SparkPeople Christian Artists Team Messageboard Learning to focus on God and our art rather than on food. Let's praise God and create art and a healthy you!! SparkPeople Christian Artists Team Messageboard free weight loss Bible study<BR>-study/ Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:09:39 EST create a challenge Spark has a lot of challenges available. Have you created one yet? I have been selecting the create an exercise, it helps me to be a little more motivated. <em>315</em> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 05:10:19 EST Project for today Today I am working on my wire wrapped jewelry and will soon be creating the Kumihimo braids for the necklace part of them. I really like the process. Sat, 6 Feb 2021 09:18:11 EST prompt for today! Great suggestion for the prompts! I don't know if I can do the prompts every day, but let's start and see how we do! I loved the Hymnal song prompt! I said 10,000 reasons, even though it is considered a praise song and not a hymnal. <BR> <BR> Prompt today : What is your go to dinner? Your fail safe or easy throw together? <BR> Mine is Chicken Fajitas! Very quick and my husband loves Mexican food! How about you? <BR> <em>788</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2021 18:40:46 EST snow it snowed here yesterday. It won't stick, but it was pretty to see all the white. What is the weather like at your home? Sun, 24 Jan 2021 11:36:16 EST Feb. RAOK Random acts of kindness. What could you do to show love in the month of Feb. Thu, 21 Jan 2021 06:10:08 EST Art Calendar My son received an Art Calendar from me. It is one picture a day. I finally discovered it in his room. They are very large pictures. I placed my hand next to it to show how large. It is made of beautiful glossy strong paper. He forgot to take it with him to his apartment. His room was a mess until he left for college this past Tuesday. I discovered it today while cleaning dusting his room. I could finally clean when everyone leaves. <img src=" Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:22:20 EST out of control I have been over eating lately, mainly out of control at night. I am not sure why, but I feel like I don't care and eat anyway. I pray to get back into control, I don't want to gain any weight back! Thu, 7 Jan 2021 22:49:06 EST Musical Patches <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I collected all my boy's patches and medals and put them in a shadow box. He still will receive a few more but I thought this turned out great. Thu, 7 Jan 2021 16:59:37 EST New Year's Resolutions Do you do resolutions? Fri, 1 Jan 2021 23:55:03 EST Plans for the New Year? My hope is to get my craft/art rooms in wonderful functioning order and clear out the stuff that isn't being used. Time to declutter! Thu, 31 Dec 2020 08:20:33 EST Favorite Artist This might be difficult to pin down to just one artist, but who is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be an impressionist. It is my favorite genre of paintings. <BR> So I would have to say.... ugh.. why did I ask this question.. It is so hard. <BR> <BR> I like Monet and Renoir <BR> <BR> Pissaro <link><BR>8Ii/?utm_source=ig_embed </link> , <BR> <BR> Degas <link><BR>/2017/02/19/the-opera-of-paris-we-also<... Tue, 29 Dec 2020 00:53:15 EST favorite Christmas song this year <link><BR>ZEqYi9A </link> Sat, 26 Dec 2020 16:40:54 EST Performance tonight I had a lovely performance today. I want to give all the glory to God as (not joking), I felt Him playing through me. I could not have done it without Him. <BR> <BR> I prayed that I was so thankful he took care of it for me tonight as I am struggling with making reeds lately. I was so thankful that I could come to church tonight. The church was lovely. <BR> <BR> I saw a falling star as I was driving home. <BR> <BR> A very nice Christmas Eve. I have to go to bed now so I can beat th... Fri, 25 Dec 2020 01:21:30 EST Christmas STAR Did you get a glimpse of the Christmas Star on 12/21? <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Dec 2020 10:03:21 EST Museum A new art museum opened up recently in Houston. It is contemporary art. My best description of this museum is it is based on Light. The whole building itself is a work of art. The ceilings and even a few hallways are lighted in a way that is not too obvious but through a camera, I can see everything differently. <BR> <BR> Here are a few pictures, because it is so much better to see it than to describe it. Of course everything will either be upside down or sideways... Sheesh. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 18 Dec 2020 10:34:43 EST Canceled BOOOO! Our Symphony Christmas concert was canceled because of Covid. The associate Pastor got Covid and it is going rapid in Lake Jackson and Freeport. They also canceled Church services in the area so those concerts were canceled as well. <BR> <BR> Luckily I have one concert still left on Christmas Eve with my church in Pearland. Fingers crossed. Sun, 13 Dec 2020 23:34:01 EST message on good eating <link><BR>4XN9L_M </link> Sat, 12 Dec 2020 12:07:34 EST Christmas lights Our whole neighborhood is decorating their houses like crazy. It is super pretty to see. One street has every house lit up!! We have about 12 streets in our subdivision. I would say about 40% of all the houses are lit up. It's the most I have see in a long time. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 9 Dec 2020 22:09:25 EST finished nativity <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well it took about eight months to get 6 nativity sets completed. I ended up with a few extra pieces, so my set has too many kings and shepherds. There were two sizes of sets the small one on the table and the larger one under the tree. My daughters picked the size they wanted and then I got ... Wed, 2 Dec 2020 17:40:24 EST Cross Stitch and Books So all the presents are sent off and wrapped and under the tree from the hustle and bustle of the surgery and the unknown after... <BR> <BR> Now that I am in no pain and nearly 100%, I am wondering what to do.... <BR> <BR> There is a cross Stitch I was going to send off but I guess I get to keep that for myself. and then I can read my Bible and my new book from CS lewis , A space trilogy. After he wrote the Chronicles of Narnia, he wrote 3 books about a guy who gets kidnapped and transport... Mon, 30 Nov 2020 21:22:17 EST Challenge Surgery is tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> My challenge is to walk everyday so the scar tissue doesn't fuse together. <BR> I will do my best to move and be cheerful. <BR> I will do my best to eat so I don't feel faint. <BR> I will rest and enjoy this holiday. <BR> I am choosing not to complain and count my blessings everyday. <BR> To pray, to read, to sing, and to praise Jesus for all that I have daily. Tue, 24 Nov 2020 21:22:29 EST devotional read this this morning and wanted to share <BR> <BR> November 19 <BR> The "Much More" Grace of God <BR> <BR> For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. (Rom_5:17) <BR> <BR> The grace of God is here connected with the phrase "much more." What a grand description of His grace—the "much more" grace of God! God's grace is "much more" than forgive... Thu, 19 Nov 2020 04:03:53 EST Portrait challenge I belong to an online art group. Since Covid invaded my life and two very active puppies came too, well I haven't done much in the way of creativity. But, I love a challenge and they have a portrait challenge right now. I joined in. I was sent this photo, which is pretty terrible! and had to figure out how to do a decent portrait with the image I was given. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I worked in pastels ... Thu, 12 Nov 2020 22:09:35 EST Homecoming finally came!! Well,..... Funny thing about making plans. <BR> Before homecoming was altered, I was going to walk across the field with my son, so I set out to diet for 60 days until that day came, November 6th. <BR> I was going to have my picture taken with him in front of the whole stadium during half time. <BR> <BR> So it was canceled and they decided to have a picture of the senior on the Jumbotron to announce it instead <BR> <BR> So we submitted the picture and the info they wanted for future colle... Mon, 9 Nov 2020 13:23:23 EST Winter is coming! The only project I am working on right now is puppy potty training and it is a full time job! We have had several "accidents" but they seem to be getting the idea. <em>338</em> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:44:01 EST New Job and prayer needed My son got a volunteering job at church for music and sound engineer. He is studying Computer Engineering at his college and is a paid tutor there. The sound engineer at church works and teaches at a nearby community. He is teaching Ben while he is at church. Wonderful!!! My prayer is that my son is an agnostic, and I have hope that getting him in the building, listening to the sermons will open his heart for God to call him and believe in him. Please pray for my son. This is a picture... Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:20:27 EST halloween Outfit My daughter said NOT to post this. I assumed she meant facebook, so I am posting it here. <BR> She wanted to be a cowgirl... then she changed it to CITY cowgirl. I am like what is that? <BR> <BR> This is what it is.... <BR> <BR> :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:08:58 EST New addition <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my new puppy Veta. If you have ever seen Jimmy Stewart's movie of Harvey, well his mom's name in the movie was Veta. We are awaiting our second puppy coming in November. His name will be Harvey. Lots of cuteness and lots of training happening right now. Sat, 17 Oct 2020 04:56:48 EST fun in the yard <img src=""> <BR> <BR> i am sure this will be sideways, <BR> <BR> Anyway I had fun with my daughter yesterday creating a cemetery. It is a little creepy having a cemetery in my year, but ... because my daughter did it with me, it was fun. ! Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:13:30 EST Postponing Homecoming The "other" football team has COVID this week and because we have to play them for Homecoming (which was supposed to be this weekend) they have delayed Homecoming to November 6th. That was my kid's Senior night. So I don't know when senior night will be now. <BR> <BR> 2020 is very uncertain, but what I can be certain about is my health and my weight, not matter if graduation is postponed or even school will be canceled to only online, I can only control what I can control. <BR> <BR> Nothin... Mon, 12 Oct 2020 10:46:21 EST FINALLY finished the mums <img src="">After some alterations for my son's senior mum to make it his girl friends, I feel she got a really nice Mum. I wanted to add some really fun girlie stuff but Alex VETOED it. No boa or pearls , just basic but lovely. <BR> <BR> I hope you like it. three different views in natural light, indoor light and in a hanging position <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Oct 2020 09:45:53 EST possible future pain so.... <BR> I did a lot of squats this weekend ..and I hurt myself. I have had issues with this before.. hemorrhoids. I might have to have surgery.. again. I will find out this week on Thursday. I will do what I can do each day. Yesterday I was pain free. I love those days. It makes me appreciate just being able to take care of my family and my home. If I have to have surgery then I will be in a lot of pain for about 3-4 months. I have had this surgery before, just 3 years ago and I should n... Tue, 6 Oct 2020 07:47:34 EST Homecoming MUMS You have heard the cliche it is always bigger in Texas right? Well, Homecoming mums are no exceptions! They are huge here. I come from Florida and had a few ribbons pinned on us during our homecoming, but these in Texas are oddly huge, bordering on Grotesque at times. The Bigger the better. <BR> So I am making my daughter and my son a mum this year. Work in progress.. I will post when completed. I will try not to be bordering on Grotesque but we will see... my daughter wants a big one! -) Wed, 9 Sep 2020 12:30:26 EST Fall Wreath RE DO <img src="">I have a Fall wreath that was beautiful at one time. Now it looks pretty pathetic. I am going to paint a few new signs and place them in the wreath with some new ribbons and extra fluff. Waiting to finish this with my sister, hopefully on Labor day. <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2020 19:52:10 EST Falling for Fall Now that we have installed our pergo flooring, I will get everything back into their proper places and then the fall stuff will be coming out! I am so glad to be retired!! We have done so much around our home. We have cleaned and put in floor and repaired. So much more to do though. I am looking forward to getting more things done! Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:38:16 EST School delayed So officially the school has decided to move the first day of school from August 20th to the 31st. <BR> At least my kids are in band camp. They are very happy to go even though it is not their complete 400 piece band. They are alternating days and times at least they are doing something. <BR> <BR> I think the kids that weren't sure about school being good are now deciding they took it for granted and they want to see their friends again., even if they have to see their teachers and the assig... Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:59:10 EST Prayer needed My middle daughter dropped a horrible emotional bombshell on us. She admitted that she had an affair 10 yrs ago, got pregnant, and had an abortion. It breaks my heart so much. I am so against abortion. But, we spent time with her and loved on her and reminded her that God still loves her. Now we understand her husband's anger and hurt a little better. Her husband moved back home with them, but they are still fighting and things are not well. She has admitted that she once again thought ... Sat, 25 Jul 2020 06:42:45 EST Christmas in July I love Christmas. I was trying to think of some things to do right now to help with Christmas wrappings. I have already bought two beautiful gifts. One is a lovely linen table topper I bought in Galveston for my MIL and the other is my sister's favorite candle from Bath and Body, called Eucalyptus Mint. It's beautiful! <BR> My sister is super good at crafts <BR> She is going to help me come up with other ideas. I wanted them to be elegant <BR> I just finished about 12 of them so far. ... Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:45:46 EST a new direction What direction you wonder? Well, I finally broke the weight gaining trend and I have lost 5 of the 30 pounds I gained. Yes, I have a little more to go go get back where I lost some control, but I am positive and hopeful for the days ahead! Losing weight is definitely a journey and a struggle at times, but praise God things are looking better right now. Sat, 18 Jul 2020 17:21:21 EST Fasting and museums <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">So today is my 3rd day of Alternating fasting. I woke up hungry so I will probably resort to eating broccoli during lunch time. I d... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:52:46 EST Husband and consistency Something to chew on... I talked to my husband this morning about your comment about going up and down on the scale and I talked to him about me being stuck on a certain number. This is something we should both think about. <BR> <BR> My husband does not weigh himself at all but he goes by his clothes size only. <BR> <BR> He also eats the same food all the time. It is too hard for me to eat the same thing all the time, but he does it and he has NEVER changed his clothes size in 15 years. ... Sat, 4 Jul 2020 12:57:01 EST Wisteria <img src="">I have been wanting to paint my Wisteria since Spring. I finally did it. I made it in under two hours and I wished I would have painted the flower higher . Side by side I really see how this doesn't look as good as I wanted. I didn't really sketch it first which is what I should have done. At least I finally did it. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Jun 2020 23:01:10 EST knocked down but not out So the coronavirus mess, stress and isolation allowed me to make excuses and fall down on eating correctly. Now I am not saying I have amended my ways, but at this point I recognize my slipping into old habits. I have gained 20 pounds and really hate it. I have started and stopped again and again. <BR> <BR> What will motivate? What will give me a new mind set? I am not sure, but one thing is for sure I have to get back to daily commitment, scheduling my meals, and being true to healthy e... Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:02:06 EST Spring planning summer is right around the corner, Yay warm weather! Now is the time to begin spring projects, what are you working on? <BR> <BR> I have planted a garden, I am working on glass projects, painting, cleaning out rooms and cupboards, weeding....and the list goes on!. Plus making meals and eating too much. Thu, 16 Apr 2020 17:22:42 EST What are you doing to get through this crisis? Without gaining weight???? <BR> <BR> I dropped WW again. I had lost 40 pounds as of August of last year and then stayed the same until recently. I began to gain it back +10 pounds. <em>198</em> <em>234</em> Enough of this!! I am NOT going back to fatter than I already am! <BR> <BR> So, I am now logging in calories on Spark, trying to stay around 1500 calories a day, no more. This is not easy. I try to think of all the "free" foods from weight watchers and eat more of them. But baki... Thu, 9 Apr 2020 17:33:10 EST Health Dr. Visit went to see the general heath doctor. I had a ton of bloodwork done in Dec and found the results today. He told me he was proud of my weight loss and showed me the improvements in the bloodwork. Of course I went out after with DH to a buffet... big mistake! But, I now am determined to get back to losing the weight and eating healthier. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 20:50:37 EST Projects for Jan /Feb. Any projects starting in the new year? <BR> <BR> Right now I am crocheting hearts to make into sachets for the ladies of my church and to place around town to encourage people. Not a whole lot of other plans, but you never know! Sat, 4 Jan 2020 00:27:12 EST create a challenge You pick the challenge, whether health, emotional, spiritual or just keeping up on the clutter in your life. Don't make it difficult, but something that you can do daily until the habit kicks in. What will you do? <BR> <BR> mine is Bible reading (or listening) and water (at least a glass or more a day) Wed, 1 Jan 2020 13:14:53 EST Resolved although resolutions tend to not continue through the year, life changes are important. This year I am concentrating on the Word of God. I purchased an audio Bible and will be listening to it daily. So far Genesis 1-19 and Matthew 1-7. Good listening! <BR> <BR> Are you trying to change something in your life? Wed, 1 Jan 2020 13:11:40 EST Nativity Done I finished the nativity and hubby set it up on the side of our yard (he forgot the donkey though) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We have the lights ready to go. The photo I took at night didn't focus, but you can get the idea. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 10 Dec 2019 22:38:59 EST New Granddaughter! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been so busy these last few days! My youngest daughter just had her first baby. She was an at risk pregnancy because she is 40. But, everything went well and we welcomed the little one on Thursday. Since then I have been traveling back and forth to San Diego (a 2-4 hour drive one way, depending on traffic!) <BR> <BR> We are blessed! Tue, 26 Nov 2019 23:10:16 EST squeezing in a project School takes up a lot of time, but in the midst of everything I began a portrait of my friends new grandbaby. I plan on sending to them with love. <em>247</em> Thu, 15 Aug 2019 06:26:48 EST School year I can hardly believe that it is time to go back to work! My school year starts on Aug. 7th with a bunch of teacher meetings etc. Then students on the 12th. This will be my last year teaching. Mixed feelings there, I love my job, but sometimes the kids can wear you completely down. So, a bittersweet year ahead. Sun, 21 Jul 2019 08:00:57 EST Goal for this week! We are working on our irrigation system. It is a lot of work!! my goal is to finish half of the yard by Friday. ON 2 1/2 acres that is a lot of work!! We finished 1/4 on Tuesday and we will be working on 1/4 today. I should get lots of exercise and healthy benefits from all the digging! Thu, 11 Jul 2019 09:01:10 EST What's for Dinner? Today I am making pull apart chicken w/ bbq sauce served over hamburger bun. I found a lightened up recipe for BBQ sauce on line. Thought I would share: <BR> 1 cup tomato sauce (or strained tomatoes) <BR> 1 garlic clove, minced <BR> 1/2 small onion, finely diced <BR> 1 tbsp. butter <BR> 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar <BR> 3 tbsp. rice vinegar (can sub regular) <BR> 3 tbsp. molasses <BR> 1.5 tbsp. worcestershire sauce <BR> 1 tbsp. brown sugar <BR> 1 tsp. yellow mustard <BR> 1/2 tsp. hot sauce <... Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:55:33 EST Happy Summer Days Halfway through the summer vacation and getting lots of projects done! August will be here before we know it and I will be back to work at my last year of teaching. I am looking forward to that! It has been a good summer. <BR> <BR> How about you? Wed, 3 Jul 2019 18:37:34 EST Any plans for the summer? It has been busy so far for me. We trenched the yard and are preparing to lay irrigation lines. I got a jury summons for July... yuck. I finished my craft room, as far as the main stuff, but I still have a lot of organizing to do. I am also working with my glass to create some items for this coming Christmas. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 17:43:21 EST Posting Challenge! Post a message this month! Tell us how you are progressing or what milestones you have gained! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am posting that I have lost almost 20 pounds in 4 weeks!!! YAY! Fri, 5 Apr 2019 18:28:32 EST Roll Call Hi everyone!! If you are still and active member of this team, please let your voice be heard here!! <BR> <BR> Sign in and say Hi! <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Apr 2019 17:44:52 EST Resolutions Have you made New Year Resolutions or do you think they are a waste of time? If you have made them, what are they? Do you tend to keep them for the whole year or do they disappear? <BR> <BR> Interesting subject. I make sort of resolutions, but don't take them serious. I am not sure why.. perhaps it is a lack of commitment. What do you all do to stay committed to your resolutions? Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:55:11 EST Challenge for health I have gotten away from tracking and drinking enough water. How about all of you? <BR> <BR> It is time to get serious, take the challenge to get healthier today!! You can't just continue with what you have been doing if it isn't working. In order for change to come you have to change some of your bad habits and replace them with good habits. One change at a time, what will be the first? <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:07:20 EST online Bible study I found this Bible study online, thought someone might be interested. It is by Max Lucado and is called Because of Bethlehem. This link will take you to the first lesson. <BR> <BR><BR>ethlehem-study-home/?utm_source=fgobs&<BR>amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=<BR>bob&amp;utm_content=webinar Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:00:47 EST Hi I am a Stay at home mom that likes music and art. I am not a very good painting but love the relaxing part about painting so I do it from time to time. I love long walks and taking pictures with my camera. <BR> I was a Spark People member since 2010 and lost 30 pounds, but alas, I gained it all back over a period of 5 years. So, I am here again but this time, I thought that I should join a team. I am hoping that I will be more inspired to remember why I am doing this. <BR> I am looking fo... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:26:19 EST New "again" to Spark People. I lost 30 Pounds with Spark People six years ago and now I am right back to where I started. :-( But I know that I can do it all over again and be successful doing it. I know it takes a bit of time, but I also know I can do it. <BR> I feel I do not engage in the team forums but this time would like to participate in this one. I am not a good artist but like to paint for relaxation when I have the time. <BR> I am a christian and am married and have 3 children. <BR> I play an instrument whic... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:49:11 EST Hi! Hi, I'm new both to Spark and this team. I had an "on my feet all day" job for years and my creative pursuits were my hobbies. Now that I've retired I'm writing more and hoping to attend Art school (Savannah College of Art and Design) in the fall if all goes well. Since I'm not on my feet all the time the weight has packed on and I hope what I learn here will help me lose it and keep it off as well as help me control/conquer my health problems. <BR> <BR> I'm 50+, Wife/Mom/Nana, but the most ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:10:19 EST Art challenge For all you painters out there! I had a challenge with my art students. I asked them to create a work of art using anything except art equipment (things like brushes, pallet knives, fingers etc) they had to be inventive. I created my pug painting with a variety of items. What will you use? Toward the end of the month I will post some photos of what I used to create this work. Will you post yours? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:57:52 EST 2 month summer challenge April and May - 2 months away from wonderful June! What can we do to lose the pounds before swim season! Try to get in extra water, exercise and lose at least one pound per week. That would mean we would be almost 10 pounds lighter! Join in this challenge and lets melt those 10 pounds!! Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:38:01 EST feel the love! For Valentine's Day let's start by loving something about us! Then let the love go out to others! What do you love about you and what will you do for others? <BR> <BR> I love that I am an artist and I am giving love notes to all the people that play an active part in service at our church. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 06:23:11 EST accountability Well, my day has started off well. I drank 1 1/2 cups of coffee with a tiny bit of 1% milk in it. For breakfast, I had 2 bananas, 1 small apple, and .25 cup of cashews. I really want to go to church today, but Mother Nature is not permitting it. She dumped over 6 inches of snow on us Friday night thru Saturday, and I am completely snowed in. My hubby is going to have to dig his way out to go to work tonight. But, I am going to spend some time reading and meditating on the Scripture today sinc... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:38:07 EST I'm new Good snowy afternoon everyone! <BR> <BR> I am snowed in today, which is a perfect day for lurking on Spark. I have about 130 lbs to lose to be down to 150. At this point, my intermediate goal is to get below 200. I have not been below 200 since probably high school. I am interested in getting an accountability group started where we post every day 2 things we have done towards our weight loss goals. For Christmas, my mom got me the Spark calendar. I have found that to be very helpful. For th... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:29:13 EST 10 fun facts! 10 FUN FACTS <BR> 1. You can't wash your eyes with soap. <BR> 2. You can't count your hair. <BR> 3.You can't breath through your nose with your tongue out. <BR> 4. You just tried no. 3. LOL <BR> 6.When you did no 3, you realized it's possible, only you look like a dog. <BR> 7. Your smiling right now, because you were fooled. <em>198</em> <BR> 8. You skipped # 5. <BR> 9. You just checked to see if there is a no. 5 <BR> 10. Share this with your friends to have some fun too ! <em>3... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:30:36 EST What have you done? This is the beginning of a new year and we have moved into the first few days. What are you doing to keep on track? What is your weight loss plan? What exercise have you added? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is just writing things down that gives us a little more motivation! Write down your goals and post them in a blog, tape the to your mirror and on your refrigerator! Let's make this our year!! Thu, 7 Jan 2016 07:13:11 EST If I had one more hour in the day I encourage you all to read Rachel's blog about one more hour in the day. What would you choose to do? <BR> <BR> I think I would spend more time with those I love or with my art <em>247</em> otherwise I would most likely be looking for something to eat! YIKES!! Sun, 20 Dec 2015 10:19:09 EST Goal setting for the new year What are your goals to reach by January? Set a small obtainable goal to help you get through the holiday temptations. Mine is to exercise every day! We can do this!! <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:06:56 EST Project for Nov. -Dec. November and December are always full of sweet treats and temptations! That is a challenge for me! So my project is to find healthier recipes to make my sweet tooth happy and my weight loss continued. What project will you be working on this season? Sat, 7 Nov 2015 07:57:44 EST How big of a turkey can you lose? <em>429</em> Beginning today and continuing until the Sat. after Thanksgiving... I challenge you to lose the biggest turkey! The weight of the turkey will be the number of pounds you lose during this time! It will be about 6 weeks until the Sat. after Thanksgiving. Are you willing to join in the challenge??? <BR> <BR> I want to lose this turkey for sure! So I am beginning my turkey hunt at 272 pounds. Let's see how much weight I can shed by then. I am going to check my weight on Sat... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:11:23 EST October Challenges! It would be a great time to set up some challenges for the rest of Oct! Think of at least one thing you would like to work on and post it here! <BR> <BR> I have been working on increasing the water and decreasing the diet soda. My waters are flavored, but no caffeine! That is good and the flavored stuff is not bad either! <BR> <BR> What are you going to work on this month?? Make a commitment and post it! Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:37:06 EST What is new with you?!? I have been working on several projects, getting ready for an art show in Oct. I think that my current work won't be a hot seller, but it has been a whole lot of fun creating! <BR> <BR> Title: Blue Jellybean Jay <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What about you? A new dance? a new song? what are you creating? <BR> <BR> Whatever you do, do so for the Lord! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:51:37 EST School is my project I am going back to work next week on Wed. That is now my primary project. I already have many of my lessons on Google classroom and I am thinking about how to change things up from what I normally do. <BR> <BR> What is your current project? Are you creating, cleaning, or planning? Let us know what you are doing. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 07:15:34 EST deep cleaning My last day of work was at the end of May. Since then I have cleaned my pantry and all my kitchen cupboards. I then moved into my formal dining/living room and worked in there to get rid of excess! Then my bedroom closet post for my clothes broke, so I had to go through all my clothes and thin them out (not a problem, I got rid of tons of "dreaming of skinny" clothes). I will replace them if and when needed). Now I am into my craft rooms!! (I have 2 of those!) I have so many hobbies and c... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:07:36 EST Summer exercises Have you made a commitment to exercise? If so what are you doing? <BR> <BR> Since I am going to have knee replacement surgery, my doctor told me I would be walking a mile in 6 weeks after the surgery.....since I don't walk a mile now, that is my goal! slow and steady and building to get there! I also plan on swimming quite a bit this summer! What about you? <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 07:03:16 EST Hello Hi, I'm a 54 yr old Christian woman living in beautiful Oregon. I'm very new to SP. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 30 yrs and we have a, soon to be, 20 yr old son. We homeschooled him all the way through high school, so now I call myself "retired." I used to do some oil painting, but with a busy homeschool schedule I never seemed to have the time or ambition. God did give me a way to use my creative side by leading crafts in Vacation Bible school every summer and teachin... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 23:51:10 EST Copper Enameling! I just got my kit to work on copper enameling jewelry! I have to get a butane torch, but I am excited to try things out! I hope to be creating some jewelry by Friday and wearing it on Saturday (my birthday <em>383</em> )! Thu, 4 Jun 2015 07:01:04 EST June Challenge!! Hot weather can really dehydrate us! Let's challenge ourselves to drink our 8 cups of water daily! <em>91</em> Sat, 30 May 2015 08:05:55 EST Hi Everyone I am a 42 year old (soon to be 43) wife, mom, and chorus/theatre arts teacher. I have never considered myself an "artist" but I love to dabble in mixed media. I started creating journals a little over a year ago and found it so therapeutic. I am always looking for new things to do in my journals. I am not real "creative in my own right. I often look for inspiration pages others have done and work them in my own way with my own messages pertinent to what is going on in my life. I have re... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 08:00:07 EST Documented Faith I am working on my weekly Documented Faith project. This program is a great way to really sit back and listen to what The Lord is trying to tell me. It also allows me to build in some art in the process of listening. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:39:24 EST Hi Hi my name is Kim. I just found this team. I am active in mixed media and prayer journaling. I am currently following Documented Faith and loving merging my faith with my art. I am glad to find others enjoying the same. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:13:08 EST 50-100 pounds in a year! Thanks to Indygirl's group challenge, I thought I would share it here with all of you. <BR> It sounds like a great idea! <BR> <BR> 1) Get a calendar <BR> 2) Skip a Year ahead and write what you will weigh BOTH 60 and 100 pounds thinner <BR> THAT is your goal range. <BR> 3) Losing 50 pounds is as easy as losing 1 pound a week, 72 pounds is 1.5 a week and 104 pounds is 2 pounds a week. <BR> 4) DO NOT SET YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE BY SETTING YOUR GOAL AT 100 AUTOMATICALLY! Aim for the habit ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:41:45 EST reset your goals I just reset my weight loss goals on my start page and it is reflected in my ticker. My new goal, 15 pounds. Smaller, reasonable, attainable. Consider doing this as a challenge! Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:19:23 EST December Challenge Drink water about 20 minutes before you eat. Sometimes we are thirsty, not hungry. Let's discover our hunger habits! Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:45:36 EST struggles I have been defeated in so many areas in my life. I have allowed Satan to tell me I am worthless and all that I do is of no value. I have fallen into the pit and am struggling to climb out. I know that I have been chosen by God and he is working in my life for good. I am leaning on Him. I am sorry I haven't been sparking much. I am dealing with this and placing my life into God's hands. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:53:27 EST Don't weigh yourself challenge! Ok, this sounds strange, but if you are like myself and stress when the scale doesn't show positive results then this might be for you too! <BR> <BR> I have not weighed myself all week (I use to doing it daily, sometimes up to 3-4 times a day). Instead I have concentrated on whether or not I ate the right amount of calories and if I exercised (even 10 min at a time), If I drank my water, or any other healthy goal. Those are my new measures of success. I know that if I maintain the right cal... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:52:54 EST Making space for creativity What do you need to clear out of your life today to make more space for creativity? <BR> <BR> I need to 1) get rid of the time-waster of excessively checking emails and Facebook. That would free up more time. And I need to 2) clear the clutter off of my art table. There's junk that I have "good intentions" about but it's in the way of what I want to do today. <BR> <BR> I hereby resolve to work on these over the next 48 hours. How about you? Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:10:24 EST Creative Quotes “When dreams come true creativity becomes art.” <BR> &#8213; Martin Schuster <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:44:43 EST Art Forms We have many members on our team and there are a variety of arts we all do. What art form do you do? <BR> <BR> Me- I play piano and organ, paint and draw in a variety of mediums, make jewelry, do ceramics, and garden (feed the rabbits I should say). <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:23:18 EST Summer Challenge Let's challenge our self to recording our successes weekly. Don't focus on what you don't do, but look at all the good changes you are making. <BR> <BR> example- Last week I drank at least 4 cups of water a day! I exercised for 60 min on Sat!! <BR> <BR> We can log in once a week on Mondays to praise our success, and we will do this until the beginning of August. Then we will look for a new challenge! <BR> <BR> Come on team! Join in! Mon, 19 May 2014 07:50:17 EST Hi Sorry it's been so long I everyone, sorry I've been gone for so long. We moved and life got crazy. I had to stop exercising besides walking 1/2 a mile every once in a while (walking the dog) thanks to my back badly acting up, and my hubby finally came off the road, but his eating habits are deplorable, so gained back all but 2 lbs of what I had lost :( My 17 year old daughter said she would help motivate me to get started again, and tonight was my first real work out since last July. I'm hoping my back stays acting... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:39:40 EST Take five and create Try to do at least 5 minutes of creative thinking and doing. Sometimes we get too busy with life's demands. God wants us to see, hear, taste what is good. They are his gifts, the pleasure he has given to us. We all have special talents, use them to praise God today. <BR> <em>389</em> Praising God!! <em>389</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:20:51 EST Bible reading Interesting read from the Bible Gateway blog. Three reasons why Bible reading is down when it is so accessible. <BR> <BR><BR>/three-reasons-that-bible-reading-is-d<BR>own-in-an-age-of-easy-bible-access/ <BR> <BR> Our web browsers, mobile apps, and email programs make it easy to skip some of the harder, less fun, but nonetheless important elements of the Bible experience: reading it in community with fallible fellow believers… taking the time to expl... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 05:55:32 EST Feb. Challenge! The month of February has Valentine's day on a Friday. Let's set a goal to accomplish by the 14th of February! <BR> <BR> You can do it! Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:24:43 EST Goal Planning What goals are you planning to achieve in the new year? Have you added them to your goal board on your start page? <BR> <BR> That is a great motivator to look at every day. It will remind you and encourage you. <BR> <BR> One of my goals is to lose 30 pounds by my birthday. That would put me at my lowest weight in over 15 years. Now I have over 100 pound to lose, but I want to set small manageable goals. Something that is realistic. <BR> <BR> What about you? Let's list our goals a... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:06:30 EST Christmas message I gave this message at our ladies meeting, thought I'd share, since many of us are going through tough times. <BR> <BR> This is a devotional for those that are hurting as well as those that are doing ok, to remind us that God is in control. <BR> Sometimes it seems like people hurt more during this season. <BR> <BR> Sunday my husband asked for the people in our congregation that were going through difficult times to raise their hands. There were hands raised all over our congregation. We... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 06:32:04 EST What Bible verses give you strength? Since I have been going through hard and painful times, I thought it would be a good idea to create a message board about God's words that encourage and strengthen us in our daily walk. I know I need God's word and I am sure they would help others on our team. Join in the post and encourage one another. <BR> <BR> Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:15:14 EST What are your goals for the next 7 weeks? The end of my masters thesis is just 7 weeks away. You know that my goal is to finish all the research, write my thesis and to pass the class and graduate. In among the insanity of that, I want to stay healthy and eat right. I still have a long way to go on my weight loss journey. In seven weeks I could lose another 5 pounds.... another goal! <BR> <BR> What about you? what are your goals for the next 7 weeks? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:14:58 EST The Lion of the Tribe of Judah our new image represents the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. <BR> <BR> Revelation 5:5 <BR> English Standard Version (ESV) <BR> 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Sun, 29 Sep 2013 06:10:11 EST Encaustic adventure! I started learning about encaustics, which is like painting with wax! It has been difficult since they harden very quickly. What an adventure! Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:35:58 EST What is keeping you active or making you slip? The one thing I have noticed being a team leader is that people come and go. They join determined and then time goes by and they lose steam. Many quit and others visit only occasionally . So, what can you do to keep to your plans? Some of you have reached goal and are maintaining your weight, what advice could you help others with? Take a moment to share what worked or is working for you! <BR> <BR> Together we can be strong! <em>381</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 10:56:03 EST End of Summer! August, to me, is what I consider the end of summer. Although I go back to teaching this month, I always feel like September it the traditional school month and the signal that summer is done and the school year began. <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> During this month make a new commitment to finish strong in your heathy habits! <BR> <BR> I am getting back into my routine, tracking and watching calories. What are you doing to stay on the healthy path? Thu, 1 Aug 2013 04:29:33 EST Using charts and setting goals It is a great idea to chart your weight, body measurements, emotional health, or anything else about your body! You will begin noticing patterns in how your body handles weight loss, stress, etc. <BR> <BR> I noticed my emotional eating (spikes in weight and emotions) during the time my mother passed away and I had to deal with family and the issues involved with that time. I can see that I let my emotions and stress influence my eating and am working on better ways to handle those times.... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:10:00 EST Drink Your Water <em>91</em> Remember to daily drink 8 oz. or more of water! <em>91</em> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:07:40 EST Hello Again My name is Anya and I live in Vancouver, B.C. <BR> Haven't been around in a long time. <BR> <BR> My weight is at a standstill for a very long time and I am ready to do something about it. <BR> <BR> My art is at a standstill as well. Haven't felt very inspired lately and seem to have a major creative block. I have started painting little ballerinas for my Grandaughters room so that has motivated me a little, It is nice to be behind an easel again. <BR> <BR> All of a sudden I have no idea w... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:41:28 EST The Fourth of July Any plans for the American celebration for the fourth? <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> I know we have some members that don't live here in America, but are you celebrating anything else in the month of July? How are you handling the challenges of friends, family or food this summer? <BR> <BR> <BR> We always have a big BBQ at our church with potluck dishes. I will make a point to stick with more fruit and veggies, as well as chicken breast instead of beef. It helps to plan ahead for the challe... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:12:07 EST Introduce myself Hi, I am Bobbie. I love the Lord and create Jewelry that shares the Word of God and helps people share their Faith with others as they wear it. I am out of shape and want to better my health and strength so I can serve Him with all of me. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:34:31 EST Any Plans for the Summer? I will be traveling to Boston at the end of July to take a class for my Masters. It will be a 1 and 1/2 week studio class: Painting and Printmaking. It will include lesson planning and how to apply what is being learned to my classes. <BR> <BR> What about you ? what will you be doing? Gardening? travel? or just BBQing!! We would love to hear about it! <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:15:09 EST What is your habit I read the book HABIT. It tells us that if we want to change we have to alter our habits, change things up. What is your habit that you want to change and what are you going to do differently? <BR> <BR> I am going to really work on drinking more water, whether it is flavored or unflavored, I need more in my life. I am making it a habit to drink a glass every morning when I get up, one when I get home from work, and one before bed. <BR> <BR> Building better habits shows our determinatio... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 06:42:12 EST Easter Blessings! Praising God for our Risen Savior!! <BR> <BR> How will you spend Easter Sunday? What special traditions do you do or what would you like to share about Easter? <BR> <BR> Post it here. <BR> <BR> My husband is a pastor, so we will spend the day at church and have communion in the evening service. It is always a wonderful time of remembering our Lord! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:36:27 EST Art Challenge We are moving the art challenge to this forum! We invite all to join in with this month's challenge! Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:32:49 EST Exercise "Pit Stop" Stop in a minute to rest, and tell us what you did today for a little execise. <BR> <BR> 25 minute walk plodding through the snow on the logging roads. <em>224</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 18:57:47 EST Keeping a Healthy Plate To keep better acountability in the food department I thought we could talk about what we had on our plate today. <BR> <BR> Breakfast 1 shredded wheat with 1 teaspoon brown sugar, skim milk <BR> <BR> Orange mid morning <BR> <BR> For dinner chicken stir fried in broth, about a 1/4 cup of rice and lots of veggies. <BR> (we eat our main meal at noon) <BR> Homemade fruit crisp with no added sugar <BR> . <BR> Lunch it was fish chowder made with skim milk and thickened with a little instant fla... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:38:14 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone, my name is Amanda. I've been on spark people for a while, but just this past month started on my new life style journey. I am a self-employed mixed-media artist, I have two teen girls and my hubby is an OTR truck driver. I have more info on my spark page if you want to take a peek :) Fri, 1 Mar 2013 23:43:13 EST Praise Worthy! Take a moment to lift a praise to our Lord! <BR> <BR> It can be I praise God for getting me through the day, helping me lose that extra pound, etc. <BR> <BR> It can be general.... like praise God for all the good things in my life! However you want to praise Him! <BR> <BR> Let's lift a praise and post it here at least once a week! Make it a goal! <BR> <BR> Join in team! Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:42:20 EST just joined Greetings fellow Christian brothers and sisters struggling to get healthy! Well, maybe I should not say everyone is struggling, but I sure know I am. Just found this site and am intrigued, but finding time and patience to log in food you eat etc. makes me want to, maybe I will not do that. What has helped others the most from this Sparkpeople site?? I already found someone on here that lives VERY close by me! Small world. Anyway, I am an artist, who has sold a lot of work, bu... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:59:58 EST NEW HERE! Hi there. My name is Amy. I'm 49, married, a baker, mother of three young adults, Christian, and I work full time for the Federal Govt. Glad to be here! <em>475</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:12:49 EST Art Challenge In some artistic way show this verse :) <BR> <BR> “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 KJV <BR> <BR> Reveal your results in your blog or post in our photos by the end of February :) <BR> Who wants to join in the fun? <BR> <BR> I will try to get something done too Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:04:44 EST Sweet Heart Challenge Let's be sweet to our hearts by losing 5 pounds by the end of Feb! <BR> <BR> I am doing more juicing and fresh fruits and veggies *thanks to Wag the Dog*!! <BR> She did a complete detox using juicing. I am not quite that far into it, but have increased my intake of those items. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Let's give our heart the support and health it needs. Join in the fun! Post your goals here and your progress too. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:03:07 EST Creative Talents Our team is full of very talented people! Some are visual artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. Others have musical or vocal talent and others may have culinary talent! There are also those that create crafts, scrapbooking etc! <BR> <BR> Share your talents with us! post some of your work or write a blog describing what you do. These talents are gifts from a very wonderful Lord and we want to praise Him through all that we do! <BR> <BR> I am fairly sure that all of yo... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 07:14:18 EST Greetings! My name is Mary. I am primarily a water color artist, but I also dabble in many other mediums. My main focus is growing in Jesus, and that means taking care of this Temple. It's so easy to neglect, eh? I minister, so to lead, I must lead by example and that is why I am here. I hope to find faith and encouragement here, both with my walk with God, my weight loss and my artistic adventures. God bless! Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:59:59 EST New Year, New Goals Challenge! The new year approaches. It is to be a time when we make new commitments to reach our goals. Set a goal to reach by the end of January. Don't make it something you can't attain, a smaller goal would be better. Perhaps lose 5 pounds, or drink more water. List your goals here and we will be encouraging you through the month of January!! We can do it!! Mon, 24 Dec 2012 07:17:16 EST What's your favorite Christmas tradition? Seriously. I'm interested. I'm open to new ideas. My fave is making pj's for my two daughters, then watching them opened on Christmas Eve night. The oldest finally asked me to stop, since she felt she had too many already. I told her she could give them away every year, I just liked to make them for her and would she please humour me? It gives me pleasure. Wierd, I know, but I love to sew. She rather reluctantly agreed. This year we'll see how it goes... <BR> HER fave is her Christmas stockin... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 16:02:45 EST lovin' life! Hey guys. Kari here. I was honoured to be asked to co-lead this group so I'd like to say a few things by way of introduction. <BR> First of all, you need to know that I'm a mess that God is working on. Constantly. I'm not where I'd like to be in my walk but I'm awhole lot further than I used to be. I'm feeling like I can relate to Joyce Meyer when she says, "new level, new devil". oh yeah. lately it seems like they're coming out of the woodwork! But I try to keep the fact that God is greater ... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:29:03 EST What are you looking for? We would like some feedback on what you are looking for in the Christian Artist spark team! Any suggestions are welcome, to make this a better place! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:24:51 EST Christmas is Coming Challenge!! The holidays are fast approaching with all the goodies and treats!!! Let's get a jump start on gift giving and give God a gift. What gift? <BR> <BR> How about the gift of keeping our bodies healthy, controlling our "lust" for the wrong kinds of foods, being strong in the Lord and His might to win this battle of control of our body. <BR> <BR> We can do this! Let's see if we can lose 5% of our weight by Christmas!! The gift of health! <BR> <BR> Through our body we can glorify God. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:31:37 EST Finished project I finished a paintchip portrait of my daughter and a Day of the Dead portrait for my class. Keeping busy on art! <em>268</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 07:51:37 EST Today's mini goal Do you have a small goal that you want to accomplish today? Goals don't have to be large to give us a sense of satisfaction! Write your day's goal and edit it later to let us know if your goal was met! Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:06:55 EST blog today! Join in! We want to hear from you all, let us know how your journey is going! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 08:44:41 EST new here... <em>334</em> Well, actually, new to SparkPeople period, and learning as I go. Hi. Kari here. As a fairly new SparkGal it seems overwhelming, but I'm loving it. In my teens I was really into fitness but life and children kind of distracted me. Now I'm back with a vengeance! I'm determined to get in the best shape of my life. I've always believed that age is all in the mind, and that five foot three is way to short to be boring! <BR> I'm committed to working out every single day, but I do ge... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:40:51 EST Back to School Challenge School time is approaching quickly! Just 2 short weeks for me. <BR> <BR> Let's kick off the year with a challenge to lose 5 % body weight by Chirstmas! <BR> <BR> Let's do it! Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:24:17 EST July Challenge! Ok everyone! We have a great month to make the commitment to lose some extra weight, exercise, drink water, or whatever goal you have chosen! <BR> <BR> Join in to reach one goal this month. It doesn't have to be a big goal either! Won't you join in the challenge to create a better you? <BR> <BR> I am going to try to lose at least 5 pounds this month! That is my goal! <em>345</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:51:08 EST Praise Wordy Ok, so it is a little bit of a play on words, but do you have a word or phrase to praise the Lord? List them here! <BR> <BR> <BR> I will start: <BR> <BR> He Lives!! Hallelujah! Fri, 22 Jun 2012 22:55:45 EST Grandbabies I have been working on portraits of my grandkids, but I am also working on getting my MFA, so it is stopping while I do papers! What are you creating? Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:32:22 EST Get Active! Hey all! <BR> Let's get actively involved with our team! There are a lot of artists on SP, but only a few have joined in as Christian Artists! Let's build our team, join in with some blogging, write a message on the message board, add an emoticon for the day. <BR> <BR> Glorify God with your art and let the world know you are a Christian Artist! <BR> <BR> I hope to see more blogging and activity really soon! GO TEAM!! Mon, 11 Jun 2012 17:30:11 EST Photo Challenge! Let's take a moment to upload a photo of something you are working on, or have finished lately. We are Christian Artists and we have a lot to say!! Join in the fun and show us your beautiful work! Leave some comments as well on the photos. <BR> <BR> Come on team!! Wed, 9 May 2012 20:03:44 EST Blog Challenge I challenge you to create a blog this month! Let's find out about each other. I will add a goodie to your page when you do. <em>334</em> Thu, 3 May 2012 04:41:06 EST Change one Thing! Habits are difficult to change, especially ones where we have trained ourselves to respond by eating. Lets work to change at least one bad habit. change where you eat, when you eat, what you eat or some other thing that will help you keep from eating the wrong foods at the wrong time! <BR> <BR> Join in the healthy habits! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:16:08 EST In the NEWS any new events that you would like to let us know about? Let us share! Post it! Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:09:53 EST Spring Challenge! I joined the spring challenge group, but there isn't any reason why you can't join in the challenge here!! The challenge is to lose 5% of your body weight or (if you don't need to lose weight) maintain your weight till May 12! <BR> <BR> Join in with us to get back on track! Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:07:50 EST What are you celebrating? Something special happening? Let us know so we can share the excitement! <em>236</em> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:35:54 EST new image I got tired of the team photo, thought I would change it out. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:38:50 EST Celebrations in January? any one have a special day this month or something to celebrate? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:24:07 EST A new year! If you were to select one thing per month to challenge yourself in making it a habit what would it be? <BR> <BR> I am sticking with taking my vitamins daily for a month. So far (I started early( I have been on a 3 day streak. <BR> What are you changing in your life? Sun, 1 Jan 2012 07:07:34 EST it's lonely out there posting on the message boards in most of the teams, and few respond to blogs. I know that life is busy, <BR> <BR> I have an extremely busy life too. But, I see the need to post. It helps me stay focused; gives me encouragement from others, motivation, and ideas for success. I know I look for a response to my blogs but often there isn't much. <BR> <BR> We need to at least post an emoticon, please consider this next time you are reading a blog, and encourage one another! <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 06:49:02 EST Special Events in September What special days are you celebrating in September ? Let us celebrate with you! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:59:22 EST what are your strengths? I am sure many of you look at the weaknesses and faults instead of your strengths! I know that I do! So, we trap ourselves in looking at the bad side of ourselves. We need to find some good things that we do and fall on them to keep us motivated! <BR> <BR> I am determined at times, a good listener, and somewhat organized. I am a get it done kind of girl. <BR> <BR> How about you? Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:16:19 EST October's Celebrations! Any celebrations in October? Birthdays, anniversaries, or just a great day planned? Let us in on the event! We want to celebrate too! <BR> <BR> My special day is our church anniversary. We will have an old fashioned round up Sunday with games, singing, and food! lots of fun! <em>465</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:05:35 EST New Photo! Our high school art club put this mural together to hang on the side of the art building. I thought I would use it this month to represent all of the wonderful artists everywhere! I will probably leave it as our photo for a couple of months. Then I will be looking for a nice winter scene, so if you have any photos of your art work that you want to share let me know! <BR> <BR> Art is a new view! Tue, 27 Sep 2011 18:59:00 EST New image for Sept Thanks Wagthedog for permission to use your lovely drawing for this next month! Fri, 2 Sep 2011 21:01:13 EST Time for Fall! Yes, I know it is August when I am writing this.... and here where I live it is 108degree F. <BR> But! It is time for us to think about the changes coming in weather and more important the changes that are coming in us! <BR> <BR> What do you want to "Fall Off" in your life? It can be weight loss, bad attitudes, etc.... Share with us and we will pray for you! <BR> <BR> My "fall off" is that I want to begin losing weight again. Summer vacation brought me 10 pounds back on my body. I want... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 10:41:19 EST Prayer Requests Please bring your prayer requests to those in our group. We would all like to pray for you. I pray that you all gain strength from each other and pray for one another daily. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:09:22 EST What's happening in September? Any celebrations, birthdays or anniversaries in the month of September? let us celebrate with you! Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:58:49 EST Challenge for the remainder of the month! My challenge to all of you is for you to find a motivational quote and post it here each week. <BR> check out the motivational quotes right here on SP!! they will get you going!!! <BR> Then in September we need to come up with another idea to motivate us to a healthier life style! Any suggestions? Sat, 13 Aug 2011 09:32:35 EST What are you thinking? What could make our team a better team? <BR> I could use some suggestions, any ideas out there to challenge us and motivate us? Sat, 13 Aug 2011 09:29:35 EST Interested in an exchange? Thanksgiving isn't that far away. I was wondering if any of you would like to do a card exchange? You can create a card any way you want! Send me your mailing addresses. Then a week before Thanksgiving when I know who has finished their cards, I will email you the address of someone else that is doing the exchange. That way we can all share in creating and sending a blessing at Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> Anyone interested? <em>334</em> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 07:39:50 EST New Image for August This is one that I have done in watercolors. <BR> <BR> I encourage you all to post some of your work in the photo section so we can share your creativity! Sat, 30 Jul 2011 07:28:34 EST Celebrations in August! Let us know what you are celebrating this month! We want to be excited for you! Whether a birthday, anniversary, award ceremony, or whatever! <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> I guess I will be celebrating a return to work! Back on Aug. 4!! <em>20</em> , but honestly I am looking forward to the new year! God has blessed me with a really good job! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:11:45 EST Challenges!! I go back to work in less than a month. Soooo! I want to set a challenge to lose 10 pounds by the week I am back to work, and I want to exercise and take my vitamins daily. Althought I have already been exercising and taking vitamins, I want to make sure I am consistant in doing this and that it becomes a habit. I have already begun to lose weight again, but I want to lose 10 pounds and keep going. Once school starts it will be very busy and I wont be able to think about it. I need to get ... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:49:23 EST New Image for July Thanks Wagthedog! It looks terrific! and soooooo summer-y <BR> Makes us all want to get out and join in the hike! Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:58:42 EST Word Challenge Let's play a word game! and try to encourage one another too! <BR> You can change 1 or 2 letters and/or add or delete a letter to create a new word. Then write an encouraging statement about that word! Let's give it a go!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> spark! I encourage you to re-light the spark within you and spread the fire of encouragement! Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:31:48 EST Happy July Celebrations! what is happening in your life that we can celebrate this July? <em>236</em> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:20:07 EST New Image for June Here is a reminder of the beach for the month of June! If any of you would be willing to share a photo of some of your work, I would love to post it as our team image for the month. There are many talented members and we want to see what you are doing. Please add some work to our flicker page as well!! Sat, 28 May 2011 09:37:59 EST What is your challenge or special goal? Ok, I have been at the same weight for about 2 months. I need a little kick in the pants, so I decided to make a challenge. I need to lose 10 pounds to be at the half way mark in my weight loss journey. I am making a challenge to have that 10 pounds gone by the end of summer. What is your challenge? Mon, 23 May 2011 07:46:29 EST Celebrations in June? Summer is quickly approaching! hot weather and bathing suits! Any celebrations happening in June? <BR> <BR> I have a birthday on June 6th! Happy birthday to me :) <em>44</em> Thu, 19 May 2011 06:27:55 EST New image for May This new image is a photo of an Amarylis flower. It seemed fitting for all the wonderful moms out there! A nice flower for the inner beauty that moms give to the world! Sun, 1 May 2011 12:26:29 EST Celebrations in May! Do you have something to tell everyone? Something special in the month? <BR> Let us know so we can all celebrate!! <BR> <BR> I am celebrating my 36th wedding anniversary May 31st! That is something very special! I bet some of you have celebrations as well! I can't wait to hear all about them! Fri, 8 Apr 2011 19:28:55 EST Fire Friday is going to be 80 degrees so I thought I'd use the wood and it made me think of this verse: "And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Genesis 22:7 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>6734/ </link> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:42:54 EST Spring <link><BR>5701/ </link> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:40:14 EST Birthdays in April Do you have a birthday in April? Let us know so we can celebrate!! <em>44</em> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 06:32:33 EST Emoticon for your feelings right now <em>4</em> today I feel like my body has been a little out of control. am I really hungry or just emotionally eating. <em>18</em> I think sin is at the door! Sun, 6 Mar 2011 09:23:38 EST Cinderella Lost Her Shoe? I was doing my walking for the 5k Challenge in April and this shoe was sitting on the side of the road, so I went back home and got my camera. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7251/ </link> <BR> <BR> Then I photographed my shadow trying to get into the shoe. Didn't actually put my foot into a strange shoe! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4293/ </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 14:23:01 EST Cinderella Lost Her Shoe? I was doing my walking for the 5k Challenge in April and this shoe was sitting on the side of the road, so I went back home and got my camera. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7251/ </link> <BR> <BR> Then I photographed my shadow trying to get into the shoe. Didn't actually put my foot into a strange shoe! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4293/ </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 14:22:26 EST did you join the 5k challenge?? I joined the sp 5k challenge! I have increased my steps and also my strength training! How about any of you? Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:00:54 EST Sugar Cravings I read this scripture when I have a huge sugar craving. <BR> <BR> Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God, we are no worse of we do not eat, and no better if we do. I Cor. 8:7-8 <BR> <BR> We should eat healthy but not make certain foods an idol. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:34:12 EST Releasing the Spirit <link><BR>6482/ </link> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 09:29:31 EST New Image for March! Here is our own Snowglobemama's painting! <BR> Thanks for letting us share this for the next month! It is perfect in its shades of green for St. Patty's day!! Plus it is a great painting! <BR> If you post your images on Flicker and give me permission in the months ahead, we may be selecting one of yours to display! <em>345</em> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:51:53 EST Healing I wrote this when I was in pain from rheumatoid arthritis. I found this in an old journal I started a couple of years ago. I decided to start journal ling again and forgot I wrote this. Also, here's a photo I took of my hands. <BR> <BR> Dizzy Clouds on a weightless floor, <BR> Floating high, even higher <BR> In a painless box, <BR> Relaxed in a rainbow of colors. <BR> <BR><BR>3565745/ Thu, 24 Feb 2011 11:23:09 EST read this with your hear and give me feed back... The Gospel Soul Winning Script <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever told you that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life? I have a real quick question for you. If you were to die this very second, do you know for sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you would go to Heaven? [If ”Yes” ___Great, why would you say “Yes” ? (If they respond with anything but ”I have Jesus in my heart” or something similar to that, PROCEED WITH SCRIPT) or “No” or “I hope so” PROCEED WITH SCRIPT.”) <BR> <B... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:08:54 EST Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be, strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your Goad is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 20:22:40 EST Have you signed up for a team challenge? Don't forget to sign up for a team challenge! and if you can think of a challenge you would like to have posted let me know! <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about a 10,000 step challenge! Right now I use the wii to get in 3000 steps. I could probably bump it up :) Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:33:10 EST What is your favorite Bible verse?? I have so many that really speak to me..... Psalm 139 the whole thing! <BR> and Philippians 4:8 my whatsoever verses! I love Psalm 139 because it shows me how much God loves me, put thought into my creation, and is with me no matter what. <BR> I love Philippians 4:8 because it reminds me to always focus on the good. <BR> <BR> God is good for giving us His word! Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:29:56 EST Birthdays in March! Are there any birthdays to celebrate in March? Let us know so we can celebrate with you! Thu, 17 Feb 2011 07:37:50 EST Flowers <link><BR>4342/ </link> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:15:34 EST Put Pics in Discussion Forum I should have put my link here instead of the discussion forum. I'm getting there. <em>43</em> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 19:46:51 EST Flowers <link><BR>4342/ </link> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 19:42:08 EST baby pic <link><BR>7243/#/photos/lee4you/5442937243/light<BR>box/ </link> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 19:33:41 EST Practice flickr photo Creating a new message and try to put my flickr pic here. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 20:24:16 EST Post your finished projects on Flicker! Thanks to Greenrug, I opened up a Flicker group page for us to post our work on. We can load up to 300 pieces per month. That way we don't overload on Spark! Please no nudity, profanity or any subject that would be questionable. <BR> <BR> To post photos you need to send me your email address and I will invite you to join the photo stream. You can then link into the team and we can begin posting our work! <BR> <BR> Thanks again Greenrug for the great info! <BR> <link> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 10:03:42 EST Random Acts of Kindness Challenge! Here on Spark we constantly do random acts of kindness when we add a comment or send a goodie! Let's add random acts of kindness in our lives! They can be anonymous or the person may know it is you. Whichever it is, post what you are doing to be kind to one another! We might get an idea from you! <BR> <BR> Read a book to a child, send a note of encouragement, let the checker know they are doing a great job, leave an extra coupon on the grocery store shelf..... what are you doing today? Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:57:41 EST 2 Kings 2:9-10 Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me. He said, You have asked a hard thing. However, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you. 2 Kings 2:9-10 <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyers says, "Lord, I want to explore all that You have for me, and I accept there may be failure. Show me the way to be successful for You." Amen. <em>48</em> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 11:46:47 EST New Camera Thought I had the camera figured yesterday but today went to take a picture and I couldn't get it to work. I'll have to play around with it until I figured it out. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:54:21 EST The Confident Woman This is from Joyce Meyer's The Confident Woman Devotional for Jan 31st. "I, even I, am He Who blots out and cancels your transgressions, for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Put Me in remembrance; let us plead and argue together. Set forth your case, that you may be justified. Isaiah 43:25-26. <BR> <BR> I will try to draw one thing today. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:27:19 EST Time for a photo change! Once a month I would like to update our team photo, keeping it changing so that it may spark some more interest in the team! Do you have some work that you would like to share? We could post it! Just let me know you are interested and we will do our best for the next month to post your work! Lets praise God through the talent HE has given us! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:52:07 EST Isaiah 43:18-19 This scripture stood out for me today. <BR> <BR> Do Not remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. <BR> <BR> Emily Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:38:18 EST Lots of projects happening! This week I have been working on so many different art projects! I got water based oils, had to try them, so I am working on a painting. Had to show my class how to use oil pastels, colored pencils, doing portraits, and whatever came along! needless to say I have lots of things happening in art this week! Praise God for giving me my job and my talent! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:37:47 EST Psalm 30:4 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; <BR> praise his holy name. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:31:12 EST New to Spark I joined spark about 4 days ago and am trying to learn how to get around and use the features. I have joined a few teams trying to see which ones are a good fit for me. I just started drawing. It's fun but boy, do I have a long way to go. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:54:20 EST Birthdays in February- Let's Celebrate! If you have a birthday in February let us know here! We want to celebrate with you and of course give you spark goodie presents! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:59:17 EST Tell us about yourself! I am 55, grandmother to 7 wonderful grandkids, married 36 years happily. I love the Lord with all my heart and praise him for calling me and saving me. I live in So. California, high desert. I love art and I love teaching! What a great career! I work with high school students, they can be a challenge! My husband is a bi-vocational pastor. He works for the post office and preaches.... delivering messages in both jobs! <BR> My spark name was a result of frustration! I tried to get oneservant4hi... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 07:59:59 EST Did you pray for a team member today? Join in and pray for one another. Take a moment to think about the journey we are all on to have a healthier body and lift someone in prayer today! Leave a post to let us know you prayed. <BR> <BR> Today I said a prayer for Nancy, our leader! She is a very busy lady and pastor's wife. Nancy you rock! Sat, 15 Jan 2011 20:36:03 EST Prayer Dear Heavenly Father, Please be with each spark person who has ever joined this team. Please help them in their walk with You. Please give them the strength they need to go through each day. Please help each of us with each choice that we make, some of them are really tough to make. Please help us with our goals this year. Thank You that You love us & made us exactly how You wanted us to be. We love You Father. Thank you for helping us become stronger & healthier people. Thank you that each o... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:42:31 EST Lets post some art work! What latest art piece have you completed? Why don't you share it in our photos? We would love to see how you glorify God through your creative side! <BR> <BR> <em>268</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:42:21 EST OK! Where are your photos of your work!?! I posted one of my prints and now I challenge you to post one of the works of art you have created! Let's have a challenge to create one new piece before the end of the month and add a photo of it! Won't you join in the fun!?! <em>334</em> <em>306</em> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:09:37 EST What medium is your favorite? I tend to like too many different mediums! I work in oils, acrylics, watercolor, prints, colored pencil, graphite, pastel, photography... or any thing else that comes along!! I think my favorite is....... well, if I have to choose...... crud, I can't choose one! I guess it depends on the moment! <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite? Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:14:19 EST What motivational quote is your favorite? This is one that I added to my spark page. I thought it was very appropriate for my journey! <BR> <BR> “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:00:26 EST Any Birthdays in January, Let's Celebrate! Any of you have a birthday in January, let us know so we can celebrate with you! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:28:13 EST NEW YEAR creative ideas! As artists we should be thinking or creating! God has given us all talent and abilities. What are you thinking about creating in the new year? What project is calling to you? <BR> <BR> DH wants me to paint a huge painting of the local area (desert) to hang in the entry way. I am wanting to get some prints done and get accepted into the LA Print Makers. I also want to do a large portrait painting of my grandkids. These are all projects that I hope to do this next year. How about all of you, ... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 09:08:09 EST What project will you be working on today? I started cross-stitching a teddy bear vest for Nate about a month ago. I think I will start on the second half today. We picked out the pattern on Ebay for Nate to learn. When I got it though, I realized it would be way too hard for him now. So, I decided to tackle it myself. Maybe it will be done in time for Christmas. He would love that! Wed, 15 Sep 2010 11:11:19 EST I am starting Ruth today. I really like reading about Ruth in the Bible. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 09:56:33 EST Game: Name your favorite creative activity to do Hi everyone. This team seems to be stalled. I think we should just let this be a relaxing-unwinding team. One that lets us enjoy the arts/crafts of life. <BR> <BR> My favorite creative activity: Counted Cross-stitch Wed, 15 Sep 2010 08:40:54 EST Newbie! Hi, all. My name is Wendy. I live in Colorado, have a wonderful life partner and 3 children if you count four-legged ones (dog + 2 cats), love to crochet, crossstitch, and read, am teaching myself to knit and paint, and just started walking 5Ks this year (which I absolutely LOVE). Hope y'all have a great weekend! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 20:39:06 EST New to the group -Darlene Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a pencil artist who loves Jesus and am stuggling to start his new healthy life style. I am new to Sparkpeople. I just bought the book and I am hoping it will encourage me. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to checking out eveyone's art work. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> Darlene Sun, 21 Feb 2010 14:14:16 EST Oil Painting Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone is working on any oil paintings? Sat, 8 Aug 2009 12:15:37 EST Glad I found you! Wow! It's great to find others of a like heart and mind. I'm a young 54 yr old native of beautiful Colorado and live just north of Denver. I love the Lord and love art. It's only just this year that I actually started feeling a little "old": the pounds have crept up on me when menopause came knocking on my door. I had knee surgery a couple of weeks ago and am looking forward to getting active again. I am looking forward to meeting you and being part of the team. Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:55:39 EST Summer, finally? here... so did the craft stuff go away? <BR> <BR> I did put my ready to stuff quilt squares down in the basement. Paints are laying all over my bedroom... maybe I should make time and finish up a few paintings. Do have a skirt to make my daughter... think it will be very feminine and cute... hmm maybe I'll fit it in a month HAHA .. she is shorter than me but could work if I make it long for her...hmm Thu, 28 May 2009 11:23:32 EST Joined Today Hello, I was very excited to find this team. I have had a passion for painting for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately I believed the lie that I was not talented enough. <BR> I have recently (this last year) begun art classes. My goal has always been to glorify the Lord with my art, for it to be my worship to Him. <BR> I have just this week begun a painting of a Communion Table. <BR> I would also like to exchange my art for the bad eating habits I have created for myself, so that as I g... Sat, 16 May 2009 18:44:05 EST Mothers Day tribute!! I was sent this by TXSANDY and thought I'd share it with all the Moms out there... Hope you enjoy this little treasure. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before I was a Mom, <BR> I never tripped over toys <BR> or forgot words to a lullaby. <BR> I didn't worry whether or not <BR> my plants were poisonous. <BR> I never thought about immunizations. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before I was a Mom, <BR> I had never been puked on. <BR> Pooped on. <BR> Chewed on. <BR> Peed on. <BR> I had complete control of my mind ... Sun, 3 May 2009 07:24:00 EST Welcome..Please introduce yourselves... We'd like to welcome everyone to our team. <BR> It is in the Great and matchless name of the Lord Jesus. <BR> This topic is the spot dedicated to you our new members, <BR> Share as much as you please...TY and once again WELCOME! <BR> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>9</em> <em>223</em> <em>268</em> <BR> <BR> Nancy Sun, 3 May 2009 06:38:43 EST Our time with HIm ...Daily Devotions Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. <BR> Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. <BR> Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. <BR> Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. <BR> Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. <BR> Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. <BR> Joh 1:7 The same came for ... Tue, 3 Mar 2009 08:47:16 EST "Inspirations" Or "Food for Thought's" Something to consider!! <BR> <BR> <BR> The ' L I T T L E ' Things . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As you might know, the head of a company survived <BR> 9/11 because his son started kindergarten. <BR> <BR> Another fellow was alive because it was <BR> His turn to bring donuts. <BR> <BR> One woman was late because her <BR> Alarm clock didn't go off in time. <BR> <BR> One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike <BR> Because of an auto accident. <BR> <BR> One of them <BR> Missed his ... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 07:39:25 EST Jesus is Better than Santa Here's something someone sent me,thought I'd share: <BR> <BR> With 17 days left before Christmas REMEMBER: <BR> <BR> Jesus is Better than Santa <BR> Santa lives at the North Pole. <BR> JESUS is everywhere. <BR> Santa rides in a sleigh <BR> JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water. Santa comes but once a year <BR> JESUS is an ever present help. <BR> Santa fills your stockings with goodies <BR> JESUS supplies all your needs. <BR> Santa comes down your chimney uninvited <BR... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 05:38:04 EST Daily Chit ChART So I just wanted to say good morning and hope your day goes well. I am working from 9-3 at pre-school and then 5:30- 11 this evening at Michaels ... I have a couple of art projects I am working on ~ mostly in my head.... but that does count ~ right lol <BR> <BR> I have the same schedule today, ~ have a wonderful day and I am so happy that this is back up and running ~ <BR> <BR> Andee Mon, 8 Dec 2008 09:58:00 EST NEW IDEAS This page was originally for people who are artists who put Jesus first and far most in their lives and wish to worship Him with their art. My hopes are to fall so in love with him that it is more important to me to paint and be drawing to the point that I forget about food ~ so to speak. <BR> <BR> Other than that, I'm just not so great with ideas and challenges ~.... <BR> <BR> Nancy will be co-leading this group and though we haven't spoken as of yet, I am trusting she has a better handle ... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 20:18:25 EST What do we want to do? Please post, anyone who might have subscribed to this thread, and share what you'd like to see become of this team. Shall we let it go or is there enough interest to keep it going? Anyone have a desire to take on the challenge? Suggestions, please. Tue, 2 Dec 2008 13:58:32 EST Artist Trading Cards Hi, SP team! <BR> <BR> Today I got my new issue of The Artist's Magazine. Strathmore had an ad for a swap for ATC's. You can learn more about it and download an entry form at <BR> <link> </link> <BR> All entries must be postmarked by Nov. 26th. <BR> I intend to enter. I thought maybe some of you might also be interested. <BR> <BR> Susie Thu, 6 Nov 2008 01:15:00 EST hey y'all I came to the QC because my husband is going to Palmer, but I really do like it here. I'm with my kids pretty much 24/7, but I do make time for myself to paint and workout. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 23:22:59 EST Hi, all. Just wanting to say hi. I love to draw and want to learn to paint. Look forward to meeting everyone. Sat, 14 Jun 2008 23:51:27 EST just sayin' hello Joined today and I'm still trying to find my way around. I did 6 Week Body Makeover a few years back and lost 40 lbs and of course, gained it back after 1 1/2 yrs when I got a boyfriend (after being single for 8). Too many nights eating out and not watching what I was eating. So time to take back my life. I live in Oregon and work in the garden center of Home Depot, so I work really hard and move constantly. Which means by the time I get home everything hurts. So that is my challenge that I h... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 13:03:00 EST Hi I am new!! I am so excited about sparkpeople and God..I just discovered SP and learning more and more about God! I have my first art show coming in Late July or early August...this after having been in banking for 13 years and laid off last September..haven't worked since and it has been the best thing that's ever happenned!! I started focusing more on God and our relationship and bam it was like a slap in the head I gave you a gift use it!! I hope no one is put off by my God talk...I am certainly not ... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 23:38:17 EST Anyone here? I jst dropped in and thought i'd see if anyone was still posting. i am in Virginia Beach and have been having a great time but it is hard to do any serious photoging with non-photographers in tow. Oh Well, at least I've got some good snaps and making some memories. Mon, 19 May 2008 18:48:43 EST New Today Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined last night. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this group will not only keep me inspired to lose weight, but also to stay disciplined with my art. <BR> <BR> I have Grave's Disease, including the the eye disease that frequently goes with it and have been unable to paint or draw much the last year. I did manage to graduate with an Associates Degree in Art before my vision became to poor to continue. I'm hoping it will improve with time. <BR> <BR> I totally gave up all attempt... Mon, 21 Apr 2008 16:49:42 EST The illustrative Dixie Well, this is nice to see a place for artists. I make paintings and antique inspired dolls. I dream up lots of other things in my head but don't get to everything! I'm 45, married with children, and am making a lot of changes in my life all at once. I just quit my part-time job. If you'd like to see some of what I make/created you can go to <BR> <BR> I'm interested to look around in this forum! <BR> <BR> Dixie Thu, 3 Apr 2008 17:28:10 EST looks like an interesting group My name is Doug and I just found and started a couple of weeks ago. I have been working as a full time painter for the past 15 years. I mostly paint landscapes and like to talk about painting. Thu, 6 Mar 2008 15:20:03 EST Hi, I'm new! I just joined SP yesterday (last night to be specific). This seems like a pretty col website. sort of like myspace and wwonline all rolled into one! I love the title of this group "art for an audience of one." Not only does it speak to being mindful of eating as "one" (not following the crowd, not eating mindlessly when with others, etc.) but it also speaks to something that I have had to come to terms with in my art, stopping the constant "but is it good enough to be in a gallery" talk insi... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 07:01:14 EST Conversation starters JPArtist wrote this... : ) <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> I was thinking about the title of this TEAM. <BR> Art for an audience of ONE... <BR> WHO am I making my art for?? <BR> When I draw and paint in a mind-set and heart-set of honoring and praising my LORD, my work is ALWAYS my very best! It is those times when I feel God's Spirit moving me to 'make and mark here, or there' <BR> I feel as though I have reliquised control to HIM and all is well with my life. <BR> <BR> NOW, I want to see th... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:53:38 EST Conversation starters Ya, this was an oops ~ sorry : ) <BR> Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:53:09 EST Happy Valentine's Day! Praying you all have a very nice day! Thu, 14 Feb 2008 14:35:33 EST Crayon artist Has anyone seen this beautiful art form? Have you tried it? <BR> <link><BR>s.asp?category=0&pg=0 </link> Tue, 12 Feb 2008 20:02:36 EST I am fresh out of ideas .... Hey everyone, I look on here nearly every day ~ but I can't think of any topics to really start.... so if any body else does ~ feel free to start : ) <BR> <BR> I have been drawing a little every day... getting a lil' better every day too : ) Tue, 12 Feb 2008 18:57:17 EST Negative calorie foods Here are some foods that take more calories to digest then the calories they contain lol <BR> <BR> <BR> Negative Calorie Foods ~ Vegetables <BR> asparagus <BR> beets <BR> broccoli <BR> cabbage (green) <BR> carrots <BR> cauliflower celery <BR> chicory <BR> chili peppers <BR> cucumbers <BR> endive <BR> garlic lettuce <BR> onions <BR> papayas <BR> spinach <BR> turnip <BR> zucchini <BR> Negative Calorie Foods ~ Fruit <BR> apples <BR> cranberries <BR> grapefruit <BR> lemons mangos <... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:55:12 EST What are you planning for today ? What are you doing today to make it special for you? <BR> I ate breakfast, finished my workout and now it's me time. <BR> Covering my floor with a tarp or two, setting up my easels and paints and waiting to see where the painting leads me. <BR> Have a great one! <BR> Deb Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:15:31 EST Hi from KC! My name is Jen and I have lived in Missouri all my life. I've always been "drawn" to the art world. I've also always been overweight. <BR> <BR> I went to college and majored in Studio art with an emphasis in painting. Because of this, it was required of me to create painting upon painting upon painting...thus, burning me out! I've only created a few more paintings since then (that was in 2002 when I graduated). BUT...I met my very supportive husband there at school, so it wasn't all b... Sat, 26 Jan 2008 12:52:41 EST valentines cards Last year I instituted the first annual "love your sister day" which is coincidentally on Valentine's day. This year I'm making each of my 5 sisters their very own, one-of-a-kind painted "love your sister day" card. <BR> I'm so excited! i can't wait to see the results. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 17:11:06 EST Affirmations Are there quotes or antidotes that inspire you in your artwork or you self improvement efforts? <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this one with you. <BR> <BR> The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives. <BR> ~ Louise Hay <BR> Tue, 22 Jan 2008 06:17:52 EST New chick! Hi Everyone, my name is Angie, I am 32 and a self-taught artist. I work mostly with acrylics and watercolor. I really liked the concept of this group. I will post pics in my blog on any new peices and look forward to see someof yours. I get lots of inspiration from other artists! Good luck to all! Mon, 21 Jan 2008 17:13:42 EST Creative Space Makeover Challenge I challenge the team to create a creative space in there home, that inspires them and provides a place to do their creative work. <BR> <BR> If you already have a creative space in your home then please share your vision and ideas. <BR> <BR> Maybe even taken pictures of the space and put it in your photo gallery. <BR> <BR> This is the space we should be running to when we are bored, angry, sad, ect... instead of the pantry! <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jan 2008 21:36:40 EST Want to share your art???? Feel free to post a websites here. <em>211</em> <BR> Thanx, <BR> Andee Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:55:06 EST Do You Have A Deviantart page? I thought we could all share our Deviantart pages if we have them. <BR> <BR><BR>/gallery <BR> <BR> Samantha Tue, 15 Jan 2008 00:57:52 EST New girl from Georgia Hey there I graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and come from a very artistic family and married into one as well. <BR> <BR> I am just getting back into art after a long time. I would like to focus on being more get my mind off food. <BR> <BR> I a stay-at-home wife so getting back into freelancing again would be nice, since I have a lot of time on my hands. Mon, 14 Jan 2008 18:29:49 EST water painting I am trying something new today! I hope that it comes out the way I have it in my head. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 19:34:09 EST newbies and oldbies please check in here : ) I wish there was a way to start over some of these discussions... lol they are all so spread out all over the place... : )...maybe it is just the systematic me being anal... however I was wondering if any of you who are going to be regularly posting in here could you just stop by here to give me a thumbs up so that I can see who all is active and interested? Sorry if it sounds weird,... jes want to see who is on board and if there are any topics you want to start regarding art or weight in or... Sat, 12 Jan 2008 11:14:55 EST I do Pencil Portraits.... I enjoy doing Pencil Portraits of my Family and The Rich and Famous. <BR> <BR> In my photos here on my page, I have a Portrait I did of myself using Pencil and Charcoal. <BR> <BR> I also have joined an art site where I display many of my drawings and a few photos that I took, as I also enjoy photography. Fri, 11 Jan 2008 11:03:39 EST Afaaoo Cafe' La Chatt .... This is our chat room. Everything, anything goes,... just keep it clean, okay lol ... Sat, 29 Dec 2007 10:06:18 EST Anyone here? I've missed chatting here. Wonder where everyone is? Anyway, hope the holidays were super. Mine were very nice. Thu, 27 Dec 2007 17:05:26 EST What is your secret to survive the holidays? What are you planning on doing to continue to lose weight during the holiday season and all the parties and goodies? Wed, 5 Dec 2007 14:32:16 EST New girl! Hi my name is Sandy, I am a working mom and mother of two small children. I do not work in the art field, I am a paralegal, but was a art major the first time I went to college. My goals and aspirations now are to have enough time to be able to sit down and draw once again, without a child and a crayon coming near my paper. Mon, 26 Nov 2007 10:46:12 EST Hi Everyone... I don't think I ever stopped by to introduce myself after I joined! Bad Romilly! <BR> <BR> Waves. I'm here! <BR> I'm a textile artist and bellydancer living and working in North Carolina. <BR> <BR> Recently found that it really WAS the health issues and the medication they put me on that was keeping my weight on no matter what I did... So now that that is starting to turn around I'm feeling much better about both my work and myself. :) <BR> <BR> It's good to meet all of you. Looking for... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:19:25 EST hey ya'll! hey! i'm becky and i'm from georgia (yep ya caught the accent ;P). right now i'm an art ed major at UGA and hopefully will be graduating soon! i mostly work w/ paint, charcoal, and ceramic mediums. i'm more of a figurative artist (not realistic by any means! lol! kinda a mix b/t realism, minimalists, and abstraction) hopefully i'll have a few pics of my pieces up soon :D glad i found a team of fellow artists! good losing <em>213</em> Sat, 10 Nov 2007 21:59:18 EST Hello from Kelli Hi, <BR> I'm Kelli and I want to replace some of my bad habits like mindless eating with good habits like being more productive. I make jewelry from silver/gold/Gems/lampwork beads/enamel/you name it, I like it all. I am so happy to see a spark team of artists. I hope to receive support here as well as give. <BR> Sincerely <BR> Kelli <em>213</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2007 05:54:39 EST Weird places for inspiration I got inspired're gonna think this is totally weird...the toilet yesterday at school. <BR> I guess I noticed color and anyway...well...I ended up drawing the the view down into the toilet in drawing class last night. No "floaties" (ew!) except for toilet paper. It was pretty funny. Everyone was laughing and thought I was just a little crazy, but hey! aren't all artists just a little skewed??? <BR> So now all of you share your stories for weird inspiration!!! <em>211</e... Wed, 17 Oct 2007 09:35:59 EST Just wanted to share Today is my 21st wedding anniversary. Thu, 11 Oct 2007 15:39:09 EST Art class--Women in Art So as many of you know I am going to school to get my master's in Studio Art and Andee had mentioned maybe sharing some of what is going on in my Women in Art class. <BR> Last week I had my first test!! Stress-- In a major way <em>40</em> , but I think I did okay. I get the test back today. <BR> One of the women in this particular era (1600-1700's) <BR> that was very interesting was Artemisia Gentileschi. <BR> She had quite the life. Very intense artwork, but she was raped at 17 by her fat... Tue, 2 Oct 2007 09:41:02 EST Hi, I'm new! Hi, everyone! I need to get my life in order. Andrea, I have exactly the same experience as you! I went through so much pain in the first half of the 90's but God has healed me. NOW I need to lose the weight. I was searching for a group that I could fit into, I've joined the dog lovers but I am an artist. <BR> I don't paint (well only to design!), I make hand made felt and mixed media artwork and beaded jewellery. Check out my page as I have a website! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being wit... Tue, 2 Oct 2007 05:27:03 EST Artists...are you there? It's been so long since I have seen anything from this team. I hope everyone is doing well and creating whatever medium of expression they do best. <BR> <BR> I just picked up a book called "Portraits" of Steve McCurry. They are all photos of his that were used in National Geographic. I am drawing the portraits to hopefully hone my portrait drawing skills. There are a few I really want to try and paint. I have never really painted portraits before. <BR> The eyes and expressions of the ph... Sat, 8 Sep 2007 16:21:08 EST Hello from Traverse City, Michigan Hi, <BR> <BR> I live in northern Michigan and am looking forward to viewing others artwork and get inspiration from this group. I enjoy doing watercolors. <BR> <BR> Monique Sun, 26 Aug 2007 19:50:40 EST Update Hello all you right brained marvels! How I wish I could devote more time to getting to know each and every one of you but alas... <BR> <BR> I am making an emergency exit to be near my mama as her candle is going out...this was expected and I am ready for the experience though ones departure is never easy, is it? <BR> <BR> I will be on furlough from Sparkpeople until October but will do my best to check in every now and then...I hope you will take the time to get to know each other and find ... Sun, 26 Aug 2007 14:56:05 EST Want your feed back... : ) Dear fellow artists ( my right brained friends )... I have been very frustrated with my inconsistency. It is probably the one thing in my life that is consistent ~ being inconsistent lol. <BR> <BR> Years ago, when my 14 year old was two, I tried The Weigh Down Workshop with Gwen Shamblin... have you heard of it? It is a program that had two focuses. One, to turn your love from food to a passion to God... the other was basically to teach individuals how skinny people eat. <BR> <BR> I lost ..... Thu, 16 Aug 2007 10:03:28 EST I've been frustrat ed...and trying a new approach Dear fellow artists ( my right brained friends )... I have been very frustrated with my inconsistency. It is probably the one thing in my life that is consistent ~ being inconsistent lol. <BR> <BR> Years ago, when my 14 year old was two, I tried The Weigh Down Workshop with Gwen Shamblin... have you heard of it? It is a program that had two focuses. One, to turn your love from food to a passion to God... the other was basically to teach individuals how skinny people eat. <BR> <BR> I lost .... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:40:20 EST Who got you? Who got you started in art? Who had the most effect? Whose art do you most appreciate? Who is your greatest influence? Can we redirect our love for food to our love for art and turn it into therapy? Sat, 4 Aug 2007 16:59:14 EST I am painting..... Here's a thought ~ since we are all doing different types of art ~ what would you think of sharing the process? IE, I started a painting of a lion. It has changed many times in the process of capturing the emotion portrayed that I am working on capturing.... Would it be fun for you to see start to finish pictures? I hope to be done with it next week, and then I will indeed start another! : 0 How bout you? What are you up too? Fri, 3 Aug 2007 17:21:21 EST Hi LADIES ~ I SO APOLOGIZE...... Yup, so, I am such an artist....had a huge brain fart and lost contact with my world at sparkpeople... moved a couple or three, four? weeks ago and it has just taken so much out of me that I actually forgot that I had started this team ~ yup, forgot. Thank You our faithful Tani for reminding me!!!! I am going to be honest and just say that I have had a terrible time getting my priorities straight and am so incredibly tired these days ~ I don't know if a bit of depression has a hold on me or w... Fri, 3 Aug 2007 13:48:53 EST Hi, I am new. <em>67</em> I love to draw. It has always been a passion for me. But as of late I find less and less time for this hobby. i wish to clean my slate and start anew. I would love any type of communication with the same persona. Thanks for making coming out of my corner that much more rewarding. Julia from Michigan. Sat, 28 Jul 2007 00:27:05 EST hello everone Hi My name is Sheldon I am a starving artis. I hope every one is good. Wed, 25 Jul 2007 23:20:48 EST Hello, Im new Hello everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am new to this group. I didnt know that the had groups for artists so this is really great and I am excited to be here. Mon, 23 Jul 2007 22:44:42 EST What Artist(s) Inspire You? I was just curious, who inspires your art work? Any particular artist(s)? <BR> <BR> Some of my favorite artists are Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Willem DeKooning, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Theodoros Stamos, Franz Kline, Hans Hoffman, probably more. <BR> <BR> I am also inspired by many local artists. Some of the students at my school are pretty impressive. <BR> <BR> Colors inspire me in a HUGH way. A certain color will just click with me and I have to use it in a painting. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 21 Jul 2007 16:28:04 EST Harley Dudes, Babies, and Shrek This has absolutely nothing to do with losing weight, just an observation. <BR> Last night I had to sing at a funeral for a two-year-old little boy (this is only the second time in my life I have sang at a funeral). He had been born with a lot of problems and they finally caught up to him a few days ago. <BR> Because I had to remove myself emotionally from the situation in order to sing I could not feel the way I wanted to feel (so I ate a lot of carbs yesterday--they don't call it emotion... Wed, 18 Jul 2007 10:18:33 EST What's up, Doc? Well I got through my first week with Spark. Yeah! For the most part, pretty good. Other than having my knee go out on Monday and locking up on me--that slowed me down a little in the cardio area and I am a little afraid to go on the floor, because that's when it seems to lock up. Called my orthopedic and have an appointment next Thursday. <BR> But that's not why I started this discussion...just wondering how things are going with everyone else in the Team. Any new art creations? Fun st... Thu, 12 Jul 2007 22:07:13 EST Heigh-dee-ho Hello art lovers! I thought it was interesting to be a part of a smaller, newer team; plus I am revisiting the art talent of my youth by going back to school. I will be in my second year in Studio Art and am really enjoying learning about art and just painting for the fun of it. I was thrilled to go see a Picasso exhibit at the Walker in St. Paul Minnesota last week, plus they had many other great art works there!! So cool. I hope all of you are doing well on your quest to be fit and lea... Sat, 7 Jul 2007 22:53:25 EST A Big Hello Hi everybody!!! Hoping you are all holding up in your various weathers and lifestyles.... <BR> <BR> Officially introducing myself..uhhhummm My names Tani and I am an expat living in Turkey...Have been here 18 years and discovered Spark well over a year ago...I love this place..I love everything it stands for and I love the possibilities... <BR> <BR> Ladies I have popped over to invite all of you to a super challenge... a team pitted against other teams for the How Much Weight Can One Team L... Thu, 28 Jun 2007 16:33:56 EST Hmmm up for a challenge? Just a little one. Sounds weird, but how would it feel to walk around your house with a tool behind your ear ~ pencil, carving tool, a huge bead : ), or a paintbrush and every time you are tempted to eat something not in your plan you grab your tool and hold onto it instead and think of something creative to do instead... does this sound too weird? <BR> <BR> lol, <BR> Andrea Thu, 14 Jun 2007 17:52:51 EST What have you done to make yourself feel proud? I really want to redirect my attention away from food and toward the things in life that I am good at and bring me joy - such as art, excercise, my family. <BR> <BR> So what is one thing you can do toward this goal today? <BR> <BR> I am going to finish a drawing, do twenty minutes of pilates, and go for a walk with my son. I may even get to go to Michaels today to get some art supplies! <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 May 2007 07:20:47 EST Stage Center ( the place for introductions) This is your moment, your place to let us know as much or as little as you want about yourself so that give you the encouragements or incentive necessary to help you as an artist... <BR> <BR> I myself am an artist of many primary color is black and white (the written word) and then the kaleidescope hues (the alto singer)my third color is found in the rainbow and crayola 64 ( my world in sketches and scribbles) <BR> <BR> I am a woman who has given birth to 2 terrific human beings... Mon, 14 May 2007 10:22:11 EST Hi Hi, I don't know if I'm welcome here as I am not Christian but I hope so. I am finding myself more drawn towards my art as I try and deal with my weight and the inner turmoil it can bring. <BR> Mon, 14 May 2007 07:33:53 EST Purpsose of our group.... The purpose of this team is too meet like minded people who are alive in Christ's spirit. Can you relate to the phrase 'I feel like I am a spirit having a human experience' .... If you can, you are in the right place. If you can't but you are curious, you are in the right place. If you are an artist, you are in the right place, please know however that I am Christ centered as is my art. <BR> <BR> This is a place where you can be yourself and I am so excited to hear what He is doing in and t... Fri, 11 May 2007 12:43:21 EST