SparkPeople Guided by God's Promises Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=68061 Proclaiming the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and seeking God's promises for guidance and strength on our journey. SparkPeople Guided by God's Promises Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=68061 HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x68061x73115228 I am from Oregon, I am Married, we have 5 children ( Between us) &amp; 2 grandsons, My Husband was in Logging, now retired... I work in Assisted Living.. we raise Goats &amp; Chickens on our small homestead, I filled 2 of the things on my Bucket List last Year.. 1) Shark diving ( In an Aquarium) &amp; 2) 1st Skydive 13,000. ft (Tandem)... hoping to do both again. Fri, 7 Feb 2020 11:42:10 EST Married, This is for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x72093690 There are times when we need a little encouragement , laughter. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec9ae8d5-a42d-415b-ac17-c08dea42cfea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> God is so good when we allow Him to instruct us the equation gets easier . <em>30</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2019 17:52:37 EST Positive Attitude and Affirmation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x72004656 . My past is not a reflection of my future. Sun, 28 Jul 2019 14:09:42 EST Sunday 'sounds Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x72004557 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1410c5a8-3be2-472b-a1b7-981ae0bb0860.png"> <BR> <BR> May you know that Jesus is your joy. <BR> I am enjoying Jesus how about you? Sun, 28 Jul 2019 13:54:44 EST ARE YOU PREPARED FOR WAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x71699060 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f168f345-7517-4d7f-8c8d-8a754ac371de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER, WHAT YOU BIND ON EARTH IS BOUND IN HEAVEN. <BR> USE YOUR WEAPONS. Fri, 7 Jun 2019 17:42:48 EST HEALING SCRIPTURES TO REMEMBER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x71565274 Acts 5:16 "Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed." <BR> <BR> NOTE - Even after Jesus had been crucified, raised back to life again and ascended into heaven, we see the very same work that Jesus performed, while on the earth, still taking place through the hands of His disciples, and with the very same intensity - all being healed. And why not? Hebrews 13:8 tells us th... Thu, 16 May 2019 15:04:27 EST Remember to take your vitamins every day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x71528121 Anxious? Take Vitamin A. “All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Fri, 10 May 2019 15:50:40 EST GOD IS SO FAITHFUL. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x69303399 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ee489a9-2acd-490a-b556-ccceab3f3f59.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT WE GO THROUGH, GOD SI SO FAITHFUL AND JUST <BR> WHEN YOU THINK HE IS NOT LISTENING, THIS IS THE TIME HE MOVES SO THAT YOU WILL KNOW THAT {ONLY GOD COULD DO THIS!} Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:38:23 EST JUST FOR YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x69227009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78e3bc91-59ff-42f9-aaf6-fa107bad3562.png"> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:19:32 EST HAPPY THOUGHTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x68724902 JESUS IS REAL TO ME! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/017a755f-a1fe-4bf1-88c5-efa16a5d0fea.jpg"> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:28:50 EST REMEMBER THIS, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x68397847 <BR> "Your need is My chance to help. Faith is all I need to manifest My Power." <BR> <BR> <BR> WHEN WE PUT OUR TRUST IN THE LORD <BR> AND WORK OUR FAITH. THAT IS WHEN TINGS <BR> MOVE IN OUR LIVES. <BR> <BR> HAVE A BLESS DAY EVERYONE, GAYEL Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:23:35 EST Praying the Names of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x68256275 ARTOS ZOES <BR> <BR> BREAD OF LIFE <BR> <BR> JESUS WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM WHICH MEANS HOUSE OF BREAD. <BR> <BR> READ, JOHN 6:48-51 JESUS SAYS "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE <BR> <BR> <BR> AR <em>43</em> Mon, 8 Jan 2018 11:52:50 EST JUST A PRAY FOR YOU, PLEASE ADD YOURS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x68086811 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76ef75f4-9d6b-4303-b330-afaed9aa9f3c.jpg"> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:20:52 EST WHAT ARE YOUR HEALTHY CHOICES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x67922990 <em>551</em> <em>274</em> <em>316</em> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:38:41 EST PEARLS OF WISDOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x67915999 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/167c65aa-f8d5-44a4-bd1d-7733a9763bef.jpg"> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:26:46 EST Request for prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x67897447 Please keep me in your prayers as I go through a follow up MRI for a small mass found in my pancreas a year ago. I was put at ease then and told they'd follow up in a year, so I wasn't extra concerned. I've had pain in that area for several months now, so I'm worried. Praying for relief from anxiety and good test results. Due to PKD, i've had several scares, and my nerves are shot. One kidney removed in May due to a concern of a mass that had to be removed before I could get a much needed kid... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:53:11 EST A Smile Goes a Long Way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x67867947 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/954959de-c81c-40f8-b543-63c03775e7b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Day! <em>30</em> Mon, 6 Nov 2017 13:01:22 EST Just a Thought: What are Yours http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x67673863 WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES, GOD OPENS ANOTHER OR EVEN A WINDOW. <BR> DON'T PUT TOO MUCH THOUGHT IN THE CLOSED DOOR BECAUSE IT JUST MIGHT <BR> BE ONE NEEDED TO BE CLOSED. <em>43</em> Sat, 7 Oct 2017 11:40:57 EST My Grandson, Logan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x67604306 Yesterday, my grandson Logan was taken to the emergency room because he couldn't pee. It turned out that his bowel was so impacted that it cut off his urethra flow so they had to give him 5 enemas and then catheterize him. He was sent home a little groggy from the sedation but ended up vomiting in the tub. They said he would continue to have diarrhea for a day and a half. He just turned 5. Please pray that the gastroenterologist can find the cause of why this happens. They increased his medic... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:00:04 EST What is it You Would Like to Change This Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x67416802 As for me I would like to keep up with my workout. <BR> I have lost 14 lb and I really am trying to keep it off. <em>224</em> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:22:43 EST WORD GAME, FROM A-Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x67232935 A IS FOR AMAZING Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:19:43 EST ANGELS ON WATCH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x67024299 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7db113ff-4dac-478b-826a-18e482ec0f0f.jpg"> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:56:51 EST A QUIET WALK WITH GOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x67024290 KNOW WITHIN YOURSELF THAT IF GOD BROUGHT YOU TO IT <BR> HE WILL BRING YOU THROUGH. HOLD ON TO THE PROMISES <BR> OF GOD. <BR> <BR> <BR> JUST ME, ANGELREJOICES <em>43</em> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:54:37 EST Looking In The Tool Box by Julia Bettencourt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66978399 <BR> <BR> Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 <BR> <BR> In 2 Timothy 2:15, it talks about being a "workman". If we are workman, we'll need some tools, so let's take a look in our toolbox and see what we can find. <BR> <BR> Safety Goggles <BR> <BR> When we are working on projects, safety googles are a must to protect our eyes. As Christians we need to protect our eyes as well. There are... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:30:01 EST SOUL FOOD ON MY TABLE BY Julia Bettencourt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66944456 <BR> Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16 <BR> <BR> <BR> It's amazing how some folks react when you mention the words "soul food" to those people who really enjoy it. They get that longing in their eyes. Their mouths begin watering, and they begin to use wonderful descriptive words to describe the flavor, aroma, and taste of it. They get excited about the... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 14:41:08 EST Declarations: Speak Over yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66853077 As I live in God, my love grows more perfect. I can face Him with confidence on the day of judgment because I live like Jesus here in this world (I John 4:17 NLT). Mon, 22 May 2017 11:07:32 EST Julia Bettencourt Devotional (Bad Cup of Coffee) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66820365 …Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16 <BR> <BR> I think everyone disagrees on what makes a good cup of coffee. With today's hot coffee trend, we try all kinds of flavorings and different ways of experiencing coffee. It used to be basically served black or with cream and sugar. There wasn't much variety. <BR> <BR> Nowadays, people like coffee served and brewed a lot of different ways. We tend to disagree on what's good. What we usually agree on is the basics on what makes a bad cup ... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:50:34 EST A Quote just for You! Come and add your own http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x66797357 "What is it to serve God and to do His will? Nothing else than to show mercy to our neighbor. For it is our neighbor who needs our service; God in heaven needs it not." — Martin Luther Fri, 12 May 2017 14:59:31 EST FAVORITE WORSHIP SONG http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x66673034 IT'S NOT OVER BY ISRAEL AND NEW BREED <BR> <BR> BECAUSE WHEN GOD IS IT THERE IS NO LIMIT Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:47:41 EST Reading Cafe` What Are You Reading or Listening To http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x66595778 I am Listing to Sarah Price Plan Fame Series <BR> I enjoyed the first audio I have bought all of them <em>149</em> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:27:33 EST TAKE YOUR VITAMINS DAILY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66537800 Anxious? Take Vitamin A. <BR> <BR> “All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) <em>296</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 11:15:22 EST What Are Your Hobbies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x66514348 I love to crochet! Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:10:36 EST WHAT BOOKS HAVE HELPED YOU LOSE WEIGHT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x66394336 Please share with our team which books have helped you on your weightloss journey. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:41:44 EST A PEARL JUST FOR YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x66381664 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a4d820f-283a-4cee-81d9-8bf9bbdce07e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> HAVE A BLESS AND WONDERFUL DAY. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 14:26:06 EST ACCOUNTABI ILITY--DID YOU STAY WITHIN BOUNDARIES? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x66352573 Let's embrace the "being accountable" habit! This can be a daily or weekly thing for each of us. <BR> A simple "yes" or "no" will work here. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:10:57 EST When Trusting God is Painful http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66169770 When Trusting God Is Painful <BR> <BR> <BR> For You <BR> Noah’s deliverance was not without pain: Physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual pain. He hurt from work, he hurt from loss, he hurt from fear. Noah was in the middle of a miracle of God and he was hurting. God’s deliverance isn’t without pain. Jesus suffered it and He promised we would as well. When this happens, it is easy to doubt God. After all, if God is in it, it should go well, right? Well, Noah did everything just as... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 13:53:21 EST Favorite Superbowl Snack Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x66158192 What are some of your favorite Snacks to eat on Superbowl? <BR> <BR> Bean Dip- No Bean Chili Mixed with Cream Cheese heated up- yummy Fri, 3 Feb 2017 19:56:35 EST WHY CHRISTIANS DOUBT THEIR SALVATION AT TIMES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66142894 Why do Christians doubt their salvation at times? <BR> 1. Can’t remember the specific date or time ( I was one of those who doubted in my life due to not remembering the date or year. However, I remembered that it was a Sunday morning and I will never forget what took place in my heart that day. It was by faith I received Christ as my Lord and Savior that very day) <BR> 2. Guilt and Remorse over things they have committed (Christians that do wrongful things at times feel so ashamed and yet e... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 18:24:58 EST Prayers, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x66134098 I'm not one to typically ask for prayer for myself, but it's time. <BR> <BR> For several months, it seems that I have "caught" every little virus, bug, whatever that is going around. The past 25 days, I have had fevers as high as 102.8, and never lower than 97.8 (my personal "normal" is more like 96.8). I've also had dome dizziness/lightheadedness, slight tremors in my hands and legs, a cough, congestion, ear pain, horrible headaches, depression, fatigue, weakness and other random things... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:37:48 EST Scattered brains http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x66076471 ~ it said post whatever is on your mind... well my mind is scattered.... <BR> <BR> ~wedding _ I am getting married in 151 days _ WHAT??? lol, to my best friend and love. <BR> <BR> ~Weight _ I really want to lose 15 pounds before the wedding(still not my goal weight but a healthy doable loss) <BR> <BR> ~Health _ my heart hurts all the time, I know this is now my normal, but I hate it, it makes it challenging to reach my goals. <BR> <BR> ~Paying _ I need to focus on prayer and st... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:58:43 EST By Faith Water Walkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66069474 Matthew 14:22-33 <BR> What are the Characteristics of a water walker <BR> 1. recognizes God's Presence <BR> 2. understand the difference between Faith and Foolishness <BR> 3. get out of the boat <BR> 4. understand that Fear comes with growth <BR> 5. understand failure is part of the process <BR> 6. learn that Jesus is always nearby <BR> <BR> If you can't see God's presence or activity in your life ask Him. <BR> If you still can't see him you may have to ask someone else <BR> <BR> Fear does ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:42:23 EST SHARE WAYS TO SERVE JESUS IN OUR COMMUNITIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x66063844 This is not about patting ourselves on the back, but maybe through things some of our members do in service unto our Lord, may motivate, inspire, and encourage others with new ideas. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:06:55 EST FIND/SHARE BLOGS OF OTHER SPARKPEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x68061x66056941 <BR> if you find A BLOG that inspires you or one where a person anywhere on the spark's site needs encouragement, post it here. This will allow our members to read it and post a message or an icon. Let's reach out and shine for Jesus to those who are hurting or are discouraged or give a pat on the back to those who have inspired us. <BR> <BR> If you follow the directions below it will appear in blue when you save it. The members can just merely click on it to find; otherwise it will app... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:11:50 EST CHEW OR SPIT IT OUT!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x66056836 Someone will list a food, you say Chew Or Spit it depending upon if you like that particular food. <BR> <BR> Then leave the name of a food for the next person. <BR> <BR> I will start it with the food: <BR> chicken liver? Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:54:16 EST TEAM BONUS POINTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x66055545 I got 1 for the team today. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:45:38 EST REMINDERS FROM GOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x66055149 Reminders From God <BR> <BR> "I am with you to guide and help you. Leave your foolish fears and trust in Me." Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:34:17 EST A QUOTE JUST FOR YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65978324 "All earthly delights are but "streams." But God is the ocean." — Jonathan Edwards Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:17:43 EST Healthy Food Recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65955697 Hello all. I wanted to start a topic that would feature foods that you found to be delicious, nutritious, cost effective, etc, I will start. Last night I went to my local supermarket and found Flatout Flatbread. It is 100 calories and very big in my opinion. It has half the carbs of two pieces of wheat bread and its multigrain with flax but I believe there were other flavors. It is big enough to make a delicious wrap (I had mine with shrimp and crab salad) you can also make quesadilla with it... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:35:07 EST TAKE TIME TO "PAT SOMEONE ON THE BACK" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x68061x65942006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/965cee59-e353-4cd2-9529-33672f1bf85d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's get better acquainted. Read someone's spark page or blogs and find something good to share. lET'S GIVE SOMEONE A PAT ON THE BACK. <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jan 2017 19:59:48 EST (A-Z) BIBLE NAMES, PLACES AND THINGS)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65938738 There is a host of names, places and things found in the Bible. Let's try to find them and list them in alphabetical order. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:13:10 EST (CLICK HERE; TO SHARE THE DIFFICULT MOMENTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x65938522 One of our members suggested this topic. Thank you. <BR> Please share things that discourage or depress you. How are you coping with it? <BR> Sharing ideas may benefit others. <BR> Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:46:30 EST NAME A MIRACLE FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65915518 As you are studying the New Testament share the miracle Jesus did Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:36:23 EST NAME A MIRACLE/ FOUND IN THE OLD TESTAMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65915466 There are many supernatural events or miracles found in the Old Testament. Please share them as you are reading from it. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:29:43 EST SONG: YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE BY SELAH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65895831 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co6HXUN19AY </link> <BR> You Are My Hiding Place" <BR> <BR> You are my hiding place <BR> You always fill my heart <BR> With songs of deliverance <BR> Whenever I am afraid <BR> I will trust in You <BR> <BR> I will trust in You <BR> Let the weak say <BR> I am strong <BR> In the strength of the Lord <BR> <BR> You are my hiding place <BR> You always fill my heart <BR> With songs of deliverance <BR> Whenever I am afraid <BR> I will trust in You <BR> <BR> I will... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:28:22 EST SONG: THROUGH IT ALL BY SELAH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65895811 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo-mp_m3nj8 </link> <BR> I've had many tears and sorrows <BR> I've had questions for tomorrow <BR> There've been times I didn't know right from wrong <BR> But in every situation <BR> God gave blessed consolation <BR> That my trials only come to make me strong <BR> <BR> I've been a lot of places <BR> And I've seen so many faces <BR> But there've been times I've felt so all alone <BR> But in that lonely hour <BR> In that precious, lonely hour <BR> Jesus let me ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:25:18 EST SONG: PART THE WATERS/ I NEED THEE BY SELAH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65895789 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=775yhAx7b8g </link> <BR> When I think I'm going under, part the waters, Lord <BR> When I feel the waves around me, calm the sea <BR> When I cry for help, oh, hear me, Lord and hold out Your hand <BR> Touch my life <BR> Still the raging storm in me <BR> <BR> I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord; <BR> No tender voice like Thine can peace afford. <BR> <BR> [Refrain:] <BR> I need Thee, O I need Thee; <BR> Every hour I need Thee; <BR> O bless me now, my Sav... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:21:58 EST LET'S GET CLOSER CONNECTED: OCCUPATION/ STATE etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x68061x65895596 Please check this topic often to see who lives in the same state you do, the same occupation, hobbies, birthday, anniversary, your spark goal. Be sure to tell your name again besides your username. <BR> <BR> Name: Lois(4-Heistheanswer) <BR> State: East Tennessee (USA) near these cities Oak Ridge, Knoxville, Harriman) <BR> Occupation: retired elementary school teacher, <BR> Hobbies:Teach at the jail and Sunday School, Read, Play Organ, <BR> Birthday- March 19th <BR> Wedding Anniversary: S... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:36:05 EST PRAYING SCRIPTURES OVER YOUR MARRIAGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65894284 BLESSING TO EACH OF YOU. THERE COMES A TIMES WHEN WE NEED TO PRAY OVER OUR MARRIAGES. GOD WANTS TO BLESS US AND KEEP US IN PEACEFUL AND HAPPY MARRIAGE. COME AND JOIN US AS WE THANK GOD AND SEEK HIM. <BR> <BR> Dear God, <BR> We praise you for your love and faithfulness. We thank you for huge grace. We thank you that you give us the power to love well. Thank you for my spouse. Thank you for the gift of marriage. Thank you that you’re for us; that you fight for us. Thank you that you are R... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:00:52 EST 15, 20, 30 minutes, It is Time to Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65853998 What did you do today? <BR> <BR> 15 min Bike <em>316</em> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:07:10 EST SONG-"LORD, DON'T MOVE THAT MOUNTAIN, BUT GIVE ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65852744 <link>/www.youtube.com/watch?v=etC9DkJ5Skc </link> <BR> LORD, DON'T MOVE THAT MOUNTAIN <BR> Lord, here I am again down on my knees in prayer <BR> And Lord, You promised me You would always meet me there <BR> Now there's a mountain up ahead that I can't seem to climb <BR> But I'm praying for the strength to try it one more time <BR> <BR> Lord, don't move that mountain, <BR> Just give me strength to climb <BR> For if You should move each mountain <BR> I might grow weaker every time <BR> And... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:48:59 EST SONG "BECAUSE HE LIVES I CAN FACE TOMORROW" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65840409 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M-zwE33zHA </link> <BR> God sent His son, they called Him Jesus <BR> He came to love, heal and forgive <BR> He lived and died to buy my pardon <BR> An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives <BR> <BR> Because He lives, I can face tomorrow <BR> Because He lives, all fear is gone <BR> Because I know He holds the future <BR> And life is worth the living, just because He lives <BR> <BR> How sweet to hold a newborn baby <BR> And feel the pride and joy He g... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:24:01 EST SONG "ONE DAY AT A TIME" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65840360 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBnZ8bmEOTM </link> <BR> I'm only human I'm just a man <BR> Help me to believe in what I could be and all that I am <BR> Show me the stairway that I have to climb <BR> Lord for my sake teach me to take one day at a time <BR> One day at a time sweet Jesus that's all I'm asking from you <BR> Give me the strength to do everyday what I have to do <BR> Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine <BR> So for my sake teach me to take one day at a time... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:18:25 EST SONG & VIDEO "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65834433 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUkAzyDRL5E </link> <BR> "Our Father" <BR> <BR> Hear our prayer <BR> We are Your children <BR> And we've gathered here today, bless me <BR> We're gathered here to pray <BR> <BR> Hear our cry <BR> Lord, we need Your mercy <BR> And we need Your grace today, yes, we do <BR> Hear us as we pray <BR> <BR> Our Father, who art in Heaven <BR> Hallowed be thy name <BR> Our Father, hear us from Heaven <BR> Forgive our sins we pray <BR> <BR> Hear our song <BR> As it r... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:48:20 EST POWERFUL SONG: "HE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65834299 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1O3a-ccLaA </link> <BR> HE <BR> He can turn the tides <BR> And calm the angry sea. <BR> He alone decides <BR> Who writes a symphony. <BR> He lights ev'ry star <BR> That makes our darkness bright. <BR> He keeps watch all through <BR> Each long and lonely night. <BR> He still finds the time <BR> To hear a child's first prayer. <BR> Saint or sinner call <BR> And always find Him there. <BR> <BR> <BR> Though it makes him sad <BR> To see the way we live, <BR> He... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:34:20 EST HOW TO PRAY WITH AUTHORITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x65834174 How to Pray With Authority <BR> (scriptures and thoughts taken from Rev. Charles Stanley, Life Principals Bible) <BR> <BR> Many times we are unsure how to pray when in times of stress and difficulty. Instead of running away from our problems, God invites us to come boldly before his throne of Grace. Hebrews 4:15,16For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.Let us therefore come bo... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:22:31 EST Joey was stuck. God understands when I'm "stuck". http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65832244 <BR> One time Joey (a dog we had) got stuck underneath our deck. I called him and all he'd do is whine. I couldn't see Joey until I put my shoes on and went outside and looked under the deck and sure enough he was stuck. <BR> <BR> I crawled under the deck and freed him from small branches and whatever else he was stuck on. <BR> As I thought about Joey getting stuck, I realized sometimes I get stuck too! The Lord understands how I get stuck and how to set me free!! <BR> <BR> I love t... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 23:53:26 EST SONG: WELL, I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65831900 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7Pw0Gyc9d0 </link> <BR> Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning? <BR> And who told the ocean you can only come this far? <BR> And who showed the moon where to hide till evening? <BR> Whose words alone can catch a falling star? <BR> <BR> Chorus: <BR> Well I know my Redeemer lives <BR> I know my Redeemer lives <BR> All of creation testifies <BR> This life within me cries <BR> I know my Redeemer lives <BR> <BR> Ye-e-eah <BR> The very same God <BR> Tha... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:45:09 EST SONG: JOHN 3:16 ( NOT THE TRADITIONAL ONE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65831781 ackie wayne <BR> > > JOHN 3:16 <BR> > > <BR> > > <BR> > > A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, <BR> > > the people were in and out of the cold. <BR> > > <BR> > > The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to <BR> > > sell <BR> > > many papers. <BR> > > <BR> > > He walked up to a policeman and said, <BR> > > 'Mister, <BR> > > you wouldn't happen to know where a poor boy could <BR> > > find a warm place to sleep tonight would you? <BR> > > <BR> > > You see, I... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:30:36 EST COOKING TECHNIQUE THAT WILL HELP YOU EAT VEGGIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65829732 The Magical Cooking Technique That Will Get You to Eat Your Veggies <BR> <BR> By: Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently, I asked you which healthy food you'd like to learn to eat. The responses were diverse and plentiful. <BR> <BR> Aside from liver, vegetables were the most common response: from tomatoes to celery, eggplant to green peppers. <BR> <BR> While I have blog posts planned for specific vegetables, I wanted to share with you a magic trick I learned a fe... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:00:25 EST 3 TIPS FOR FUELING YOUR ACTIVE LIFESTYLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65829723 By Dean Anderson, Fitness &amp; Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> Good nutrition provides the foundation for your goals, whether you want to lose weight the healthy way or fuel high-level physical activities. Unless you eat “the right stuff” at the right times, you aren’t going to get very far in either direction. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, what counts as the right stuff often depends on the situation. Your body can’t do everything at once. Restricting your calorie intake to promote weight and fat l... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:58:55 EST 52 WATS TO DITCH YOUR DIET FOR GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65829713 52 Ways to Ditch Your Diet for Good <BR> Tips, Tools and Tricks that Lead to Permanent Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Ellen G. Goldman <BR> <BR> Looking to lose some excess weight? Here's my advice: Don’t go on a diet. <BR> <BR> Anyone who knows my history knows that I am "anti-dieting" for many reasons. <BR> <BR> The mere thought of “going on a diet” implies a starting and an ending point. No matter your motivation level, upon thinking the word "diet," your brain instinctively... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:56:36 EST STORY OF AN OBESITY SURIVOR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65829710 I'm an Obesity Survivor'' <BR> Keeping the Weight Off with SparkPeople Member MSUMOMMA <BR> <BR> <BR> Heather (MSUMOMMA) is down 75 pounds and says she's committed to her new lifestyle! Learn how she has maintained her weight loss for eight months and counting. <BR> Heather Before Heather After <BR> <BR> <BR> What challenges did you face upon entering “maintenance mode?” <BR> <BR> The biggest challenge I faced was overindulging and gaining a little weight, and then having to get bac... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:55:28 EST 7 STRETCHES THAT REDUCE STIFFNESS AND TENSION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65829629 Seated Stretching Routine <BR> 7 Stretches that Reduce Stiffness and Tension <BR> <BR> By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> When you spend a lot of time sitting, especially at a desk or computer, it's important to take stretch breaks. A couple of breaks each day will help you stay alert and keep stiffness at bay. This set of stretches is perfect for people who are already sitting or those who prefer to stay seated for balance reasons. Make sure the chair you are using is sturdy... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:42:03 EST PROBIOTICS: A BILLION GOOD BUGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65829614 Probiotics: A Billion Good Bugs <BR> Friendly Bacteria for Your Digestive System <BR> <BR> <BR> By Becky Hand, Licensed &amp; Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> Did you know that your digestive tract contains more than 400 types of “friendly” bacteria? These little guys, commonly referred to as probiotics (which means "pro-life"), help reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy digestive system. That’s right! Probiotics are live bacteria with clinically-documented health be... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:40:16 EST 10 WAYS TO STRATEGIZE FOR LONG TERM WEIGHT LOSS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65829602 10 Ways to Strategize for Long-Term Weight Loss <BR> What Could Work to Keep the Weight Off Forever <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor <BR> <BR> So, you don't just want to lose weight, you want to lose the extra weight forever. Ta-ta. Sayonara. Good riddance. While losing weight does take focus and dedication, it's important to remember that losing weight isn't really a start-and-end process. Sure, you have a weight-loss goal to ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:39:02 EST SONG: COME, NOW IS THE TIME TO WORSHIP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65828149 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPWq8eM4lu8 </link> <BR> "Come, Now Is The Time To Worship" <BR> <BR> Come, now is the time to worship. <BR> Come, now is the time to give your heart. <BR> Come, just as you are, to worship. <BR> Come, just as you are, before your God. <BR> Come. <BR> <BR> One day every tongue will confess <BR> You are God. <BR> One day every knee will bow. <BR> Still the greatest treasure remains for those <BR> Who gladly choose you now. <BR> <BR> Come, now is the time to ... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:10:09 EST SONG: IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65828071 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnLWVkFf8PM </link> <BR> You been all along rocky road <BR> At times you felt cheater <BR> To have to bear this long <BR> While others who would barely even try <BR> Would spread their wings like eagles <BR> And soar into the sky <BR> Chorus <BR> It doesn’t matter who you are <BR> It doesn’t matter where you’ve been <BR> It doesn’t matter what you’ve done <BR> Jesus is softly calling <BR> But because of who He is <BR> And because of where He’s been <BR> Beacau... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 10:02:41 EST SONG "SLOW FADE" BY CASTING CROWNS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65824765 <link>video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?<BR>fr=yfp-t-s&amp;p=slow+fade+casting+cro<BR>wns#id=1&amp;vid=7c14d3e77130772087f64<BR>43cd33a89ff&amp;action=click </link> <BR> Casting Crowns singing Slow Fade <BR> Be careful little eyes what you see <BR> It's the second glance that ties your hands <BR> As darkness pulls the strings <BR> Be careful little feet where you go <BR> For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow <BR> It's a slow fade when you give yourself away <BR> It'... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:30:17 EST SONG: HOW DEEP THE FATHER'S LOVE FOR US http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65823479 "How Deep The Father's Love For Us" <BR> How deep the Father's love for us <BR> How vast beyond all measure <BR> That He should give His only Son <BR> To make a wretch His treasure <BR> <BR> How great the pain of searing loss <BR> The Father turns His face away <BR> As wounds which mar the Chosen One <BR> Bring many sons to glory <BR> <BR> Behold the man upon a cross <BR> My sin upon His shoulders <BR> Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice <BR> Call out among the scoffers <BR> <BR> It was my si... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:01:03 EST My STORY: GOD'S INTERVENTION IN DESERT STORM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65816138 Desert Storm took place in the 90’s and it was then that my son, who just turned 18, joined the army and was deployed there. I will never forget the night before he left, how we were so concerned not only for his safety, but he had come down with a “bug” and had a throbbing headache and a fever. It was so hard to let him go. <BR> He arrived in Saudi Arabia right before the first bombs dropped. You can just imagine how worried we were for not only our son but the many others. God was watc... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:37:31 EST Why did you choose your screen name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65811795 I picked mine cause I like to watch reality TV shows. Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:41:32 EST NOT ASHAMED TO PRAISE GOD : TRUE STORY: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65810878 Have you read the survivors’ stories of those who escaped the deadly wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tn which destroyed over 17,000 acres, destroyed over 150 homes and businesses and claimed the lives of at least 13? I hope you google it and see for yourself the devastation and hear the live reports from the survivors themselves. One couple in their 80’s climbed down a mountainside in the dark away from the fire that destroyed their home completely. <BR> Another couple visiting from out of town, w... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:47:23 EST STORY: THORNS OF LIFE (learning to be thankful) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65810469 .heavensinspirations.com/thankful-for-thor<BR>ns.html <BR> (taken from Heavensinspirations.com) <BR> <BR> ( I hope you read this story written by an unknown person. It reminds me that God is with us through all the difficult things in our lives. He can bring glory and praise unto His name as he teaches us of His abiding love. We can turn our pain unto gain as others can see Christ in our lives in our reactions to the difficult times) <BR> <BR> Sandra felt as low as the heels of her Birken... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:40:15 EST ILLUSTRATION: STARFISH STORY (You and I matter) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65810186 The Starfish Story: one step towards changing the world <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a53acde2-521e-4687-8422-01015a49f70a.jpg"> <BR> By Peter Straube <BR> You may have heard this one, but I find that it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of it every once in a while. First let me tell you the story, and then we can talk about it. <BR> Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning b... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:57:35 EST ILLUSTRATION ABOUT PAIN: STUNG BY A HORNET http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65810025 A small child, while enjoying the swings and slides at a park near her home, was suddenly stung by a hornet. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c095fbb-bb78-4bb4-aa0a-f4385ea873ab.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25da2650-fb4d-4cff-8571-b887b754bf72.jpg"> <BR> Her grandmother tried effortlessly to calm the child. Nothing would do, but take the screaming child home as it pleaded, “Take me home to my daddy and he will take me in his arms and everythin... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:28:57 EST HOW CAN I CLAIM GOD'S PROMISES? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65806402 How can I claim God’s Promises? <BR> To someone’s counting, a person came up with 40,000 promises in the Bible. <BR> <BR> Some of these promises were to specific people and we are not to think that they apply to us. <BR> <BR> However, there are General promises made to all God’s CHILDREN we can apply throughout all of history. <BR> The unconditional promises require absolutely nothing of the believer. No one can alter them nor change them for God has pledged to fulfill them. For example ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:57:55 EST 17 FOODS THAT ACTUALLY BOOST YOUR METABOLISM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65806384 17 Foods that Actually Boost Your Metabolism <BR> <BR> By: Anna Fleet <BR> 3 <BR> While there are no short-foods to single-handedly make you shed the weight you want to lose, certain foods have natural metabolism-boosting or energy-enhancing properties over others. <BR> So if you’re hoping to lose weight or harness more pep in your steps, the following foods can help you achieve your goals when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise… <BR> 1. Green Tea <BR> You likely already exp... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:54:14 EST ARE EMOTIONAL ROADBLOCKS KEEPING YOU FAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65806370 By Ellen G. Goldman, Health &amp; Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> Eat less, move more is the advice touted to the overweight ad nauseam, as if it were really that simple. <BR> <BR> I have been in the business of helping individuals take off unwanted pounds for more than 30 years. Although success usually does include cutting back on unnecessary calories and moving more, there are a myriad of other factors that are part of the equation. Sleep, stress, metabolic factors, genetics and body type can... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:50:27 EST IS EVENING EATING DESTROYING WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65806322 Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts? <BR> Cues to Eating and How to Control Them <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Becky Hand, Licensed &amp; Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> Balanced breakfast? Checkjavascript:void(0) <BR> Mid-morning snack? Check <BR> Healthy lunch with your co-workers? Check <BR> Passing up your friend's homemade cookies? Check <BR> Coming home in the evening and going on a feeding frenzy? CHECK!! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like the bulk of your days? You're in... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:42:47 EST 50 EASY WAYS TO BURN 100 CALORIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65806297 50 Easy Ways to Burn 100 Calories <BR> Torch Your Way to the Top with These Activities <BR> By Erin Whitehead, Health and Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> Everything you do burns calories—breathing, sleeping, standing, and all of the active pursuits you enjoy. But what does it take to burn just 100 calories? You may be surprised by how little—or how much—activity you have to do to achieve that goal! To put it all in perspective for you, we’ve gathered 50 different ways to burn 100 calories. From s... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:37:14 EST WEIGHT TRAINING IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65806288 By Lonnie Soloff, Cleveland Indians' Head Trainer <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7a43d92-6ab7-4820-8189-01a8647fcb41.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Weight training is a critical component to the success of an athlete. <BR> <BR> By becoming stronger and increasing muscular endurance, an athlete is able to perform more efficiently and is better able to avoid injury. Furthermore, there are a number of other physiological adaptations to weight training. The strength of tendons and lig... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:34:47 EST HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65806276 By: Melinda Hershey, <BR> <BR> Congratulations: You have officially survived the holiday season! Now it's time to get back on the wagon and reach some major milestones in the new year. Weight loss may be at the top of your list of goals for 2013, as it is for many people. And whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100 pounds, you're going to have to make some changes to your lifestyle habits. <BR> <BR> The good news is that you don't have to completely overhaul your life all at once. At Spa... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:30:29 EST 6 PRINCIPLES OF SMART EATING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65806263 6 Principles of Smart Eating <BR> Written by Melinda Hershey, Health Educator <BR> <BR> We hear all the time that in order to lose weight, we're supposed to constantly say ''no'' to things. But it doesn't have to be so negative! Here are six smart principles to say ''yes'' to that will help you look and feel your best in the long run. <BR> Principle 1: Say 'Yes' to Portion Control <BR> When you first decide to lose weight, you might approach the process thinking that you won't be able to eat... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:26:06 EST GOD HELP ME WITH MY NEEDS AND IN MY DECISIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65804364 Are you facing a decision and unsure what to do? To have the answer, we must do what it says. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. <BR> <BR> Are you going through something that has left you afraid? These promises are so reassuring. <BR> <BR> Psalms 56:3, 11 When I am afraid, I will trust in you.....In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:49:36 EST PRAYERS FOR SPECIAL TIMES (CLICK HERE TO ADD MORE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65804291 (Keep in mind, that prayer is between you and God as you just express what is on your heart and mind.......and as you take time to listen to him speak to you through the Holy Spirit and through God's Word) <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel Free to click REPLY and add more prayers of your own. <BR> (The following were taken off line by a group that gave permission) <BR> <BR> SERENITY PRAYER <BR> God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and t... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:38:17 EST Problem: SPEAKING BEFORE THINKING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800920 "A Problem with speaking without thinking" <BR> <BR> Peter, a fisherman, became one of the 12 disciples of Jesus. <BR> <BR> His Problems was with himself: he spoke many times without thinking, was brash and impulsive. During Jesus' trial, he denied him 3 times. <BR> <BR> After His Resurrection, Jesus sought out Peter. Peter repented of his denial and lack of faith and he became a strong witness and leader for Christ. <BR> <BR> Have you ever been quick to say things without thinking? ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:08:11 EST Object Lesson: FRICTION OR PEACE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800708 <BR> FRICTION OR PEACE <BR> <BR> Key Verse <BR> Matthew 5:9 Turn away from evil and do good; <BR> seek peace and pursue it. <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> Romans 12:18; Psalm 34:14; Galatians 5:22-23 <BR> <BR> Materials Needed <BR> &amp;#61607; Just your hands= <BR> <BR> Object Lesson <BR> Everyone show me your hands. Now clap them together and hold them firmly. (Demonstrate this as you go along.) Now rub them back and forth. Faster! Faster! <BR> (Have everyone keep rubbing their hand... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:33:10 EST Object Lesson: RECHARGE YOUR BATTERY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800678 Recharge your battery <BR> <BR> Key Verse <BR> Joshua 1:8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> Psalms 119:105; Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalms 119:18 <BR> <BR> Materials Needed <BR> &amp;#61607; Cell phone with charger ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:27:34 EST Object Lesson: DISAPPEARING SIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800672 Disappearing Sin <BR> <BR> Key Verse <BR> 1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> Isaiah 43:25; Matthew 6:12; Psalm 103:12 <BR> <BR> Materials Needed <BR> &amp;#61607; Magic Thumb Tip <BR> &amp;#61607; White tissue paper <BR> &amp;#61607; Magic Marker <BR> <BR> Preparation <BR> Make sure you practice this in advance. Using a thumb tip is easy, but it does take a little pra... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:25:54 EST Object Lesson: OUR LIFE SAVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800664 Jesus is our life saver <BR> <BR> Key Verse <BR> Romans 10:9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38 <BR> <BR> Materials Needed <BR> &amp;#61607; Package of Life Savers candy. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33fa385b-72de-4374-a6b5-bd2e6f9c59bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:22:15 EST Object Lesson: PEACEFUL ANCHOR http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800656 Peaceful Anchor <BR> <BR> Key Verse <BR> Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, <BR> 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> Philippians 4:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; John 16:33 <BR> <BR> Materials Needed <BR> &amp;#61607; A boat anchor or a picture of an anchor= <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fece13e9-472e-4ced-8e7b-ca6d0f03b36e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:19:22 EST Object Lesson: ONE WAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800606 One Way <BR> <BR> Key Verse <BR> John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 22:16 <BR> <BR> Materials Needed <BR> &amp;#61607; One Way Sign <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39a99977-df12-469b-8f63-a48c87d87754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Object Lesson <BR> Have you ever been driving down the road with your mom or dad and you see a sign that lo... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:08:22 EST Object Lesson: DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800590 Diamond in the Rough <BR> <BR> Key Verse <BR> John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> 1 Samuel 16:7; Luke 16:15; Proverbs 31:30 <BR> <BR> Materials Needed <BR> ; Geode <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68fe9be1-98c3-4412-a112-7060ced4e163.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ; Sock <BR> Hammer <BR> <BR> Object Lesson <BR> (Hold up a geode) Do you guys like my rock? Isn’t it so beautiful? I would like to take this big ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:06:18 EST Object Lesson: GOD'S GRACE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800585 God’s Gift of Grace <BR> Key Verse <BR> Ephesians 2:8-9 <BR> 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: <BR> 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> John 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 6:23 <BR> Materials Needed <BR> &amp;#61607; Dollar Bill <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf7c847d-d08f-4ce0-8f90-ba2cc9bda004.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Object Lesson <BR> <BR> (Hold up the ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:04:43 EST Object Lesson: CHARGED UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800575 Charged Up <BR> <BR> Key Verse <BR> John 4:34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. <BR> <BR> Additional Verses <BR> John 6:38; John 17:4; John 5:30 <BR> <BR> Materials Needed <BR> &amp;#61607; A remote control car or train <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4750e424-c945-43dd-b114-0c0416c90d7e.jpg"> <BR> &amp;#61607; Dead batteries <BR> &amp;#61607; New batteries <BR> &amp;#61607; Screwdriver (if needed) to pu... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:03:14 EST Object Lesson: FAITH & WORRY DO NOT MIX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65800189 Worry and Trust Object Lesson <BR> <BR> (Using water and oil) <BR> <BR> Water will stand for trusting God. Trusting God means that we remember He is in control and knows everything. We don’t need to be afraid because God is taking care of us.” <BR> <BR> Oil will stand for our worries. Worry is when we are afraid or concerned because we do not know what is going to happen.” <BR> <BR> Does God want us to worry or to trust in Him? Can we trust God and worry at the same time?” <BR> <BR> “L... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:51:20 EST VIDEOS FOR MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65794302 <link>sparkpeople.com/resource/dailyspark-<BR>videos-detail.asp?video=6 </link> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:33:07 EST HEALTHY FAST FOOD CHOICES (13 places to eat) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65794284 Updated on 8/24/16 by Melissa Rudy <BR> <BR> Your fridge is stocked with fresh produce, lean meats and low fat dairy products, there’s a whole grain baguette in the bread box, and your pantry has been purged of tempting junk foods. Eating healthy at home is a breeze. <BR> <BR> But when you’re out and about in the midst of a hectic day of errands and you have precisely 30 minutes to scavenge and wolf down lunch before your next appointment, squeezing in food of any sort becomes a challenge—a... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:31:05 EST PERSONAL GOALS: DAILY, WEEKLY , MONTHLY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x68061x65794174 Do you have goals set for 2017 like to lose a certain amount of weight? or plans to workout at the x amount of times at the gym to build up strength and endurance? or cook healthier meals and eat out less? over come anger issues? to be more forgiving? determined to reach out more to others through charity work? to form more and better relationship? to join weight watchers or My Fitness Pa.? etc. etc. <BR> We would love to hear about any goals, plan, or program that you anticipate. <B... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:06:13 EST HOW ARE YOU DOING WITH LOSING OR IN MAINTAINING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x68061x65793010 Losing nor maintaining is easy, but some have and are achieving this right now. It is encouraging to hear their stories. Share your story or invite someone to come and share in this TOPIC. (or you may get their permission to copy their story) Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:19:23 EST SLEEP LOSS CAN AFFECT WEIGHT LOSS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65792931 <BR> <BR> <BR> By Laura Bofinger, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> So you already know that a well-balanced diet and a regular exercise program are keys to your weight loss plan. But are you listening to that other recommendation you’ve heard more than once in your life? Get plenty of sleep. Recent medical studies show that sleep loss can increase hunger and affect your body’s metabolism in a way that makes weight loss more difficult. So if you’re making a good effort in your nutrition and fitne... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:55:38 EST Number 1 WAY TO PREVENT WEIGHT REGAINS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65792905 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> Sometimes the hardest part of weight loss is keeping it off. It can be daunting to know that within two years, most dieters regain two-thirds of what they lost! But researchers at Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island studied 291 people (mostly women) who had lost at least 10% of their body weight (an average of 44 pounds) in the previous two years. Participants we... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:49:22 EST SONG: AMAZING GRACE-MY CHAINS ARE GONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65792611 Amazing grace <BR> How sweet the sound <BR> That saved a wretch like me <BR> I once was lost, but now I'm found <BR> Was blind, but now I see <BR> 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear <BR> And grace my fears relieved <BR> How precious did that grace appear <BR> The hour I first believed <BR> My chains are gone <BR> I've been set free <BR> My God, my Savior has ransomed me <BR> And like a flood His mercy rains <BR> Unending love, Amazing grace <BR> The Lord has promised good to me <BR> His... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:45:59 EST SONG: IN CHRIST ALONE I STAND http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65792601 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> Scorned by the ones he ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:44:05 EST SHARE PRAYER REQUESTS, PRAISES & PERSONAL PRAYERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x65792533 Please, if you feel so led, say a prayer to a prayer request left here, or pray for them in secret. <BR> <BR> <BR> Regarding prayer requests, Let's keep what we share within our team unless someone says please share this with anyone or with your church. <BR> <BR> If you mention others by name, keep it by first name basis. <BR> <BR> As Christians, let's pray for one another's needs whether it is for health issues, for discouraging moments, difficult circumstances, for unsaved family me... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:32:04 EST (click)SHARE HELPFUL IDEAS THAT WORK 4 YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x65792517 .One thing I FIND HELPFUL is to pray God to bless the food that you are about to eat. <BR> I ask him to bless it as he did when Jesus blessed the small lads food ( 7? small loaves of bread, 2 fish) and then feed 5,000. I know he can take the food I eat and make it satisfying, filling, and for strength and health. <BR> <BR> Another thing, when cravings come after meals and maybe before bedtime, pray. Acknowledge your weakness in the temptation and ask for His strength to say no. ( I did t... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:26:45 EST (Click here) MOTIVATIONAL- INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32010x68061x65787972 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34e241d9-019c-47e0-aaa4-dec94d07d218.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A good place to put ourselves for God to work his will and victories. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:08:26 EST HEIGHT AND WEIGHT CHART http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65787960 Height and Weight Chart provided by Rush University Medical Center <BR> <BR> <BR> Height Weight <BR> Normal ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Overweight ...... Obese <BR> 4' 10" 91 to 118 lbs. 119 to 142 lbs. 143 to 186 lbs. <BR> 4' 11" 94 to 123 lbs. 124 to 147 lbs. 148 to 193 lbs. <BR> 5' 97 to 127 lbs. 128 to 152 lbs. 153 to 199 lbs. <BR> 5' 1" 100 to 131 lbs. 132 to 157 lbs. 158 to 206 lbs. <BR> 5' 2" 104 to 135 lbs. 136 to 163 lbs. 164 to 213 lbs. <BR> 5' 3" 107 to 140 lbs. 141 to 168 lbs. 1... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:05:41 EST HOW MUCH WATER DO I NEED http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65787869 (This information cannot be copied. I had permission to use a single copy from Mayo Clinic) <BR> <BR> Water: How much should you drink every day? <BR> Water is essential to good health, yet needs vary by individual. These guidelines can help ensure you drink enough fluids. <BR> By Mayo Clinic Staff <BR> <BR> How much water should you drink each day? It's a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depen... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:43:53 EST WANT TO PREVENT HOLIDAY GAIN? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65787853 Want to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain? Burn It <BR> <BR> By: Nicole Nichols, SparkPeople Blogger <BR> <BR> <BR> Forget about all the food for a minute. Let's talk about the fitness. Holiday weight gain is a concern for many, but it's not just because of the food. Sure, we eat more rich foods than we probably should this time of year, but we also let our workouts go by the wayside. We're stressed out and busier than ever with mile-long to do lists. The uncooperative weather doesn't help—da... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:38:37 EST (CLICK HERE ) HOW TO FIND YOUR BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32009x68061x65787806 BODY MASS INDEX <BR> <BR> 1. Multiply your weight in pounds by 703. <BR> 2. Multiply your height in inches by itself <BR> 3. Divide the figure from step 1 by the figure in step 3. <BR> The resulting number is your BMI. <BR> It is necessary to convert your height into inches so to use it in the equation. There are 12 inches in a foot, so multiply your number of feet by 12 and add them to the number of extra inches. <BR> For example, if your height is 5 feet 10 inches, multiply 5 by 12 (w... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:29:02 EST Click here to SHARE BIBLE PROMISES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=32008x68061x65787771 List the Bible verse and where it is found. If you want too, you can add your personal thoughts that you received from it. Come back often and share verses of promises. Just click on Reply and add your verse then hit Post Message. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:22:57 EST TEAM PURPOSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x68061x65787693 Purpose: As followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus, the eternal son of God, is the only the only mediator between God and man (1Timothy 2:5), and that he died for the sins of the world. <BR> All that believe and accept him as Savior has forgiveness of sin, promise of heaven and eternal life. <BR> As true believers we have this team to unify in fellowship and encourage one another as we seek God's guidance and strength through His Promises (Bible) for the different areas of our d... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:05:06 EST