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So thankful!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I have so many things to be thankful for right now:
Last week my son was diagnosed as lactose intolerant. The poor kid has been sick for years and our old doctor just ignored my concerns. We found a new doctor who is really into nutrition. She made the diagnosis, I cut out all the dairy from his diet, and he is feeling a ton better. I have even lost a few pounds since I have also cut out dairy! emoticon
My husband was technically "saved" years ago but has not been walking with Christ. Well that has changed and he has grown so much in the last couple of weeks. He has stepped up as the leader of this family and I couldn't be happier. Well except that he has cut my book budget and spending emoticon But all to God's glory!
There's another significant area of change in my life that I can't say too much about yet. There's a few people I need to talk to face to face before I go public with it. Anyway, it was a scary change but I took a step of faith and it has resulted in immediate benefits to my family. This change has helped with my hubby's spiritual step and I think my daughter will be heading in the same direction.

I still have struggles but I'm beginning to look at them in a new light. They're truly minor in comparison to what some struggle with. For way too long, I would feel so much guilt over these struggles (sins) that i let them keep me away from God. Now I have turned my focus to God. He knows where I'm at and He will fix those things, in His own timing. He must have other things in mind for me right now.
I am very thankful for the opportunity to discuss this here on SP. I love having a place to write where i don't have to worry about judgement. I stayed away from SP for awhile because a bunch of people I know have recently joined. But I realized that those people don't really give me the time of day anyway, so they're not even reading these posts. There is one person who I know personally, who does read these posts but she is probably one of the nicest, most sincere, authentic people I know. She doesn't judge or condemn. I am very lucky that God introduced us because she has had a HUGE impact on my life and she's the reason I found SP in the first place. emoticon

  
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FEELINGFITERIN 4/7/2013 8:57AM

    Glad that you found out about the dairy! I know that a lot of doctor's are NOT fans of dairy, saying that baby calves only drink it when young and then stop, so why would we continue to drink it... I haven't totally given it up, but I do use Almond milk and have never really been a "milk" drinker anyways. I do like Greek yogurt, but I have read that a lot of people who are lactose intolerant and do ok with yogurt. Something about how it is processed...

That is awesome about your husband. And about the books... We have a great library emoticon . I use it all the time! But there are certain books that you just want to OWN, write in, highlight, mark 'em up! So I totally understand! I try to use Amazon for used books, a little cheaper than Family Christian Store (even with their coupons). I thought of you the other day when I ran into Goodwill real quick to see what books they had. NOTHING GOOD. I told Adam that I am about done with that Goodwill, lol. I go through spurts of finding good deals, then months of NOTHING... Then I take a break for a while, come back to it and find something cool, and the cycle starts all over again, lol!

Ok, you've got me curious about what you are doing... But I am sure that if it is already making positive changes, it is something good.

I love that you are seeing struggles in God's light. He is the only one who truly understands what we go through. Cling to Him!

You are so sweet, so honored to have you as a friend emoticon

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NELLIEC 4/2/2013 4:35PM

    What I like the most about being in a relationship with God is that He is with me all the time helping me with challenges and scarey things!

God bless you!!!

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Need a rewind button

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Yesterday was great! I woke at my new time 4:45am to get my workout in and accomplished everything I had planned for the day. By 8pm, I was exhausted. I went through my nightly routine and that's when I got my second wind. I tossed and turned all night and ended up on the couch so I wouldn't wake my hubby. Should say i fought the dog all night for couch space. Slept horribly, hit snooze on the alarm and didn't wake up until 6am. That's when all the activity starts at my house so I didn't get my workout or bible reading in. I've taken a few minutes here and there with the bible but it's not enough. I am tired and grumpy today which is not good when you have two toddlers running around. It's one of those times where I just wanna hide in bed with my bible but I've got stuff to do. Need God's strength, patience, and energy to make it through the day.

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FEELINGFITERIN 3/24/2013 9:44PM

    Sorry Amber, just seeing this! Did your sleeping schedule get back to normal?

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NELLIEC 3/19/2013 6:25PM

    I'm thinking you have your body confused by having a different schedule. Maybe if you ease into an earlier waking time little by little then your body won't be so out of sync.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 3/19/2013 9:16AM

    Patience! This too shall pass!

Make Today a Great Day!

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Excuses

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm tired of making excuses for my lack of self discipline. I started off the Peak challenge strong and was immediately seeing improvements spiritually, physically and emotionally. Then I let the struggles of life choke out all the progress I had made. I blamed circumstances, busyness, and honestly family members for sidetracking my success. No more! This is the life that God has given me and there is a purpose for my circumstances. I may not know the reasons but that's okay. I have learned that I do best when I take care of myself. No waiting on Monday. It starts (or restarts) tomorrow! So blessed to have great friends and the support of my Spark peeps!

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CHARTERDAWN 3/3/2013 9:08PM

  I feel like you did in this posts. I did well with the challenge until I got sick. The challenge truly taught me how I need to be successful. I re-joined Spark Coach on Friday. Today was my begin again. Wondering how you are doing? Are you staying the course? It will be great to have another new challenge coming up for our team.

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/22/2013 2:53AM

    do it!

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TERRY0217 2/21/2013 11:31PM

    You sound very determined...I have found that disapline is somethine learned a little at a time...try changing one thing per week...that way you will not get overwhelmed...
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/21/2013 9:30PM

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Excuses

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm tired of making excuses for my lack of self discipline. I started off the Peak challenge strong and was immediately seeing improvements spiritually, physically and emotionally. Then I let the struggles of life choke out all the progress I had made. I blamed circumstances, busyness, and honestly family members for sidetracking my success. No more! This is the life that God has given me and there is a purpose for my circumstances. I may not know the reasons but that's okay. I have learned that I do best when I take care of myself. No waiting on Monday. It starts (or restarts) tomorrow! So blessed to have great friends and the support of my Spark peeps!

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FEELINGFITERIN 2/24/2013 9:47AM

    You can do it, Amber! Be done with the "excuses" and do this for YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Fallen off the wagon

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I have not been doing so well with the healthy eating and exercise since this last Sat. I lost track of my priorities and let the urgent take control over the important. So thankful it's only been a couple days. emoticon

  
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CINDYAST 1/29/2013 4:42PM

    Sometimes the wheels fall off our wagon and we have to stick them back on and start pushing (or pulling) again. You can do this! emoticon emoticon

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SHAUNAD30 1/26/2013 2:05PM

    You've acknowledged it, now move on. You can do it!

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TERMITEMOM 1/23/2013 5:48PM

    Tomorrow is another day! Pick up the pieces and move forward! emoticon

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FEELINGFITERIN 1/23/2013 2:58PM

    You can get right back on track. Remember Lysa's thing about being "just one choice away from a good decision?" AND, you have bootcamp to look forward to on Sat emoticon . That will burn off any of the extra calories!

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HEART4HOME 1/23/2013 2:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon . You are in good company. Praying for all of us today. We can do all things (even the things that I don't feel like doing, LOL) through Christ. His strength really is made perfect in our weaknesses.

Looking forward to hearing an update. Keep pressing sister! emoticon

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SNOWJESTER 1/23/2013 1:41PM

    It's only been a few days. Bounce back today. We're rooting for you! emoticon

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ANGJENN822 1/23/2013 12:10PM

    You sound like me over the last day or so. Yesterday, I didn't track ANYTHING. Today, I'm trying to do better :)

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