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Barbi, do the hamburger without the bun for you (that's a hamburger steak!), don't do the tater tots (or do just a couple), and then have a small slice of cake - I think you said you liked the cake moreso than the frosting, so maybe you could scrape off the frosting on your piece and you would be all set! Whew, lots of work to make it fit - but sometimes a treat is worth it!

Chilly again today! We did get a little bit of rain last night, but I was snug inside so I didn't really mind.

Tomorrow is grocery day, so I will get the stuff for my diet and start again on Saturday - I'm so ready to get back into that diet again and get the weight working its way back down!

I hope y'all have a great afternoon and evening. Make wise choices. Love y'all. Kim

God bless, Kim

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Thats the spirit Tina..just keep moving! I'll try to do the same here. I have to go to Walmart and pick up Mikes meds and Deborahs birthday dinner stuff and I will walk instead of ride the cart. She wants homemade hamburgers/with buns, tator tots,and asparagus. Oh and strwwberry cake with strawberry icing for her birthday. Gee that is going to be hard to stay on tract!!!! But I'm going to enter everything first and then cut it down till I can have some. hehehehe
Ya'll have a great day! emoticon

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Hey Ladies-

Had a busy day. Had to take the car in for repair - our A/C went out. We are expecting 2 Artic fronts (the tailend of them I'm sure) but between them we may need the A/C. Crazy, right? One day hot, one day nice, one day cold then start it all over again.

I got out of the contract with the one gym (minus $20) and went and checked out Gold's Gym. Very, very nice but a bit pricy. We are thinking more and more about how we need to get our credit cards out of the way -- so we definately don't want any long term committments at any gym. The base athletic center is nice also (and free) but about 6 miles away - but that'll probably be our next choice.

Need to keep moving, but, tomorrow -- I don't want to go anywhere!!

Have a blessed Thursday, ya'll!



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Hi everyone! Here is the weigh-in list for this year!


Barbi 315
Bren 203.5
Kim 253.2
Tabatha 276
Tina 299.6

Yea! Here we go....on your mark...get set...go!!!

We are on a journey to lose some weight! Remember the goal.....to get fit in the Lord so we can do His bidding!

Love ya, Barbi emoticon

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Hello all,

I am tired and sore today. I have been doing boot camp as well as walking with work. I am starting again after a laid off. I am taking a break today. I am cleaning houses in the morning and then working with clients in the afternoon. My new client is awesome and fun. I will look into the planet fitness. We have one that just opened. As far as P90x, I heard that there is a beginner program called 10 minute trainer. I may try that first.

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It's raining here...yucky day...a little cool.

Remember everyone to send your weight in and join the terrific weight loss group! hehehehe Let's see who's up for the challenge. Oh remember to send me your name too.

Happy days are here again. Come get smaller with us!
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Thanks for explaining the P90....sounds like I don't want to see it. emoticon

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I think that I have seen infomercials for P90, and it does look grueling!

Wade has been a member of a gym for quite a while now, Planet Fitness - there motto has to do with their being a no judgment zone. They to are no frills, just lots of machines and folks to help you. I paid a $1.00 membership fee (we got a coupon in the mail), and Wade and I each pay $10.00 a month. Each Oct. 1st we pay a $29.00 fee, but I can't remember what that was for. We are paying so little for everything else, I didn't pay that much attention! We used to go to the Y, but they wanted to charge us $63 a month and we only used the machines. I haven't gone yet, but we are going to go this week while he has several days off. Until my back improves I can probably just do the bike.

I hope you are able to find a gym that fits your needs at a good price, Tina.

Other than it being chilly again, not a whole lot going on. Love y'all. Kim

God bless, Kim

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What is P90 ? emoticon

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"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8

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Hey Ladies-
I guess I spoke too soon on that gym membership. I may be cancelling it due to some problems seen last night, HOWEVER, we will find another that suits me quickly if I do - may just be more expensive. :(

P90 is a killer - be careful with it b/c my hubby has had patients hurt (I'm talking young and healthy military people) doing it. Just don't push past your tolerance.

Have a great day, ladies! Love, SouthTXTina

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Hi Girls! Remember that today is our first weigh-in day of the new year. Please join us...send me your name and weight for this week. I will post all of them after church tonight.

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Hello Ladies!!
Hey Sandy and Tina...good to see you girls today! I've been really busy but very blessed the past couple of days.
I worked all day yesterday, on my off day, to help get the office finished and am so glad I did. It looks so good and with it being so busy, Sharon could not have done it herself.
Monday night I was so tired and in such pain I almost cried. Then yesterday morning I had such a good time wih the Lord! Woohoo...my spirit was renewed and my mind refreshed. I needed both!

Shh...I left the office back door unlocked and our storage shed door half open with a set of keys and the lock sitting on a book shelf Thursday! Didn't remember until i was almost at work on friday, and I prayed no one went in the office or took our stuff! Whew...the only thing missing was my cooler on wheels with drinks inside. Small price to pay for my mental lapse!

Tina, good for you and DH! Now I am inspired to use what I have on hand. Now that my foot is healed (again) I can start exercising on purpose.

I am going to hang out with Jesus today. We may go to Goodwill when it opens just to prowl. I need a haircut but am not inclined to do THAT today! haha

Diane, I hope you feel better very soon. Do you have all the elements of self care? the rest is a great thing and you sure needed that.

Oh Cheryl...I pray for a speedy recovery for you!

Mz. Kim! You are a big help to those kids! I could never understand why books were so costly, unless you were gonna use it the rest of your life! Even then, why pay more than you have to? haha

I'm going to have my AM time and then play in my kitchen for awhile. Be blessed, strengthened, comforted in Jesus today.

Love and hugs,
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Hello Ladies,

I have walked 2.5 miles in the last two days. I am really motivated to walk at least a mile each day this week. I feel so good and energized when I walk that I feel I can take on the world. I really want this for this year. I have a great support system now.

Southtxtina, I am contemplating joining a gym. I am so proud of you for taking this step. You are encouraging me to do the same. A friend asked me about doing p90x with him when I can improve my fitness. It looks intimidating but the results are wonderful.

Hope you all had a blessed day and a wonderful day tomorrow.

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Hey Ladies-

Happy New Year!!

DH and I went and joined a gym to use their treadmills and weight machines. We decided that was the best option for me. Although most of the folks are fit and young, nobody was nasty (or even nasty looks) and I was not the oldest or fattest (well, I may of tied on the fattest part...LOL).

Anyway, after the initial cost (only $55 to sign up, inc first month) it will cost less than $20/month and that's for the two of us (Freedom Fitness). There's no frills, no pools, no childcare - but we didn't need any of that stuff. A whole lot less than buying a 2K treadmill, which was our other option.

So, that's where I'm at. A little sore from walking yesterday, other than that I'm motivated to make a change. Like Barbie, I'm just so tired of this - tired enough to give up some stuff I was never willing to do before. I know there's no way I can do this without God's help. Shelley -- I got your message -- I'm still contemplating on it. I don't want to start it without really being committed to do it. I'll let you do this week.

Have a great evening folks -- and let's get with it!
Love, SouthTXTina

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I hope that your mouth feels better tomorrow, Cheryl.

I hope to see you at weigh-in ...we are gonna' have some fun with it! emoticon

Happy Birthday to Jinlynn and Jaconrad. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy 4th day of the year!

I am completely low energy today. I went to the UT Dental School yesterday. I had a horrible toothache. I was there for a little over a half a day. Today my cheek is so sore from the needle. Plus my fibro is acting up. Totally useless today.



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Howdy, everyone!

Barbi, oh joy! Our first weigh in of the year. Lord willing this will be the year that I make my goal!

We have a couple of birthdays this week:

emoticon Jinlynn has a birthday tomorrow, the 5th and Jaconrad has one on the 7th. Let's be sure to remember them in prayer on their special day and to wish them birthday blessings too!

I hope that you ladies have a wonderful day on your birthdays, that you have lots of fun and blessings and that you will draw closer to the Lord throughout the coming year. God bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Diana, I misread your message the first time - LOL - it read like you've had your cold since you gave birth to your daughter 29 years ago! I'm sure it probably feels like it by this point. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

Love y'all. Kim

God bless, Kim

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Tomorrow Tomorrow Tomorrow we have our first weigh-in of the year. Yea! I am going to really try! I'm tired of being fat and not being able to walk as far as I want. With the Lords help I will succeed. See ya tomorrow at the weigh-in.

Send me your weight and name and I will add you to the list and post them Wednesday night after church. (eastern standard time).

See ya'll then! emoticon emoticon

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My daughter's birthday is today, wow, 29 yrs ago!! i am still battling this cold. stayed home from work and slept a good 12-14 hrs, up on my feet, feeling better, still drinking a lot of green tea and water, blub, blub,blub....


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Hi, Beth! How noice to see you again!
I was surprised to have absolutely no Spark notifications this morning. So I'm going to drop in on all my message boards. Shel


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Hi, everyone. It is soooo good to see a couple of friends from the past again. Well, Beckie pops in now and again, and we are so glad for that; but we have missed Beth for a while now and I am very glad to see you again!

What a day. My MIL called me this morning to tell me my nieces were on the way - oookay! Oh, didn't they call you? Noooo! Heehee. They like for me to help them order their college textbooks because I am accustomed to ordering from several different sites where they can get them cheaper than at the college bookstore. About an hour later my niece did call me to ask if she and her sister could come over with my other nieces boyfriend to order their books - of course! I say! Wade is trying to sleep since he worked last night and works again tonight! Poor guy! Jake loved all of the company. As it turns out, the sites went - huh?? a most of my one nieces books and we found all but one of my other nieces at very reduced prices. I think we ended up paying less for all of her books combined than what one of her books would have cost new at the bookstore. Woohoo - gotta love it! I ended up missing out on eating lunch though - but that isn't always a bad thing!

Well, now that I have bored you to tears, I will wish you a happy evening. Love y'all. Kim

God bless, Kim

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Hi Barbie and Bren, it is so nice to come back and find familiar faces.

"For as a woman thinks within herself, so she is." Proverbs 23:7 (a)

I can do all things through Christ--including being fit and healthy!

Remember G.I W (God is Watching)

Life Verse: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


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Hiya Girls!
Oh hello Beckie and Beth! You have been missed! Beth, I have a daily reminder of you!
for all of you...I pray your New Year brings much peace, joy and the comfort of our loving Father.

Oh that was good Diane! How good our God is and that is a wonderful reminder~ He cares about every area of our lives and knows the desires of our hearts.

I need to get to work...we are restoring order in the office today and Jesus is hanging out with us, helping us with the heavy stuff!

Love and hugs to all...
Bren

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cold still hanging on!!! going to be drowning it in water today!!!enjoy this....


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How many times have most parents wanted to buy a toy for their child "just because"? It wasn't a special occasion or something the child needed or had even asked forbut the parent knew the child would enjoy it and wanted him or her to have it.

I faced such a situation with my 19-month-old son Logan recently. I'm not sure why I had set my heart on getting him a rocking horse. Maybe it was because his favorite video included a scene with children on rocking horses, or maybe it was because every time we went to a nearby toy store the salesperson would invite him to play on one of the display horses, and he never fussed when it was time to go. To tell you the truth, he didn't seem as attached to that rocking horse as I was, but I couldn't stop thinking how nice it would be for him to have it.

The problem was that it cost more than I could afford. I tried telling myself that children grow out of toys quickly and that Logan might not even play with it much, but the desire to get him one persisted.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.Psalm 37:4

One evening Logan and I were looking at pictures of toys, and there was a rocking horse. On impulse I suggested, "Let's pray for Jesus to give you a horse like this one." After a short but sincere prayer, I felt I had done what I could, and I soon forgot about the matter.

A few days later, we got a large parcel from some friends who had said they were going to send some clothes for the children. I had expected a small box, but what came was massive.

I opened the box and started to go through it. Imagine my surprise when I saw, buried under clothes and small toys, a wooden rocking horse that was the perfect size for Logan. I could hardly believe my eyes. Then I remembered our prayer a few days earlier. God had used this incident to inspire our faith.

Every time I see the horse I realize once more how much God loves usenough to supply not only our needs, but also our wants.


When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Hi Beckie and Beth! Happy New Year! Welcome back! emoticon

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Third attempt to post this in the right place. Thank you for your patience with me. emoticon

Hello Girls,

After a long, long absence I am back. I've missed you. I do not know how active I will be in the group right now, but did want you to know that I've thought of you a lot and have continued to include you in my prayers. I look forward to catching up with each of you, even if that is just reading your posts for awhile before I get active with the group again.

Many blessings to you all!

Beth


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HI, BECKIE! emoticon emoticon Shel


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Hi all Hope you all had a great holiday and happy new year. I just don't get on the computer like I use to. Hope all are doing well. I am doing okay.

One day at a time.



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Happy Lord's Day everyone!

My apologies, Cheryl - I have been calling you Christie! I blame it on menopause! Well, actually, I have always had a problem remembering names, but now I have an excuse - and believe me, I use it - often!!! I really am sorry!

I hope y'all have a great day. It is chilly and rainy here, and if puppy would decide to take a nap, I would too! Love ya, Kim

God bless, Kim

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Happy First Sunday Ladies!

I had a restless night and am up again. my mind was busy with office stuff and I am up again at 2:30...I slept well when I did sleep tho!
I went to the office yesterday and worked for 4 hours. First thing I did was gouge our newly painted wall, pulling one desk off the top of another...oops. I had to grab the paint can and patch it up! I was very thankful it didn't do more damage. I did keep my foot in mind as I am newly recovered! Praise God! He is so good!

I'm making a list of things we'll need as I do each room. Today I'll work in the breakroom some. It is SO nice, with lovely tile for two rooms and carpet in our work space!

I'll stop at Wal-mart on the way to work today and pick up a few things. I'll need a check for the higher dollar stuff (floor mats etc) when the boss returns from the ski trip.

I'm off to have some coffee and my AM devotional time. Be blessed..and fruitful today! I need to check my fruit basket, 'cuz I'm shy on the "temperance" still (self-control) I'm gonna get it tho!

Love and hugs to all...
Bren

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Christie, you might have to check with the experts on one of the community threads. There used to be a link in the top right hand corner of your start page, but it isn't there any more. I have a link to it on my start page because I went to it after I got my book. There is a site for those who have purchased The Spark that has the extra tools, which there should be something in your book that tells you how to get there. Go to page 221 in your book, it tells you how to access that part of the site, and I believe that once you are there, you will get the icon. (It's been awhile since I got my book, so I can't remember for sure, but I just looked up that page in my book, so I know that for sure.)

God bless, Kim

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Happy New Year everyone. Tina, congrats on the new grandbaby!

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Finally saw the new Narnia movie, i loved it, as i do the whole series, such a good lesson on being warriors, love to you all, off to veg a little on the couch, rest knee, maybe do some upperbody couch moves.nite nite, diana



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Happy 2011!

Can anyone please tell me how to add the I bought the Spark book?

How was everyone's New Year's Eve?

My parents were over last night and left a turtle pie...very high in everything! I don't have much control when it comes to sweets. So, my intake is horrible today. If I can just drink liquids for the rest of the day, I'll be a happy camper. I'm thinking of throwing the darn pie out, so there won't be any temptation. UGH the struggles we face!

Warm blessings and keep your eyes on the prize...Jesus Christ & His kingdom to come!

I am so blessed to have found this awesome team!

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Congrats, Grandma Tina!

Diana, still praying! The challenge is on the Camp Accountability thread which is under the Accountability Threads Forum on the main team page. I posted our first challenge today and we will start accounting on Monday.

I didn't do a whole lot last night to bring in the New Year, in fact, I was in bed at 10 PM with sleepy eyes and Wade was watching a football game at his brother's house. When he came home he dragged me out of bed and we watched a movie, wishing each other a Happy New Year at midnight. Puppy doesn't understand sleeping in after a late night though and he was raring to go at 7:30 this morning - sigh.

Y'all have a great weekend. Love ya, Kim

God bless, Kim

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congrats on the new baby, a baby changes everything aka faith hills song 'a baby changes everything' if you can look it up on you tube, should have been played much more this season. i am battling a cold, sniff sniff, cough cough!!! had a wonderful new years eve celebration with my late friend's family last night and slept in till 11:00 am this morning and i have today off, yea!!!!revving up for our challange, btw, where is it located, i couldn't find it yesterday? love,diana


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Congrats Tina on the new addition! Hey, every deduction is a blessing! haha....

We will see some deductions on the scale around here. I pray for a year of Victory in Jesus for all our group. God knows our hearts and we are in His hands.

Have a blessed day! I'm going to play catch-up, work on my kitchen and then get back to bed for a nap...it is 2:15 and 2011...Let's get the sparks flying y'all!
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Congrats Tina on becoming a grandmom again!

Happy New year everyone!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR'S, Ladies!!

God gave me a special gift tonight --
our 2nd grandson decided he wanted to be a tax deduction for his parents and came 3 weeks early. :)

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Parents and baby are in San Antonio (2.5 hours away) so we won't get to see them until maybe the middle of January.

Have a blessed New Year and may God grant us the strength to meet our health goals this new year!

Love, SouthTXTina

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Thanks so much for sharing that poem. That really shed a new perspective to the challenges I have been experiencing. I'm am praying for your healing.

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Diana, loved the poem! Amen! Shel


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Christie, I think that there is something at the top right of your start page that will take you to The Spark site, and from there it will tell you what you have to do to get that icon up there (at least that is what I remember).

What a day. I have a new phone. I traded in my Blackberry for a regular phone. I wasn't using the data pack enough to make it worth the extra cost each month. I thought I might when we got it, but it took forever to download that it just wasn't worth the time or effort to use it for that purpose. I pretty much just checked my e-mail on it or Facebook posts. OOOO, two warnings on my scan - they were tracking cookies for something! My MIL had an ugly virus on her computer on Christmas Eve, what a mess. Wade went over there and got on the phone with his computer savvy brother and they got it fixed after a couple of hours.

I hope y'all have a wonderful evening. I am going to post the first challenge on the Camp Accountability thread tomorrow sometime, so check it out! Love y'all. Kim

God bless, Kim

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this is long, but so worth the read!!!wallow and enjoy!!


December 28, 2010

Weeping Over Battered Sails
By Bethany Kelly
After an intense period of work a few months back, I had been looking forward to taking some time off. While I knew I needed to think about my future and plans in conjunction with changes undergoing, I had also planned to sink my teeth into a personal project that I had been excited about for months, but had been too busy to devote all but short snippets of time to. I felt passionate about this project. I felt it would be a starting point toward realizing some of my future dreams and goals.

I was pretty jazzed about these changes. I was happy with the way things were going and happy about the doors and possibilities that could open for me in my personal future.

Perhaps I overdid physically, straining my already fragile state of health. I dont know exactly what triggered it, but I became very ill. It was a strange set of physical symptoms that I had to deal with. Crippling exhaustion was the dominant problemunreasonable fatigue that kept me in bed a good part of each day. The kind of exhaustion that is so deep and overwhelming that on the days I was most unwell, the kinds of daily decisions I was making were things like, Do I wash my laundry today or do I wash my hair? I simply didnt have the energy to do both.

On top of the exhaustion, other strange symptoms presented themselves: Strange nerve pains, strong muscle pains and spasms. Digestive problems. An inability to concentrate or focus on any work requiring brain power for more than a few minutes at a time. When one has a desk job, this becomes a real problem! As the weeks turned into one month and then stretched into two, I found myself at an all-time low.

Emotionally I wasnt doing very well. Changes were supposed to be a good thing, something I was happy about, something that would catapult me and all of us into a new future. But after some time, I grew angry, feeling that the changes were forcing me to deal with personal emotional baggage and past issues, and concerns for the future that I didnt feel prepared or equipped forthings that I was perfectly content not having to deal with in the past.

On top of my health problems, I was also facing significant challenges in my work and parenting. I was dealing with personal loss and sadness, as friends whom I was close to for years moved on and into the future the Lord was leading them to. I was happy for them, but couldnt help but feel sorry for myself. I was too ill to even begin to make future plans. Too ill to make any progress on my personal projectsomething, as I said, I was counting on to move me toward the realization of some future goals.

The constant worry nagging me became, What if I dont get better? What if I never reach the level of health and wellness that I feel I need? What if I remain weak and infirm for the rest of my life? How will I be able to support and care for myself and my daughter as a single mom in poor health?

I realized that my emotional difficulties and outlook on life were made worse by the fact that I was physically ill. Processing aspects of significant change while being ill is not something I would recommend to anyone, ha! I kept thinking, Seriously, Lord? Any one of these things on its own would be difficult enough to process and a challenge. But all together? Really?

On a good day, the quote from Mother Teresa would come to mind, I know God will not give me anything I cant handle. I just wish that He didnt trust me so much. Bad days were something different altogether.

I wish I could tell you that I weathered the struggle like a champ. But it wouldnt be true. My daily prayer became, Please just get me through this, Lord. Make it stop. Help me survive! Help me make it through this in one piece.

Things came to a head for me during a heated exchange with my 14-year-old daughter. She was trying to make a point, and in the process, she threw out some challenges that were beside the point she was trying to make, but they shocked me to the core of what I needed to face. Youve been serving God for all these years, she said. It doesnt seem like Hes taking care of you. Youve been sick and youve been praying and asking God to heal you, but He hasnt. Youre still sick and youre still struggling!

Her viewpoint gave me a lot to think about, not the least of which was: What kind of example am I being to my daughter? I also had to face the truth that her words, difficult as they were to hear, were a vocalization of some of the issues that I was struggling with the most.

The following poem was read in devotions the next morning.

I will not doubt though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails,
I shall believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil worketh good to me.
And though I weep because those sails are battered
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered,
I will trust in Thee!


I will not doubt, though all my prayers return
Unanswered from the still, white realm above;
I shall believe it is an all-wise Love
Which has refused the things for which I yearn.
And though at times, I cannot keep from grieving,
Yet the pure ardor of my fixed believing
Undimmed shall burn.


I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain,
And troubles swarm like bees about a hive.
I will believe the heights for which I strive
Are only reached by anguish and by pain;
And though I groan and writhe beneath my crosses,
Yet will I see through my severest losses
The greater gain.


I will not doubt. Well anchored is this faith,
Like some staunch ship, my soul braves every gale;
So strong its courage that it will not fail
To face the mighty unknown sea of death.
Oh, may I cry, though body leaves the spirit,
I do not doubt, so listening worlds may hear it,
With my last breath.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It was exactly what I needed to hear. This poem had a powerful effect on me. I determined to read it every day until I committed it to memory.

Ive often equated faith with an outward manifestation that everything is all right. Being able to manifest a calm, full-of-faith exterior when circumstances are not ideal is certainly part of manifesting faith. The problem for me has been when things arent going well and Im either struggling to keep a calm, full-of-faith exterior or cant manage to stay calm at all. Then I start feeling like I must not have any faith. We all know that faith is a fact, not a feeling, but something about reading this poem while experiencing such an onslaught made the point click for me.

I can still have faith even if I am weeping because my sails are battered, grieving because of my losses, or writhing beneath my crosses. In fact, thats when I need faith the most, and thats when I cant afford to lose my grasp on faith. Having faith doesnt mean I have everything together on the outside. Its an inner belief and confidence. Its knowing and clinging to the facts regardless of disappointments, circumstances, battered sails, losses and crosses, and regardless of whatever less-than-ideal personal response I may have initially, and regardless of how I feel.

This helped me to refocus my circumstances, looking at them more from a standpoint of faith. My circumstances are still largely the same (though thankfully my health is improving). I dont have anything at all figured out when it comes to my immediate future. There are still tons of question marks about the past and a heap of uncertainty about the future. Daily, I have to make conscious decisions to shift my focus and my thought processes from fear to trust in God, from doubt to the Lords love and unfailing care.

Ive developed an inner pep talk I give myself whenever I catch myself going down a negative path in my mind and thoughts. It goes something like this: I have been serving God for many years. He will not fail me now. I have chosen His will over mine hundreds of times. He will not leave me desolate and without His blessings of supply. I will need to change, grow, and do and expect new things, but I will not be alone in this journey and I will never be without His love and His care and His provision!

I love this verse from Jeremiah: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.1 Since I believe this, it then becomes important for me to Cast not therefore away your confidence, which has great recompense of reward.2


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Good morning!

Nice crisp day, warming to about 71. I'll be having lunch with my parents at Red Lobster.

I bought the book and was wondering how do I get the icon under my profile pic?

Keep warm and safe! Have a wonderful New Year's Eve! emoticon

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Happy New Years Eve!!! I can't wait for Wednesday...the first weigh-in challenge of the year. We are gonna' do great this year!!!

Kim and Bren i hope ya'll have a better pain free year this year. I will be praying for ya'll.

Happy birthday to all of you that are having birthdays!

Hello to all you Newbees!

Remember to check out camp accountability.

And have a great day! The Lord loves you and wants the best for you. All we have to do is the listening and trying part. emoticon

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December 31, 2010

Patience Pays Off

Mary Southerland

Today's Truth
James 1:12 "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." (NIV)

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Patience is not one of my greatest strengths. In fact, I tend to live each day with a schedule in mind, an agenda by which to live that day and several goals I need to meet before the day's end. God does have a sense of humor. I can't tell you how many times my schedule falls apart, the agenda is completely forgotten and I have to move today's goals to tomorrow. I am learning that when God wants to build a certain quality in my life, He puts me in the opposite circumstance. For example, if God wants me to be more patient, He arranges the hours and minutes of my day in ways that demand patience.

What is patience? To be patient is to have the ability to endure, but it doesn't stop there. Patience must also have the capacity to be wronged and not retaliate. In other words, patience is love persevering and love waiting. We are not only to be patient in the way we face difficult situations but in our relationships as well. That just about covers life, doesn't it?

One of the most powerful Bible passages on patience and perseverance is found in the book of James. "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." Do you want to be blessed? Stand firm in your trial. Do you want to be rewarded? Stand firm in that tough circumstance. Be patient - because patience really does pay off. God promises blessings and rewards to those who persevere and stand firm in hard times. The reason we can stand firm is because God loves us unconditionally and promises to walk with us through every dark moment life will bring. Nothing touches our life that does not pass through God's hand, with His permission.

Remember the Bible story of the man named Job? Job was a faithful servant of God, strong in his faith and unwavering in his obedience to God. Satan didn't like it. In fact, he went to God and asked permission to test Job. I love it! The devil had to go to God like an errand boy in order to get permission to touch His child, Job. Satan was convinced that if Job lost everything God had given him, his health, his family, his possessions, he would curse God and follow Satan. God told the serpent to give it his best shot, convinced that Job would persevere. Satan stripped Job of his health, his possessions, his wealth and his family - everything Job held dear. Job stood firm.

Every trial must come through His love but every trial has a purpose. Every pain has a purpose, every ordeal contains a seed of victory and there is a promise for every problem you and I will ever face. The psalmist writes, "The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy" (Psalm 28:7).

Patience pays off in many ways, but one of the greatest rewards of patience is joy, a deeply-rooted confidence that God is in control. Warren Wiersbe says that "when God permits His children to go through the furnace, He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat!" God will never let us face more than we can handle with His help. Hebrews 12:12 says it so well, "So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs." I have been there, done that and can relate to a weary heart and shaky legs. Can't you?

Patsy Clairmont shares the true story about her son, Jason. When he was seven, she sent him off to school one day. After a little while, there was a knock at the door and when Patsy opened the door, it was Jason. "What are you doing here?" she asked. "I've quit school" he said. "Why have you quit school, Jason?" she demanded. Jason said, "Well, it was too long, it was too hard and it was too boring. And I didn't like a lot of it!" Patsy responded, "Jason, you have just described life. Get back on the bus!" When God sees patience at work in your life, He is pleased by your choice to "get back on the bus" in obedience and in faith.

An evangelist told the story of his friend who, during the depression, lost a job, a fortune, a wife and a home, but he held onto his faith because it was all he had left. One day, he stopped to watch some men building a stone church. One of the workers was chiseling a triangular piece of rock. "What are you going to do with that?" asked the friend. The workman said, "Do you see that little opening way up there near the spire? Well, I'm shaping this down here so that it will fit up there." Tears filled the eyes of the broken man as he walked away. It seemed that God had spoken through the workman to explain the trials of his life. God is using the trials here on earth to refine and purify us. In Colossians 1:11, the apostle Paul writes, "God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient!"

No matter where you are today, where you have been or what you are facing tomorrow, be patient, knowing your God will strengthen you to stand firm.

Let's Pray
Father, please forgive me when I am impatient. Help me to see You at work in the trial and choose to depend on Your strength instead of my own. Help me to see Your purpose and plan but even if I can't understand it all, help me to stand firm in faith. Lord, make me more patient so that others will see You in me.

In Jesus' name,

Amen.

Now it's Your Turn
Read Romans 12:12 "Be patient when trouble comes." What trouble in your life today requires patience? Are you willing to choose faith and obedience by trusting God with that trouble?

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:14 "Be patient with everyone." What relationship in your life demands patience from you? Evaluate how patient you have been in this relationship. What one thing do you need to change in order to choose obedience to God as you relate to this person?

Read Ephesians 4:2 "Always be humble, gentle and patient." Notice that patience is listed along with two other important qualities that God wants to see in us. How do you think patience relates to humility and gentleness?

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God uses the difficult people and painful trials in our life to teach us patience. We can choose to let those tough times painfully rub off the rough edges of our character or we can just choose to endure the pain time and time again. The only thing worse than learning from experience, is not learning from experience. I am right there with you, friend. I encourage you to check out my book, Sandpaper People, as a resource for those difficult relationships in your life.

My book, Escaping the Stress Trap, is the story of my journey out of spiritual bankruptcy into the rest of God and is based on Psalm 23.

One of the most powerful sources of rest is in a daily time alone with God in prayer and in the Word of God. Check out my weekly online bible study, Light for the Journey, for practical ways to tap into the power of God's Word. The first study of 2011 is How to Handle Hurt and begins January 10, 2011.

FREE MP3s on Mary's website in the Freebies Section!

Do you or someone you love struggle with depression? Mary's book, Hope in the Midst of Depression, offers practical steps you can take to get out and stay out of that pit.

Start 2011 right! Mary's book, Escaping the Stress Trap, is based on Psalm 23 and will help you learn how to deal with stress.

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12/31/10 10:38 A

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Hiya Ladies!!

I'm thinking I need to add to my accountability challenge a few things to "Fast from".

Fast food
SUGAR!
Whining!
Credit Card use (except for emergency: like the car
Hitting the hay at 6:00 PM

Now that I feel better and the pain is very manageable (praise God), I need to start adding some exercise into my day and making better use of the gift of time God gives me.
I will be working on my goals, plans, budget etc. the next few days and spending some of that time restoring order at home and the office!

Have a wonderful, blessed New Year all.... emoticon emoticon

In all things, I will acknowledge Christ, my Savior and strength of my life.
Brenda (Bren)


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12/30/10 8:03 P

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I can so relate to the fast food triggers. Talk about self-control! Ok, I am weak, but working on not going through the drive thru.

Wow, I didn't realize it was 7pm central. I haven't had much to eat today. I was not hungry. I've been told, if you are not hungry, don't eat. I will be back...going to Bill Millers. I know, I'm sooo bad!

Lean on the promises of Christ! Keep your eyes on the prize...Jesus Christ and His Kingdom!

~Cheryl


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12/30/10 12:56 P

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Hiya Girls...
Oh that is a blessing Cheryl! Whew. Aren't reprieves good?
I feel I've gotten one too, as I have been holding at 205 the past two weeks. I saw 202.5 briefly, and will again!
I need to pay attention to my triggers, stay away from Taco Bell, and stop lusting for pizza. Boo!

The prayer closet/potty room is back in order. We have carpet down, all tile work finished and now they are painting and finishing trim and we will have our office space back! yay!

I had to run to McDonald's twice to use the facilities...now I need to find some space to have my lunch...
I'll be back!

In all things, I will acknowledge Christ, my Savior and strength of my life.
Brenda (Bren)


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12/30/10 12:47 P

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Cheryl, you get a notification in your email from Spark when someone has added you as a friend - I'm not sure if you need to SET anything to receive such an email. Anyone? Shel


Glitterfairy77 is my daughter!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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6/21/12: 226
12/6/12: 210
12/13/12: 208
1/6/13: 205
1/30/13: 202
11/18/13: 212.5 :(
1/6/2014: 210
3/31/2014: 204
9/28/2014: 197.5
9/5/2016: 217
3/2/2020: 220
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