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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hello and Welcome!
I felt a jolt of new inspiration today, so I thought I'd revamp my sparkpage (again).
(Birthdays and special seasons have a way of doing that to me) lol

I believe that I have something good going on in my life that others can benefit from. When we are actually able to see our life on the HD screen, fined tuned with all its imperfections and flaws and not be turned off by our appearance then we can find the strength from within to be the person that we want to be and more importantly who God wants us to be!! I believe that Only God can perfect our lives in every way!! God ALONE IS AWESOME!!! He makes all things NEW!!!

I love the Creative Spirit that flows thru my life, making everything new! Getting and Keeping excess weight off of my body is life-long marathon-like process and I am IN IT TO WIN IT.
It's like having a new body everyday!!! Guaranteed, Signed Sealed and Delivered!!!
My Personal and Spiritual Marathon

As part of my natural and all-consuming quest for achieving and maintaining my health at its optimum functioning level, my purpose is to be molded into best person I can be by God with the time God has given me to journey here.

My spiritual marathon is one of faith and it will not be over until He says, "Well-Done" my good and faithful servant. I ferverently pray that He will lead me and others to a life of wellness. . . done. . . According to His Will.

I'm His servant, warrior, advocate, and as I am running this spiritual marathon I am also learning to be completely under His control. The training is intense. . .the testing daily. . .the rewards. . .well they are Eternal and will be out of this world!

I sincerely believe that God will help me get through this. I stand on answered prayers and promises from His Word. I believe obedience to His Word as manifested in the Holy Bible.


  
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MOTHEPRO 12/30/2013 12:01PM

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PATTYKLAVER 12/30/2013 7:37AM

    I've really been trying to concentrate on my spiritual journey this past few months. I'm going through a difficult time right now and your blog reminded me that He is with me and has a plan for me. Thank you.

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ROWDYWITH4 12/29/2013 6:29PM

    All things are possible with God! The victory is yours to claim!
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NELLIEC 12/29/2013 5:18PM

    Each of us has our journey with Jesus! God bless you!

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DAY 8 GRATITUDE. . .Expect the unexpected if you dare

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I have a screen-saver on my phone that is actually pretty cool. It says when God closes one door He opens a window. I've been meditating on this thought for a while and wondering to myself, how can I know for sure that the open window before me is from God? I'm at a point in my life where I can choose a variety of options....but which one would be the right direction? And which ones are from God? I've discovered the answer to this question, which I'll share later on in this post.

The unexpectedness of everyday life just goes to show you that at any point in your life, life has a way of throwing curve balls that can change your expected outcome. "This is not how I envisioned things to be" will be your daily mantra, if you can't come in terms with the fact that this life is a vapor. A very short poof of time when compared to all eternity.

It's really important to prepare for the unepected. . . .whether it's unexpected guests, unexpected endings or beginnings, unexpected weight loss or gain.... of course we all like the positive outcome of unexpected things because our life is enhanced and we feel encouraged.



By the way. . .how to know which window God is opening? Well that would be the one where the Son is allowed to shine through.

Today I am thankful for being able to bask in the Sunshine of God's love

  
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MSMOSTIMPROVED 11/28/2012 5:53PM

    This is great for positive reflection and meditation.

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NELLIEC 11/26/2012 2:35PM

    Very good for decision making.

Many years ago, my maternal grandfather was going to be a missionary to India and had made all the preparations. Very shortly before he was to leave, while he was finishing up his college classes, he got tuberculosis. That disqualified him from being a missionary and basically affected him so severely that he was confined to bed. So rather than grousing and getting into a funk, he chose a ministry of prayer which he could do from his bed.

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Day 7 Gratitude

Friday, November 23, 2012

You know the saying,"Appreciate what you have now because someday it may be gone". Well, it's very true. A few years back (2007) I experienced the loss of both of my parents within two months of each other. I can't even begin to explain how difficult that period was for me. Seriously, it felt like I was in a daze and just going through the motions on a day to day basis. Grieving felt like suffocation. It has only been recently- this year as a matter of fact, nearly 5 years later - - that I've come to grips with my loss of them. With the loss of them, we also loss our family home (as well as quite literally the family house that I grew up in my hometown)- -you can't go "home" again. The concept of what "home" is has drastically changed for me now. There is a song that we sing in church "Anywhere Is Home, if Christ Our Lord Is There.

If my life were a book, this year for me, would be a page-turner, At the beginning of the year I was involved in a car accident that totalled my car which, by the way was paid off. I was not seriously injured, thank God! But isn't it strange how when you get to the point of paying off a car, something happens to it? Why is that?

Then in July, the company I worked for announced that it would be closing. That was devastating. I think we all know what it is like to have a Love/Hate relationship with our job. There were things I loved about being a flight attendant, and things I absolutely disliked about it too, but when all was said and done, I did truly enjoy working in the travel industry. I have hopes of someday setting up my own home-based travel agency, if it's the Lord's will.

Now that I'm home more and looking for re-employment, I literally have to challenge myself to make sure my days are filled with productive activity. It is so easy to fall into despair about situations that life throws at you- -like things will never be the way they were, Nothing I can say or do will bring my parents back. Nothing I can say or do will bring my totalled car back. Nothing I can say or do will bring my job back. We have to deal with major losses like this in our own way.

So today, when I look around me, I am convicted in my heart of hearts that tough situations in life has a purpose of fine-tuning our character and exposing our true loyalties. I am thankful for memories but at the same time, I can not live in the past and all of my loss is now in the past. Those doors are closed.

Today, I am thankful for new beginnings, and how with God's help, I can look forward to a future that only He can plan for me, as He already knows the desires of my heart.

  
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TONYVAND1 11/23/2012 9:09AM

  Amen He does know the desires of your heart. Keep looking to Him and He will direct your paths. Your heart of gratitude is evident.

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Day 6-- - Gratitude Journal Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I just realized. I love cooking for others. I love traveling. I can do and have done these things for a living. I love a lot of things, if I believe I don't HAVE to do it, but rather, WANT to do it. It's when I think I HAVE TO do it is when my thinking gets messed up. Not sure why that is, even with things I love to do anyway.

Ok. . .I'm rambling. Just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very happy thanksgiving.
Today, I am truly thankful for friends and family that make life meaningful.

  
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NELLIEC 11/22/2012 3:17PM

    I suspect that the HAVE to part is what messes with us. We like to feel we do something voluntarily!

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ROCKYCPA 11/22/2012 2:17PM

    Happy Thanksgiving

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Day 5- Gratitude

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

One look outside and I know my city is gearing up for its first snowfall of the season. The day looks dreary, like a whole sheet of fog has engulfed the area and this, just in the past five minutes. As I sit here nursing my irritated throat with lemon honey green tea, a list of all the things I need to do before tomorrow (T-Day) is rolling around in my mind. Thanksgiving is my overall favorite holiday. . .it's always perfect no matter what, even if dinner is burned. . .because when all is said and done, it really is about giving thanks.

One athiest person that I knew had a problem with giving thanks to God, so he just thanked the people around him profusely. . .almost to the point of ad naseum. It all seemed a bit superficial to me- -that is giving glory and honor that is ultimately due to God to a mere man. I wonder who he thanks for the air that he breathes?

Oh well. To each his own. As for me and my house, we will PRAISE , GIVE GLORY TO AND HONOR TO Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who indeed was with God in the beginning. He alone is worthy of all thanksgiving and praise and honor. He alone is capable of saving us from death and destruction.

Today, no matter how dreary outiside it is, the sun is still shining on the inside, because Jesus has lit up my life with a purpose to fulfill.

Today I am thankful for being able to live life on purpose.

  
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WILSON1926 11/23/2012 8:42AM

    Hang in there
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