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Well, thank you guys. I had been a bit out of it lately and you really helped me to get back in...thank you! emoticon

God's mercies are new every day! Lamentations 3:23


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emoticon this was a great inspirational message to the team. emoticon we truly appreciate this shout out to the team.

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Good morning Blair, I appreciate your insight about spirituality. I am definitely more spiritual and less religious. I enjoy being in touch with my God and the security He provides for me. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. emoticon


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Hello everybody. Thanks for making me featured member of the week. I don't want to bore you too much about me but will say that spirituality is very important to me and plays a part in my program. A big part. I believe in my higher power, who for me is best described by Jesus as my Abba heavenly Father. But, I do believe the One Creator will come to you and you will have your own understanding of Him. So, God bless all your efforts. Be blessed and Be a Blessing. Blair

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congrats Sassychris on being name member of the week!

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Lonelymoon86 I hope you have a better month ahead


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Thank you for making me the member of the week!! I've been falling a bit behind.. been a tough month or so. So I do appreciate the extra support and encouragement.

I wish you all the best of luck reaching all of your goals. I know you can do it!!! Have a great week everybody! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LONELYMOON86 IS FEATURED MEMBER OF THE WEEK



ROCK TEAM please stop by her page and give her alot of your special love and hugs.

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This week FEATURED MEMBER IS

BNSPIRD

I would like for the Rock Team stop her page and show her some LOVE. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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thanks for all the prayers and well wishes!

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Thanks for sharing your story with us Carol. I wish you all the best for future success. emoticon


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My the LORD forever keep you and your family in HIS care,things are going to work out for you! Thank you sharing yourself with the Team. emoticon

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Hi everyone! Im so happy to be the week's featured member.

Im a single mom of twin six year old twin boys. I married their dad after two years of being together, 8 years total and 4 months after they were born we separated. I moved from NYC to florida with him in 2003 leaving behind my friends and family. I did not know anyone here and didnt learn how to drive til after getting there. I was pretty much living a loners life after being a social butterfly all of my life. He partied and hung out with friends at all times of the day and night while I sat in the house alone. My pregnancy was bittersweet. Happy that I was having them but sad because the happiest time of my life was spent alone and depressed. This was the beginning of my depression. I finally moved to PA by myself with the boys and started a new life. It took time for my mind to catch with everything new in my life. Overwhelming to say the least is the word I would describe motherhood at this point of my life. I have no family near me so everything falls on my shoulder and their dad is still in florida being irresponsible. I ate to suppress all of my emotions, ballooning up to 359lbs! With only one paycheck in the household and no child support (it started a year ago) I robbed peter to pay paul on a constant basis. Three day notices, electricity shut offs and being late on everything else was a normal. All my debt is a combination of putting his car in my name which he stopped paying for, payday loans when I was short for bills and bad decisions.

Right now Im a point of my life where Im taking back control. I have always had a great relationship with god but never had found a church home to my liking. It got to the point where I knew I was lacking something spritually. I started visiting churches and finally found one that I liked. I have been going there since October and re-learning the word. I have never felt such peace like where I am now. Sure I have tough days and situations I want to change but Im learning to take it one day at a time.

I have lost 33lbs so far and I have a budget for my household. Although I have decided to file bankruptcy, I dont want to be in this predicament anymore. Playing the what's going to be cut off soon game is no longer appealing for me. I know with my faith in god all is possible.

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emoticon by her page and give her all of our love from the ROCK TEAM FAMILY!

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Ursula,

Thank you for sharing some of you story. Hard as it was, it occurred one day at a time. That's how 'now' happens. So keep steppin' under the grace and mercy of Jesus.

Be blessed,
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Ursula, we all go through trials and tribulations. Thankfully you and I both know the Lord and we know what he can do for us. His word is final and not anyone else's. Keep the faith, you will surely get your rewards from heaven.
Blessings for continued progress during your journey. emoticon


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THANK YOU!For share your self with the team. God BLESS YOU!

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Hi Team!

I was asked to be featured member this week, so here goes!

As a child a was "plump", but got my weight under control by the time I was 13. I did this through sheer determination and common sense. This was very good for me as it taught me I had control over my habits at a young age.

As a young adult I controlled my weight fairly well. There were a few times that I gained moderate amounts of weight and then lost it. I enjoyed working out which helped. Health was a hobby and important to me, especially raising a family.

Then, it happened. I realized I needed to get out of my marriage. I was oversees at the time and had been a homemaker most of my marriage. It took me 3 years to get out of this marriage, once I decided. I decided once I felt the Lord strong leading for me to go. I tried for many years not to leave because of divorce not being God's perfect will. However, I found out more later that made me very thankful for the Lord, His leading and that I heard and obeyed Him. I will never forget stepping on that plane with 2 children moving to a place I had never been, with no one at all on the other side that I knew. This is too long and complicated a history to get into here. I told God as I walked on that plane that my life and future and that of my children were completely in his hands.

Well, with the Lord's help, I started life over step by step. I decided before that nursing was the safest route to go. I took a job as a nursing assistant at a nursing home that would pay for my training so I could get my certification for nursing assistant, which I did. I then went into an Activities position. I did this position full time, was a single mom and went to nursing school. This was the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I went to either my job or both job and school 7 days a week. I was at work by 6 am and not home from school until 8:30 pm. I relied on a neighbor and 16-17 year old daughter. This was several years after my move. I had sat the kids down and discussed nursing school and how it would be a sacrifice for all of us, but the only way I knew to make a decent living for us. I asked them if they thought I should go, and if they were willing to do what it would take. They strongly encouraged me to go. My daughter, who was very responsible, promised to help with home and her younger brother. Well, my daughter dropped the ball. She rebelled and stopped being supportive. She didn't much want to be bothered with watching my son who was still young. He started going wherever and getting into uncontrolled situations without my knowledge till later. I so blame myself for not knowing better, but also realize I did the very best I knew to do for us. My health was getting worse and worse, and I started gaining weight. I remember going from work to school, my only break was the drive, as I gave up breaks to get time off toward school. I would go to drive throughs for lunch/dinner and eat during the drive. I can't believe what I did now looking back. Out of 33 students, I was one of 11 that graduated. I then had to go through the licensing exam. 3 months after graduation I became a licensed nurse (LPN). The next day I was working at a very demanding job. My health continued to suffer, and I continued to gain weight. All my energy went toward my kids and career. I wound up with 2 work related back injuries, high blood pressure, diabetes, atrial fib, tachycardia, asthma, sleep apnea, chronic bronchitis, on + on. My weight ballooned to 281 pounds! When I stepped on the plane I was 124 pounds! I was missing work, and wound up in the ER multi times when at work. I was given the opportunity to have gastric bypass surgery which I took. I almost died (another long story), but I'm still glad I did it. I would have died if I did not do something drastic at that time. I'm not encouraging anyone else to do this or not. This is a very big and personal decision with risks. My weight got down to 207 and then I got stuck. Then I gained some. I fluctuate between 217-222.

Well, I became on call at work before all this. Fortunately, I am remarried to a very good man who cares about me. I was a patient ICU for a while, but I'm still here!

I now am not working. My financial situation is not good. I am dealing with feelings of guilt, because if I were not in the condition I got into, we would be financially stable. So I have a small home business, which I did while working, also. I'm not doing well at all at it though. This is because I have limited strength still and established priorities.

These priorities are:
1. To have a strong and intimate relationship with the Lord.
2. To fulfill God's plan for my life day by day. This is my number one reason for getting my body as strong as possible.
3. To take care of my body, treating it as the temple it is and making the Lord welcome. This includes taking full responsibility for all the bad habits I developed and using His precepts to overcome them.
4. To run my home well. During years of chaos my home has become disorganized and mismanaged. I intend to continue fixing this, but due to my limited strength, so far the process is taking much longer than I expected.
5. To be an excellent wife and mother. These are actually what all the other things are all about. It is not really #5, because this is God's plan for me. My children are adults now. My son is a heartbreaking mess. I have been and will continue to stand on the word for him. My daughter was a mess, but she is better now. She is interested and loves the Lord again. I stood on the Word for years for her,too, and it worked:)
6. My business. By the time I do everything I need daily according to my priorities, I just don't have the time I need for my business. I don't feel peace about quitting it at this time though. Maybe, the other priorities will get better controlled so I can do the business better. I feel so bad though. The "be not slothful in business" scripture comes to mind. I wish I could get help for some chores for both home and business, but I currently can't even afford myself.

So, all in all, with all I've been through, I am amazed at how awesome God is. Overall, my life is much better than it would have been. The Lord let me go through trials, but I see now looking back how he really led me and took care of me. I made mistakes and he stayed with me, loved me and gently led me to better paths (well sometimes dramatically led me:) He is now helping me to be Mrs Frugal:) Finance was a hobby of mine most of my life and would have been my preferred career. However, it is not as guaranteed to get a good paying job fast as nursing.

I intend to complete my weight loss journey with Spark People. It is helping me so very much. I am slowly but surely improving my habits. The support I get is beyond anything I would have imagined. Especially, not working, it gives me contact with people. I can do it when I don't have much strength also. I am seeing what I need to do to loose weight. I didn't realize many of the mistakes I was making that hinder my weight loss before tracking and reading on this site.

I had no intention of being so long. I'm so sorry. I too tired to edit it down right now. Maybe later.

God bless you all!

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"I discipline my body and bring it under strict control"

II Corinthians 10:4
"For the weapons of our warfare are not physical (weapons of flesh and blood),but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds."


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THIS WEEK FEATURED MEMBER IS URSULA125,

Please stop by her page truly show some love.

LET'S TRY IT AGAIN!

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Wow, Carol, what weight loss and determination! I'm proud of your success and your reliance on God. I pray for many blessings from God in the days ahead.
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Greetings everyone.
I am delighted to be your featured member for this week. I hope I can make my story short and simple enough so I wont lose anybody in the process.

First I will tell you about my weight problem. I was always a big, over-weight woman but I let my weight get out of hand so badly that I weighed almost 400 pounds. I developed diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis from the obesity.

I even had to quit my job as a registered nurse because the obesity made me disabled. I was barely able to walk. In 2007 I felt that I was going to die soon if I didn't seriously do something about my situation. Finally I made a serious effort to lose the weight. It wasn't easy, but I was unbelievably successful and lost over 100 pounds the very first year.

I don't consider myself on a diet anymore, but I tell people that I have a new lifestyle change. As of today I only have about 40 pounds more to lose before I am within my ideal weight range. I no longer take insulin for diabetes, nor do I have high blood pressure. I still have a little arthritis but it doesn't bother me that much. And lately I enjoy exercising in the pool practically everyday.

Thanks to God, my daily prayers to Him and my strong desire and commitment to lose the weight, I have a life again, and am almost completely free from the diseases the obesity caused.

Since I was unable to work as a nurse anymore my financial situation became a little bleak. I get my retirement check every month but it barely covers my expense. I sell Avon products to help supplement my income and occasionally work as a nurse on a per-deim basis (thank God I can still work as a nurse occasionally) I keep myself busy with my family;(my daughter recently had a baby boy) and I help take care of my dear sick mother.

I am glad and thankful that I am alive today to be able to help care for my mom, and to see my new grandson. I truly believe that if I didn't change my eating habits I wouldn't be here today. God has been good to me. He has blessed me with renewed health and strength. And he has removed the fog from my mind which enables me to make better choices in life.

Just as God has helped me, he can, and will help you too. But you must go to Him in humble prayer and ask for His help and He will give it freely.
I thank you all for being my friend and walking along with me as we gain more strength and success in out new healthy lifestyle change. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THIS WEEK FEATURED MEMBER IS CAROL3SAN

Please stop by her page and show Carol our LOVE from the Rock!



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Thank you ann for sharing your story with us. emoticon

Edited by: CAROL3SAN at: 7/8/2010 (21:15)

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"If it is to be its up to me"


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Penny,

I really like this thread. Thank you for creating it.

I thought I knew the team members from reading their pages but this adds a dimension that the pages did not reveal.

God bless and much success.

Jazz

It's all in my mind;and "...minds are like parachutes,they only work when they are open!" Zen quote ingrained in me by my Father as a teenager that has served me often & well. Thanks Dad! ;)


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emoticon Ann150 and emoticon

It's all in my mind;and "...minds are like parachutes,they only work when they are open!" Zen quote ingrained in me by my Father as a teenager that has served me often & well. Thanks Dad! ;)


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Penny asked me to be the Featured Member this week. So, here I go...........

I am almost 60 and have been in debt since my first college loan.

I worked as a RN, then as a Family Nurse Practitioner after graduate school. A failed marriage and raising my two children since they were 2 and 4 years old helped keep me in debt.

I did not develop financial discipline as I went from crisis to crisis, made impulsive decisions, and had ongoing medical bills for recovery from years of childhood sexual abuse. (That story is on my Spark page.)

I am on disability and with a very part-time job my income is low and fixed. It’s a far cry from my Nurse Practitioner days. God has blessed me again and again, though.

Medical bills continue as I still have Anxiety Disorder and Depression. Unfortunately, the medications I take try to put the weight on. Glad I found SparkPeople!

Having buried myself in credit card debt, I finally filed for bankruptcy. Now I work with cash only and the, “Envelope System” which I posted for the team.

I am taking responsibility for my finances (and weight). I give God all the glory for His faithfulness throughout my life’s ups and downs. I look to Him each day, spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially – in all things – as best as I can.

My kids are grown and doing well, I am out of debt, and I live very simply. Life isn’t always easy but I take each day a step at a time with Jesus who is in control.


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with me it's like chicken & egg
which came first? emoticon

It's all in my mind;and "...minds are like parachutes,they only work when they are open!" Zen quote ingrained in me by my Father as a teenager that has served me often & well. Thanks Dad! ;)


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Thanks Paula,
I've noticed there's not much difference between emotional eating and spending and just as much an addiction.
But like you said committment is the key. I also choose to be whole. Thanks again for your insight.

Edited by: PENTACLE9 at: 6/8/2010 (14:15)
His Lord said to him, "Well done , good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord." Matthew 25:21


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Hi Everyone,
I am honored to be chosen as the featured member of the week. I have lived in Montgomery Alabama for the past 4 years and am originally from Michigan. I am married and have 5 children and 20 grandchildren--one daughter was smart enough to get out of the cold weather and lives in Montgomery, the rest of our kids are still in Michigan. I work at a Family Service agency and am a Family Advocate so part of my job is to help people set goals so I need to be a good example. I have been very committed to a healthy lifestyle for about the past year and a half. I wish I could say that my love for the Lord has been part of my entire life but that would not be true--I am a recovering alcoholic and it took some time for me to feel I was worthy of having a relationship with the Lord. I have now been sober over 30 years and am truly pleased to be a daughter of the King. Having said that, my finances were a mess for quite some time. We never had very much money and with 5 children, it was not easy. We did run up quite a bit of credit card debt at one time. I can say that things are much better now. This month I paid off a credit card that had our cars on it (the rate had been cheaper than what I was paying on the loans)--that was a big accomplishment. We have an RV for sale that, once it sells, will take us to a better place to save, which we have not been very good at. I have really enjoyed utilizing the sparksavings page for my budget. I also use things from Crowne Ministries which have wonderful financial tools. It can be very difficult sometimes to not give in to urges to buy "things" that I don't need but not as bad as it use to be. I do not need as much instant gratification, besides when I stop and think about it--it really isn't important or needed. I enjoy the support of others, new friends to share with and ideas to help along the way. Thanks for being here.

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11


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Good luck with your new business. Have a good evening everybody.


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Congrats on being the featured member! :)

Blessings,
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Hi team,
I supposed to have done this last week but got side tracked! Well my name is Lovenia and I live in Richmond Texas. Hopefully I will move to Birmingham Alabama because that is where my family lives. I am in school majoring in Business Administration and will graduate in May 2011. My husband is an associate Minister at church and we started a business selling perfume oils. When I get a website I will let you all know. Continue to keep me in your prayers.
Lovenia

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For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Ardysslife.com/LoveniaLarge


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Hey, Carol. Thanks! Sorry I haven't responded sooner - I've just had a lot on my plate lately & am just now getting caught up on my emails from SP. Thanks again - yes, God is good, & I don't ever want to forget it.

Penny, thanks for sharing a bit about your own life with us here. :D It doesn't matter that you're our team member of the week - it's a great way to get to know you, our fearless leader. :D

Blessings,
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Penny, you have so much to give to the world. Thanks for sharing with us. Your messages are all way on time.

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Thank you Penny for telling us more about yourself.
Blessings for a wonderful evening. emoticon


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Hi Team!

It's Me! I had started this earlier today and had unexpected guests, so now I have to remember what I'd written. What more can I tell you about myself, I talk so much; but here goes.
Actually, I had no intention to ever use myself as featured member, but because I'm such a procrastinator, I didn't give anyone else the option of choice, so that shows some need for pruning!
Although I've been a Christian all of my life it's only been 15 years that I've known what that means. It's only been the last few years that I've put the word into action in my life.
I've always been spiritually adventurous, since I don't want to scare you, I'll leave it at that. But when I learned of faith and it's completeness; I was hooked and I'll never have to look for truth again.
For everyone who's new and didn't get my story before, know that I'm not an expert in anything. But I feel that I was drawn to lead this team where we can put material and physical together and not be ashamed of who and where we are in life. Yes we're on an exciting journey to God's glory.
Yes, I honestly talk like this all the time to everyone one I meet. Once upon a time I didn't want to be that Christian who talked about Jesus all the time. But guess what???
I think we have a great team and I hope you're getting as much out of this as I am.
Let's see, what else about me. I'm the caretaker of my parents, I have two children and three grandchildren. I live in Wmsbg, Va., the colonial capitol; so if you're ever in the area give me a shout.
I'm believing my way out of debt and have already stepped into abundance, so I'm expecting the manifest realm to open all of it's treasures to me.
So blessings to all. Love always, Penny

His Lord said to him, "Well done , good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord." Matthew 25:21


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Greetings everyone. I hope you guys all had a beautiful mother's day with your family.


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How Great the God we serve! He gives us victory over all things. I'm proud of your growth!

His Lord said to him, "Well done , good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord." Matthew 25:21


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Wow!! you have some testimony!! I know it must have taken a lot of courage on your part to write it out.
May God bless you and your family so your trials and tribulations from here onward will be few and far between. emoticon


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Part 2 - My Testimony

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to do what Jesus wanted me to do. I asked Him into my heart when I was five, & the evidence of Him in my life was clear right from the start. On the way home, I was walking down the street raising & lowering my arms, saying "Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!" over & over. My dad, who wasn't a Christian at the time, was embarrassed & got Mom to stop me. He wishes now that he hadn't, but this enthusiasm & love of worship has stayed with me.

When I was 11, I had a greater understanding of what it means to be a Christian, & I rededicated my life to Jesus at this point. On 12 April 1982, the Easter I was 12, I was baptised by immersion. So cool! I wanted to do it again, but, of course, I didn't. :)

From the ages of 9 to 12, I was sexually abused. Thank God I'm still a virgin! I made a commitment to chastity 'til marriage during my teenage years. My abuse was touching & other things, & the effects remained with me a long time. It wasn't 'til I was 18, though, that I actually knew what had happened to me. The start of healing was brought forth, & the relationship between Dad & I (yes, it was my father) has been healed. He's one of my best friends to this day, & I have absolutely no concerns about being alone with him or leaving any little children alone with him. He dedicated his life to the Lord & was baptised after he stopped abusing me. His life is a testimony in God's wonder working power, too. :) For many reasons.

From about January 1988 to March 1989, I was dealing with my abuse for the first time. It was during this time that Dad & I had been healed in our relationship. However, I was struggling like crazy. For the first time in my life, I was asking why I was a Christian. I knew that I was one - there was certainly no doubt about that!

29 March 1989 - this was a night for me! I'd been meeting with 2 of my hall mates, & it was less than a month 'til the end of my first year. I asked my 2 prayer partners to pray for me, & they did.

The next morning, I threw out a whole bunch of stuff that were reminders of idolatry I'd had (not things people typically think of as idols, but things that had replaced God as #1 in my life, just to be clear on this). I told one of my prayer partners, who was our hall's custodian that year.

I left really early for chapel & spent time praying & recommitting my life to God. I'd come to a point where I either had to keep on going my own way or return heart & soul to God. I chose the latter, thankfully! After that, I phoned home. Mom'd left for work, but Dad was home. I told him what I'd done, & he was so thankful! I hadn't let anyone outside of school know the extent of what I was going through. Dad said that he & his prayer partner had been praying for me, especially the few days leading up to this event, but they didn't know why. They just knew that I needed prayer like never before. I was thankful for that!

Of course life's not perfect. From about November 2006 to October or November 2009, I struggled BIG time with depression. I was angry at God & I was angry at myself &, well, at life in general. I'd returned to B. C. from the Arctic but couldn't find full-time work. I was letting the enemy convince me that it was all God's fault & that I should rant & rave at Him. It was the darkest point in my life.

It wasn't like that the entire time, though. There were many times of light, & I still loved God. The first chink in the darkness, though, came when I heard a message at my parents' church, & their pastor said something about being an enemy of Jesus. Wow! This was a sledgehammer to my heart, that's for sure! I knew that's what I'd become, & that really started to shake me out of myself.

In the past several months, people have told me that they've noticed a change. I'm holding myself higher & straighter, & my attitude's a whole lot better. I knew that, but it's been great to have it confirmed. :) For the first time since my late 20s, early to mid 30s, I'm in a place of true peace & contentment, & I love life.

God is good, & I thank Him every day for life & for the blessings He's bestowed upon me. :)

Blessings,
Michelle :)


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Hi, all! This is long, & I do apologise for that. This is why I broke it up into 2 threads. My testimony part is in the second part, & below is a bit of general life stuff about me, without my interests or work stuff. That's on my Spark page. :)

My name's Michelle. The other part of my user name - "EJK" - are my two middle initials & my last initial. I'm 40, never been married, & have no children. I have an orange male cat named Dublin, & he's the best fuzzy beastie out there. :D I admit that I'm a cat mom & I take every opportunity to spoil him. However, he is a cat & doesn't replace human interaction. I look upon him as a creature upon whom I can shower love & affection every day, & God's entrusted him into my care.

I live in a small town in southwestern B. C., about an hour & a half east of Vancouver, &, except for 3 times in my life, have lived in this area my entire life. I've lived in the Arctic twice - once when I was a little girl when my dad had a job up north. Once when I moved up to a town for work. I earned my BA in Church Ministries, Christian Ed. major from Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan, & I also have my Resident Care Attendant certificate from what was UCFV in Chilliwack. Now it's a university. My parents both quit school & later on earned their G. E. D.s. I'm the first one in my immediate family to earn my high school diploma while going straight through school, & I'm the only one in my immediate family who has a degree. My parents have furthered their education & have earned certificates, & my brother attended 2 years of Bible college at a different school than me.

Education is important to me & I'm very thankful for what I've received. I'm constantly learning & striving to gain more knowledge of the things that interest me. I do have brains! :D

However, it's not the only thing in life. The most important thing of all to me is my walk with God. I love my family & Dublin & my friends, of course, but if I didn't have God, it wouldn't be worth it.

I joined "On The Rock" because it's a group that is using Christian principles for finances, & I need to improve my handling of finances.

Edited by: MICHELLENRGZED at: 5/3/2010 (21:52)
Blessings,
Michelle :)


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Hi, all!

As this week's featured member, I'm taking the liberty of starting a thread that'll introduce each of us to the rest of the team. Penny asked me to write up a bit about myself, & I figured that a thread for this purpose for the featured members would be a good idea. So I'll do so in the next post.

I'm not really sure what Penny would like us to say about ourselves, but I'm going to share a bit of my testimony as well as why I decided to join this group. These're just ideas for myself, & I'll do so in the next post here.

Blessings, all! :D

Blessings,
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