SparkPeople WALKING THE RIGHT PATH Team Messageboard As Christians, we seek to walk the Right Path guided by Jesus as we use God's Word.. In a warm & loving atmosphere, we invite anyone to walk with us as we encourage and support one another. SparkPeople WALKING THE RIGHT PATH Team Messageboard VERSES OF THE DAY TRULY GOD (is) good to Israel, (even) to such as are of a clean heart. Psalm73:1 (KJV) Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:41:30 EST Faith Satan says... You can't. Jesus says .,.You can do All things. <BR> Satan says... Hurry Hurry. Jesus says ...wait upon me. <BR> Satan says ..You aren't loved. Jesus says... I love you with an everlasting love. <BR> Satan says....There is no truth. Jesus says.. I am the way, truth and life. Thu, 24 May 2018 13:03:08 EST Winter I think the end of winter is in sight even though Spring comes slowly here on the east coast of Canada. We’ve had lots of wind and rain. How about your area? Thu, 8 Feb 2018 06:31:43 EST Sunday I had a very pleasant day yesterday. I taught the adult Sunday school class and helped serve Communion at the worship service. My daughter and I had lunch with eight others from church. Today I’m down another 1.6 pounds for a total of 10.6 pounds since January seventh. God is good. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 07:29:00 EST Have you or someone you know witnessed a Miracle? It would be very uplifting to hear Miracle stories I'm not talking about 'fanciful' miracles, like the one I heard on a tv show once: where someone.found a penny on a the seat of the car of someone who died who had collected pennies while alive; therefore it 'must be a sign from God that that person is okay and in heaven". <BR> I can't really commit to thinking that was a genuine miracle. <BR> <BR> What have YOU experienced? <BR> <BR> Would love to hear from you! Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:18:50 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE.... Question: <BR> What is your favorite account of Jesus? <BR> Share in this thread. One account per post. And if you think of more please come back. <BR> <BR> You could also include your favorite QUOTES of Jesus. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:52:12 EST DECEMBER: TAKE TIME TO BE GRATEFUL FOR SOMETHING I know this is a busy time and it can be quite challenging to find time to fit everything in. How about finding something in the Bible relating to the Christmas story or in your daily life that you are thankful for. <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:22:51 EST YOUR BIRTHDAY! Hi Family! <BR> <BR> Please share your Birthday, so we can recognize your Special Day! I started things off. Blessings! <BR> <BR> 1/31 Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:14:54 EST My Journey in Knocking Down my Wall <em>125</em> <BR> I can see already that God is going to do some interesting things throughout this journey of mine. <BR> I've posted elsewhere about some of this, but it's been pretty scattered, commenting on several different posts. <BR> I'm going to try to start here, explaining from the beginning. Forgive me if you've already heard about this and it's getting 'old'. <BR> <BR> So. <BR> Our minister has just finished a sermon series called,Walls Fall Down: Lessons from the Battle of Jer... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 00:49:32 EST JESUS IS COMING .....HE PROMISED The world has different opinions about this, but Jesus speaks the truth. Look at the following verses. Share more scripture. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:22:23 EST LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." Exodus 14:14 <BR> <BR> "The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee seven ways." Deuteronomy 28:7 <BR> <BR> "These things I have spoken unto you, that in ME ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of ... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:01:46 EST AM I GROWING IN CHRIST (book of Philippians) As a child of God, do you ever feel as if you will never make progress in your spiritual life? Does a Christian's spiritual growth depend totally upon oneself, or God, or God and you? <BR> Do you ever feel that circumstances you are facing attempt to rob you of your faith and beliefs? <BR> (circumstances like financial burdens, times of indecision, loss of job, family conflict, failing health, and so much more) <BR> As we look as these questions and more, we will find hope and joy in God's Wo... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:14:49 EST October's Challenge: Overcome Temptations Daily There are so many temptations that come our way in a day's time that affect us emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. As we become more and more aware of our reactions to these areas of our lives, let's make a conscious effort with the Lord's strength to overcome. <BR> Record your response daily with an emoticon. Also, let us hold one another up in prayer for we will have some days that we struggle more than others. Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:34:00 EST GOD CARES... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." 1 Peter 5:7 <BR> <BR> "Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." Psalms 55:22 <BR> <BR> "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." <BR> <BR> <BR> So many of us are going through difficult seasons i... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:57:31 EST GOD'S AMAZING GRACE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man boast. Ephesians 2: 8-9 <BR> <BR> "And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. " 2 Corinthians 12:9 <BR> <BR>... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:58:45 EST IS THE WORLD GETTING BETTER OR WORSE? .I started to do a Bible Study on the return of Jesus, but no one seems to have the time to participate so I changed the title. I will continue my personal study on this topic for it is exciting and needful. However, from time to time you might want to mention things that prove your opinion as if the world is improving or getting worse as the time for Jesus to return. <BR> It saddens me to say, I think things are getting worse and will continue to do so until Jesus comes again. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:00:49 EST IF GOD BE FOR US... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Romans 8:31 is such a comforting scripture, it reads: "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" <BR> <BR> The book of Romans is a part of a team study in this Forum. If you have not had the opportunity to read it, you are missing a Blessing. As Christians, Romans 8:31 is a scripture to commit to memory. We endure so many trials and tribulations,... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:10:49 EST AM I LETTING MY LIGHT SHINE DAILY? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Matthew 5:14-16 <BR> "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is on a hill cannot be hid." <BR> <BR> "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. " <BR> <BR> "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven. " <BR> <BR> As I walk th... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 20:05:19 EST SPIRITUAL GROWTH CHALLENGE Let me explain how this works. Every week think of a spiritual need/gift you want God to stir up in you! So many of us have spiritual gifts we're not exercising. Or maybe you just have an area you want God to focus on. At the end of the week, share your spiritual growth with us. <BR> <BR> I'll go first... <BR> <BR> It is hard to watch my mother travel this journey with Dementia, especially, when her illness attacks her health. This week, I am praying for patience and understanding. ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:29:59 EST TEAM STUDY - ROMANS Here we go with our first team study! My intention is to post each evening - I know some of our members live in other countries and their times are quite different than here in the US. My goal is to post early enough that everyone will be able to access the day's reading on the correct day. If you are not able to check in daily, that's not a problem. Please study along on your own and post your notes when you are able. <BR> <BR> At this point, my plan is to read a full chapter in a day, the... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:10:51 EST WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE? What does love "look like" to you? When you picture love, what qualities immediately come to mind as necessary? <BR> <BR> Men will often list "respect" as the highest priority - if they don't feel like their woman respects them, then to them it is translated as they are not loved. These are also some of the highest rated qualities listed among men and women (in no particular order): <BR> 1. communication (able to talk openly about anything) <BR> 2. honesty <BR> 3. obedience (we can often... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:38:41 EST You're A Tool The following was written by my husband a few days ago and posted to his study group. Thought I'd share it here. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Good afternoon everyone, hope everyone is in good health and being blessed today. <BR> <BR> I want to share something the Lord was showing me earlier his morning. Our church started Thursday night services last night, and we had a little pot luck dinner before hand, and afterward had a great service. And as ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:09:23 EST Difficult People There is a very controlling man in one of the churches I pastor. He's been divorced twice and has no respect for women. He is sometimes inappropriate with single women. He gossips about 'church business' to unbelievers in the community. I have spoken to him alone and with a deacon present. Nothing changes. I'm meeting with the deacons tonight and this issue will be discussed. I expect some opposition from two deacons. I'm praying for wisdom and sensitivity. Please pray for me. I pastor seven ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:26:53 EST LEARNING TO WAIT ON GOD Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint." <BR> <BR> Lamentations 3:25 "The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him." <BR> <BR> Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." <BR> <BR> When we go to God seeking deliverance or direction, we often get impatient if He doesn... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:04:24 EST Prayer needed Tomorrow my wife and I are going to visit our grandson in jail. He's awaiting trial for second degree murder charges. Please pray for him to come to the Lord and for us for wisdom when we see him. thanks. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:26:41 EST TIMES- WHEN YOU NEED HOPE For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” – 2 Corinthians 4:17 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Apostle Paul encourages the Christians experiencing affliction by reminding them of the fruit of glory that’s being produced in their lives. Sometimes we can’t always see or feel the effects of this fruit until the season is long gone. Go through the challenge with God and He will use the pain to build you in ways you never imagined, if you le... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:48:48 EST ARE WE HINDERING OUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." <BR> <BR> Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. " <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 11:1 "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. " <BR> <BR> Mat... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:44:55 EST tips and tricks for cooking or baking I thought I'd start this, because many know little tricks in cooking that shorten the amount of time, or simplify a process, or add to getting the most of our food, etc. So, here we go... <BR> <BR> Two ways to utilize a microwave to rise bread dough. <BR> <BR> Tip 1 Active <BR> Place 3 cups water in a 4 cup glass measure. Cook on 100% power (high) for 6 to 8 minutes or until boiling. Move water to the back of the oven. Place kneaded dough in a greased microwave-safe bowl, turning once. Cove... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 21:59:59 EST GOD KNOWS OUR EVERY NEED... Our sovereign Lord is our greatest provider. He sees and hears our needs, God is sitting on the throne lovingly watching over His children. Find comfort knowing God is able to supply us with everything...This world may place limits on you, but the awesome God we serve will not limit His goodness and favor. His storehouse overflows with Blessings, but we must have faith and continue seeking His face. <BR> <BR> "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by C... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 22:06:45 EST Hodge Podge JUNE Challenge I apologize for the challenge getting a late start. It's been a very busy week. <BR> <BR> Above, I composed a 4 - week challenge starting yesterday, 6/2/16 and continuing until the end of 6/30/16. Our goal is to exercise 3 - 5 days per week and resting 2 days. Combine strength training and cardio minutes into your fitness plan. Each week, log in your weight, cardio and strength training minutes. Included in our weekly challenges, there will be a word-themed goal to help keep you motivated, m... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:53:35 EST PUT A TEAM MEMBER IN THE "SPOTLIGHT" I know we are all busy, busy, and busy!!!!!!!!! However, if we don't take or MAKE a little time once in a great while, how can we get to know one another better. I have failed to in this area, but am getting ready to turn over a new leaf.( HEE HEE) It would be nice if we would look at the list of people who have introduced themselves to our team and read about one person from time to time. Then go to their spark page and look at their pics and read some of their blogs. Then come back here... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:11:35 EST introducing myself Hi everyone! my name is Melissa. I am 27 years old. I am a wife and my husband and I have been married for 6 years and we have 2 children together. we have a girl who is 6 and a boy who is 2 years. <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with a weight problem since I got pregnant with our daughter. right before I had her I was 263 lbs. before I got pregnant I was only 135-145 lbs. its been a really long journey for me. before i got pregnant with our son i was down to 180 lbs. i was able to get down t... Tue, 31 May 2016 23:36:46 EST THROUGH CHRIST WE ARE OVERCOMERS! I come bringing good news to all God's children, those who have been called according to His purpose. Be encouraged! In Christ, we are already overcomers! Remain unyielding through trials and tribulations, knowing our Redeemer has overcome this world. Hold fast to your faith believing everything will work out for your good. <BR> <BR> Being an overcomer requires action from us that must align with God's will. We must completely submit to Him...Acknowledge our dependence upon God. Acc... Tue, 31 May 2016 22:40:58 EST WHAT IS GRACE <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. GRACE IS GETTING WHAT WE DO NOT DESERVE. Because of His love and kindness manifested in Jesus on the cross we receive the greatest blessing of redemption. G.R.A.C.E.=GOD’S RICHES AT CHRIST’S EXPENSE. It is UNMERITED FAVOR OF G... Tue, 31 May 2016 10:43:56 EST GOD'S LOVE... The word love is an endearment used often. It is used to express our innermost feelings toward friends and loved ones. But oh my bothers and sisters, have you really taken the time to fathom the type of love God has for His children? Those who are called according to His purpose? When you're enjoying some alone time with God, really think about how much He loves you. Like me, you will no doubt be unable to fathom the depth of His love. <BR> <BR> Walk with me for a while so we can expl... Mon, 23 May 2016 21:21:24 EST BE PASSIONATE ABOUT PRAISING GOD Thank You Heavenly Father! As we walk this journey, we need to make sure we are praising God for being our Lord and Savior. Not just lip service, but truly honoring Him for those Blessings seen and unseen. We shouldn't wait for Him to perform huge miracles in our lives, we should praise Him daily for the small miracles He performs. If you can think of no other reason, then praise Him for the ultimate sacrifice of giving His Son for our salvation. <BR> <BR> For God so loved the world, t... Thu, 19 May 2016 22:12:49 EST Hello I am a 74 year old active pastor. I pastor 5 small Baptist churches (7 in the summer). Three of these churches meet as one congregation and two meet as another congregation. the other two I preach at once a month. I also am the Chaplain of our local firefighters association and hold three services monthly in two nursing homes. I have a weekly Bible study in the parsonage. I have been married for 47 years and have four grown children and five grandchildren. My prayer requests are for some issu... Tue, 17 May 2016 10:05:53 EST WHEN OUR FAITH HAS BEEN TESTED... I felt this Thread was the perfect complement to "How to deal with worrying". As Christians, we find our faith is often tested. Some may feel your faith is tested more than others. I come bearing good news! <BR> <BR> James 1:3 "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." <BR> <BR> Isaiah 43:2 "When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; n... Mon, 16 May 2016 21:47:23 EST AM I FAILING DAILY TO GLORIFY GOD AS I SHOULD? Our pastor preached from a message on glorifying God and it caused me to come home and research what it really meant for me to glorify God. I see that my life has not been glorifying God as it should. I wrote these questions as a result of my research to help me get a better grasp of my short comings. You may be interested in looking at this too. <BR> 1. Am I ever guilty of praying outside of God’s will and just pray for things that I want? Do you realize when we pray like this found in J... Sun, 15 May 2016 20:29:34 EST THROUGH WHOM DO WE COME TO GOD IN PRAYER? Many people will answer this differently based on books and opinions from others, but God's Word is True and gives the correct answer.God tells us why we need to depend upon His Word. <BR> 2TIMOTHY3:16KJV <BR> All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, <BR> (AMP) All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correctio... Fri, 13 May 2016 07:29:52 EST DEALING WITH ABUSE A version of this Thread was posted in the old team. I did not reach out to the members who posted their stories, because I want everyone to have a fresh start. I want you to share your story because you choose to. I realize opening up and discussing this type of pain is not easy, my prayers for strength and encouragement are with you. Please continue the steps toward healing, and remember your words can give someone else the courage needed... <BR> <BR> There are so many people struggling... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:39:48 EST Will I be fat in heaven? Not a silly question; we will go to heaven and what will our condition be? We struggle with weight and fitness here because of the curse on Adam's sin but in paradise restored, the curse and our weakness and frailties will be lifted to the strengths and perfection of the good state of the original creation. <BR> Imagine yourself, the personality and character that is you -- made whole in a physical body after your unique image but without limitation or blemish. No, I don't believe I will... Wed, 11 May 2016 21:47:09 EST WELCOME to Our May Challenge! <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>381</em> COPY and PASTE the following 3 - week challenge: <BR> <BR> ~ Week 1: (5/10 – 5/16) <BR> <BR> MANTRA : The word-themed goal for this week is to create a mantra. Incorporate motivational and inspirational quotes into your life. Let the written words of wisdom become your daily mantra! Follow their guidance to help you remain focused on your daily goals. <BR> <BR> 5/10/16 Weight: 140.5 pounds (Maintenance) <BR> Cardio Minutes: 85, 120, 60, 70, 6... Mon, 9 May 2016 13:11:54 EST BECOMING THE WOMAN GOD WANTS ME TO BE <img src=""> <BR> What a perfect time to post this Thread. It was requested by one of our own...CRYSTALGLUEN77 <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts on how God wants a woman to live? <BR> <BR> Who is considered to be a virtuous woman? <BR> <BR> What unique qualities must she possess? <BR> <BR> Proverbs 31:10-12,17,20,25-26,28,30 "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of ... Sat, 7 May 2016 23:48:31 EST Share Your Favorite Bible Verses “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” <BR> Revelation 1:8 NLT Sat, 7 May 2016 23:34:45 EST SALVATION IS ETERNAL AND ASSURED Scripture based: <BR> <BR> What is the Assurance I have that Jesus did what he said he would do? <BR> Read again Romans 10:13 Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. <BR> (Is that what you just did?) <BR> More Assurance : John 5:24 (Jesus said) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. <BR> Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by... Thu, 5 May 2016 16:49:20 EST hi! Name:Melissa <BR> Where I live:Western Massachusetts <BR> Occupation: student and stay at home mom <BR> Birthday: Feb 7 <BR> Hobbies: I love music,photograhy and reading <BR> Goals: My goal is to lose 75lbs by next year and become more active so i can enjoy time with my beautiful children <BR> Thu, 5 May 2016 10:15:26 EST SHARING AND CARING... We serve such an awesome God! Share a small daily/weekly testimony with your family. No testimony is too small for us to rejoice with you! I want this forum to be interactive, so drop by often to share and care with us! By the way, if you read a post and a small voice tells you to reach out to that person, do it! It can be a short Spark Mail or a goodie letting them know you're sharing with them today. I'll go first... <BR> <BR> I had been in prayer several months, asking God to surro... Wed, 4 May 2016 21:28:57 EST SWEEP AROUND YOUR OWN FRONT DOOR... As Christians, we must be very careful of what we say and do. Be mindful of the words you speak and the power they carry. I am not advising you to refrain from guiding someone when you see them falling by the wayside. But, if your physical being is getting joy from your actions, your intentions are not driven by a directive of God. You should always speak with love and kindness. Otherwise, you are doing more harm than good. Your words can do even more damage to an already fragile spiri... Wed, 4 May 2016 00:39:49 EST PEACE DURING DIFFICULT TIMES It is possible to have peace in the midst of the worst storms in your daily life. <BR> <BR> After reading the scripture, share your thoughts and experiences on this topic. <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 26:3 Thour wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. <BR> <BR> John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have... Tue, 3 May 2016 22:45:42 EST BEING OVERWEIGHT... Yes, this is indeed posted in the correct forum! <BR> <BR> Most of us joined Spark because we need to change our physical bodies. Perhaps due to health concerns, or the simple desire to be a healthier you. While we have embarked on the journey to improve our physical bodies, please do not neglect your spiritual one! <BR> <BR> God is not impressed with me dropping to a size 12, when my "spiritual house" is not in order. Do you have some spiritual weight to lose? <BR> <BR> We often car... Mon, 2 May 2016 21:42:50 EST PROVIDING ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS As we walk this Christian journey, I want us to relish in the joy of uplifting each other. Practice sharing encouraging words and doing small deeds. Let your light shine in this world with so much darkness. Do you know your words or small deeds can make a huge difference in someone's life? I recently shared with a co-worker whose husband is ill...She told me how much my words meant to her. Just knowing I brought her a moment of joy, Blessed me more than she knows. <BR> <BR> Because ou... Mon, 2 May 2016 20:32:37 EST ASK QUESTIONS OR SHARE "TIPS USING SPARKS PEOPLE Many times I hear members say "I wish I knew how to do so and so....." <BR> <BR> For examples: <BR> how do you put up pictures on your spark page <BR> How do you get spark mail <BR> How do you send spark blogs to your friends <BR> How do you use links <BR> etc. <BR> <BR> I know their are spark helps but many of our members do not know where to look. <BR> So please put up tips as what to do about different situation. <BR> <BR> If you have a question, ask it here and someone will answer you... Mon, 2 May 2016 19:51:45 EST What does your name mean? What does your name mean? Mon, 2 May 2016 14:01:42 EST FIVE WORD UNSCRAMBLE batel <BR> <BR> Directions see if you can unscramble these letters to make a word. <BR> Then leave another five word unscramble . <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 May 2016 13:31:57 EST SHARE INSPIRATIONAL SONGS & VIDEOS "In Christ Alone" <BR> In Christ alone my hope is found, <BR> He is my light, my strength, my song; <BR> this Cornerstone, this solid Ground, <BR> firm through the fiercest drought and storm. <BR> What heights of love, what depths of peace, <BR> when fears are stilled, when strivings cease! <BR> My Comforter, my All in All, <BR> here in the love of Christ I stand. <BR> <BR> In Christ alone! who took on flesh <BR> Fulness of God in helpless babe! <BR> This gift of love and righteousness <BR> ... Sun, 1 May 2016 22:22:13 EST Find time to rest with God Many of us lead such busy lives, that we often neglect finding time to rest with God. Several months ago I learned my mother has Dementia. It has been a physical and emotional struggle. Recently, I had to seek God and find the comfort and rest I was neglecting to give myself. In Him, I learned I am unable to be the support my mother needs, if I am not taking care of my physical and emotional health. Are you finding time to rest with God? Maybe your rest is quiet meditation, or reading s... Sun, 1 May 2016 21:49:34 EST CHURCH SHARING Were you able to get to church today? Or have you watched a church service on television or internet? Listed on the radio? <BR> <BR> We'd love to hear what you learned about today! (Or for our resident ministers, what you taught about today!) <BR> <BR> We may be trying to get skinnier physically, but it's a good thing to get fatter spiritually, feasting on the meat of the Word! Sun, 1 May 2016 15:46:37 EST DEVOTIONALS BY TEAM MEMBERS What did you study today? Share with us what you learned and what God is speaking to your heart! Sun, 1 May 2016 15:41:54 EST SHARE SPECIAL TIMES Share your special moments Sun, 1 May 2016 15:18:02 EST PRAYER REQUESTS & PRAISE REPORTS Father, I thank you for this team, and for every member of this team. Thank you for a place that we can come to learn of you, have fellowship with others, and strive towards a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I ask, Father, that you would pour your blessings out on every member of this team. Let them see your hand working miracles in every situation or trial they face. Let them hear your voice as you guide them in every area of their life. <BR> <BR> I ask that you would knit us together as ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:59:08 EST THE MAGNET Yesterday, I posted a picture of a magnet that has been on my fridge since my children were little, and hinted at a lesson this magnet has helped to teach my children. Today, though, I forgot to post what that lesson was (thank you for the reminder, CRISSYRR! Here is the magnet... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What this magnet says sounds right. It's true. But it's not Scriptural. Psalm 91:11 actually says, ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:15:36 EST THE NARROW ROAD (Saw this, just sharing...) <BR> <BR> Narrow Is the Road <BR> <BR> Following God means walking the 'narrow road.' It means facing adversity. Here are several things I've learned that help me to keep going: <BR> <BR> 1. God's Word is a border for my life. As long as I stay within the guidelines laid out in Scripture, I'll have what I need to do what I need to do. God is faithful and true to His Word. <BR> 2. I have to be willing to finish what I start. God uses committed people who aren... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:13:42 EST GUARDING OUR HEART IS VERY IMPORTANT What do you think? <BR> <BR> Heart attacks have claimed more lives than any other one disease. As I write this I am reminded of how my dad was one of its victims as a young man. Looking back, I recall as a young girl of his symptoms, suffering, and how if affected his entire life. This takes me yet to a deeper subject of how my heart and that of others are under attack from a spiritual stand point. (Good vs Evil, God vs. Satan) <BR> WHAT DOES A GOOD AND BAD SPIRITUAL HEART LOOK LIKE <BR> Goo... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:08:56 EST HANDLING "MISUNDERS STANDINGS" Have you ever had someone to misunderstand something that you said due to failure to communicate clearly or maybe something that you did that you thought was good but it too was misunderstood? How did it make you feel? You probably would agree with me, that it leaves you feeling frustrated and at a loss as to how to go about resolving the misunderstanding. With this same measurement, imagine how the other person may feel to if you were the one who said or did something that was misunderstood.... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:46:56 EST DOES MY LIFE SHOW THESE CHANGES AS A CHRISTIAN unknown author) Great Self-exam for Christians <BR> <BR> Characteristics of a Transformed life (Psalms 119) <BR> 1. Obedient lives vs. 2-4 <BR> 2. Lives full of praise vs 7 <BR> 3. Lives characterized as pure vs 9 <BR> 4. Victory over sin vs 11 <BR> 5. enjoy obeying the Lord vs 16 <BR> 6. Receive direct counsel from the Word vs 24 <BR> 7. Refreshed and strengthened by the Word vs 28 <BR> 8. People of integrity vs. 30 <BR> 9. Experienced inner freedom vs 30 <BR> 10. Unselfish vs 36 <BR> 11. T... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:42:49 EST WILL THERE BE IN CROWNS IN HEAVEN FOR ME? What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> Did you ever think about the Crowns promised in the Bible? When I do, I think of not something to brag about for those that receive them, but are blessings bestowed upon them who are in Christ, and then who are faithfully living for Him. Just knowing that Christ lives in us by purchasing us with His Blood. should be the motivator to live for Him? <BR> <BR> <BR> The 5 types of crowns are: – <BR> <img src=" Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:25:47 EST CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR God directed my attention to the Book of James for my devotions today. <BR> I went to BBNBI - a site that offers free Bible courses by a variety of Godly men. <BR> <BR> Here James teaches how we as Christians need to behave and live out our lives built on Jesus Christ. Get ready to get your toes stepped on as we are reminded again and again how we are to live our daily lives for someone we fail. <BR> <BR> Here is 5 steps that we as Christian need to live by <BR> Chapter 1. Stan... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:58:55 EST LOOK AT THE MANY GIFTS GOD HAS FOR US Please share your thoughts <BR> <BR> As I was reading from the book of Ephesians today, I was reminded how Christians are "wealthy in Christ" and need not to be "beggars" spiritually speaking. <BR> <BR> I praise God he made this possible: <BR> John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. <BR> <BR> Just look at what God gives to us freely through Christ. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:39:09 EST HOW TO DEAL WITH "WORRYING" (With permission by LPORTER) <BR> <BR> Let go and know that I am God! Let go of trying to control your spouse...Let go of your worry about your finances...Let go of your forgiveness...Let go of your past...Let go of what you can't control and rest in the knowledge that God is in control! <BR> <BR> We worry so much about things that we can't impact or change. What if we decided today to make a list of things we are holding onto and release all of them to God? What if we took one moment each... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:04:39 EST LIST HEALTH ISSUES: TREATED W/ HEALTHLY FOODS List any kind of food and its benefits. <BR> <BR> We may find different information about the same food and their benefits from different sources that we read. That is okay share what you find out. <BR> <BR> <BR> SHARE HERE WHICH ONES YOU ARE TRYING. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:17:16 EST A BLESSED SURPRISE WHILE " BEING STILL" Psalms 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. <BR> <BR> True event taken from my journal . June 14th: God taught me a lesson about <BR> "HOLDING ONTO HIM IN THE DIFFICULT TIMES" <BR> <BR> As I sat quietly in my van enjoying my time alone with the Lord, I suddenly discovered a group of butterflies huddled together in a small spot maybe 10 feet away. The 11 I counted were different in size and colors and very focused on something invisible to my eyes. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:01:31 EST A-Z Names of people . Alison . Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:56:57 EST FAVORITE RECIPES- simple, healthy and tasty!! Let's share recipes that taste great but are also low in calories and healthy but not too complicated or require alot of ingredients. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:39:10 EST TEAM CHALLENGE-get 8 hours of sleep Got 6 last night <em>24</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:34:09 EST WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE TO SPARKS? I'm here because I want to get healthier and stay that way, losing the excess weight I have is a part of that journey and I want to feel better physically and emotionally about myself. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:25:19 EST WEARING GOD'S ARMOUR :brings daily victories 1 THE FIRST PIECE OF GOD’S ARMOUR IS THE BELT <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Paul uses this scripture to encourage us as soldiers of the cross to dress appropriately as we fight the battles of life that Satan wages upon us. The battlefield starts in the mind with Satan’s fiery darts to discourage and to defeat us. What are some areas in your personal life that you struggle with? Would some of them be : dating, marriage, fa... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:10:35 EST MOTIVATIONAL /INSPIRATION QUOTES post your favorite inspirational quotes Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:08:13 EST A-Z GROCERY LIST Apples Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:06:34 EST TAG TEAM CHALLENGE I will post a challenge and when one of you finishes it you will say done, and you will post a challenge. Remember we have some members that have mobility issues so keep that in mind when you post a challenge. <BR> <BR> Do 10 Leg Lifts while sitting in a chair. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:03:46 EST TEAM FITNESS MINUTES Let's combine our daily fitness minutes, and see how fast they can add up! <BR> <BR> Today's fitness minutes: 30 <BR> Team total: 30 Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:16:28 EST CHALLENGE ENDED MAY 11TH This new challenge has been placed by another leader; not me. Hope you will join. Let's be supportive and benefit from it at the same time. Best wishes. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:38:12 EST CHEW IT OR SPIT IT? I will start the game by naming a food. The next person will say "chew it" if they like it or "spit it" if they do not like it. <BR> <BR> Then they will leave the name of another food for the next member. <BR> <BR> I will start the game. <BR> <BR> Potato Salad? Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:26:14 EST VENT: SHARE ANY CONCERNS OR PROBLEMS Please feel free to share if you are having a bad day, concerns, worries or problems. . Please, do not use a person's name either on our team or a family member. (You can just refer to that person as husband, wife, child, etc. etc.) Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:13:49 EST Just for Giggles <img src=""> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:08:58 EST TEAM VISION & INFORMATION Our purpose as a team is to seek Jesus and to allow Him to guide us daily, in becoming healthier and in every other area of our lives. Everyone is welcome here, whether they are Christian or not. We want everyone to feel “at home” here, surrounded by “family” that is full of warmth, friendliness, and love. Let's all strive to treat one another with kindness and respect. If a disagreement or any issue develops between members, please talk it over in the privacy of SparkMail. You may also use t... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:02:15 EST