SparkPeople Christian Women Dealing w/ Chronic Illness and Pain Team Messageboard Do you have a chronic illness/pain? We're a team of Christian women who understands. A place to share your pain, feelings, victories, defeats, praises, etc., while putting God first in all we do! SparkPeople Christian Women Dealing w/ Chronic Illness and Pain Team Messageboard Need advice and some hugs, I'm really lost! Hi, I'm a dialysis patient and I also suffer from bipolar disorder. I've been on dialysis for 16 years and I've been bipolar since my early teens. I'm coping with both illnesses pretty well though. <BR> <BR> However, I'm at a loss on how to deal with my family. My brother has anger management problems and some form of mental disability (that I'm not sure of what because he has never been tested), while my parents are partial to him because he is the only son and the younger one (I'm the eld... Thu, 4 Feb 2021 05:34:08 EST Is anything too small for God? I don't think so! I am constantly praying even over the smallest, littlest things! <BR> <BR> Because God cares for us! No request is too small or too big! <BR> <BR> God is good all the time! Wed, 30 Sep 2020 08:44:37 EST This is how I deal with my illness & pain How are you dealing with y our illness &amp; pain? What helps? What makes it worse? <BR> <BR> I am putting a topical gel on my lower back. The chiro dr said the nerves that control my lower legs are in my back. It does seem to help. Sat, 9 Nov 2019 17:33:14 EST Daily Life and Pain Well my life is definitely gotten smaller , especially in the last 6 months but I have had chronic pain since age 4. I have to frequently lie down on a heating pad, to keep lower back pain manageable. When I am up, I am limited on what I can do. I have a whole host of medical issues but my back and rheumatoid arthritis is what primarily keeps me in pain(except recent surgery where I now am dealing with temporary pain from breast cancer surgery). I am recommitting to Spark as the inactivity h... Wed, 2 Oct 2019 18:53:49 EST My daily life & pain HOW IS YOUR ILLNESS &amp; PAIN AFFECTING YOUR DAILY LIFE? Seems like i am always wondering if my body will be able to handle anything other than the norm. My norm is getting out of bed &amp; staying in loungewear on most days. Sun, 29 Sep 2019 19:27:25 EST Determined to do better! I am determined to get my fluid intake under control. I know the weather is hot now, so I will have to watch myself. <BR> <BR> I need to control my fluid intake because I am on dialysis, in case you are wondering. <BR> <BR> I also need to watch what I eat and exercise regularly. Even though the weather is so hot, I will just have to exercise indoors. <BR> <BR> The weather was nice yesterday evening though. I had a nice, long walk and chatted with my neighbor. Sat, 16 Jun 2018 02:23:31 EST heat advisory We had a heat advisory in central Texas last week, with temperatures in the mid 90's and very high humidity. We had a cold front yesterday, so our high today will be close to 80. We're thankful that we have had regular showers to keep the lawns watered. <BR> Have a Happy Memorial Day! Mon, 29 May 2017 19:06:55 EST pain Please pray that the shot I get for sciatica and nerve pain will work, and I won't have to have back surgery. Pray that I can do what I need to do without excruciating pain. Thanks. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:49:19 EST Urgent: Prayer Request The nursing home is having an outbreak of flu. One 65 year old resident has died &amp; a bunch more are sick. The residents are confined to their rooms &amp; all activities are cancelled until further notice. Please pray for residents &amp; staff, especially Dori. She has no family &amp; I am told she is ill. Tue, 4 Apr 2017 14:08:58 EST Exercise & Water Therapy This months Arthritis Today magazine said the exercise &amp; non drug therapy should be first line of defense for fibromyagia. Have any of you had an experience or thoughts on this? Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:18:51 EST Happy 4th of July <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This kind of says it all Sun, 3 Jul 2016 20:39:01 EST Hello I am just coming down from a three week depression and am trying to find a way to deal with my many issues as a Christian. I just got done reading the book Honestly by Sheila Walsh. It helped a lot. I was online trying to find more books and saw this site. I am 42 years old and deal with chronic pain, brain injury, spinal injury, depression, anxiety and recently stomach problems. I take 22 pills a day on a good day. I see my husband and and 19 year old daughter going forward in life as I am g... Tue, 24 May 2016 14:11:43 EST Prayer for Love and Peace My daughter Tiffany and 3 and 4 year old granddaughters are chronically sick; Tiffany already has asthma, the girls need inhalers each time they're sick. Tiffany and her husband Mark and his parents continue to load them up with sugar (which further compromises their immune systems). Now the girls are sick again and being allowed free access to their newborn baby brother. This is distressing me. My daughter knows how sugar affects her (it's been that way since she was born), but I think she d... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:53:07 EST MIA Hello and God Bless! I have been missing in action for a long time. It is nice to be back. I look forward to being active and for making healthier choices. Have a blessed day! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:48:38 EST New,discouraged and overwhelmed hi ladies. This is the first time I have posted. I signed up with sparks people a few weeks ago but can't seem to get the hang of the website. I was recently diagnosed a diabetic and trying to set up the diet to track. It is so confusing. It there a tutorial on the website somewhere? I have 100 lbs extra weight I'm carrying around for close to 35 years I have to get this off. I really need the encouragement to get going and keep going. That's why I joined this group. I also have had Fibromyal... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 19:50:08 EST The Bible * Z ~ A (persons, places, things, etc) ZEAL Fri, 7 Nov 2014 13:25:41 EST Kindle DL - The Story There's a book our church is doing in its small groups for Bible study. I purchased it yesterday and it was only $4 for the Kindle DL. It's called The Story. Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nuing-People-ebook/dp/B004OR18FG/ref=t<BR>mm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid= </link> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:57:51 EST Hello! Hi there! I am April and I currently live in Colorado. I struggle with fibromyalgia. I need to lose 100 pounds and have been inspired by the book, Made to Crave. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:52:16 EST Who Really Struggles the Most? I read a status message online the other day that said "“God only puts us through as much as we can handle, so the people who struggle the most have been chosen to be the strongest ones.” Do you ever wonder who struggles the most? Did you get chosen to be one of the strong ones? Here's my thoughts about this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/who-really-suffers-most.html </link> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:24:00 EST Breaking the Window on Abuse & Mental Illness I've just launched a new website called 'Breaking the Window' - It's about helping to break stigma against mental illness and abuse; one window at a time. Stigma hurts! Every Time! <BR> <BR> The mission statement is: <BR> <BR> It is the mission of Breaking the Window to reach out to people in all areas of life to help, empower, inspire, and educate them in an effort to help break the stigma in the world surrounding Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues; and to help those suffering to b... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:15:07 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:25:45 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? NEW BLOG POST: Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:13:31 EST Did You Hear the Latest News?! Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s SO much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some, even manage to justify it. Here's a struggle that I had recently. I wanted to respond to a situation I observed. What to do? What do you do in situations like these? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/did-you-hear-latest-news.html </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:33:56 EST Free Beth Moore book downloads for Kindle! If you enjoy Christian reading...Beth Moore is the way to go. She is giving away 16 FREE book downloads for Kindle! Here's the link!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ree-ebooks-from-beth-moore/ </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:06:18 EST New Hello I just found this team while searching on SparkPeople. I am new to the message boards and having a learning curve experience! I will try to learn how this all works so I can be an active member of this group. <BR> <BR> I am a 51-year-old female, wife of 33 years, mom of two married adults and grandma to one adorable, precious adopted four-year-old. I worked in occupational therapy with mainly geriatric patients over the last 20 years and have recently become disabled due to several sur... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:45:55 EST NEW- VERY ROUGH TIME Hi: <BR> <BR> My name is Nancy. I am struggling with insomnia- sleep issues for 8 weeks now and bad anxiety, panic attacks, depression. I was recently hospitalized. I am still not on the right mix of medications. I have seen a sleep specialist weeks ago and he cannot do anything else for me. <BR> <BR> I can not drive currently and have no support.It is bad for me to have so much time alone to think. <BR> <BR> I have trouble concentrating and stopping all the worries going around in my head... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:04:21 EST No more singing in churches..... Interesting article. Let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>013/05/why-men-have-stopped-singing-in<BR>-church/ </link> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:42:04 EST Introducing myself I'm new to this topic, I struggle with chronic pain. I'm struggling to lose weight. Its hard when you can't exercise except for daily routines. My right leg really hurts, ankle, knee and hip. So I can't exercise to really help with the weight. Which means I have to really cut the calories in order to lose. Of course cutting the calories severely lets me very hungry. I'm an emotional eater also, almost anything can cause me to escape with food. Right now a family situation is really st... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:43:58 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:09:25 EST NEW Blog post: Writer's Block or Spiritual Block? I've been having trouble writing lately. What's the real issue? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/writers-block-or-spiritual-block.html </link> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:28:32 EST Need Prayers- going down-hill I am NOT in good shape. A friend was supposed to drive me the 50 minutes to the new primary care doctor yesterday but she cancelled so I drove myself and another friend rode with me. I was really in NO SHAPE to drive. Made it there okay but was exhausted after leaving 2 hour visit with doctor and had to run errand and drive home. OMG I was woozy and exhausted and it was scary but Thank God made it okay. <BR> <BR> It will take me a few days to wrap my mind around all the info I discussed with... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:44:49 EST news thanks for all the thoughts and prayers but my cousin died yesterday. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:46:36 EST praise God I have weighed in this morining I am now 245 started 280 than 260 It is God mighty hand. <BR> Happy fathers day to all. <BR> sad note I found out my cousin has 1-6 mo .to live prayer for his salvation and peace for the family Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:55:51 EST chronic pain Hi, <BR> My name is Desiree, I broke an ankle on Feb 28, 2006 and it changed my life forever. Doesn't sound like much huh? At the time I knew I hurt it, and my wrist but never did I imagine what God had in store for me! 7 months later I was still in pain, my doctor would not see me, (at least I broke my ankle at work), and I did not know what to do. I ended up at the Mayo clinic with a diagnosis that changed my life forever, I had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS, and because they had fou... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 23:18:21 EST chronic pain Hi, <BR> My name is Desiree, I broke an ankle on Feb 28, 2006 and it changed my life forever. Doesn't sound like much huh? At the time I knew I hurt it, and my wrist but never did I imagine what God had in store for me! 7 months later I was still in pain, my doctor would not see me, (at least I broke my ankle at work), and I did not know what to do. I ended up at the Mayo clinic with a diagnosis that changed my life forever, I had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS, and because they had fou... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 23:15:05 EST praise God i didn't get hurt worse I am thanking God today because i fell sunday, I hit the conor of the table the only thing that is noticeable is a blck eye. i am not happy with the pain daily of my joints and the swelling of my foot but on the brighter side at least the foot is still there to hurt, and god is with me daily no one else is but he is. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:54:52 EST NEW BLOG: Passing of the Seasons Ever feel lost from God? Seasons change and they're not always painless. <BR> Here's what I'm going through right now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-of-seasons.html </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:27:19 EST NEW BLOG: Worshiping in Your Dreams Have you ever worshiped in your dreams? I don't mean have you dreamed you were worshiping, but worship in your dreams. Here's a recent experience that I had. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hiping-in-your-dreams.html </link> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:48:43 EST Hello I'm new to Sparkpeople and glad I found this team. I need to lose weight, but even more importantly, I need to learn to live a healthy lifestyle. I had a lung disease that God and a good Dr. brought into remission, but the Dr. said it's now up to me to see what quality of life I can have even with the damaged lungs. I believe that with Gods help I can live a very full life. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:38:08 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 2) If God gave you a button to push that would release you from the one thing that bothers you the most... would you do it? Here's my thoughts on that issue. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-2.html </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:35:53 EST IF YOU ARE SHUT IN ! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND CHURCH AND CANT GO FOR ANY REASON WE HAVE <BR> CHURCH ONLINE ON SUNDAY AT 10 AM CENTRAL ``YOU ARE WELCOME <BR> WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU .. <link> </link> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:20:14 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 1) Ever get the feeling like life is just blah. I mean those times when nothings exciting, but it's not depressing either. It's just....blah. Here's what I learned recently while I was at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:18:39 EST Thou Shalt Not Kill: You’re Guilty! My latest BLOG POST - How many commandments have you broken? Which ones are you SURE you haven't broken? You might need to rethink your strategy. Check out my latest blog post! <BR> <BR> Blog post: <BR> <link><BR>-shalt-not-kill-youre-guilty.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also feel free to friend me on Facebook. <BR> <link><BR>er </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:31:29 EST Praying for the Ones You Love I find it's easy for me to thank the heavenly father for all the blessings in my life; more difficult to ask him to bless those I love who don't know jesus! Looking for scripture to help guide me in my prayers, for a family member I dearly love and is currently looking at a '2nd degree murder' charge, due to a night of drinking and driving afterward.... Such a loss, he is a very young man without a mother or father to guide him, probably an alcoholic, but a very gently loving person who has... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:26:47 EST Lets Pray everyday ! 8:48 AM 2/5/2013 <BR> Good Morning God .. <BR> We so love you .. Thank you for loving us like you do .. Thank you for being there for us .. That we your beloved know who you are and know who we are that we can come to you <BR> with all our prayers and you hear us and you wipe away any tears in our eyes .. you give us such love God .. you sent your Son for us so we could have so many things <BR> Salvation .. a life with you .. oh wow .. you hold us in the palm of your hand .. ever watching aft... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:23:57 EST new Hi All, <BR> I have been on SP off and on for about 2 years. I am now comitted to losing the weight. I know that I would feel better. I have Crohn's Disease and have chronic back pain due to a compression fracture in my back. I do not want to add Diabetes to my list of health problems. <BR> My son is getting married in August and I would really like to have lost alot of weight by then, <BR> i was tracking well and exercising and now i have been sick for a I am discouraged at this se... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:31:46 EST HELP- Need Prayers Sorry, can't write much. I have chronic Lyme disease. HORRID pain , back , head, neck and all over- level 10 plus plus knee pain. Took vicodin and 2 Advil and pain is still not gone. <BR> <BR> going to see chiropractor tomorrow if possible. <BR> <BR> don't know how much more of these lyme symptoms I can take- feel awful. Pray for me. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Nancy Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:49:26 EST Ask and He will Deliver Praise God....long story short: I have had chronic pain for 9 years, from a back injury that resulted in two surgeries (told i would need more), and metal rods. Recently an Evangelist Prophet spoke at our little church and while prophesying over the congregation he held my hand, he said that the lord knew the pain I was in and he was going to remove it, that I would feel heat in my back and the discs would expand and I would be healed! Well I felt the warmth right away, but being a little ske... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:20:56 EST What are your Life Changing Experiences Sat night went to hear Bob Griffin, 7Flames Global Outreach. He was at our local church sharing his message....our little church, in our little town does not get visitors of this caliber, ever! What an experience it was to witness this prophetic evangelist; I came away with a feeling of true awe after hearing what miracles God had performed in 2012. We read of miracles in the bible, but I personally have difficulty relating those to our times today....Bob Griffin, shared many examples that... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:21:01 EST Christians Eating Their Own...GREAT Article <BR> <link><BR>cember-online-only/going-to-hell-with-<BR>ted-haggard.html?start=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> (FIRST PARAGRAPH OF ARTICLE.)I didn't plan to care about Ted Haggard. After all, I have access to Google and a Bible. I heard about what he did and knew it was wrong. I saw the clips from the news and the HBO documentary about his life after his fall. I honestly felt bad for him but figured it was his own undoing. When the topic came up with othe... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:08:59 EST NEW Blog: Can You Recognize a Blessing in Disguise NEW Blog post: Sometimes things aren't how they seem. Sometimes blessings come from the most unlikely paths. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-recognize-blessing-in-disguise.html </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:53:36 EST Introduction Hello, my name is Misty, I'm from Ohio. I came across SparkPeople by a facebook post by a friend so I wondered over to check the site out. I have been over weight most of my life never as much as I am now though. I stopped smoking 2 in half years ago my last cig. was May 31st at 10pm. I gained 65 pds on top of an over weight body already, dose not make for a good thing. I have for awhile blamed not smoking for the cont. weight gain. The truth of the matter is I enjoy eating, I love that... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:47:11 EST NEW Blog Post: What Do I Want to Crave? NEW Blog post: Are you craving what you should be craving? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-do-i-want-to-crave.html </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:48:40 EST 13 Pounds in 13 Weeks in 2013 Challenge Here we go, let's get serious about losing this weight! No specific "Rules," just recommendations: <BR> <BR> 1. Track your food EVERY DAY! Use the Spark meal suggestions on the tracking page if necessary. <BR> 2. Drink & track water intake - minimum of 8 (8 oz.) glasses daily <BR> 3. Get moving! Do whatever your body allows you to do to increase your activity & help lose the weight <BR> 4. Journal successes, failures, recipes, eating plans, etc., that we all can use <BR> 5. Stay pos... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:45:23 EST NEW BLOG POST: 50 Things I Believe What you believe in says a lot about who you are. Have you ever stopped to seriously pay attention to what you believe in? <BR> <BR> Here's some things that life has taught me... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hings-i-believe.html </link> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:14:43 EST NEW Blog Post: The End of the World Project You never know what they day will bring when you get up in the morning.... here's the day I had a few days ago. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>end-of-world-project.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:23:00 EST Has anybody us nopalea for inflamation ? I was given a bottle of nopalea to try for the inflamation in my eyes it's called iritis which is artharitis in the eyes. It cost 100 dollars amonth . I am losing my eyesight so at this point i am grasping at straws so to speak. Please give me feedback on this product if you have had any experience with it ! <em>211</em> Fri, 9 Nov 2012 07:46:04 EST NEW BLOG POST: Ghosts, Goblins, & Spirits; Oh My! Halloween. Is it really a big deal? Here are my thoughts. I invite you to read and share your thoughts in the comment section under the blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>10/ghosts-goblins-and-spirits-oh-my.html </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:52:32 EST NEW BLOG: The Book that Shocked the World It's a shocker, thriller, intrigue, action, drama, truth, parable, murder, and soooo much more. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>book-that-shocked-nations.html </link> <BR> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:16:58 EST My Introduction Hi my name is Lori. I started this program a few months back but didn't do it seriously. I cannot do all the things now but am trying. I just had back surgery on July 25th and then I got a staf infection in my back and I am homebound because I have to have IV infusions every 8 hours. I also have bipolar but I know God is going to heal me. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:34:31 EST hi, new and scared hi, my name is diane i'm 23 years old i live in saskatchewan canada. i have multiple chronic challenges witch is what i like to call my illnesses and pain. i'm a bit scared that my challenges with get in the way of my relationship with the lord and of my weight lose goals. any thoughts or way of how to not let my challenges interfere with the above would be greatly welcomed Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:42:03 EST NEW BLOG: How to put Organization into Your Chaos Busy schedule? Full life? To-do list that's way too long? Are you in brain overload and life seems to be chaos? Here's how God is helping me to fix my busy mind. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>to-put-organization-into-your-chaos.html </link> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:06:19 EST NEW BLOG: What Weapons are More Dangerous? Ever wonder what weapons do the most destruction or who your worst enemy might be? I bet the answers might surprise you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>08/what-weapons-are-more-dangerous_26.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> SPARK FRIENDS... there's a special note to you all at the bottom of the post on this one. Many blessings to all of you. I love you for the support. So many days, you guys are all I have to turn to. Thank you for being there, and for not judging me.... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:15:00 EST Life Verses Life Verses, Favorite Verses <BR> <BR> My pastor recently asked us all to submit what he called our life verses... verses that are like a mantra to us, or give us comfort, or with which we really strive to live for. What are yours? <BR> <BR> ~Mine has always been Phil 4:13 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:16:39 EST NEW Blog: Think Your Home is Safe? Think Again! Home isn't always the safe place we wish it was. Family & church family alike can be influenced by the snakes that sneak in; and we get hurt when we're not looking and least expect it. Here's your escape plan! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-your-home-is-safe-think-again.html </link> <BR> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:17:36 EST NEW Blog Post: When You’re at the End of Your Rope Sometimes your strength is gone, and more than that your desire to even try anymore is gone. Plus you feel so alone. It's like you're hanging by a thin rope over a cliff, and no one is hearing your cries for help. What do you do? Here's what I figured out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>what-to-do-when-youre-alone-at-end-of.<BR>html </link> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:11:56 EST NEW Blog Post: Learn to Let the Stars Lead Remember those dark skies I mentioned in the last Worship Melodies blog post?! Did you look up? Did you see any bright stars? God is always there for you, to help you see them when you can't. Here's the journey I am in and how God helped me to see the patterns in the stars, and how He is leading me with the brightest Star. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learn-to-let-stars-lead.html </link> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:02:51 EST NEW Blog Post: Learn to Read Your Stars Have you ever noticed that when things are at their darkest, it's then that you can see the beauty and wonder of the stars at their best? God wants us to see our own lives in the same way. Here are a few stars that I found in the midst of my current problems. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learn-to-read-your-stars.html </link> <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Also, many of you don't know that I have a 2nd blog site called Tin Roof Sundae, where I just... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 14:11:55 EST NEW Blog Post: A True Worship Melody I had a wonderful experience today. It is a true Worship Melody indeed. God is always by our side to rescue us from every bad place. Praise Jesus. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>true-worship-melody.html </link> <BR> <BR> EXTRA NOTE: friends, if you haven't been following my series called 'Great Writers', about a challenge that I'm taking part in, you should read it when you get time. Please leave me some feedback. I'm learning great lessons about writing, a... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:07:16 EST NEW Blog Post: Job Qualifications Ever feel like you qualifications are completely out of whack with the job you want, or the job you have? You're either over qualified or under qualified. They say "come back when you have experience", but no one is willing to give you that experience. And good benefit packages!... Huh, forget about it! <BR> <BR> Well, there's one job that you are qualified for; and even if you feel you're not, the Employer doesn't agree. The job is your, as long as you're willing to ask for it and do th... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 12:36:16 EST New Blog Series: Great Writers Friends: I'm doing a 3-week writing challenge (M-F). It started this week. Here is the 2nd post about the challenge. I won't get time to share my posts every day, so if you'd like to follow the series sign up to follow by email! It's already been interesting for me. I hope you'll follow and that you find it interesting. <BR> <BR> I will, though, post the regular devotional message that I've written and scheduled to be posted like normal. <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:32:10 EST NEW Blog Post: Blanket Scriptures Sometimes when the world is cold, and the people you love are even colder the only solution is to wrap yourself in a blanket... a blanket of scripture, that is! Here are some of my Blanket Scriptures and how they help me. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blanket-scriptures.html </link> Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:52:11 EST NEW Blog Post: Workout Routines A healthy life means a healthy body. A truly healthy body is made up of three parts: Our physical being, mind, and spirit. We eat healthy, run, walk, swim, lift weights; etc. to have a healthy physical body. But what about working out your mind, and your spirit? Do you workout those with the same devotion and passion that you have for your cardio routine? Here's my workout routines... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>workout-routines.html </link> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:40:30 EST Happy 1st Birthday! We're having a birthday!!!! Worship Melodies is 1 year old! Check out the story about how it came to be, and the lesson's I've learned, plus a big surprise! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>happy-1st-birthday.html </link> Sun, 27 May 2012 13:23:40 EST The Invisible Woman Ever feel like you're an outsider, or that you're not seen or heard? Feeling rather invisible? Yea, me too sometimes. We all get that now and then. But God doesn't see it that way. Here's what I've learned about it, even through mental illness struggles. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>invisible-woman_23.html </link> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:45:03 EST God can get you through it. <BR> A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must <BR> have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image <BR> of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes <BR> over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has <BR> no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning <BR> and just inside the door of the Target. <BR> <BR> We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature <BR> m... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:43:43 EST Mixed Blessings! It seems everything comes with a price tag attached in this world. Are your blessings worth the cost? I think 'yes', you have to decide that for yourself. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mixed-blessings.html </link> Tue, 8 May 2012 10:53:46 EST Blind Faith I have a sun catcher that says "Let go & Let God". Complete surrender, and complete faith... that's what God wants from us. My little doggie, Casey, recently gave me such incredible inspiration and faith. Here's our story. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blind-faith.html </link> Sat, 5 May 2012 18:48:53 EST What’s in a Name? Every get frustrated when someone insists on getting your name wrong? Or maybe, you've thought "What does it matter anyway?". Here's what I've learned about what's really in a name. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>whats-in-name.html </link> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:14:40 EST The Path of Least Resistance Often the path of least resistence isn't the most attractive route, whether you have a choice or not. Bipolar Disorder (BPD) is not a chosen path; but would I change it? I'm not so sure. <BR> <BR> (If you want to know more about BPD, this blog includes a list of resources that will help). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>path-of-least-resistance.html </link> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:41:06 EST One of These Things is Not Like the Others Ever feel like you're the odd duckling in the lot?! Me too. Here's what I've learned about that. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>one-of-these-things-is-not-like-others<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Friends, I posted this one a few days ago and haven't had time to share it with you on here yet. Scheduling is nuts these days! Sorry. This may start to happen more as my schedule gets busier. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:15:03 EST A Total Transformation Knowing what you know now, and the possible alternatives; would you, if you could, go back and change things? The end transformation could very well be worth going through the trials. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>total-transformation.html </link> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:29:11 EST Bubbles and Peace I have been told I was bubbly by so many, yet I struggle and the bubbles pop. I long to feel God's peace all the time, and I want more than anything for people to see it shining through from within me. What do others see in you when they meet you? Do they see the peace of the Holy Spirit shining through? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bubbles-and-peace.html </link> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:30:38 EST Battling the Dragon Do you struggle with depression, bipolar, or even self-image issues? The flip side looks so different. The struggles we face look so dark and hopeless. Those who love us don't always see it the same way. They're not looking at it from the dark inside. Maybe it's time that those of us inside walked out into the Light. Here are my thoughts and my experience on fighting the big dragon and surviving. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>battling-dragon.html </link> ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:39:44 EST teamTHRIVE - Support for Bipolar Here's a page that I found on Facebook. It's called 'Thrive With Bipolar Disorder'. I'm finding it helpful. It's run by a woman who is a therapist, but she also has Bipolar. She posts helpful videos and information. Here's the link. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 9 Apr 2012 22:32:11 EST When the Impossible Happens You know those times when you know absolutely for sure that you know for sure that something cannot possibly happen.... but then it does. It can leave you feeling very disoriented to say the least. Here's what I've learned about these situations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>when-impossible-happens.html </link> Sat, 7 Apr 2012 09:09:39 EST Shattered Treasures Ever feel like you're broken beyond repair? Ever been rejected because of it? Believe it or not... not everyone thinks you're too broken. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shattered-treasures.html </link> <BR> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 09:20:28 EST Why Do We Limit Ourselves? Sometimes I wonder why we willingly settle for less when we're being offered a huge inheritance. Why do people not have drive and passion for more?... to know THE truth? <BR> <BR> Here are my thoughts on that as it happened in a very interesting conversation I had one day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>why-do-we-limit-ourselves.html </link> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:25:50 EST God's Consultants Ever wonder what it would be like to be in charge of the world for a little while? I do. Here's my theory on just how that might work out if I was in charge for a few days! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>gods-consultants.html </link> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:20:14 EST Why do bad things happen? Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this", or <BR> "Why did God have to do this to me". Here is a wonderful <BR> explanation! <BR> <BR> A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going <BR> wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her <BR> and her best friend is moving away. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her <BR> daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, <BR> "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake." <BR> <BR... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:15:56 EST Angels: To Serve and Protect I had a request from a reader to expand on the info that the bible tells us about how angels protect us. Here's is my final angel article. I hope it helps shed more light on just how real they are and how much they protect us. The bible is very clear on their many purposes, including our protection. Read the whole series. It will help you get an understanding of how awesome they are and how awesome God is for giving the angels to us. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:09:12 EST International Women’s Day International Women’s Day – It’s Time to Pick Up Your Torch! <BR> <BR> Pick up your torch ladies... we're havin' a parade for International Women's Day, and you're the queen! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2012/03/international-womens-day-its-t<BR>ime-to.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:51:40 EST How My Angel Fell Off the Edge of Heaven The world looks so very different from down here. What happens when your angel falls? What happens when you're the one who's fallen? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/how-my-angel-fell-off-edge-of-heaven.<BR>html </link> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:02:59 EST Angels: A Jack-of-Al ll-Trades! With all the talk and angel stories that I've been doing lately in my angel series... have you wondered what the bible says about angels? This next article in the Angel Series will tell you just that! This is just touches on the top of a big subject that could have a lot of reading, research and writing done with it. But i hope this helps give you a good overview. There's one more article after this one (next week... unless it expands again! This series seems to have a life of it's own. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:08:18 EST The Warm & Fuzzy Side of Angels The next article in the series about angels. I bet you didn't know that angels wore so many hats! Well, there's another side to them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/warm-and-fuzzy-side-of-angels.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:20:08 EST I Think I Just Saw An Angel! Part 3 in my series on Angels! Ever think "Thank God I didn't go.... ", or "I'm so grateful that I didn't do... "? Maybe the reason you didn't, is because you were rescued by an angel from something that would have been a disaster!! Here's my story... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/i-think-i-just-saw-angel.html </link> Thu, 9 Feb 2012 14:38:12 EST plz help me locate a doctor Hi, my name is Gayle, and my username is Reathaowl. <BR> I believe I have chronic epstein barr virus infection. I'm trying to find a doctor near <BR> Westville, OK or Siloam Springs, AR who does diagnosis and treatment. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 15:42:39 EST new Hi all, I'm new to SparkPeople and hope to gain better control over my eating, exercise and self-care, such as staying organized enough to keep all medicines refilled before running out & keeping all doctor appts, while also keeping up with family and faith life. During my pains & chronic illness God has helped me through every step of the way. When I didn't understand where He was I later learned just what plans He had been forming for me that were better than I could have hoped for! Now... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:19:03 EST God Exists! "God Exists!" <BR> <BR> A man went to a barber shop to have his hair and his beard cut <BR> as always. He began to have a good conversation with the barber <BR> who attended him. They talked about so many things and various <BR> subjects. <BR> <BR> Suddenly, they touched on the subject of God. The barber said: <BR> "Look man, I don't believe that God exists." <BR> <BR> "Why do you say that?" asked the customer. <BR> <BR> Well, it's so easy, you just have to go out in ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:09:32 EST Praise to God I am delighted in finding and joining a christian team. I have chronic and severe pain that Dr's cannot diagnosis yet so thereis no recommended treatment. <BR> Heal me O Lord and I will be healed, save me and I will be saved for You are the one who deserves my praise (Jere 17:14). In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Amen. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:42:57 EST What God wants you to know... When You say, "It's impossible". <BR> God says: "All things are possible". ( Luke 18:27 ) <BR> <BR> When You say, "I'm too tired." <BR> God says: "I will give you rest". ( Matthew 11:28-20 ) <BR> <BR> When You say, "Nobody really loves me". <BR> God says: "I love you". ( John 3:16 & John 13:34 ) <BR> <BR> When You say, "I can't go on." <BR> God says: "My grace is sufficient." ( 2 Corin 12:9 & <BR> Psalm 91:15 ) <BR> <BR> When You say, "I can't figure things out." <BR> God says: "I will di... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:23:43 EST Addrenal Fatigue I have been finally diagnosed with Addrenal Fatigue. <BR> Anyone else out there suffering with this? If so, what are your ideas with coping with it? I hate feeling like this. I am getting somewhat better after seeing a Naturopath doctor. She put me on Progesterone, Vit D and DHEA which I was low on all of these...waaaay low and I am extremely high on Estrogen. I did feel like I was on a for ever rollercoaster ride and Thank the Lord I am off of that ride now! <BR> Just looking for someon... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:36:44 EST Problems never end... Well, after having problems for 1.5 years with my dental implant, my healing cap just now fell out. sigh...I am so tired of things happening...I need a touch from the Lord to be cheered up again within my spirit. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 20:25:33 EST Surgery Results Sorry if you get this twice. I cannot remember who I told. LOL <BR> I got benign results from removal of right half of my thyroid - YEAH!!!! <BR> <BR> Recovery has been pretty bad- did not sleep hardly at all for 2 nites and - had night sweats and got up 4 times. Have a 3 inch incision in the middle of my throat , swollen and very sore and hurts to talk or swallow. On Percocet and feel all jittery and weird. <BR> Had to go off Percocet cause it caused bad tummy problems- up all nite for 2 ni... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 18:51:26 EST visit my blog and leave a reply My blog is up at and is lonely. It is about fibromyalgia and the emotional impact I'm feeling. Please feel free to add any comment you wish, or even to ask a question. We're all in this chronic illness boat together! Lets stick together no matter what! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:51:10 EST surgery scheduled- need support/prayers Hi: <BR> <BR> had an appt. with the surgeon. He seems competent, very business like and explained everything. He didn't make it sound like it was super urgent where they had to get me in right away. Of course because of stress I would have liked to just get it done but John has off of work the week of the 21st. so that works better for him and then he is off all week to help me. SOOO I am having surgery the morning of November 21st. at the Aurora Grafton hospital. I will be there overnight a... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 16:59:44 EST Hello I am 40 years old, married with a 29coughing month old and a 3good month old. I have had lower back pain for over 15 years. I just started going to a physical therapist who uses something called the Mackenzie method. I have only had 2 visits but I can already tell a difference. I want to be able to play with my children and go for walks. I am hopeful that this will happen. It has been and is still difficult to get motivated. When the pain gets real bad I become depressed and irritable. I... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 08:47:42 EST Hello all! New to the group, I have about 40 - 50lbs to lose so I will need all the support I can get! I was once told that God gave me the gift was hospitality and party planning; I think they left out the eating of that gift! Am I doing this whole introducing myself correctly? I am a mom of 2 awesome teen girls, have a wonderful husband, homeschool, and am a Creative Memories Consultant. I have struggles with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for years. Trying to get my health back. God bless <em>465</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 15:58:13 EST URGENT PRAYER NEEDED I am having a CT scan cause I have coughed up quite a bit of blood in my phelgm 2 times now and I don't have a cold or anthing. Having lyme disease is hard enough without this. Please pray that it is nothing serious <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Nancy Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:13:43 EST Is God talking to you? The man whispered, "God, speak to me," and a meadowlark <BR> sang. <BR> <BR> But, the man did not hear. So the man yelled, "God, speak to <BR> me" and the thunder rolled across the sky. <BR> <BR> <BR> But, the man did not listen. The man looked around and said, <BR> "God let me see you." And a star shined brightly. <BR> <BR> <BR> But the man did not see. And, the man shouted, "God show <BR> me a miracle." And, a life was born. <BR> <BR> But, the man did not notice. So, the... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 12:44:26 EST A few quick fatcs about the Bible...In teresting! <BR> What is the shortest chapter in the Bible? <BR> Answer - Psalms 117; with only 2 verses! <BR> <BR> What is the longest chapter in the Bible? <BR> Answer - Psalms 119; with 176 verses! <BR> <BR> Which chapter is in the center of the Bible? <BR> Answer - Psalms 118 <BR> <BR> There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118. <BR> <BR> There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118. <BR> <BR> Add up the 594 plus 594, and you get 1188. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:13:26 EST Scared but hopeful I was almost in tears when I found this topic! Without going into everything (and sounding like I am whining) I am struggling with depression over not healing from another recent surgery. I try to remind myself daily that their are people far worse than me, but the constant pain is emotionally draining. I have RSD (although mild compared to many) in my hands/wrists and fingers. I have 2 spinal cord stimulator's which help, but after the 3rd time in my neck on the 5th of July, I am in const... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:54:18 EST Urgent Prayer- Help Needed I am not feeling well.I am still battling virus- sores in my throat. <BR> I have been having a lot of bloating, gut and pelvic pain, back pain, pink discharge sometimes, etc..for 1 month or longer and bladder issues. <BR> <BR> I was having an anxiety attack over all these tests and all this medical stuff today. OMG I feel like I cannot handle anymore. Lyme is bad enough to handle. <BR> <BR> I went in to Lyme doc for alternative assessment and treatment and they said I had a allot of inflamm... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 00:38:44 EST Urgent Prayers Needed OMG I felt awful today.This is the 8 th. day all this abdominal and urinary stuff has been going on. I almost drove myself to the hospital. My urine sample at the doc yesterday was normal but I am still having extreme bloating, abdominal and pelvic pain, had headache and neck pain and my usual mild chest pain that comes and goes and jaw pain that comes and goes. Then tonight when I urinated and wiped there was a tiny bit of blood on the tissue. I see the urologist on Friday but I am going to ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 00:37:06 EST Still stuck....since I joined!!! My scale still reads 149 as it has for the past month and half!!!! Please help me stay motivated? I can't give up. It's a health thing. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 07:04:59 EST Epstein Barr Virus-Chronic Mono Needing extra prayer tonight. Symptom upon symptom and can't sleep. My gums and inside of my teeth are throbbing and other things. Thank you so much. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:19:02 EST The Dart-Test...a Must -Read! <BR> The Dart Test... <BR> <BR> A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in <BR> a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr Smith. She says <BR> that Dr Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons. <BR> Now one particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and <BR> knew they were in for a fun day. <BR> <BR> On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many <BR> darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of some-... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 15:22:23 EST Thank you for being here! I have restarted my spark goals, etc. today in honor of my 22nd wedding anniversary. We are also celebrating my parents' 50th anniversary (June 24) with a surprise party on Sunday, so it gives me a great goal.... <BR> <BR> I am a 49 year old who has had to stop the majority of my activities and my job due to pain from fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease and pinched nerves in my neck and back. It seems to be concentrated in my neck, hands, feet and back. However, the depression of having ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 14:10:50 EST UPSET, Need MRI breast biopsy They could not find the spot on the ultrasound which I knew might happen. Both the tech and radiologist tried but it didn't show up. SO now there is more waiting and stress involved. I am scheduled for an MRI guided breast biopsy July 7th.- a week from this Thursday. I asked the radiologist, because he had reviewed my breast MRI images, if he thought this was cancer. He said it is indeterminate and that is why we need to follow-up. SO basically, if it is the worse case scenario and I would ha... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:21:30 EST Emergency numbers found in the Bible Emergency Numbers: <BR> When in JOHN 14 <BR> When men fail PSALM 27 <BR> When you have PSALM 51 <BR> When you MATTHEW 6:19-43 <BR> When you are in PSALM 91 <BR> When God seems far PSALM 91 <BR> When your faith needs HEBREWS 11 <BR> When you are lonely and fearful.... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:47:37 EST Church Funnies Kids say the darndest.... haha! <BR> <BR> 1) A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher <BR> said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human <BR> because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very <BR> small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. <BR> Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a <BR> human; it was physically impossible. <BR> The little girl said, "When I get to Heaven I will... Mon, 23 May 2011 13:30:39 EST Lump Update- Nancy My lump turned out to be a sebaceous cyst- benign- Thank God.I didn't feel well today- abdominal pain, gassy, headache and neck achiness and very very tired <BR> <BR> Thanks for the prayers and well wishes. <BR> Nancy Wed, 18 May 2011 23:54:05 EST LUMP-Prayers Needed OMG I found a hard, painful pea size lump in my arm pit yesterday. It is still there , but not as painful. It is not like an infected hair which I have had before. Having ANXIETY- Have an appt. tomorrow at 1 p.m. with my gynecologist who is very pro-active. SO now I just need to calm myself down tonight and not worry. <BR> <BR> Keep me in your thoughts and prayers please. <BR> Nancy Mon, 16 May 2011 18:19:33 EST Make Time For God I knelt to pray but not for long, <BR> I had too much to do. <BR> I had to hurry and get to work <BR> For bills would soon be due. <BR> <BR> So I knelt and said a hurried prayer, <BR> And jumped up off my knees. <BR> My Christian duty was now done <BR> My soul could rest at ease. <BR> <BR> All day long I had no time <BR> To spread a word of cheer. <... Tue, 3 May 2011 14:14:26 EST Hello! *waves* :D While I'm not new to SparkPeople, I am very new to actually giving it an honest, completely dedicated, I-can-do-this-because-my-family-needs-me-t<BR>o go. Which is what brings me here: I can't do this alone. I've tried. It doesn't work. It's also not nearly as much fun, I'm sure! :) <BR> <BR> I'm a wife and mother currently living with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy and Fibromyalgia. I'm only in my early 30s but I'm already looking at spending the rest of my life per... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:09:05 EST Track Your Daily Bible Reading! Just track what you've read for the day! <BR> <BR> Mark 8 - 10 Tue, 8 Mar 2011 19:51:08 EST need prayers and support My hubby has been traveling for 2 weeks and the other day I had excruciating back pain- crawled to the kitchen- put ice on it and took Vicodin and then somehow the next day drove myself to my chiropractor because I had no one to help me. <BR> I went back to the chiropractor to discuss x-rays and get another adjustment. Bad news, My last disc in my lower spine is buldging and herniated and pressing on nerves. The cartilage is torn inside the disc. It will take many chiropractic visits and ice ... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 00:53:49 EST Hello from another Newbie Hi, I'm 49, happily married to my best friend and have one son. I have type 2 diabetes and sarcoidosis in my lungs. I am determined to control these disease instead of letting them continue to control me! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to "meeting" each of you! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:54:27 EST Biopsy Results I called the nurse to update her on my low grade fever that I have off and on and how I am feeling and to see if she had heard any results. An hour later the surgeon called and said YEAH all lumps are benign. They are all lipomas, like the swishy lumps I have in my arms. Even the breast lumps are lipomas. Thank God!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all your prayers and caring messages. <BR> <BR> I talked with the surgeon about how I have been feeling. I was worried I had a staph infection but he thin... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:36:09 EST Nervous-surgery Thursday I did finally hear from the doctor and he was very nice and very good about discussing things. <BR> I am having surgery Thursday morning under general anesthesia - a 2 hour surgery.7 lumps will be removed- 2 from my breasts.I am nervous!!! Please pray that the surgery goes well and I come thru it well and that the results are benign. <BR> We haven't joined a church out here yet so unfortunately I don't have any church support. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nancy <BR> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:16:08 EST Need support/prayers I had a long day but made it thru all my appointments but now I have another major thing to go thru- OMG John and I marked over 50 to 60 lumps on my body, not including the breast lumps. The surgeon didn't look at all of them which kind of makes me mad. He did do a thorough breast exam and went over the MRI's I have had and ultrasounds, mammograms etc.. <BR> <BR> He feels we should remove under I.v. sedation 2 of the lumps on my right leg that seem more immovable- they don't move around like... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:44:50 EST Suggestion Needed/W lcomed!! Ladies <BR> <BR> I went to bed last night in a lot of pain. I woke up this morning in more pain. This has become somewhat the norm these days and I must admit it is making my soul a bit weary. I do not do well with pain. I never have. I just have a low tolerance to it. I'm trying to keep a good attitude and keep from falling into the pit of depression. I've met some amazing ladies here on this team and you all seem to have such strength. How do you keep pressing on? I find my strength in the... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 10:44:39 EST Thank You Everyone!!! I just want stop by to thank everyone for wishing me an Happy Birthday!!! It's has been an blessed birthday I even had I wish everyone on this group an blessed week. God Bless Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:10:41 EST You Are Blessed If you woke up this morning <BR> with more health than illness, <BR> you are more blessed than the <BR> million who won't survive the week. <BR> <BR> If you have never experienced <BR> the danger of battle, <BR> the loneliness of imprisonment, <BR> the agony of torture or <BR> the pangs of starvation, <BR> you are ahead of 20 million people <BR> around the world. <BR> <BR> If you can attend a church meeting <BR> without fear of harassment, <BR> arrest, torture, or death, <BR> ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:14:33 EST thank you so much Thank you to all my SPARK family, you have given to me the will and motivation to press into the new year with hope that I will meet my healthy goals, thank you all for your support and encouragement!!!!!! xoxox Fri, 24 Dec 2010 06:11:17 EST Wonderful News I took some clonazepam because I was stressing out so much, The nurse just called- no cancer and no a-typical cells. yeah! Praise God!!! <BR> Thanks for all your prayers and concern! <BR> Nancy Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:30:30 EST BIOPSY- scared and anxious OMG they called from the hospital today that did my MRI and wanted me to go in for an ultrasound of some areas of concern and so that the radiologist could talk to me. I am sooo nervous, anxious and scared. 1 area in my left breast absorbed some of the dye so they want to do a biopsy. I am supposed to have a core biopsy done this Thursday where they take samples of the area in question. I would get results on Monday. It would be done at the hospital not by my surgeon. I need to call the surge... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 23:52:13 EST GRRR- redo of MRI I wrote this Friday- the hospital called this morning and they needed me to come back in early this afternoon to re-do part of the breast MRI that didn't turn out right. OMG- you would think they would make sure it was done right the 1st. time and have a radiologist there to make sure. GRRRR On the other hand I want it done RIGHT. <BR> SOOO I had to drive all the way back to Grafton today. Then they called later and said the breast radiologist could not read the MRI without a copy of my mammo... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 20:00:26 EST Does God NOT talk to you? For God may speak in one way, or in <BR> another, yet man does not perceive it. <BR> ( Job 33:14 *NKJV ) <BR> <BR> Has God ever spoken to you? I'll bet that He has! <BR> <BR> For God speaks to His Children in various ways, and <BR> many of His Children don't even realize it when He <BR> does. However beware of anyone who claim's that <BR> our Heavenly Father talks to them all of the time! <BR> <BR> Now if you are thinking that God has never spoken to me, let ... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 11:05:57 EST Update from Nancy I didn't sleep well last nite, awake with night sweats off and on and worried. Phone rang at 10 so I ran to answer it- broke out in a whole body sweat and felt faint and a bit nauseated. Not sure what that is from- Lyme, stress, menopause??? John called. I asked him to have the insurance person at work look into this issue with the MRI. <BR> <BR> The person from insurance- what a uncaring, cold person- never called me back this morning like she said she would. This is the same person who sai... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 16:57:21 EST Need A Miracle OMG I have been on the phone with the clinic, insurance about 10 times today. First someone from insurance said they received the letter from my surgeon re: breast MRI and forwarded it to pre- approval and I would have an answer by the end of the day. Then someone called me from insurance and said as long as there was a medical diagnosis it was covered. Then someone from insurance called late this afternoon to say it was denied but the examiner left for the day so I don't even know if the sur... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 19:59:36 EST Special Prayers for Special Sisters Please use this Forum to send special prayers out for team members who are having an especially difficult time with something. This isn't intended to be used for prayer requests or praise reports - we have Forums for each of those subjects. Please just use this to encourage someone who needs encouragement. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 23:34:10 EST Scared- need prayers I saw the breasst surgeon today. <BR> I am so scared , to be very truthful. On the positive I really like the surgeon, he is very nice and thorough. The computers went down so he couldn't look at my films so we talked and I explained everything . I had marked the lumps on my right leg- just a few of them not all. and the lumps on the upper part of my breasts. He talked with me first and then after I changed into the gown he examined all the areas I marked. He didn't think much of the lumps on... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 00:47:10 EST EMOTICON SOMETHING PURPLE EMOTICON SOMETHING PURPLE Wed, 1 Dec 2010 00:44:01 EST Puzzle The Puzzle: <BR> <BR> A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little daughter, Kelly. Finally, he tore a sheet out of his magazine on which was printed the map of the World. <BR> <BR> Then tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Kelly, and said, <BR> "Go into the other room and see if you can put this together." <BR> <BR> He was sure that would keep her busy all afternoon! <BR> <BR> After only a few minutes, Kelly returned and handed him the map, correc... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:54:38 EST Heartbroken I am heartbroken, depressed, sad and anxious. Lee- my ex- is up to his old tricks. I had told him that I wanted to spend Christmas day with my sons- ages 21 and 18. He just e-mailed me and said he would be taking them on another snowboard trip leaving the day of Dec. 24th. and returning on Jan. 1st. Cory has to go back to school on the 2nd. and Ryan won't get home until maybe late on Dec. 23rd. so that wouldn't give me anytime to celebrate Christmas with my sons. I replied by e-mailing him ba... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 23:52:15 EST God is everywhere...if we care to notice. A man whispered, "God, speak to me," and a meadowlark <BR> sang. But, the man did not hear. <BR> <BR> So the man yelled, "God, speak to me" and the thunder rolled across the sky. <BR> But, the man did not listen. <BR> <BR> The man looked around and said, "God let me see you." And a star shined brightly. But the man did not see. <BR> <BR> And, the man shouted, "God show me a miracle." And, a life was born. But, the man did not notice. <BR> <BR> So, the man cried out in despair, "Touc... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 18:42:57 EST Anxiety over Not Working I have Lyme disease and never know if I will have a good or bad day- health-wise as far as fatigue and pain. I have not worked since a year from last September. I do get a small amount of disability. <BR> <BR> At the end I couldn't even handle working my 3 hours a day. I worked at a school and caught every germ going around. <BR> <BR> Since we are in a different house, different community, I am sick, hubby sometimes travels and friends are busy, and I am a recent empty nester I find it real... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 23:55:28 EST mtjaden1---50tolose I live in Iowa(moved here from Ca to marry my HS sweetheart ) and have gained wt from menopause,being happy, and eating too much. My problem is late night eating and a lack of activity. I am a retired RN--and worked for 15 years being a shift supervisor--so I got to help out everywhere--all sized hospitals. Now I live on a farm in Northern Ia and I love it. <BR> I have had many foot injuries and thus have been limited by wearing a cast or air boot for almost the past year. <BR>... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 23:15:05 EST 10 Certainties in an Uncertain World For this God is our God forever and ever; <BR> He will be our guide even to the end. <BR> ( Psalms 48:14 *NKJV ) <BR> <BR> Now that the World seems to be out of control, let us remember who is still in control. That certainty we may be sure of indeed, and these certainties will remain also.... <BR> <BR> 10 Certainties To Count On: <BR> <BR> 1. The Bible will still have all the answers. <BR> <BR> 2. Prayer will still work. <BR> <BR> 3. The Holy Spirit will still mov... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 11:42:09 EST Hi Everyone Today I have a lot of pain. I just wanted to stop in and say 'hello' and see how everyone else is faring today <BR> Hugs and gentle ones <BR> <BR> Val Thu, 4 Nov 2010 15:58:43 EST Who was looking for a Christian "FaceBook"...? Many months ago someone posted something wondering if there was a christian social-netowkring site...similar to facebook, but christian. I found one! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 20 Sep 2010 17:46:42 EST Pray for church family On Sunday of this past weekend, we had a wonderful day of worship. The usual fun and worship. After services, a couple left to go to another family member to help her sort through her deceased husbands things for our church yard sale. We are raising money for our Rwanda Mission trip in the summer of 2011. Anyway, they were on a motorcycle and someone ran a stop sign and plowed into them. Joe died at the scene and his wife Tammy is in the hospital having a head injury and had to have surgery o... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 09:42:29 EST ARE YOU STILL MOTIVATED ?...THEN SHOW IT! ARE YOU STILL MOTIVATED? POST IT Fri, 13 Aug 2010 23:01:50 EST DID YOU READ A BLOG TODAY? DID YOU READ A BLOG TODAY? Mon, 9 Aug 2010 03:47:19 EST COUNT UP BY 10's COUNT UP BY 10's Sat, 7 Aug 2010 02:38:03 EST prayers needed I am not doing well on losing weight, I am questioning if some of the meds I am on are the cause of this. But I have been told that I cannot go off any of them. So would you pray for me to guide by the Holy Spirit to achieve exercise and weight lose. <BR> Also pray for my friend, Bonnie, she originally had ovarian cancer but it has spread. She is a true fighter and says God has not told her to quit yet. AMEN <BR> <em>89</em> <em>24</em> <em>319</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 20:06:40 EST Hello new to group Hey, I am a 47 year old female who is a christian. I have Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, daily pain, Celiac Disease, Connective Tissue Disease,arthritis, anxiety/OCD and am developing some depression. I want to be positive and usually am but this chronic pain and fatigue is really getting me down. I used to have good days and bad days but now it seems everyday is filled with pain and fatigue! I spend alot of time reading my bible and doing bible studies. I use heat and cold packs, meds, and t... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 15:31:29 EST THANKING TEAM LEADERS I feel this is a very good team with leaders that stay on top of their jobs. I also feel if it weren't for those who joined to submit their feelings and helpfulness to others, it would not work. So, hail to our leaders for keeping this team together and also thanks to those who joined to keep this team going from day to day. <BR> Peace and blessings, <BR> Vicki Mon, 26 Jul 2010 14:58:00 EST EMOTICON. ...BLACK, GRAY, OR TAN emoticon something black, gray or tan Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:37:10 EST COUNT BY 2's Count by 2's Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:27:22 EST EMOTICON SOMETHING ORANGE EMOTICON SOMETHING ORANGE Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:47:01 EST Need to heal fast Hello, newbie here. I am in search of finding positive motivation to help me get through these tough times. Trying to loose weight, get healthy, and figure out whats wrong with me while trying to put in 8 hours of sleep every day is very hard. <BR> Yes, I know that everyone has a cross to carry but why not carry it happily and with others near by who can inspire one to keep moving forward? <BR> My mission now is to work as fast as I can with this cross before it puts me under. <BR> <em>48</... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 23:11:06 EST Word of Encouragement from a song As I stood in church this morning singing this song, I thought of all of us dealing with chronic pain. <BR> I felt the word written by Jeff Nelson/Scott Wesley Brown of Maranatha Music (CCLI License No 210703 <BR> was so appropriate for each of us. I hope it will encourage you as it did me. <BR> Jean <BR> <BR> Song: <BR> Grace alone which God supplies <BR> Strength unknown He will provide <BR> Christ in us our cornerstone, <BR> We will go forth in grace alone. <BR> <BR> Ev'ry promise we ca... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 02:38:43 EST JUST FOR FUN...POST SOMETHING MULTI-COLORED Emoticon something with 2 or more colors Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:10:42 EST newbie Hello My Belov ed Sisters In Christ, <BR> My name is Sonia and i just discover this site. I stroll through a lot of groups and i narrow down to this christian group with all kinds of adveries in our body and this is where i need to be. I have also joined the vegan and vegetarian site, but our faith ,and taking care of our bodies goes hand in hand. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 21:23:27 EST Deacons and Elders Smoking. Your Opinions. LONG This is long. Dont read if you dont have the time. Im an AVID non smoker. I think it's gross. We have a very "lax" church, and a lot of our "elders" smoke. This has never been a problem with me until some other issues were brought up, and now im wavering on the fence. SO I was just looking for some outside opinions. Not to change my mind. But just because Im interested. <BR> <BR> Smoking is on a lot of people's minds and people have strong opinions about it. Several times in messages I used... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:24:18 EST HAVE YOU PRAYED FOR SOMEONE TODAY? HAVE YOU PRAYED FOR SOMEONE TODAY? Thu, 3 Jun 2010 10:14:20 EST Need Support and Prayers Our house sold for WAY below (about $50000 less) what we pay taxes on and we close on June 29th. The inspection went well- just have to have an electrician fix a couple of things so hope it isn't too expensive.Now we need to get past the hurdle of the appraisal and make sure the buyers loan commitment goes thru- We have to know by June 18th. but so far it looks good. We will be moving to an apartment in Hartford owned by the builder who is building the ranch home we will move to. It should be... Mon, 31 May 2010 23:31:19 EST EMOTICON.... SOMETHING WHITE EMOTICON.... SOMETHING WHITE Thu, 27 May 2010 13:30:41 EST My "Avoid Random Snacking" techniques! <BR> ~ If you are craving an unhealthy snack in between meals, don’t say no to the snack. Tell yourself you can have the snack, but first chug a large glass of ice water, then brush your teeth. If you are still craving the snack once the tooth paste taste has disappeared, have the snack. The glass of ice water that is now sitting in your stomach, will help you feel full faster, so you will not eat as much of the snack if you would have eaten it right away. <BR> <BR> ~ Another technique alon... Mon, 24 May 2010 16:04:34 EST DID YOU TAKE A SPARKS POLL TODAY? Well, did you? Sat, 22 May 2010 07:59:18 EST Rough Mother's Day I watch a show called "The Middle" and the mom said "we are only as happy as our least happy kid"- Boy could I relate!! <BR> <BR> My son-Ryan is going to prom with his girlfriend from West Bend at their prom so we are taking pictures later. The weather is awful- very cold- low 40's, rainy and windy- YUCK!!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow Ryan will be super tired but we will go out for a very late breakfast at 11. I hate Mother's Day b/c my mom is dead and I don't know if I will even hear from my other ... Sat, 8 May 2010 23:32:41 EST Hello Everyone Hello Everyone :) <BR> <BR> I am sure I am not 'new' to everyone anymore, but I am new to this group. I am glad I found this group. I needed something such as this. I am currently fighting for a firm Dx., with my Dr on what is going on with me. Whatever is going on with me is causing me to have weight issues, and this is mixed with me not eating enough calories. <BR> <BR> I do have Chronic Pain, Migraines, and I finally was sent to Rheumatoid Specialist, and I think we finally found t... Fri, 7 May 2010 13:42:53 EST LET'S COUNT DOWN FROM 9999.... Let's count backward from 9999 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:47:24 EST WORDS THAT BEGIN & END WITH THE SAME LETTER... New fun game.... <BR> Post a word that begins & ends with the same letter Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:02:27 EST DO U LIKE VEGETABLES OR FLOWERS??? EMOTICON Do you like flowers? How about vegetables? Then Emoticon.... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 23:51:56 EST Hi From Missouri Hi All. I joined SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago. It is a lot to take in and I am looking for the boards, where I will be comfortable. <BR> <BR> I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother and love my roles. Thanks for having me here. <BR> <BR> Madelen Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:49:46 EST GIVE A WOO HOO IF YOU GOT ACTIVE TODAY Woo hoo if you exercised/moved/got active today Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:45:33 EST THINK FITNESS & EMOTICON Think of your fitness routine & emoticon it. Wed, 24 Mar 2010 15:10:04 EST FEELING **SUNNY** TODAY....POST SOMETHING YELLOW Feeling good, like the sun on your face...Post something yellow Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:52:55 EST hello from aroxxy Hello, I am Angel and I am so excited and relieved to find this group!!!!! I am a born-again Christian with an ongoing and strong relationship with God. I loke to be active in my church but right now I am in so much pain and I am struggling with illness so much I don't even make it to church very often. I need some strong Christians who understand what I am feeling who can lift me up and that I can uplift as well. <em>43</em> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 22:20:06 EST Thank You Lord A Christian Chronic Pain Group! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Tiffany I'm 27 years old I have a herniated disc in my lumbar spine, neck pain, and some nerve damage in my arms and legs after a car accident a couple of years ago in 2007. The pain in my arms and legs have decreased over time and are feeling alot better now than before but I am still limited on the duration of activities I do. My neck pain has also decreased after physical therapy but still has pain with certain rages of motion and tilting durations and my hernia... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 04:36:03 EST HOW MANY DAYS ON SP? How many days have you been on SP? Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:58:00 EST What Christian Book are you reading? I am reading The Thorn in the Flesh by RT Kendall. <BR> <BR> "Hope for all who stuggle with impossible conditions" <BR> <BR> Special TBN Edition <BR> Tue, 2 Mar 2010 10:13:23 EST WHAT IS THE TEMP WHERE YOU LIVE? What is your tempature? Let's compare Thu, 25 Feb 2010 08:41:43 EST FEELING A LITTLE BLUE...EMOTICON IT! Feeling blue...emoticon blue Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:37:03 EST FEELING IN THE PINK....THEN EMOTICON Emoticon something pink Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:21:44 EST THINK PETS & EMOTICON Love animals? Emoticon an animal Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:20:08 EST SPARKS TRIVIA---HOW DID YOU DO? How did you do on the sparks trivia? Sun, 21 Feb 2010 18:28:19 EST HOW MANY POINTS TIL NEXT TROPHY? How many sparkpoints til you recieve a new trophy? Sun, 21 Feb 2010 18:27:08 EST THINK SPARKPEOPLE & POST AN EMOTICON Post an emoticon that makes you think of SparkPeople Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:28:56 EST "C" IS FOR CHRIST & ..... C is for Christ & what other words? Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:27:35 EST DAILY____DID YOU HUDDLE? Did you huddle today? Tue, 9 Feb 2010 19:47:00 EST COUNT UP BY 100's Count up..ex. 100, 200 Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:38:43 EST HOW MANY POSTS How many posts do you have? Wed, 3 Feb 2010 00:02:37 EST HOW MANY POINTS How many total points do you have? Wed, 3 Feb 2010 00:01:38 EST ABC's--Girl names ABC's...girl names Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:59:55 EST ABC's---Boys names ABC...Boy names Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:58:58 EST Have I found my group? Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark People, the same day I decided I no longer wanted to be in the "obese" category. I am 51, wife, mom of 3, nana of 2, and I love the Lord. I have autoimmune diseases and live with chronic pain and profound fatigue. However, "Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world," so I will overcome all of this and will be healthy again. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know sisters and brothers in Christ who share the same ch... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 13:34:08 EST ***SHARE A SMILE*** Give us a smile never know what might happen Tue, 19 Jan 2010 02:15:10 EST Hi everyone Thank you so much for invite me to the team I so glad to find this team of people who do believe in the power of prayer. God bless Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:01:07 EST POST A FOOD EMOTICON Post a food emoticon...remember there are no calories <em>246</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 20:23:39 EST New Computer Virus Ladies, there is a brand new virus attacking computers. It got the computer in the office. It is called: <BR> <BR> Internet Security 2010. <BR> <BR> It is a mess. My husband looked it up on our computer today, in hopes of finding out how to get it off the other computer. There are already several sites conecrning it. Please be careful. It comes up and tells you that you have been infected with spyware, and keeps giving critical alerts. If you click on any part of it to uninstall or d... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 21:48:51 EST Holiday Emoicons January--Martin Luther Kings Birthday Mon, 11 Jan 2010 05:14:37 EST Church today I went to church this morning and the topic was about,"what is your lifesong" meaning, how does your life give a testimony to others. It was very good and I agreed with it but then the preacher started condemning homosexuals, in which I believe that they(homosexuals) have something wrong in their brains because God don't make mistakes, I really believe. Then he said that Buddists were wrong too because of their belief in reincarnation. Well I have known Buddists that were just as spiritual a... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:19:01 EST COUNT BY 5 Let's do some 5 Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:30:26 EST In Pain-Please Pray Very tough Christmas season for me this year. My 20 year old college son Cory is smoking pot, drinking and being verbally abusive to me. We had to set rules 2 years ago and he has broken all of them. I called my ex- his father and things got worse. He-my ex was abusive to me during our 15 year marriage. My son is now living with his father and is blaming me for everything. His dad is enabling him as is his Aunt and adding fuel to his fire of hating me. I invited him for Christmas and received... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 16:54:23 EST Christmas ABC's Starting with "A" list things that have to do with Christmas Tue, 22 Dec 2009 19:30:42 EST SPREAD A LITTLE LOVE---Emoticon Share some love <em>129</em> ,a smile <em>41</em> , a hug <em>247</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 19:28:20 EST sarcoidosis The rheumatologist things I have sarcoidosis. I go back in a month to find out for sure. I had a rediculus amount of blood drawn yesterday and go for chest xray when i am done work in morning. It does not sound pleasant but after 21 months with no clue any guess is better than nothing. Does anyone know anything about this disease? Fri, 18 Dec 2009 08:19:14 EST THINK RED & EMOTICON post something red Sat, 28 Nov 2009 06:29:34 EST Emoticon Green Post something green Sat, 28 Nov 2009 06:28:02 EST Emoticon Red Post something red Fri, 27 Nov 2009 02:29:16 EST Hi!-I'm New Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Nancy. and I'm from Wisconsin. I'm 54 and the mom of 2 sons- ages 17 and 20 and 2 older step sons <BR> - I am dealing with allot of health issue- Fibro, Lyme disease-chronic and bad arthritis and a bone spur in my neck- sooo treatments have not been helping- It has been tough and discouraging.Recently my liver enzymes are elevated again Please Keep me in your prayers. <BR> <BR> I need to have a treatment for chronic Lyme that actually works and helps me ge... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 22:55:46 EST Good morning I wanted to say to everyone thank you for your support, your kind words of encouragement. I am trying to reach out more and do as the LOrd has said pray blessings and strength upon each of you endurance for the journey, for some of us it's long some short but it is a journey no less. I look forward to getting to know each of you. Blessings Pastor Brenda <em>458</em> Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:33:18 EST What time is it now? Another game...Post the time... where you live. Fri, 23 Oct 2009 02:14:07 EST Give a goodie on double & triple numbers Let's play a game. Post numbers in order (1, 2, 3, etc.) Give a goodie to another member of this team when you post a double or triple number (ex. 11, 111) Fri, 23 Oct 2009 02:12:36 EST Prayer Request My surgery is scheduled for Dec. 3. <BR> Please pray for my son Matt. I took him to the ER two weeks ago and he came home (college) last thursday night and I took him back to the doctor on Friday. He possibly has IBS or IBD, we are waiting for a referral for gastrology. He is not able to eat but once or twice a day and is having a lot of pain. He passed out in class yesterday and is not feeling well. It is had to know when just to take him out of school. He would have a fit if we did th... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 07:29:26 EST Prayer needed I am asking for healing for my family, my daughter in law jennifer and 3 of my grandkids have been diagnosed with the swine flu. she has 5 children and i have had 2 of them for 5 days until it passes. I have the 3 year old and 11 month old, grandma needs strength . This is why i need help to be healthy . I need help lord today. Fri, 16 Oct 2009 11:37:16 EST MY HEART MY HEART HURTS FOR ALL AS I READ ALL THAT YOU HAVE ENDURED, I CAN ONLY PRAY THAT YOU TRUST GOD WITH YOUR HEALTH YOUR NEEDS AND DESIRES, HE IS A GOOD FATHER AND WANTS GREAT THINGS FOR YOU. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:56:49 EST PRAYER FOR ALL I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I KNOW ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE AND THAT I AM READING AND PRAYING OVER THE PRAYER REQUEST EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT AND WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW I DO CARE. WHEN GOING THROUGH PAIN AND ILLNESS SOMETIMES IT IS HARD TO PRAY YOURSELF IT IS GOOD TO KNOW OTHERS ARE PRAYING WHEN WE FEEL WE DON'T HAVE THE STRENGTH TO. YOU ARE IN MY DAILY PRAYERS AND GODS WORD SAYS ABOVE ALL ELSE I WANT YOU TO PROSPER AND BE IN GOOD HEALTH. 3 JOHN VERSE 2 . Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:47:02 EST Hi I am new I am 50 and have been in pain for the last year. They did not know until yesterday if all the pain was from a pinched nerve at C 5-6 or something else. We found out that I have several torn tendons in my left shoulder and several very inflamed tendons. We are waiting for the referral to see the orthopedist. Please pray for me. Tue, 6 Oct 2009 22:38:57 EST What are your goals? Goals...tell us about them. We can help each other Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:14:10 EST NEW---INTRODUCE YOURSELF Introduce yourself to the team. We'd love to hear from you Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:13:04 EST NEED HELP_POST HERE if you need help, let us know here Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:10:53 EST PRAISE REPORTS If you have a praise here Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:09:34 EST NUTRITION This thread is to keep up with your nutrition tracking daily. Did you meet your calorie intake goal? Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:07:37 EST ANYONE INTERESTED IN MONTHLY CALLENGES? Is anyone interested in monthly challenges? Mon, 5 Oct 2009 15:05:57 EST Healing I've spent my entire Christian walk praying for healing -- abuse, fibromyalgia, depression, etc. I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter ultimately if I'm healed in this world or the next one. Praise God, He heals! <BR> <BR> Today as I cautiously moved muscles that were screaming yesterday and relished the feeling of a normal temperature, I realised how often I forget to praise Him for the continuous healing he provides. <BR> <BR> Who made the nasty bug I caught have... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 15:00:36 EST Motivation &/or Inspirational Quotes Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:31:56 EST Septmber mini challenge For the week of September 7-12 weekly mini challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Cardio--Prayer walk 10/20 minutes 4x this week <BR> <BR> 2. Strength--Computer crunches 20 daily <BR> <BR> <BR> Reply to this thread daily what you did....WE CAN DO THIS Sun, 6 Sep 2009 22:38:36 EST Apology I wanted to apologize to this team...It has been brought to my attention that my joke blogs are "making fun of people". That was NEVER my intention; I just wanted to bring a smile into your life. I am so sorry that my behavior was inappropriate for a Christian & I assure you it will never happen again. <BR> <BR> Once again, I AM SORRY. Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:42:16 EST Hello, I am Mary I am 57 and retired. In 2000 I was diagnosed with Lupus and in April of 2008 had to retire. The fatigue and joint pain associated with Lupus made it impossible to keep up with the demands of my job. I also have trigeminal neuralgia which causes pain in the right side of my face and head. Most of the time both of these are under control with medication, but I if I overdue exercise or stress I am sick for a few days. I am currently struggle with the pain in my face. I have had it for abou... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 15:11:20 EST August challenge Correct me if I'm wrong, but I vaguely remember something being said about posting goals for August. It could be one or two, something simple or big, whatever we decide we want to accomplish. I went back to look for the post or spark mail or whatever I read, and I can't find it. So I'm not sure if I imagined it or what. Let me know if this is on a different thread somewhere. <BR> So anyway, I spent the weekend thinking about what I thought I should choose to strive for and there were many thi... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 15:23:44 EST hey ALL HOW IS EVERYONE DOING? <BR> I HAVE BEEN HAVING ALOT OF PAIN IN MY LEFT SHOULDER SO I MIGHT HAVE TO HAVE SURGERY ugh--BUT FIRST AN MRI <BR> ugh... I SUFFER FROM DIABETES AND ITS COMPLICATIONS. <BR> SO I AM IN CONSTANT PAIN.. <BR> WEKK JUST WANTED TO POST AS I HAVE NOT POSTED MUCH.. <BR> GOD BLESS YOU ALL <BR> HUGS <BR> SUSIE SMITH FROM PA <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 17:17:57 EST New here - weight loss issues Hi All, I hope I'm posting this in the correct place. I'm pretty new to this "posting" stuff. I think the only time I posted on this team was to say hi and introduce myself. <BR> I'll be honest - I'm kinda struggling with my weight loss. It's hard to figure out what I should be doing with my calorie intake. I have been tracking all my food intake on spark people, and listening well - I just don't know if my health is having an impact or not. I'm sure that all of you can relate to this. I've ... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 11:45:26 EST No Post Hi <BR> <BR> I havent been getting any post from Spark People for two days now so I am just visiting my teams to see if I can 'spark' the mail off again. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading this Tue, 4 Aug 2009 06:11:33 EST Today, I'm thankful for... Today, I'm thankful for... <BR> <BR> MY FAMILY Sun, 26 Jul 2009 16:02:50 EST Personal Challenge I want to extend a challenge to every person that reads this. I started Sparkpeople on July 17th and am more addicted to it than I have been addicted to anything else. I love the people, I love that God is using each and every one of us. This is my challenge to you! <BR> <BR> Adopt a Friend <BR> <BR> For one week, send letters of encouragement(even if they do not respond)to someone you dont know. If they reply, be sure to actually learn about them and I encourage you to become prayer partne... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:39:33 EST Please Pray I so love this team. To be able to share needs and then answers with a group of women that will do just that - not only for my needs but then I in turn can lift them up to our Heavenly Father as well. How awesome is that! Our leaders are wonderful, in continuously keeping things updated and letting us know of new needs or praises. <BR> Thank You. Two little words but they mean so much. Thanks. <BR> <BR> My prayer request is : I go before the judge tomorrow morning for DUI citation ... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 12:29:47 EST July 2009 Joy & Blessings Box Post your Joy and Blessings here. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 07:39:27 EST July 2009 Prayer Requests Post your prayer requests here or email them to both <BR> Kerolyn (SING4MYFOOD) and Crystal (crystalpistol2). Wed, 1 Jul 2009 07:37:29 EST Chives From Dr. Oz Realage website <BR> <BR> Here’s a finishing touch you can add to any salad or burger patty to really jive up your health this summer: chives. <BR> <BR> Those pungent, tender green shoots are packed with vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, and folic acid, according to Maoshing Ni, a doctor of Chinese medicine and author of Second Spring. <BR> <BR> An Overlooked Herb <BR> Chives are used in many parts of the world to do more than spruce up the flavor of bland dishes. In traditi... Fri, 19 Jun 2009 04:08:07 EST Helpful Tip on resetting articles Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Based on member feedback, we've made it so that you can now reset the articles you’ve read more than 6 months ago. To reset articles, you can go to Account/Email Preferences <BR> <BR> (<BR>erence.asp) <BR> <BR> from your MyStart page, and scroll down on the Account tab to the Reset Articles section of the page. Click the Reset Articles button, agree to reset, and voila! You can now read the articles again and get more SparkPoi... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:38:56 EST Still hungry? I actually had time and inclination to track my food today and, as usual, it really opened my eyes as to how conscious I need to be to get my nutrients in and how fast those calories add up! I find myself still wanting to eat although after I left the kitchen I don't feel hungry, just thinking I am since I "deprived" myself of dessert. <BR> I was just wondering what eating plan you all are using and how hard it is for you to follow it and if you still get hungry. I'm just used to eating so m... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:43:31 EST June Chat Room Let's chat to get to know each other better. Sun, 14 Jun 2009 00:19:58 EST Motivation Here is a link to a blog by a woman who knows what it is like to struggle. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2134567 </link> Tue, 9 Jun 2009 00:17:34 EST June Joy & Blessings Box Right now I'm especially thankful that my daughter wasn't seriously injured in that motor vehicle accident on 6/5. I'm also thankful that while I was sorta dizzy on 6/7, I wasn't injured when I fell several times. <BR> <BR> God has blessed my family and me with His angels to watch over us - praise Him! <BR> <BR> Kerolyn <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2009 00:11:16 EST Motivation Progress—not perfection—is important Thu, 4 Jun 2009 20:49:36 EST June 2009 Prayer Requests Please post prayer requests here or email Kerolyn or Crystal with your prayer requests. <BR> <BR> If your request is personal, we can just ask for prayer. <BR> <BR> We will be dating the requests so we can keep things current. Please update your request at least every 30 days. <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Kerolyn or Crystal Wed, 3 Jun 2009 13:24:52 EST My goals I havent started to diet as such yet. My husbands birthday is on Tuesday so I thought I may as well wait until then. It will give me longer to find my way around the site. At the moment all I seem to be doing is looking at all the things I can join. I don't know about everyone else but I find it very difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. <BR> <BR> Nancy in sunny Dundee, Scotland Sat, 30 May 2009 04:06:42 EST Hello My name is Nancy and I have fybromyalgia, chronic lower back pain, high blood pressure and (hardly surprising) depression. I live in Dundee, Scotland. Fri, 29 May 2009 07:00:53 EST Hello from Idaho I am new to this site, but so far I LOVE it. I have found support in places that I felt truly alone in. I am 30, have a great hubby, go to school, have 4 kids (11,7,5 yo boys & a 3 yo queen of the roost) I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since right after my 5yo was born. I have so much to do that the only time I have to stop and deal with things is on the weekends, so I haven't made it to church in a while :( I still do independent Bible study and learn as much as I can on my own,... Tue, 26 May 2009 22:26:43 EST What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Fri, 22 May 2009 00:58:07 EST Laugh for the day <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A new take on Grease. Very cute. Thu, 21 May 2009 16:15:52 EST May 21 Question of the day What electronic devise would you have trouble giving up? Wed, 20 May 2009 21:18:16 EST May 17 question of the day What is your favorite flower? Sun, 17 May 2009 01:05:01 EST Questions of the day for May 13 What makes you laugh? <BR> <BR> Do you find laughter in the little things in life? <BR> <BR> Do you try to laugh every day? Tue, 12 May 2009 23:40:23 EST Questions of the day 5/11 How did you spend Mother's Day? Mon, 11 May 2009 16:52:22 EST Question of the day 5/9 What were you doing the last time you really had a good laugh? Sat, 9 May 2009 13:55:31 EST Question of the day 5/3 What chore do you like least? Sun, 3 May 2009 16:39:40 EST Emoticon <em>30</em> <em>15</em> Sat, 2 May 2009 19:58:58 EST May 3 Things I'm Happy and/or Thankful For Today You have a choice of listing happy or thankful or both! Thu, 30 Apr 2009 18:56:37 EST May 3 Things I'm Taking To The Lord Today Each month we'll have this. If you can, please try and post something at least once a week. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 30 Apr 2009 18:55:10 EST May Joy & Blessings Box May already! Thu, 30 Apr 2009 18:53:57 EST May's Prayer Request Room I pray we'll have more prayer request than last month. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 18:53:17 EST May Vent Room You ladies know what to do! Thu, 30 Apr 2009 18:51:51 EST May Chat Room I'm doing this early, because I have 4 teams to change for May. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 18:51:17 EST Question of the day 4/28 What is your favorite candle scent? Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:44:43 EST Question of the day 4/26 What are your pet peeves? <BR> <BR> Thank you Sue! LOL pep peeves!! Sun, 26 Apr 2009 05:34:18 EST Question of the day 4/25 If you could choose to freeze time or move things with your mind, which one would it be? Why? Sat, 25 Apr 2009 13:46:12 EST Question of the day 4/22 Do you plant your on fruits and veggies or do you just buy them at the store? Or is it a combo of both? Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:40:15 EST Smart health shortcuts You'll love these! Hi ladies! I really wanted to share this with you. I lead a walking team called, Walk By Faith. I tell everyone to walk at their own pace and any kind of walking counts. For example, walking to the car and back, grocery shopping, etc. Well, I'm happy to see someone has backed me up! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> -Exfoliate with a washcloth: Skip the fancy products and just go over your face and body with a damp washcloth. Or, make your own body scrub by combining 1Tbsp coarse salt with 1 cup olive ... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 14:08:37 EST Question of the day 4/20 If calories and fat was not a problem, what is your favorite type of pizza? Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:16:39 EST How do you cope with your pain and/or illness 4/19 Like many, it depends on my pain level. I will get on the computer and read postings, but not post anything myself. Then I'll do the team prayers and lay down. <BR> <BR> Most of the time, I take my medication. I have horrible pain and sometimes, I try to block it and do what I need to do. Otherwise, nothing will get done. I live alone and have dogs and cats to take care of. <BR> Sun, 19 Apr 2009 14:26:25 EST 3 Things I'm Taking To The Lord Today - April 1. My weight problem <BR> <BR> 2. Physical Pain <BR> <BR> 3. Worries Sat, 18 Apr 2009 21:00:38 EST Spinning Wheel of Points! 1 point Sat, 18 Apr 2009 20:54:27 EST 3 Things I'm Thankful & Happy For Today I thought this would put a little spirit in us and help us realize we do have something to be thankful and happy. Sat, 18 Apr 2009 20:51:21 EST April's Blessings & Joy Box I decided to combine the two. Sat, 18 Apr 2009 20:47:37 EST Question of the day 4/17 If you could do or have any dream job in the world, what would it be? <BR> Fri, 17 Apr 2009 13:18:43 EST Question of the day 4/16 Do you have a talent? If so, what is it? Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:11:44 EST Something to remind us... THE BRICK <BR> <BR> <BR> A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out <BR> from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. <BR> <BR> As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of th... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:39:19 EST Track Your Bible Reading Here Track any bible reading here. Goal: Read one book a month and one chapter a day. <BR> <BR> I finished 1 Kings and started 2 Kings. Sun, 12 Apr 2009 01:02:06 EST ~ Devotional For Dieters ~ Luke 4:1-2 <BR> And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. <BR> <BR> Forty days without food. The thought boggles the mind. And yet, Jesus was able to do it. Though we are not Jesus, we do have the same source of comfort and strength as Jesus did: the Holy Spirit. If we will concern ourselves with ... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 22:56:47 EST Question of the day 4/8 When you were a small child, what did you want to be when you became an adult? Wed, 8 Apr 2009 13:09:30 EST Question of the day 4/5 What is your favorite Walt Disney movie? Sun, 5 Apr 2009 14:13:03 EST Question of the day 4/2 What was/is the hardest thing you ever had to do? <BR> Thu, 2 Apr 2009 11:14:42 EST Question of the day 4/1 Give me the names of 3 objects or things you dislike most and why? <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2009 00:19:25 EST April's morning breakfast & weigh in not too crazy about the weigh in, but it must be done. Wed, 1 Apr 2009 00:17:57 EST April's Blessings I am bless to have two wonderful at home and everyone on SP! Wed, 1 Apr 2009 00:16:39 EST