonder how a person could do such a thing when they see a line of cars waiting, yet they feel it is ok to pass all the other cars knowing someone will let their car in! During these times I try my best not to get mad, but to practise being in peace, like I said sometimes it is easier to do then other times- so sometimes I am not peaceful at all... I sit in my car and vent.

What feelings surface while you read the poem?


As I read this poem many experiences come back to me. Memories of being neglected, sorrow comes to mind. As I read the poem I remember times of my life when I behaved in a good way, and during times when I did not. I have been reading this poem for four years now. The first time I read it I realized there were so many instances when I reacted in a bad way, and was amazed that during those times I could have been surrendering to God! As years passed I had more success at surrendering to God in each of the ways this poem talks about.

I want to share with you that as you decide to surrender to god your WHOLE life will change. It will be hard at first, I won't lie about that. But what you will find is peace, and joy! Pray and ask God to help you to surrender to HIm and He will!!!

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/3/2012 (16:54)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/3/12 3:42 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Surrendering

April 3, 2012

What Does It Mean To Surrender?

emoticon Home work

I am asking you not only to read my posts as I teach this study. I also ask you to work surrendering to God into your life by answering questions which you chose to answer, and then practise living a different way until you are no longer practising it, but living a life of surrendering to God. Get a note book or answer these questions here. As a team we will learn much about what surrendering means, and how to surrender.

1) A. Read the poem about surrendering below then think about your life. How does this poem represent your own personal life?

B. What feelings surface while you read the poem?



Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/3/2012 (16:41)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/3/12 3:35 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Surrendering

April 3, 2012

What Does It Mean To Surrender?

WHEN YOU ARE NEGLECTED OR FORGOTTEN AND IT DOESN'T STING, OR HURT WITH OVER SIGHT, BUT YOUR HEART IS HAPPY COUNTED WORTHY TO SUFFER - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOUR GOOD IS NOT SPOKEN OF, WHEN YOU ARE CROSSED, YOUR ADVICE DISREGARDED, AND YOU REFUSE TO LET ANGER RISE IN YOUR HEART, OR EVEN DEFEND YOURSELF, BUT TAKE IT ALL IN LOVING SILENCE - THAT IS SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU LOVINGLY AND PATIENTLY BARE ANY DISORDER, ANY ANNOYANCE, ANY IRREGULARLY, WHEN YOU STAND FACE TO FACE WITH WASTE, FOLLY, EXTRAVAGANCE, SPIRITUAL INSENSIBILITY AND ENDURE IT AS JESUS DID - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU ARE CONTENT WITH FOOD, ANY OFFERING, ANY RAIMENT, ANY CLIMATE, ANY SOCIETY, ANY SOLITUDE, ANY INTERRUPTION BY THE WILL OF GOD - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN SEE YOUR BROTHER PROSPER AND HAVE HIS NEEDS MET, AND HONESTLY REJOICE WITH HIM IN SPIRIT, AND FEEL NO ENVY OR QUESTION GOD. WHILE YOUR OWN NEEDS ARE FAR GREATER, AND YOU ARE IN DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

WHEN YOU CAN RECEIVE CORRECTION FROM SOMEONE OF LESS STATURE THAN YOURSELF AND HUMBLY SUBMIT INWARDLY AS OUTWARDLY, FINDING NO REBELLION OR Resentment RISING UP WITHIN YOUR HEART - YOU ARE SURRENDERING TO GOD

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Please pray for me. I will be surrendering to God until I die. I started doing so in January of '09. Some days are easier than others.

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/3/2012 (15:36)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/3/12 3:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have been surrendering to God since '09. The only reason I started to surrender to God was because He told me I needed to surrender to Him. The thing was though I did not know what He meant, or what surrendering meant, or how to do it for that matter. Knowing what it means now I think back to that day and wonder how I could not have known. But you must realize, I will explain. I never heard a sermon about surrendering. I never saw a book about surrendering, and I never heard someone I knew talk about surrendering.

So I asked God what do you mean surrender? How do I surrender to you? He told me to look up the word surrender on the internet. I found the poem above that day I talked to God and He told me to surrender. I copied and posted the poem to a blog on Sparkpeople.

I thought about how awesome God was to talk to me about surrendering to Him. I also thought about how He always is there to help me. I thought of the poem not remembering who wrote it. I looked up the word surrender on the internet, just as I had done so a few days before. I could not find the web site, or the poem as it was there just a few days earlier. I tried to find the poem several times thinking it could not just have disappeared. I have never found this poem again. I truly believe God answered my request by writing a response Himself.

Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 4/3/2012 (15:41)
GLITTERGIRL69's Photo GLITTERGIRL69 Posts: 10,206
4/3/12 3:15 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply

What does it mean to surrender? Should you be surrendering to God? Have you ever tried to surrender to God in your life? Why should you surrender and how will it change your life? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed to you in my new team study called, Surrender.

My wish is that God will become magnified in your life and you will find peace and joy through surrendering to God. Each week I will add to this study. I hope you learn and grow as God leads me though this study.

Please pray for me as I lead you through this study. I will be asking God to help me each time I write these posts as I teach you about surrendering to God.

Dear God I ask you to lead me as you will. I pray that I may help my team members grow closer to you through your guidance. Help me to grow closer to you as I teach this study. In Jesus name I pray amen.

Page: 1 of (1)   1

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Can't Do This On My Own General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
6 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid 9/9/2013 12:41:22 PM
The World's Most Dangerous Things To Humans 6/6/2013 3:21:15 AM
Why did Sparkpeople's start page change? 10/29/2013 11:37:27 AM
Does God Got Your Number? Don't Hang up on Him 5/2/2013 2:33:55 AM
An Irish Blessing 1/7/2014 1:24:49 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6603x47408577

Review our Community Guidelines