Faith Based Support Groups - Christian Encouragers~January, '14




ronni62
01-01-2014, 03:38 PM
:D Welcome Friends :D
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You've found a great place to come and vent, share or ask for prayer support.
This is a great group who will be very encouraging, caring and loving....
....anyone is welcome to join!

A Servant's Prayer --

Jesus, My Jesus....How marvelous are your ways....
Far more splendid than my mind can envision.
What an honor to be chosen by you.
A lowly child I am, but empowered by the Holy Spirit
to fulfill the great hope to which you have called me.
I give myself totally to you, Lord.
Take my imperfect heart and make it perfect.
Peel away the hardness.
Close the doors I have opened to the temptations of this world.
Gently remove the roots of painful memories, sins, doubts and fears.
Discard anything that separates me from you.
Lord, fill the emptiness with the light of your love that I might be a
beacon calling the lost back to you.

To love as you love.....
To serve as you serve.....
To forgive as you forgive.....
Always mindful of my nothingness while doing great
and marvelous things in your name and for your glory.
This I pray, Jesus, in YOUR name ...
Amen.


ronni62
01-01-2014, 03:44 PM
:newyear: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Praying all of you have a wonderful 2014 & that God blesses you with health, happiness, and all you need! I'm so thankful for this group and even though last year hit hard with the losses of dear friends, I know God will help us grow together.

Prayers going up for all requests. God bless you all and have a great day!

ronni62
01-03-2014, 08:22 PM
Well, gosh, it's quiet here. We're having very cold temps, plus some snow over the last few days. School for Monday (the first day back after break) has already been cancelled because the HIGH temperature is supposed to be -15 with wind chills around -50. DS3 is supposed to be driving back to college then also, but, he doesn't have classes until Wed., so I think he'll stay here until Tuesday, when it's supposed to be a little warmer, around -8, I guess.

Getting back on my better eating plan. I didn't do too badly over Christmas, but did eat too many sweets and carbs, so I'm focusing on lowering my carb intake. Overall, I gained 2 pounds from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, but I'm ok with that--in years past, I've gained 10 or more in that same time period! I'm disappointed to realize that I only lost 11 pounds last year, but it was a learning year for me. It's been quite difficult learning how to cook with no wheat, gluten, or dairy and I'm still experimenting a LOT. But, I'm finding that I feel much better when I keep the carbs low, particularly grains (like rice flour, etc), so I'm going to focus on low carb for now.

Well, hope you all are doing ok. Have a great weekend & God bless!


Jubilee77
01-04-2014, 12:42 AM
Hi, there.

I have been on this site for a few weeks in the Chicks In Control area. I saw this group at the end of last month but thought I'd wait until the New Year to post; so, here I am.

Blessings to you all in Christ Jesus.

J.

bargoo
01-04-2014, 08:33 AM
Hi, there.

I have been on this site for a few weeks in the Chicks In Control area. I saw this group at the end of last month but thought I'd wait until the New Year to post; so, here I am.

Blessings to you all in Christ Jesus.

J.
Welcome and blessings to you.

ronni62
01-06-2014, 09:26 AM
Jubilee77-:welcome2: Glad to have you here!

Hello to everyone else too! The arctic blast has definitely arrived. We even have ice on the inside of some of the window plastic we have to put up every year. Glad I don't have to go anywhere today. DH did go to work (working in the electric industry leaves little choice in that), but the DS's don't have to go to school. Even the college cancelled classes for tomorrow, which would have been their first day back from break, so DS2 doesn't have to make that 3 hour drive in this cold. He has an ok car, but sure hate to take the chance that it breaks down and he's stranded somewhere out in nowhere-land. But, of course, today we need to get all his stuff together to head back-more than usual, as the graduate he was sharing an apartment with finally found a job, but it's farther away, so he moved out, taking everything. DS2 thought he was having a wedding shower at Christmas, because we got him stuff he needs to live alone in an apartment-dishes, silverware, mixing bowls, etc….it was kinda funny;) He already has all the 'man' stuff, like the playstation and tv. The rooomie may have left him a couch if the landlord wanted to buy it from him, but DS2 doesn't know for sure yet if there's any furniture at all, except his bed and desk, when he gets back. It'll be an interesting semester. Anyway, it's his last semester, so he's just looking forward to getting done, getting that diploma, and, hopefully, getting a job. We have advised him not to give up his Walmart job, as it's a good fall-back if nothing pans out right away in his degree. He might even be able to get into their management training program, as he's been a really good employee, so we'll just see what the next few months bring.

Well, not much else to talk about. Must really get the Christmas decos put away, but DS3 protested when I mentioned that. He'd leave the tree up all year if we'd allow it. He just loves Christmas! He's 17 now and still gets teary when we put all the decos away.

God bless you all and have a warm day!

Jubilee77
01-06-2014, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the welcome, everyone.

I'm trying to get the tree and decorations down and put away, too. My kids are young, so they were singing a farewell to each ornament. The singing process was all a bit laborious, but better than dealing with three criers!

Hope it gets warmer for you soon, ronni62, and that your family stays safe throughout the cold! I wish I could send some of our warm (too warm, if you ask me) weather your way.

:)

ronni62
01-08-2014, 09:17 AM
Thanks for the welcome, everyone.

I'm trying to get the tree and decorations down and put away, too. My kids are young, so they were singing a farewell to each ornament. The singing process was all a bit laborious, but better than dealing with three criers!

Hope it gets warmer for you soon, ronni62, and that your family stays safe throughout the cold! I wish I could send some of our warm (too warm, if you ask me) weather your way.

:)

:lol: Singing farewell to the ornaments just gave me a chuckle! Hope you got all put away. I have to start on that today. It is warmer today-above 0º already and only 8 AM! I guess it's supposed to get to 8º and then into the 20's for the rest of the week! How old are your kids? Mine are old..17, 21, and a step-son who's 32, with 4 kids, ages 5,7, 14, 15 (the older ones are step-children of his).

DS2 is back at college for his last and final semester…of course, until he decides to go back for a Master's degree, but hoping he gets a job this summer and they can help fund further schooling;)

Needing to go to town, but going to try to wait until tomorrow when it will be 'warmer.' We sent our microwave with DS2, so going to have to replace that asap. I find it unbelievable how dependent we are on that device, when Mom didn't get her first one until I was in high school and I didn't even have my own until after college---yep…my roommate and I cooked & reheated everything on a gas stove and no microwave at all…they were way too expensive back then for college girls' budgets! LOL! Now, my son is wondering why we think he needed cooking and kitchen supplies for his apartment….he still just heads over to the campus cafeteria to eat. We told him that now is as good a time as any to learn to plan out your meals and cooking time, because in 5 more months, the college cafeteria won't be an option and you can't afford to eat out all the time…dollar-wise or health-wise…He's still not convinced:roll eyes:

Well, need to go roll DS3 out of bed and get him started on his homeschool work. We're having trouble getting back into the groove since everything has been delayed due to the public school closings and weather. But, it's got to be back to the ole' grindstone now!

Take care and have a great day!

Becky Quilts
01-09-2014, 03:08 PM
Not sure how much I'll be around, but since I'm browsing through would like to say hi!
<3
Praying for my walk with God, my healing through depression, and my husband.

Hope you're having a blessed day!
~Becky

ReillyJ
01-09-2014, 03:44 PM
Hi Becky,

Prayers for you for a way through this depression, i know how you feel. God give her wisdom and healing!

Prayers for everyone that "sparkles" (as my friend and i say and ask God for :) come in abundance in the New Year.

Becky Quilts
01-13-2014, 12:42 PM
Thanks, Susie. <3 <3

Ronnie, doesn't it feel downright balmy after last week?
Yes, that is good advice - i didn't get my first "degree" job until quite a while after graduation. It's hard to be persistent but I'll be praying for the right job to find him soon.

God is good. My husband prayed this morning over me of his own initiative... what a blessing. <3

Bootsie
01-13-2014, 02:43 PM
Been a long time since got on here . I moved my office to outside and had no heater and my notebook ,would just love to give it to my worst enemy. Got me a heater this morning and it is a dandy , keeps me warm. Hope all is doing alright, we have lambs being born right and left. Had two Mamas not want their lambs one does not have enough milk and the other always had girls and she had a boy, big one too. Guess since it was a boy she decided something was wrong with it. Gave it to this lady and she put it with her baby goat which could not walk and it is up walking and playing with her new buddy, is that not the Lord working!

Becky Quilts
01-14-2014, 05:30 PM
Been a long time since got on here . I moved my office to outside and had no heater and my notebook ,would just love to give it to my worst enemy. Got me a heater this morning and it is a dandy , keeps me warm. Hope all is doing alright, we have lambs being born right and left. Had two Mamas not want their lambs one does not have enough milk and the other always had girls and she had a boy, big one too. Guess since it was a boy she decided something was wrong with it. Gave it to this lady and she put it with her baby goat which could not walk and it is up walking and playing with her new buddy, is that not the Lord working!

:shine:

Thanks for the smile!

ronni62
01-15-2014, 03:34 PM
Bootsie- LOL! Love your stories about your critters!

Not much going on here…it's just too cold to do much. Did get out to do grocery shopping today, so I don't have to go out in the snowstorm they say we're going to get tomorrow. Friday evening our church is starting some new small group fellowships, so our group is getting together to have a dinner and start the study. I think they put all of us with dietary issues in the same group…we were all talking about who's making what and whether it's wheat-free, dairy-free, etc etc. It's actually kind of nice to have some people with common problems, so we can work out this kind of detail and not have to take 2 meals-one for the group and one for myself.

Hope you all are having a nice day/week! God bless and everyone keep warm!:brr:

Bootsie
01-15-2014, 10:21 PM
Hello everyone, those of you that know me know I had lost both of my border collies a while back, well now I have a new baby girl, she is red and white will be 10 weeks old this Saturday and I have her downing and working with the rag in teaching her later on with lambs. Her name is Rede or Red Dog at times. She keeps me busy!
It is dessert weather here almost warm in the daytime and freezing at night time.
I am in Outlook Ministry still but also in Made to Crave,starting the 19th of this month, still working on loosing weight, just like housework seems to be always haunting me.

Bootsie
01-16-2014, 09:52 PM
Been a long day... worked counting at hubbies store and did the work at the barn , worked with the pup for 5 minutes. tired just plain tired . :(

ronni62
01-17-2014, 08:53 AM
Bootsie-Glad you have another pup! Get rested!

We're still in the deep freeze for a bit today. The wind never ceases! Of course, here, the wind actually never ceases---I've never lived anywhere that was so windy allllllllll the time! Apparently, our county is the 12th windiest county in the country, so we have lots and lots of wind turbines. It's just so hard to do things outdoors. We can only have our recreational fires a few evenings in the summer, because there's just too much wind all the time. No decorations on the front of the house, because of the wind….I had some totally blow away when we first moved here. Oh, well, could be worse. But, I hate these days when the wind chill is -20 or -30 degrees! Can't even breathe when outside!

Well, everyone have a great day!

Becky Quilts
01-17-2014, 10:53 AM
Bootsie - aww, sounds like you've got your hands full with the puppy. :)
- hope you found good rest last night.

Ronni - stay warm, brr!

Wanting to encourage, I found this:

2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/the-promises-of-god-10-powerful-bible-verses-1/#ixzz2qfgsntCi

Remember God's promises, and how Jesus fulfilled them! Evil couldn't thwart the blessed Baby's birth. It tried... and failed. God is good; if God is for us, who can stand against?

I will be holding on to this, too. Have a blessed day! <3

Bootsie
01-17-2014, 09:58 PM
Ohhhhhhhh! My Goodness wish I knew how to put pictures on here! I had a surprise package when I got home twin baby nubian with a touch of Alpine in them! One is gray spots (female)and the other(male)is brown with grayspots! Just precious!
Yes my sweet Rede is a handful but she is going to be the best ranch dog I have had in a while. She eats and chews everything and she got a hold of my sticker for my car before I even got it on my car! But I saved it and got it stuck on there. Gee! Gotta love her!

Ronni I got a friend that lives in Iowa she heads for Texas right before winter sets in, she cannot stand the winters.

Bootsie
01-19-2014, 11:52 PM
Been a long day, church this morning , change sheep around weaned some lambs,doctored cat , goat had twins and they I think are turning light gray almost silver color, red tip on tail. Don't know for sure but think maybe pup ate one of my ear rings....

ronni62
01-20-2014, 09:08 AM
Ohhhhhhhh! My Goodness wish I knew how to put pictures on here! I had a surprise package when I got home twin baby nubian with a touch of Alpine in them! One is gray spots (female)and the other(male)is brown with grayspots! Just precious!
Yes my sweet Rede is a handful but she is going to be the best ranch dog I have had in a while. She eats and chews everything and she got a hold of my sticker for my car before I even got it on my car! But I saved it and got it stuck on there. Gee! Gotta love her!

Ronni I got a friend that lives in Iowa she heads for Texas right before winter sets in, she cannot stand the winters.


Bootsie-We know a few 'snowbirds' that head south for the winter…I don't blame them at all! I'm ready to head south, too! I know there are instructions for uploading pics on here but can't remember where they're listed. If I get time to find them, I'll share the link. I'd love to see your new babies! They must be adorable!

Hello to everyone! Not much going on here, but have to go to town today, because it's going to be very, very cold again the rest of this week with high temps in the single digits again, so just want to get the grocery shopping over with today when it's a bit warmer.

Hope you all have a nice day! God bless!

Bootsie
01-23-2014, 03:27 PM
It is cold! Maybe snow????!!!!!

ronni62
01-28-2014, 09:42 AM
It is cold! Maybe snow????!!!!!

Bootsie-Did you get some snow? I heard on the radio that some parts of Texas did get some!

We're still in the deeeeep freeze here. High temp was -10 yesterday with wind chills in the -30's. Today, it's supposed to be warmer and maybe up to 0º. Tired of winter….I've lived in the southern MN or northern IA area for 24 years now and my southern Indiana blood will never be thick enough to stand these cold, cold winters! But, since it's just too cold to go outside much, except for the weekly trip for groceries, I've been getting a lot done in organizing and cleaning the house…even the basement is getting worked on! DH and DS3 helped yesterday with some sorting, rewiring some outlets and switches in the kitchen and putting up a new range hood they got me for Christmas!

Hope you all have a great day! Prayers going up!

Bootsie
01-31-2014, 10:39 PM
I would not call it snow mainly ice...headed here again and calling for snow but I don't think they know what snow is, I never seen any .What we really need is a good pour down , no water in front tank again ,so sad. Went to a friends funeral who got killed in a car wreak today so sad, and now lost a good friend today.
I have the best of the best cousins in Indiana, just love them!

sasyblond401
02-01-2014, 08:41 AM
I am a Christain. and so happy to find this website ---------I have lost
10lbs and many inchichs------and went down on my bra size......

Bootsie
02-11-2014, 03:24 PM
I tried to start a new thread for February but guess I forgot how...:?:

ronni62
02-12-2014, 08:21 AM
I tried to start a new thread for February but guess I forgot how...:?:

That's ok, Bootsie-I just forgot to do it, even after I realized it was February 10th already a couple days ago-lol! My age is showing! I start a new thread right now.

To start new, you go back to the Faith Based Support Groups page and hit new thread. I just copy and paste the first post from the current thread each month, as I know everyone else has done, too. It's such a nice prayer and I guess it's been the start of the thread for many years.

So, go to the new February thread…I might even make it a February/March thread for now and see how it goes….