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5/18/13 10:03 A

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Hello Alice and welcome aboard! We are honored to have you join us! I hope you will soon be flying all over SP, as this is an awesome site and has been such a blessing.

May you find joy in the journey, friendship and fellowship with like minded Girls...and much success in your endeavors to better care for the Temple of God. Congrats on using the tracker since January! Hooya! that's one of many helpful tools here...I can be found at another type of "tool shed" (AKA wood shed) on occasion.

Thanks Shel, I feel cooler already! Yes Levi would mow for you, if only he could! I need a mechanic, myself. emoticon The loud rapid tapping noise has increased and worsened the past two days...I had Bubba listen to it when he came over last night, He said it could be a wrist pin whatever that is...I pray that either it's a simple, easy, not overly expensive thing to fix, OR...God opens the door for me to find another car for less than $2500 (cash) or $1800 down...I don't want to do payments more than 18 months (prefer not at all)...and God knows what my budget looks like.

He KNEW these things were coming, when He took mama on home. My trips over there every week (double on Dr. appt days), my feet going out on me...etc. So even tho this is an "unwelcome" expense looming...God is my provider and peace and I'll be ok.

Well, it looks like something crashed...on the computer...waah!

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Alice, welcome back to the fold emoticon - don't be a stranger!
Bren, poor baby...How 'bout if I come over and fan you?
That reminds me, I was talking to Levi yesterday, and told him how I had to go out and mow the lawn. He said, "Tell you what, I'll run over and do it for you!" (bear in mind he's a good 3-4000 miles away).
ANyway, since it had been rainy LAST week, it hadn't been mown for two weeks, so it was back to being quite long and lush. Good thing I have an electric mower so it didn't stall out. But the half hour of plowing through that had my joints hurting. Shel


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Good Morning...It has been a few years since I tried to find my way around the team forums here at SP. I have been using the Trackers since January. I would like to reaquaint myself with the rest of this site and develop some accountability relationships here if you all would have me.

Hopefully, I will figure out how to navigate back here. Off to see how lost I can get.

Blessings in Christ,
Alice

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"Don't be afraid for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10


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Hiya Girls...
Glad y'all checked in 'cuz I have no AC in my car and just zippin' around the corner to United at lunch time had me sweating like a piglet and squealing like one too, so I'd have to cyber stalk you! emoticon It's 94 already and supposed to get up to 103. Waah! emoticon I don't do heat! If the boss would let me wear shorts and my bandannas I'd whine less. A wee bit anyway.

I signed up with earthlink today for my DSL. It will be $14.95 a month the first three months, and then jump to $29.95 (plus taxes, fees etc of course emoticon ) I think it should be free for those of us over 50!
The dude tried to sign me up for at least 6 other things and I said no thanks until my good manners were worn out. I finally typed in" I am an "old" lady who needs only the essentials, no bangs (meant bells) or whistles."I'll have the AT&T one disconnected as soon as this one takes effect in 7-10 days. I'm on for a year with them...and will look for even cheaper service later. Especially when I "retire" and start paring down.

I hope I can stay in the rest of the day until it's time to go home at 5:00. I did put some bandannas in the car for the drive home! I'll get to the shop while I'm off and have the noise looked at. Can't fix the AC 'cuz that alone would be over $1100.00....so better get some of this weight off so I don't have a heat stroke trying to get home emoticon



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Hey, gals. I tried to get on last night, but anywhere I tried to get on SP it just wouldn't connect!

I'm doing pretty good. I got my dishes done and the laundry folded and put away. I also had my smoothie for lunch since Wade will be home for dinner. He is at his interview for a new position at the hospital. He applied for a day job as Chemistry Manager or something like that. He would just oversee that department, just making sure that the equipment and the work was all running right and being done right. It would mean that he would be on a normal schedule and would work just one weekend a month - no more 12 hour night shifts either. The only down to it was that he wouldn't get the 6 days off which make it easier for him to go to SC to visit friends. But he almost never takes his vacation or sick time other than to cash it in when we needed the money for a big project (or to take our 25th Anniversary vacation three years ago) so he can start using those hours for that, he will just have to plan ahead more. It will make working at Catawba a little bit harder since he will have to go into work there right after getting off of work at Frye, unless he tries to schedule his work times there on his days off with Frye. Please pray that things happen according to the Lord's will. Thanks y'all. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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So glad it's Friday. My young student friend is going to hang out with his brother tonight, so I won't be going to church - just as well, since I went last night to music meeting to practice a special. And tomorrow I'm taking DD and the grands to the other church - they're having a special speaker. So, a nite to chill at home looks good to me. DD is making Fish fy, and I'll make cole slaw. Yum! Shel


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On our way to north carolina , i have kayla her friend katie, my grandchild ariya and ron we have 6 hrs of driving time till our hotel in md.


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 Ladies!
Where are you hiding...? Don't make us come over there!

Today is a new day and like it or not...we will keep on plugging away. Some days are just not fun and I for one would like to have some. Though "Fun" and "Joy" are not the same and I do find JOY in every single day, because Jesus IS my joy...as He is yours and is in the midst of us few who remain.

I love you ladies and you remain in my prayers. God knows where we are (even when we hide) as I tend to do on occasions. He knows our hearts, our needs, the cries of desperation and feelings of defeat...nothing escapes His notice and as I've said before, I don't think He rolls his eyes at us and he never walks away. We've not been given up as a lost cause...ever!

I pray for healing for this group...spiritual, physical, emotional...we have Jesus as our Life Coach and Personal Trainer. I'll check in with Him shortly.

I'm looking for a lower cost DSL service. I'm paying way too much for AT&T. So if I come up missing for more than two days, I'm up to something! (or in the ditch...maybe both?)

I'm having a knocking noise in my car and I fixed it by taking my hearing aid out! Seriously...I'll have it checked out soon. I'd thought about going to Albany on Monday while off, but asked my brother to come here instead. I have some things to give him, in my effort to clear some kitchen stuff out and get ready to work my plan. I can't think of an alternate "Fun" word for work...."Play my Plan"?

Be blessed today ladies...take good care of yourselves...I'll do the same at my place.

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5/15/13 11:24 A

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"TATER dreams"... What next?
I was out late last night - we'd gone to my DD's church's Pentecost dinner & worship service. She contributed her home made mac& cheese, SO cheesey. I had a little of everything.
I'd taken a nap, since I got up at 4:30. Was gonna try to get up at 4:30 again, but just couldn't - reset for 5:45. Only put in 8 minutes on the bike, so I'll have to do more when I get home, including lift some weights.
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Hey gals! Hope you had a restful night. "Tater Dreams" hmmm! There was a time I reacted oddly to potatoes, but not with dreams. Now I can eat them just fine, but I don't eat that many, they are empty calories to me unless it is a sweet potato. There are some things that are habits or things that are so ingrained I don't think about them - like some empty calories and choosing something different that is better for me - it's just easier with some things because I don't like them - heehee! Chicken I like, I was glad to see it on Diana's list! Never had a fava bean though, but I like beans, so I would probably like that one too. The cannellini bean is great for lowering cholesterol (white kidney bean is another name for it).

Well, I have put myself on a book-buying budget. I have got to get this under control. I have over 1700 books on my Kindle, and I can't see how I am going to read all of those. I am being very selective in what I buy, but even still they are books $2.99 or less and only $2.99 if it sounds like a really good read, one of my favorite plot lines. Even still, I am buying too many - but then again, they aren't offering as many free books - but then again, it's not like I don't have enough books! Oh well, I have to be realistic and put myself on a budget and stick to it, it's the only way to have good stewardship, which is what Jesus wants me to have with what He has given us and buying books I don't need isn't good stewardship! Sigh emoticon

I need to make an appointment with the pain center to get a prescription for my meds. I think I am going to go off of the gabapentin. It's just one more med and I don't really need it and it isn't really helping anyway. It might be keeping the numbness in my leg controlled, but it isn't helping with the tingling in my hands and until I see a neurologist for that there really isn't a reason to take the medication for it. My list of meds is just way too long. Oh man, I am losing so many meds down my bathroom drain. I use a pill keeper and the lovaza is so big it gets stuck in the bottom. I hold the keeper off to the side of the sink, but like last night, the smaller pill bounced out of the pocket and right down the drain. It was one of my tramadol. One morning it was a bigger capsule. There isn't a drain cover in the sink so it falls in too far for me to pull it out. Yikes! I guess I will have to stand back away from the sink or just take the keeper into the kitchen and take my pills in there! Yeah, I like that idea.

Well, I need to get. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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5/15/13 9:27 A

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I saw my first Cardinal Monday morning while sitting outside...hooya! He's beautiful.

I think the dopamine is to lift spirits and seratonin is to calm us! emoticon I had the book at one time "Potatoes, not Prozac"...that recommended eating a tater before bed...with no protein, to help calm ya and help you rest...it wasn't until later I learned TOO much tater...(or other carbs) can induce nightmares...hence what I call "Tater Dreams". emoticon Now if I could just eat one little tater...I'd be ok but Noooo...I want the one pounder, loaded. I mean I "did" want that..I don't anymore, as of today!

Wishing you all a blessed and wonderful day...gotta act like I'm working!

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5/14/13 4:44 P

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We gotta get those laughs in - I think that gets the dopamine or is it serotonin going too!

Diana, thanks for that information. The Omega-3 stuff I understood well. An article by Suzy Cohen talked about the two components in Omega-3 and how much of both we need to effectively lower our triglycerides. She said that we need to get at least 2000mg a day to do any good. I am getting 4000mg a day right now. The doc. who prescribed the Lovaza said that getting that much over the counter would be dangerous because of mercury poisoning - so if you decide to go with an omega-3 fish oil, make sure that it is purified and from reputable source. I used Ocean 3 from Garden of Life. They have several different kinds - one is even called Better Brain. The Brain does feed off of fat, but the good fats, so we need to watch out for our saturated fats and that has become normal for me. I get between 4-12g a day. It's something that we watch when we buy our groceries, so nothing comes in our house that has more than 2-3g of sat fat per serving unless it's red meat that I rarely eat. Wade can eat anything because he is much more active than I am, but even he watches his saturated fat. I'm like y'all with Dr. Oz, some of what he says is good, and some kind of off the wall - so I glean out the good and put the weird off to the side.

I am discouraged. Four years and all I've lost is 24 pounds. I did lose 46, but then menopause hit and I gained back 22 pounds and even though I have see-sawed I can't really move that down again. I know how to maintain, and I know how to eat healthfully, so that is going to be what I focus on now.

Woke up quite congested again today and headachey as well. I did feel well enough this afternoon to do my upper body strength exercises. Wow, a five day time period away from it sure does set one back. This is something that I can do and will continue to do, and we'll add stuff as we are able.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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5/14/13 8:01 A

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Well...
Thanks for the laughs Kim, and the reminder of that movie! I can sure identify with the frustration and irritation as well...and health issues that make our efforts more of a chore emoticon and not much fun.
So...can we take a break from the weekly weigh in....and update on occasion since it's just three of us anyway? emoticon

Diane, they have a saying in the OA meetings..."Take what you can use and leave the rest"....I do that with info from Dr. Oz and others......as everyone has ideas and options...and advice! Finding what works for us and doing it consistently remains a major key!
We...as God's girls must hold tight to Him and seek His wisdom and instruction first. What He says to do, He will empower us to do it. Y'all know I have a "hearing problem"...and it's not just physical! I need to hone those "listening" skills!

I got my bean spree done and will finish clean up today. Since I didn't have five pots going at once, it's not such a mess. I have 34 one cup containers in the freezer again.

Today, I'll go thru the kitchen tho most of what I have is "allowed"...with maybe 3-4 things I need to watch...tortillas (corn and whole wheat) Pasta, and a few taters...as well as a bag of frozen meatballs and chicken breast strips. It's the "portion control" thing and I can use it...

I'm going to have coffee and a good talk with Jesus, before I get my day on the way. You all are in my prayers daily and I love you my Sisters...ditzy or not.... emoticon
Be blessed abundantly today...
Bren

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5/14/13 5:59 A

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Kim, I love Arsenic and Old Lace!
I think our focus should not be on weight loss but rather healthy living...getting enough activity, eating foods that are not bad for us (all right, ice cream in moderation!), eating mindfully - being as good stewards as we can of these temples. If they don't cooperate by dropping weight as we'd like for all our trouble - they're going to perish anyway. Shel


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HI ladies, good morning, I am getting ready for work so I will be brief, because this article is lengthy! I have been praying about the weight thing and digging deep as to why I am so stale mated at getting any results. It has caused me to go through what kim talked about in her post about just getting very discouraged. the following article can be found at dr oz, I don't buy into everything he talks about because I figure he is making a buck, but at least he gets all kinds of information out there and is willing to think outside the box. the following I found very interesting, because I have been looking into the subject of fat, and it's adverse effects on us. Just having too much fat will lower our life expectancy so if for no other reason than that, we want to live the life God has planned out for us. more on that later, the following is long and the end is just a recipe but the info on what fat does to us and how we struggle with our frustrations that just spirel, well, this puts it into a way I can relate to. love to all.


By Bryce Wylde, Alternative Health Expert
Author, Wylde on Health, Your Best Choices in the World of Natural Health
Creator of MyStatusTM, a new initiative created to help people understand what they need more or less of in the way of supplementation to achieve everything from optimal weight loss and ideal antioxidant levels. Learn more at WyldeAboutHealth.com/MyStatus.


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From an evolutionary perspective, we have always eaten in order to live. But too many of us live to eat. Consequently, more than 1 in 5 adults are overweight, and more than a third of them obese. Today, with 24-7 access to food, a biological drive to eat high-calorie fare has rapidly evolved into a health burden.

The brain has developed a faulty anticipation of energy needs. Overriding evolution is a desire for the feel-good mood boost that many foods now bring us and which may be fostering an unconscious urge to overeat.

The human brain is easily tricked by pleasure foods as they confuse the brains regulating systems. In North America, it seems we get the most pleasure from refined carbohydrates, vegetable oil, and diet pop to name a few. Refined carbs empty-calorie foods may make us feel good, but because the brain seeks micronutrients and empty-calorie foods like white bread, pasta, cake and cookies dont provide these micronutrients, the eat more signal typically stays on. It also turns out that vegetable oils found in most snack food may be making us stoned! Vegetable oil promotes snacking because new research suggests that it plays on endocannibinoid receptors much the same way that marijuana causes the munchies.

Sugar-free soft drinks also confuse our brain. When studies are done on diet soda drinkers, there is a diminished activation of an area in the brain associated with the food motivation and reward system. Decreased activation of this brain region has been linked with elevated risk of obesity. But besides the very direct and often negative impact these and other foods are having on our cravings, it seems we desire to keep filling up on them because they surge a feel-good hormone in the brain called dopamine.

Complex interactions between the nervous system, hormonal pathways, and immune system are at play when it comes to overeating. In fact, its not just overeating. Cant put your blackberry down? Feel bored when youre not at work? Late-night binge behavior? Believe it or not, all these things have a lot to do with dopamine the neurotransmitter thats heavily involved in the pleasure center within the brain. Its released in high amounts during gratifying activities such as eating, sex, exercise, dancing and other enjoyable experiences.

The pathway between the brain and body is known as the neuroendocrine-immune supersystem. Symptoms of this system breakdown can sometimes appear as a hormone issue when in actuality, they can be attributed to a neurotransmitter imbalance. Keep in mind, dopamine is a neurotransmitter. Common symptoms include mood changes, focus issues, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, and, in particular, compulsive overeating resulting in weight gain. As a brain neurotransmitter, dopamine influences well being, alertness, learning, creativity, attention and concentration. Dopamine also affects brain processes that control movement, emotional response and is the source of the brains power and energy.

While too little dopamine can leave us craving food, sex or stimulation, too much can cause addictive behaviors. In a December 2008 study in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, J. Reinholz and colleagues suggest that your brain uses dopamine to tell your body when to stop eating. Low dopamine levels may also play a role in overeating for people with a genetic predisposition to low dopamine levels.


Were a society that also consumes too much of the addictive stimulants: chocolate, caffeine (coffee, tea), sugar and cigarettes. Consequently, and not surprisingly, almost all abusive drugs and addictive substances influence dopamine production. Alcohol, cocaine, nicotine, amphetamines and even sugar can also mess with our dopamine balance. Many smokers eat more when they are trying to quit because both food and nicotine share similar dopamine reward pathways. When less dopamine is stimulated as nicotine is reduced, food and sugar cravings naturally kick in to compensate.

The natural tendency when experiencing a state of feel good is to seek out more of it and work to sustain it. But, chronic dopamine surges over a long period of time (especially from overeating) will eventually cause a loss of dopamine activity in the brain and decrease the receptors in charge of satiety, as well as the activity of those receptors. And so begins the cycle driving us to sustain our feelings of pleasure through the intake of food.

The bottom line seems to be that over-eating eventually causes loss of dopamine in the brain and a decrease in receptors in charge of satiety so ultimately you crave more and more and never feel satisfied.

If you pay close attention, your body will give you specific clues that let you know youre low. If you make a late-night trip to the fridge or pantry at least twice weekly, find yourself eating even when you are really full, or feel irritable and tired when you try to cut down on your favorite foods, you might be low dopamine. But, the best way to know if your dopamine levels are imbalanced is to have your neurotransmitters tested. The way to do this is easy and uses cutting edge science. Urinary neurotransmitter testing a simple pee-in-a-cup test is reflective of total-body neurotransmitter activity. It has been observed that urinary neurotransmitter measurements are correlated with neurotransmitter activity in the central nervous system.

Since higher levels of dopamine may reduce your impulse to eat, the good news is that by eating healthy micronutrient-rich foods high in tyrosine the natural building block of dopamine and supplementing with the amino acid L-tyrosine, the temptation to overeat will diminish and slowly cause more of the dopamine receptors in the brain to reactivate, making it easier and easier as time goes on for that person to derive increased pleasure from smaller amounts of food.

Foods highest in L-tyrosine include:
Fava beans
Duck
Chicken
Ricotta cheese
Oatmeal,
Mustard greens
Edamame
Dark chocolate
Seaweed
Wheat germ

Eating more of them may help boost your dopamine in the brain. What you should do is make each of these foods the base of every meal you have throughout the day. Try these recipe suggestions.


But if you really want to see results, adding L-tyrosine as a supplement can be the crucial step in the dopamine diet. As an amino acid and the building block of dopamine, taking L-tyrosine as a supplement boosts your dopamine levels.

What I normally recommend is to take 500 to 1,000 mg when you wake up in the morning (on an empty stomach) and then again between lunch and dinner. Be careful because its a stimulating supplement. It is always advisable to get tested as well as discuss this with your health care provider before starting to supplement with it. People who have an abnormal heartbeat or those using agents that may treat heart disorders, who have hypertension or those taking monoamine oxidase inhibitor drugs (MAOIs) should use L-tyrosine only under the guidance of their doctor.

Taking L-tyrosine for 4-6 weeks should reach full effectiveness to cut cravings. Youll notice that you are not reaching for that bag of potato chips anymore, and you wont be craving and visualizing every snack and meal throughout your day.

L-tyrosine is widely available at health food stores or vitamin stores at only about $15-20 per bottle.

While increasing intake of foods rich in the amino acid L-tyrosine as well as supplementing with L-tyrosine itself can up-regulate dopamine production in the brain, there are still other dietary factors that can also influence dopamine levels. The omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood have a significant effect on dopamine levels so they too become part of The Dopamine Diet.

One of the notable features of brain and nerve cells is the high percentage of the omega-3 fat DHA. In fact, the brain is comprised of 60% fat with DHA being the most prevalent. Because of DHAs unique structure, it can bend and change shape rapidly. This flip flop action of DHA occurs up to a billion times per second in brain cells which facilitate the rapid transfer of electrical signals which, in turn, become our thoughts and emotions.

Poor electrical transmission in brain cells has a direct effect on dopamine production. In fact, virtually all disorders of the brain, including dopamine-related disorders, are associated with reduced levels of DHA in brain tissue. Supporting the brains electrical signals is just one way DHA boosts dopamine. DHA also boosts dopamine levels by reducing the production of the enzyme that breaks down dopamine. More recently, scientists have discovered that DHA is converted to a compound called neuroprotectin D-1 which protects brain and nerve cells from stress and toxins. Neurprotectin D-1 helps maintain the integrity of the dopamine-producing cells as well as the receptor cells. Omega-3 supplementation trials have shown up to a 40% increase in dopamine!

Dietary sources of DHA come almost exclusively from seafood. While fish and fish oil are the most common sources of DHA, one of the richest natural sources of DHA is squid. As an interesting side note, squid ink also used in some exotic foods is very high in dopamine! Most places around the world enjoy squid in the form of calamari (squid tentacles and mantle), but unfortunately this part of the squid is low in fat and therefore low in DHA. Some cultures, primarily in Asia, consume the entire squid and reap the benefits of its rich DHA content. While most of us are not brave enough to consume squid eyes and viscera, you can get the same DHA goodness from a squid oil supplement, which is becoming more and more common on the shelves of health food stores. As part of my Dopamine Diet protocol, I encourage the consumption of 1-2 tsp of squid oil daily. Surprisingly, some brands of squid oil actually taste very good and can be easily mixed with food.

As a bonus, heres one of my favorite dopamine-boosting recipes:
Fava Bean Dopamine Delights

Makes 12 crostini

Ingredients

12 brown rice crackers

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup fava beans, shelled

1/2 small Spanish onion

1 organic garlic clove

1 tbsp finely diced red pepper

10 black olives (pitted)

6 sprigs tarragon, leaves only



Directions

Cook the fava beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Pure the beans in a food processor with the onion, garlic, olives, the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, and the tarragon leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste.



Just before serving, spread the fava bean paste onto the rice crackers. Garnish with the diced red pepper and a sprinkling of black pepper.







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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Well, it appears that it isn't half and half nails but rather Mee's nails. Mee's nails is an indication of kidney disease, heart disease, or arsenic poisoning. The doctor was kind of funny, she said that they see this in wives who are trying to kill their husbands! Oh yeah, big laugh! I quickly reassured her that I love my husband and there is no rat poison in our house! Good thing I have no other symptoms of arsenic poisoning - although there is a very funny smell coming from the window seat where I stuffed the little old man who came for tea the other day with my ditzy sister and myself! (For those of you who are lost, watch Arsenic and Old Lace). Anyway, she also said that since I have no indication for anything that could cause this anomaly it is probably something that will just have to be an unexplained anomaly. Since I get regular physicals and have regular blood work done, anything bad it could be is being monitored so I should be fine. She said that it's kind of hard to find out what other non-threatening thing it could be since people don't go to the doctor for it unless it becomes something threatening so they don't do any studies for it - LOL! She really was funny and had such an introverted personality as well, it was just cute. It was funny, when she came into the room and looked at my nails, she had to go out and get her book and look it up - I thought - "I did that much on Google!" But! I had it wrong! So - we shouldn't try to self diagnose ourselves. Although they are similar and the causes are similar, they are different! LOL! Anyway, I feel better knowing what it is and that a doctor said not to worry about it, just keep an eye on the blood work.

I also talked to Wade today. I asked him if he wanted me to lose weight. He looked like a deer caught in the head lights - "Yes, and no. If you want to lose weight - yes. But I think you look fine just the way you are." What a little diplomat my man is! He'd made a pineapple and ham pizza - my very favorite. I already had my main meal. I looked at that pizza and thought - I can't have a slice because it will take me over in calories and I am so sick and tired of having to think about that. I'm so sick and tired of wrecking eating something by having to think how that is going to mess up my calorie count for the day. I'm tired of thinking about having to work out even when I don't feel good because I know I have to get so many minutes in (three days of headaches and stomach cramps set me back to square one, but I feel guilty because I know I should be doing something). I know that it's good for me and I should do it - but I want to do it because I want to not because I have to. So, I'm going to eat healthy but I'm not counting calories right now. I basically know how much to eat each day, but I just can't spend each day thinking about it any more. By the way, I only ate one slice of the pizza and Jake ate most of my bone.

I love y'all. TTYL

God bless, Kim

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Yesterday I "lazed" for Mother's Day but this morning I started with 10 on the bike. Will do more when I get home from school - just wanted a little something to loosen me up. I also want to use that kettlebell or whatever you call it on the biceps and triceps again.
It is so chilly today! Good weather for soup, stew, or chili! Shel


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Bren, I'm going to have to wait until I can shop to start my two week try. I'm going to have to tweak too. This morning's breakfast was way too fatty, one slice of bacon, one egg and an egg white and some Swiss cheese - that's a lot of saturated fat, and more calories than I'm used to for breakfast. I'll probably get some Egg Beaters again, that has very little sat fat and still be able to do some bacon and maybe find some other kind of cheese. I need to get their portions, the two proteins a day (bacon isn't a protein, it's a condiment), two fruits and three veggies which I may turn around. I haven't been doing that and I think it will make a difference. Popping in movement wherever I can will also be incredibly helpful. Oh, something else they mentioned that I found interesting - ladies over 50 and in menopause do have a slower metabolism so we should eat a 1200-1300 calorie a day diet and expect a one pound a week weight loss. I've been there about five days a week with very little exercise, so I think that's why I maintain rather than lose.

Well, I go to the dermatologist today to see if my funny colored finger and toe nails mean anything. I'll let yo know. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Hiya Ladies!
Kim, I've joked before about "just bring my steak to me raw, I'll take it home and cook it to suit myself"...after years of badly cooked steaks at the Christmas dinner party. It would be a charcoal briquette I couldn't even cut...I mean BURNT...or it would moo when I stuck it. BUT...the past three years, it's been perfect! yay! Glad you had one....my yearly one is all I get! emoticon Oh...I'm having sympathy pains for you! You stay on my prayer list honey girl!

I'll take a gander at the list too...tho I will use what I have on hand right now....because my shopping is done for the month.
I got my pinto beans cooked yesterday and today I'm doing baby limas and black eyed peas. I've been so tired that I asked Jesus to help me. He does too. Even the mundane things like changing sheets on the bed, cleaning the kitchen, getting trash out...He is my strength in ALL things!

Cissy will drop by for coffee when she gets off work at 8:00...so I'm having mine now and will do a fresh pot when she comes. I had another broken night's sleep...I have about 4 a week like that. I'm sure it will level off soon, when I get my mind, body and spirit on track.

Missy~ Those are beautiful pics of your daughter! Hey...how's the garden coming? David has picked beets already, for canning. I'd want the greens....to go with my beans!

Shel...you go girl. Can you do 15 on the bike for me? Missy can walk a mile for me at the trail too. I did do some wall pushes at work Saturday and some walking. Yesterday I felt pretty rough and laid low...and thanked God I could. I need to ask for the strength and will to move it!

Diane...digging deeper in our relationship with Christ is a priority.....and I need more of that in my life. I want to do more...and as I've said before..."I have more "free" time than anyone I know...and do less with it". I've been exhausted, in pain and feel derailed...about 4 days a week. Hmmm...reckon my sleep patterns have an effect on the rest of things?

I'm going to finish mail, spot clean a bit and maybe have a bit of outside time. I still have birds flocking to the spot where I'd been putting out seed and I haven't put any out in two weeks...and they were still chirping at 7:00 last night!

Be blessed all....have a great day, no matter what!
Love and hugs~
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Hey, ladies. Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies out there!

We went to my BIL's house for lunch today. Mom was there as well as my SIL, both mothers. We had steak, salad (which I didn't eat), boiled potatoes and yeast rolls. I had half a yeast roll, steak and half a potato with a wee bit of butter on it. I also had a piece of pineapple upside down cake - yum. Mom made that. Allen grilled the steaks. I like mine bleeding rare and this was medium (no pink) but it was still good. I think mine ended up being the most done of all the steaks I could see - sigh - but Praise the Lord, I had a steak and it was yummy! Jake even got steak fat to eat - booya! Bristol, their dog, got the boon of the fat though, and that girl can sure put away the food. (Yes, she is named after the race track in that city!)

Still not feeling up to par. Not sure what is going on. Lots of congestion in the throat and upper chest but not coughing. Still a wee bit headachey and super tired. My tummy has been icky too. Sigh! God knows and He definitely touched me this afternoon. I started to feel crampy after lunch, but He kept everything right where it was supposed to be - I am so grateful and praise Him for that!

Well, not much else going on. Tomorrow begins the two week Spark Solution Challenge, but I haven't been able to do any grocery shopping for it, so I don't think I will be able to participate since my cupboards are bare. I will start another day after I am able to get my list together - but, I will be doing it and seeing if I can follow it. I am also going to be putting the information on a thread here and giving y'all the opportunity to follow the plan as well. I will be giving you the shopping list and whatever information that I have.

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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Happy Mother's Day!!!!!

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Happy mommy's day for all you ladies, even if you don't have any children I know spiritually you all are great mommies to the girls and women who surround you! I am working today, and my kids are coming to my house at 5 pm. what is up, I dropped a big hint at what I would like, a ninja four in one cooker, you can bake, brown, slowcook and sautee in it, and it has heat on the sides as well as the bottom for speeded up cooking. I am allowed to dream I guess.
I am again on the upside of losing weight, I have been in prayer and the Lord is speaking to my heart, as I get desperate, he is getting clearer in what I need to know. love to you all, diana.


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Did 30 on the bike this afternoon. Taking DD and grands to church tonight. emoticon Shel


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Your kettle bell reminds me...I need to use mine Shel!

Kim, I hope this spell is of short duration. emoticon Be gentle with yourself and rest...you do need some of that, even when not sick! Speaking of...I got some good rest last night and sure needed it too! I went to bed at 8:15, read for a bit and went right off to sleep.

I got up at 5:30, did some cleaning (kitchen mostly)...then stopped at Wal-Mart for supplies for the office/maintenance and a few things for myself...it's such a beautiful day and I've been out on the cart already... emoticon I'll clean in the office some today and clear up some clutter too. I need to spend some time in the GYM as well. Cleaning and using it. emoticon

Be blessed today all...

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I enjoy a storm as long as the lightening and thunder aren't right on top of one another!

Not doing well right now. Headache, clogged ears, tired. I wasn't feeling well last night, hoping it was just allergies, but now I'm not sure. I did dust day before yesterday - LOL! I even went to sleep at midnight at didn't get up into 9, phew, gotta be sick! LOL!

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God bless, Kim

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We have some spring thundershowers coming through. Love the low rumble and the sound of the rain. DD and I are relaxing watching BONES. But I did some strength exercises today, upping the weight for biceps and triceps. OOF-dah! emoticon Shel


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Woohoo, Shel!

Yeah, Bren, always for a purpose and always because He loves us.

My TENS unit came today. Learning how to use it. I found which number I like best and figured out that I can run it on constant rather than having to restart it every 30 minutes - phew! It does work with my small electrode pads, but it doesn't seem like the big ones are going to work - I'll just have to use the little one for a bit until I get used to it and then try the big ones again. I am going to have to go ahead and change my order back to the little ones again though since I know that they work. I'll try their pads and see if there's a difference. They don't have a pulse that is like my favorite one on my old TENS unit, but the one that I have is this constant pulse like someone driving their fist into my back and not letting up - oh yeah! No pain with that one - gotta love it! It runs on AAA batteries too and we have a recharger, so that should be very helpful as well. I'll see how long these batteries last. My old one uses 8.4 volt, or something like that, batteries - so that's no help.

Anyway, I need to do my study and pay some bills so I will talk to you later. Love ya

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Hiya Ladies!

I got my book yesterday and will take it with me to work today. Yippee! We got a really nice rain storm yesterday. The lightening and thunder was a bit much so I shut down the computer until it passed. By the time I left at 5:00, the rain had passed as well...and went on down the highway.

What you said, Kim... emoticon I can sure see God's hand in my trials and burdens...and one thing that comforts me in them is knowing He either sent it or allowed it, for a purpose. Nothing slips by Him and even in the darkest days and deepest pits...He is there!

Here's our weigh in results for the week...a day late and a few dollars short?

Kim...LW 245.8......CW 245.8.......holding steady
Bren..LW 194.6......CW 197.6......+ 3....oops!
Shel..LW 207.5......CW 205......-2...woohoo!
Missy LW 260......

Shel's our winner and I'm the whiner of the week! emoticon until we push through!

Be blessed ladies........best where most needed today!

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Happy afternoon, everyone. I hope you are still doing well.

Thank you for those thoughts, Diana. It's true. We each have to face our own trials and God gives us the grace that we need for our own circumstances. He either gives us the grace to get through it or He delivers us from it. He also gives us family and friends to encourage us and to pray for us while we are going through it. I know that I received a lot of wisdom from my Pastor as I went through my greatest trial, and my husband stood with me through it - that was invaluable. He couldn't take it from me or carry it for me, but he could walk with me and he could pray with me and he could encourage me and he could also let me know if I was heading in the wrong direction again. There's lots we can do, we just can't go through it for them - if we did they would never become strong and never learn what Jesus wants them to learn or grow in the way He wants them to grow. I call them growing times and James tells us to rejoice in them.

I love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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This is a conversation a girl had with Jesus as He answered her questions on something she was going through. I loved the subtle wisdom of this, and it has caused me to search my heart and His to help me understand this. I have long had the problem of taking others burdens as my own and as this shows, it highlighted the lack of faith, of His wisdom and His generous granting of grace in each situation, what I am processing is , where is the line one draws to where they are doing too much and not trusting Jesus to do His part? Read and enjoy.




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Gold, Roses, and Thorns


By Maria Fontaine


When someone you love is going through a difficult time, it can naturally cause you to feel sad, burdened, or even to question why theyre going through it so much. You wish you could take their pain for them, and it almost hurts you worse than it hurts them. In fact, sometimes it does affect you morebecause youre not the one going through the difficulty, so you dont have the grace that the Lord gives in equal measure to the trial.

Jesus says:

When someone you love faces a struggle, often you feel for them deeply. It hurts you deep down in your heart. Since you are not facing that battle personally, you dont have the same grace that I make available to the person who is in the midst of the situation. Seeing the struggle without feeling My touch or My hand that is upon them and helping them, you can actually hurt for them tremendously and find your faith wavering and questioning "Why?"

This may have happened with others when they looked at the struggles you faced in the past. You had the grace to face the difficulty, and by hanging on to Me you had what you needed to make it through, but in some cases others hearts ached watching you go through it.

To you, many of the battles which you see others face seem severe, and you wonder if youd make it through if you were faced with them. But thats because you arent facing those specific battles at this time, so you dont have the grace for thembecause you dont need it. People often face their own personal Jordans [challenges] and you see what they are facing and even feel their pain through empathy. I want you to pray for them, that they will have increased strength for their path.

When you look at the burdens of others, it might seem beyond what you could bearand maybe it would be, because you arent created for that task. You have grace for your battles, not for the battles of others. I give you just what you can bear and no more. Each struggle is designed to match what I have placed within you. Each of you has been outfitted to overcome whatever I allow to enter your life.

The lesson for you is to see what others are facing, pray in desperation and with a broken heart for others, but do not begin to ask why or to harden your heart or shut out the pain because you dont understand.

Picture Me as the great potter. Im an artisan. I fashion each one so it will become a unique vessel, with a unique purpose and design. I know exactly where I will place each part, each handle, each spout. I know which areas need to be solid and strong and which need to be weak. You look on those who are suffering, putting your vessel in their place and hurting for them and the irreparable loss they seem to be experiencing. However, I know that the challenge can result not in loss but in great gain, and may be crucial to making them what they need to become.

Look to Me and trust that I know what I am doing, pray that they will allow Me to work these circumstances together for their good, and support them in this time when they may not understand what they are going through either. Encourage them to trust Me. It comes down to knowing that while you dont understand it all and while you ache with them and are praying that they will endure the test, you trust that I will use it for good.

Every person I came in contact with when I was on earth was a learning experience for Me. My dying on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice, but My whole life on earth was a lesson in compassion.

I couldnt live as a blind man from birth. I couldnt be the woman with the issue of blood who endured great pain and agony of the flesh. I couldnt be the leper who had endured years of being an outcast and watched in agony as his flesh slowly died and fell away. I couldnt watch My child die before My eyes and feel the hopelessness of being unable to prevent it. I could not have lived all these things in just one body, but what gave Me the compassion and the understanding, what made Me your High Priest who is touched with the feelings of your infirmities was having been in all points tempted as you are. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we areyet he did not sin.1

Learn to see difficulties and have compassion, and do all you can to help and pray for each other and the lost. Prepare your heart so you dont sink into bitterness through a lack of understanding and trust in Me.

And remember Me. Who could understand you better than I do? Who could have more love and compassion than Me? Its not necessary that you face the same battle as someone else or at the same time as someone else in order to strengthen them in the faith and spur them on to victory. All you need is faith in Mefaith that as I helped you through your battles, I will help others through theirs. Faith that because I love you, I wont allow anything that cannot be turned for good.

So strengthen your faith. Strengthen your muscles of praise and trust in Me. Trust through the hard times, through the darkness, and when the light comes, you will see more clearly.

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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 girls...
I'm running late too Kim...so no worries!

I was so exhausted and in much pain when I got home yesterday. I'd gotten up at 2:30 AM, (no nap), Cissy came at 8:15 and we went to the Church. I helped in the kitchen...set up, serve, clean up and pack up...so was on my feets emoticon for about 6.5 hours and they were really whining when I got home! I gave 'em a nice soak, took Ibuprofen twice and got to bed early. I didn't sleep well, but I got enough, with my short nap before work.

I brought a ham bone home to put in my butter beans..a rather "meaty" one! emoticon
I have Cissy's (and mine) in the freezer... My cooking spree will have to wait until next week when I'm off. I do have some chicken thighs thawed and will cook them tonight...in soup I suppose.

It's dark and cloudy today and I love it! We have a 30% chance of rain today and a 40% chance tomorrow...yippee!

Owww Kim! Then you know just what I mean! I'm glad it's the left and not the right...but neither would be nice! The last time I "know" I hurt myself (other than the foot) was wrestling with Mom's wheelchair that one day. I really need to do some work with myself, as I've grown very weak, flabby, soft and wrinkled.... emoticon

I have my verified letters ready to mail and will skip off to the post office when James leaves at 12:30...well the boss is back so I'll go now...
I'll be back!
Love, hugs and prayers for all...

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Hey gals! Hope you are having a good day. I'm doing alright today. Was able to get some dusting in - I was afraid I would find a small person living on one of my bookshelves, but I had gotten to the dust just in time - phew! I think that we will also have a rain-free day today, but since I don't usually watch the weather, I am only going by my brief look at the outside world. I do go out and get the mail, my effort to grab a snatch of vitamin D! LOL!

Our dehumidifier came yesterday. The nice UPS guy carried it up to the carport for me. He's a nice guy, and he gives Jake a dog biscuit every time he comes. I wish Amazon would just use UPS, it comes on time when they use that courier.

Well, not much going on yet today. I need to get some lunch, so I will talk to y'all later. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Diana, another good one!

The days of warm sunshine are taking a vacation. It started sprinkling yesterday afternoon - not so much that I bothered to open my umbrella on the way home, tough. But this morning I hear the distinctive whish of tires on wet pavement.

I'll be driving to school since my van is on the outside, and I want to go to the post office after work. But at least I already got my biking in this morning. Shel


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Bren, sorry this is so late, but my weight today is 245.8.

God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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The Boy Sitting Next to Me

This should be easy, I thought as I prepared to enter high school. I didnt expect to have any problems making friends or interacting with my classmates. Unfortunately, my confidence was shattered on the very first day of school, when I met the boy seated next to me in class.

Sean was about my height but twice my weight. He was careless in his studies, never studied for exams, and yelled and cursed at teachers and students alike. He bragged endlessly about the violent computer games he played every chance he got, and their influence was evident in his angry, destructive behavior. I quickly wished I didnt have to sit next to him.


Weeks passed, and Sean went from bad to worse. He failed nearly every exam, daily got into fights with other classmates, and made no friends. I did my best to be polite, but kept my distance.

One day at lunch hour, the seat beside Sean was the last vacant one in the cafeteria. I reluctantly sat down, and we exchanged some small talk. During the short conversation that followed, I found out that Seans father had died when he was very young, and that his mother worked long hours on a night shift. Consequently, he was home alone most evenings and only got to spend time with her on weekends.

I was ashamed of my harsh and judgmental attitudes, and determined to reach out to Sean with love, kindness, and acceptance, even though that went against my natural inclinations.

At first, my attempts were only met with mocking refusals and deriding curses. Sean had been the brunt of ruthless bullying ever since the first grade, so in order to protect himself he had developed a very hard and unfeeling exterior. It was a struggle to include him whenever we picked teams, and it was tough trying to get through to him when my efforts were rewarded with snide remarks. I was often tempted to get angry and wondered if he was worth my trouble.

As the months went by, however, Sean gradually grew friendlier. Then one morning, over four months after that initial conversation in the cafeteria, Sean insisted on pairing up with me for a class activity. I was shocked. You're always saying you never want to see me again, I told him.

Thats not true! he replied, smiling broadly. Youre my only friendthe one person who cares about me. I want us to always be friends.

That day, I not only gained a friendship that is ongoing, but I also discovered a precious truth: regardless of how a person acts, looks, or behaves, everyone wants and needs to feel love and acceptance. Beneath the rocky surface of a person's hard exterior is often a beautiful flower waiting to grow. Kind words and loving deeds are to human hearts what sunshine is to flowers. It can take days, weeks, or sometimes even months or years for the results of our efforts to be rewarded, but one day that person will blossom.

When Jesus said to love your neighbor,1 He wasn't just talking about the person living next door. He wants us to love anyone who needs our attention and care, whether the postman, the cleaning lady, the clerk at the counter, or the school bully in the next seat.



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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Bren, I hate when my arm goes out. I hurt my rotor cuff (or whatever the thing is called) years ago; and at times it hurts really badly. I've had to learn how to take off my shirt differently from how I had always done it growing up because it had become too painful the other way. Heat and cold, Sweetie-greens, and lots of rest. Of course, prayers from your friends too. (((hugs)))

God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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Bren, I know what you mean - one can get quite a long train of thoughts. Then there are times when "another train of thought gets derailed" - commonly known as a brain fart, but I prefer to call it cerebral flatulence!

I think our next outing will be to the art gallery, since I have membership there too...it's a good rainy day place to go. Shel


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My book is coming from Amazon.com. I got the notice today that it had shipped...now if we'd gotten them back in March when we were thinking it was coming out...where would we be now? I want to do the two week jump start as well. I've been waiting for my foot to recover so I could move freely...and am looking forward to it.

I've been having some trouble with my left arm/shoulder...to the point I have to push to use it even to get my shower. I don't remember doing anything to hurt it....oh well. God knows all about it!

Have a good evening all....I'm going to watch some stuff on HULU until I'm ready for sleep. night night~

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Well, I pushed something and everything disappeared! Let's try again!

Bren, it's raining again here. I hope the basement does alright. We bought a new dehumidifier because our old one went kaput. I hope all goes well for Cissy and her family tomorrow.

Sing, hope all went well at the docs. You are doing great losing the weight! Keep up the good work.

I hope that my new TENS unit works so I can get some exercise in. Every time I try to do something aerobic it hurts so badly I have to stop.

Bren, did you get your Spark Solution? I got my e-book yesterday! woohoo! No to read it. The team is doing the two week deal starting this Monday, the 13th. I think that I am going to go through it with them and see if it works! I will try and give this team as much info as I can and see if y'all want to try with us as well.

Love y'all

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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Hiya ladies...

Hope the water/plumbing thing is taken care of quickly Kim! I remember having a basement that flooded and boy it's a mess indeedy...praying for the sunshine to come and stay awhile at your place!

We had some light rain, and are due more Thu/Fri...hoping it waits, since the funeral is tomorrow...Cissy, her brother, her friend Jimmy, and niece are doing the meal prep. I brought a ham and three tubs of potato salad home to free up some room in her fridge until the morning.

Tomorrow is Weigh In Wednesday ladies...y'all know the drill!

Hey Barbi! Glad to see you pop in and you too Sing......

Shel...we had lilacs at the house where I finished growing up...it felt like forever but was only 8 short years...we moved there when I was 10 and I left at 18....makes me wanna emoticon .
That's the house where Mom and Dad still lived and where he died in 1992. They went thru the flood of '78 there, and moved back in when the house was remodeled/cleaned...the river was a quarter mile below the house and was 17 feet above flood stage and 3 feet deep in the house, when they vacated.
Jimmy (my ex), my brother and I climbed the hills above the house, to get down to it and them... Mom moved into town to the apartments in June of '93....Isn't that the way it goes.."One" word, one thought...leads to a multitude of memories.

I got my cleaning and shopping done this morning, and will lay low the rest of the day. Cissy will pick me up early tomorrow and I'll help set up and serve at the church...I'll need to put laundry up and do my nails later...before bed tonight anyway~

Be blessed all...hugs and prayers...
Bren

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Oh, Lilacs, hormones are such an issue at times, aren't they?

The weather continues lovely here, but I understand the rains are supposed to start up just before the Lilac Festival (Murphy's Law!) Shel


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Good morning all!! Hope everyone is doing well. Please keep me in prayer. I am going to the Dr. today sometime. I had a mental melt down at work last night and had to come home. Probably hormone stuff coming back since my weight is going down. Glad the weight is going but I could do without the rest!haha Take care and God Bless!

A LITTLE OF SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN ALOT OF NOTHING!!

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Rain, rain and more rain. Was watching some TV this afternoon when a mini thunder shower passed over. Apparently the wind and rain last night decided to come into the house. Wade wanted to show me some of the stuff he took out of the closet and when we looked inside the whole back of the closet was a wet puddle of water. The door opens up onto the stairs coming down into the basement and the closet goes back under the stairs. We also had water in the closet before from leaky pipes - that poor closet. This is the closet that Mom will use when she moves in - so we are going to have to do some work to get it cleaned up and water tight. We are hunting for a plumber to finish off the plumbing for us. The guy we like to use isn't answering out calls so we will look for another one. Praise the Lord we got the roof done before all of this rain hit - no leaks - Praise the Lord!

Hey, Barbi - so good to see you!!!

Missy, praise the Lord the eyes are better! Woohoo!

Shel, I love how it feels to get rid of the dark and gray when I get my hair colored - I feel lighter and younger! Yeah for you!

Well, I need to go get the mail. I ordered Le Miserables and it's two days late - so here's hoping it's there! Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Good Morning Ladies!

The rain has gone and it is a great day outside today. lol I little cold for May but that's ok by me.



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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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Saturday I colored my hair again...with it being so short, it doesn't take as long to see the silver creeping back in. emoticon

MORE pleasant weather, and looks like it's going to continue this week, even later when we may get some showers. We're about due for another trip to the museum - or maybe even the art gallery. I get membership to the gallery so I can get the early application for the art festival in September, and usually don't go much. But it'll be nice to take the grands. I like the permanent collection.
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My vision is back..KIm...thank you for asking..and for your prayers!!!!
I am praying it stays!!! I am so very thankful!!!!
My daughter went to a prom last night...she was so beautiful!! I homeschool my children...so that was a special time for her!!!
Enjoying hear the rain ...tonight!!!
talk soon:)


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We have a little bit of debt besides our mortgage, around $4,000 in credit card debt and we owe mom some. We have what we owe her, and are paying off the credit cards too. My meds are on one of the credit cards as an auto pay and then emergencies go on there too. The Amazon one is the one that gets used for stuff we order from there and it's too easy to order without thinking. I was nickel and diming our checking account with cheap e-books, so I put our account on the credit card - now I don't see how much I'm spending - not real good! I have stopped buying anything unless it sounds really good. I have over 1700 books on my Kindle and unless it's free or something that I am just wanting badly to read I can't see spending money on it.

Diana, thanks for sharing that with us. So very true. Forgiving is hard to do unless God gives us the grace to do it. When someone comes to us and asks for forgiveness, we must forgive if we want to receive forgiveness from Jesus.
Mat_6:14 "For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 "But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions."
That is something that people just don't get. If you have unforgiveness in your heart, then your sins aren't forgiven you by the Father - and if your sins aren't forgiven you, you aren't saved. That's how critical this is. The worst sin you can think about being perpetrated against you, no matter how difficult the forgiving might be, we have to forgive. Think about what Jesus went through, the mocking, the beating, being spat upon, being whipped until His skin was flayed, the crown of thorns, the nails, the humiliation of the cross - then, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." He asked for their forgiveness because He forgave them. He didn't want their evil counted against them because He knew what it would cost them. Wow, I just love it when you give me something to dig deeper into!

Missy, how are the eyes and the sugar? How is the house hunting going?

Well, another late package from Amazon. The last one I had, they gave me a month free of Prime. I told them I didn't need anything, I just wanted to let them know that using USPS or FedEx wasn't working - when they used UPS my packages weren't ever late. I pay a pretty penny to get two day shipping, not four day shipping. lalalala!!!

Oh, Bren, send me some of your warmth! Wade set up my small heater again for me. I've even had on my thermal shirt again. Brrrr! Rain too, that makes it feel even colder. I don't mind if I can curl up under my blanket. I unplugged my electric blanket earlier last evening and ended up plugging it back in and using it! Summer, where are you?!?

Love y'all. Time for my Bible study!

God bless, Kim

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WOAH Nellie! That was a GOOD one Diane! I needed that today also. Tho I have few (thank you Jesus) in my life that "rankle" me...I do have episodes of inner explosion! The only reason I don't have more folks on my last nerve, is because I'm a hermit and I don't hear well! emoticon I want to live with that spirit of forgiveness and reflect Jesus and His love only!
Thanks for my "lesson" today. Shel...you get lots of practice...and I'd NOT be very charitable in thought or deed...I'd really need spiritual covering...daily!

Thanks Shel! for prayers for my financial plan. I'm down to four cards...from eleven. Praise God! The only offers I've accepted of late were to transfer balances to a 12 and 18 month 0% APR that I knew could be paid off in that amount of time or less. I paid off three when I closed Mom's account and said "Thank you Mama, and thank YOU, Jesus"...when I mailed the checks. It was a wise choice and I felt really blessed to be able to do that.

I did get a very nice nap and am SO thankful to have the laundry done... emoticon I'll go to the office early today to check some 10X10's and see if I have any fit to rent. I waived the admin. fee for one yesterday, if he wanted to sweep it himself...and he borrowed my broom and went at it right then! emoticon

Missy...where are you GF? I pray all is well at your place.

It's a beautiful day here...and I wish the same for you all....I'll "see" you here later!

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Diana, once again, a good word.

My "thorn in the flesh" is my DD's BF - or my "almost-Son-In-Law" or "son-in-law-ish". Were we living in some other state, they'd be considered married by commonlaw for the many years they've been together. I know the Lord is working in him while he lives under my roof. And I guess He has to work in me too, because sometimes my attitude is not very charitable. Shel


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Lovely devotion


LongsufferingThe Conciliatory Fruit


Written by Rafael

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.Against such there is no law."1

If my brother offends me, how many times shall I forgive him? someone once asked Jesus, before offering a hopeful guess. Seven times?

No, seventy times seven! was Jesus reply.2 In other words, we should never stop forgiving.

Now thats love! And Jesus wasnt just talking about lovingly and patiently forgiving our siblings, spouses, or close friends, but also overbearing bosses and coworkers, wayward subordinates, and cantankerous neighborsanyone and everyone, in fact. This is so contrary to human nature that such loving patience could only come from God Himself.

Hasnt God forgiven you seventy times seven? Doesnt that make you want to extend that same love and mercy and forgiveness to others, so they can also come to know Him and experience His forgiveness?

Love suffers long, and is [still] kind.3 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition.4

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Forgiveness

Many people are afraid to forgive because they feel they must remember the wrong or they will not learn from it. The opposite is true. Through forgiveness, the wrong is released from its emotional stranglehold on us so that we can learn from it. Through the power and intelligence of the heart, the release of forgiveness brings expanded intelligence to work with the situation more effectively.
David and Bruce McArthur, The Intelligent Heart, 1997



When I forgive, I am not to carry any bullets forward on the journey. I am to empty out all my explosives, all my ammunition of anger and revenge. I am not to bear any grudge.5

I cannot meet this demand. It is altogether beyond me. I might utter words of forgiveness, but I cannot reveal a clear, bright, blue sky without a touch of storm brewing anywhere.

But the Lord of grace can do it for me. He can change my weather. He can create a new climate. He can renew a right spirit within me,6 and in that new atmosphere nothing shall live which seeks to poison and destroy. Grudges shall die and revenge shall give place to goodwill, the strong genial presence which makes its home in the new heart.
John Henry Jowett (18641923)



(LongsufferingThe Conciliatory Fruit is adapted from the Get Activated book Gods Gifts.)

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