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I am a first and foremost a follower of Jesus. He came to earth to make a way for men to become right with God. Through his death, our sins were paid for, and God offers eternal life to all who place their trust in what Jesus has done. That's the message of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

In late 2013 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Life as you know it stops dead in that moment. There is a faith decision to be made for a Christ follower. Do I really trust God, even if he allows something like cancer? During the last two years, over and over and over, I've seen His hand in my life. I've found that when you choose to trust God, He gives peace and joy.

Jill Briscoe says that peace is faith resting and joy is faith dancing. It's possible to dance your way through cancer treatment, to rest in Him in perfect peace.

I am a pastor's wife from Nebraska and mother to 5 girls and 1 boy, ages 17-30. I just became a grandmother in February.

If you are reading this, post a comment, so I can read your page and get to know you, too.

Member Since: 12/28/2007

My Goals:
1. Daily food log
2. Low calorie diet
3. Exercise 3 days a week
4. Daily time with God

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1. Use Nutrition tracker
2. Work out at home or Y
3. Blog at least weekly
4. Get on SparkPeople daily

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Recent Good Reads:
Satisfy My Thirsty Soul by Linda Dillow
A Praying Life by Paul Miller
50 Days of Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxes.
Faith Dancing by Jill Briscoe

Some of my favorite fiction authors are Jane Austen, Dorothy Sayers, Rex Stout, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Frazer, PD James.

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    Steve - SAC-6582

    581 days ago
    To tell the truth, I did not join any teams until about a month ago. I really rely mostly on the friendships that I developed during those first several months. Blogging helps me a lot as well. I am finding now that the teams I have joined (5% Challenge and BLC) are pushing me a little harder than I would do on my own, so they have definitely helped as well!
    1230 days ago
    Thank you for the friend add! I've added you back! We have a lot in common! I homeschooled my 2 oldest children and taught piano during that time so I could stay home with them! I look forward to getting to know you better and reaching our goals together on Spark People!!!
    1245 days ago
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"
    2098 days ago
    Congratulations on the weight loss!! emoticon
    2185 days ago
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