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Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Monday everyone. It is a beautiful sunny day here today in Central Fl. I am so grateful that I was able to walk to The Woman's Club this morning for my Weight watcher's Meeting. It's about a 15 minute walk one way, so I walked 30 minutes total.. The meeting was very good and the topic very helpful. Our leader talked about tips we could use to trick our body into thinking it's eating more. One was use a smaller plate. Another was eat soup with a teaspoon rather than a soup spoon, It'll take you longer to eat the soup and you will begin to feel full since you're eating slower and taking longer to eat that soup. Someone else suggested eating your main meal with a salad fork to eat smaller portions. I thought these were all very good suggestions.

My parents don't eat as much now that they are older, and they eat their main meal around 12 or 1 pm, so that'll work our well for me while I am visiting them this next week or so. I am determined to have a good time and stay in my maintenance range as well. My brother and his family eat very healthy, and I'll be with them the first 4 days. No problem there.

Now, about my friend's name change. My DH and I were talking before he made the stencil for my walker. I decided to keep the full name of Darryl's Mother out of respect for her rather than shorten it. Her friends called her "Miss Norma V." Darryl said his Mom's middle name began with a V, so she became know as Miss Norma V. So, on my walker it has been stenciled lovingly on it in bright yellow reading:

Miz . Norma V. Yep, that's correct. Miss has become Miz. that's M I Z and I love it! You can be sure I thanked my dear hubby for that. I know Miz Norma V will approve of her name on the walker and she and I will enjoy our walks together.

Here is today's lesson form Joyce Meyer.

" The Ministry of the Holy Spirit"

As long as we keep trying to do everything ourselves in our own way and in our own strength, we not only frustrate ourselves, we also frustrate the grace of the Holy Spirit, because it is a vital part of His ministry to help and strengthen those who serve the Lord.

"...As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul--not the grim strength of gritting your teeth - but the glory strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us."

That was Paul speaking in Colossians 1: 10-12 ( The Message )

I love reading what Paul writes. He tells us exactly what God told him to tell us through Jesus.

Joyce's message is always good, and always what I need to be reminded of. It also fits in with my 12 Step For Christians Study as well. We are just finishing up learning about the Third Ste, which is, " Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him."
I tried for too many years to run my life, and didn't do it well at all. God knows much better than I do what I need, so I will let him take charge!

Dear God, Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to guide me so that I can do Your will, and not mine. Help me continue to have the Glory Strength to keep doing your will so I can please you, dear God. In your name I pray,
Your loving, adopted daughter,
Elayne emoticon

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MELLY423 6/24/2008 7:11PM

    As usual, the Lord uses you to speak to me. Thank you for being willing to be used by Him. I love you!

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BONNIE627 6/23/2008 11:28PM

    glad you could get out and walk today even if it was short...I liked those ideas also... thanks for sharing.. hugs, Bonnie

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/23/2008 10:44PM

    So happy that the name is now there stenceled in for every walk together!

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SUNNYGAL2011 6/23/2008 6:41PM

awwww i love the 'name' :) i KNOW without a doubt that Miss Norma V is with you everyday as you journey along walking. :)
Your Guardian Angel here on earth. I KNOW she is thrilled that you now have the walker and are putting it to good use. :)
I am thrilled for you and SO PROUD and HAPPY for you my dear friend!!
thanks for sharing~
God bless
your friend

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FOLEYARTIST1 6/23/2008 6:17PM

    Elayne, I just read the story of your walker and it is really wonderful! I am so glad you were gifted with this, and I'm sure your friend and his late mother are happy too that it can give joy and support to a new owner the way it gave joy and support to its first one.

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KNOCKOUTMOUSE 6/23/2008 5:59PM

    So glad that your husband did the stencil for your walking buddy. That is so sweet!

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UGOGIRL51 6/23/2008 5:28PM


It's all about changes isn't it? And our willing ness to make them. Whether we make it hard on our selves or easy.

I shall remember the name change which I love. You have a wonderful time at your families home. You'll do wonderful because you have already made and adjusted to that change.

I am letting God work on me through changes he wants in my life. Some have come very easy, some are coming hard. But they are happening. That's the most important thing.

Waiting for the next blog...


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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Happy Sunday everyone. I had a great day. Started with my delicious bowl of cinnamon roll oatmeal which my D H bought for me last week. It is soooo good. Tastes just like a cinnamon roll, too, and smells wonderful too.

Went to Sunday School and we talked about God's discipline. in Hebrews 12:1 we read that the author of Hebrews used athletic terms and analogies to dramatize the point that Jesus has acted to perfect our faith for perfect obedience to God. As a runner in a race sheds ever ounce of dead weight in order to run faster, so the Christian is cautioned "to lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely...and run with perseverance the race that is set before us." Our faith race takes a life time to run. We need to be strong especially when trials come and we are weary. We are to follow the lead and way of Jesus since he has already run this race and knows what we will run into and he will help get us through to the finish line.

Then I went to church and worshiped the Lord. We also saw a slide show of Vacation Bible School and it was fun to see all the kids participating in various activities. Our Scripture lesson today was Matthew 10:24-39.
Our Pastor preached on "Unflinching Faith." We had a big thunderstorm all through Sunday School and the Worship Service, but at least we didn't lose power, and we are getting much needed rain.

It rained all afternoon, so Miss Norma and I didn't get to walk today. I am hoping to get out early in the morning before the rain starts again. We are getting more showers tomorrow. I took a nap because of a nasty sinus headache. I still have it tonight. Oh well...such is life!

Here is Joyce Meyer's message for today:

"Be Filled With Life."

Meditate daily on all the things you have to be thankful for. Release them to the Lord in prayer, and as you do, you will find your heart filling up with life and light,

"In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Elayne's Personal Reflection:

This was perfect today. It ties in nicely with what we were taught last week in VBS. The very first day the theme was, "Jesus gives us the power to be thankful." This also goes back to me Gratitude list which follows my Attitude of Gratitude that I am working on. I have so much to be thankful for. I am truly blessed by God.

Dear God,
Thank you so much for this wonderful day to worship You and to Praise and Thank You for all you have done for me. Now I want to give so much back to you, God. Help me to live a disciplined life so I can finish the race of Faith that is pleasing to you, Father. In your name I pray. As always, your loving daughter,

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UGOGIRL51 6/23/2008 2:57PM

    emoticon Elayne for shring another blog with us again today. I look forward to the next one... emoticon

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LEELYNN2 6/23/2008 10:56AM

    I might not be able to relate to most of your blog, but I can so agree with meditating on the things that you are grateful for every day. What a difference it makes when I choose to see my fortune and grace rather than whatever insignificant problem I might have.

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THERESAZ28 6/23/2008 6:39AM

    Thank you Elayne.
Yesterday I was watching Joyce Meyer on tv and that message was "Be Filled With The Spirit"~~~Joyce was talking about how we, as Christians, can speak boldly, act boldly, live boldly, because of who we are in Christ.
It rained here all afternoon and evening yesterday, so didn't get my walk in either~~~more of the same today.
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Be blessed & be a blessing.

Comment edited on: 6/23/2008 6:38:28 AM

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

We have had a lot of rain here for 2 days now, and I have been unable to get my walks in. I am in walk withdrawal ! I am not really complaining, because we need the rain badly. So I am praising Jesus for the rain he is sending us here in Central Fl.

Not much happening today. We finished up Vacation Bible School last night. It was a huge success for the kids. We had about 30 of them from ages 5 to 12. Not a bad range at all. However, the adult class that I taught was very small. Most nights I had 3 or 4 total. I am not surprised at the low turnout. The ones that I had felt it was a very good week for them, so that was good to hear. We did have some very good discussions. We'll have to wait and see what God has planned for us next summer...if we try it again or not.

Now to change the subject: I love Joyce Meyer and her teaching style and have read some of her books, and I hope to read more of them. She "shoots from the hip," so to speak, and tells it like it is. She is not an ordained minister, but she loves the Lord and she and her husband now have a international ministry and she is helping so many women and men change their lives and live for Jesus. She has turned her life over and wonderful things have happened to her. She was a victim of sexual and emotional and physical abuse as a child well into her teen age years. She teaches and reaches out to other women and shows them how to take back their lives and learn to love themselves with the help of Jesus, and show them how much He loves them, and how lovable they are. As you can tell, I have the greatest love, respect and admiration for her both as a woman, and as a teacher of the Gospel.

Having said all of that, I have her perpetual calendar which is a teaching calendar all by itself. I'd like to blog her teachings day by day and see how you all like it. I just find each day's reading so refreshing and gives me energy for my day. I hope you will too. I will be quoting the Scripture she refers to and she uses from my Life Recovery Bible, New Living Translation rather than the King James Version because It is easier for me to understand. I hope you don't mind.

Here is today's reading:

"I am Worth It"

If you can believe that God, Who is perfect, loves you, then you can believe that you are worth living.

Jeremiah 31:3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel, " I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you unto myself."

What wonderful comforting words for us today. When I read that I closed my eyes and was able to see God drawing, or pulling me in closer to him, like he does to little children. I long at tomes to be like that little child sitting on Jesus' knee having Him talk to me like that. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Someday that will happen when we go to Heaven to be with Hm forever.

But, I found this teaching today to be so comforting, and to re-affirm that "I an Worth It" in Jesus' eyes.

Dear Jesus,
Please be with all of my wonderful friends tonight and comfort those who are suffering and those who may not even know you yet. If it be your will, Lord, please let my blogs and using the words of the Bible and the teachings of Joyce Meyer , and my own testimony of your love help lead others to you. In your name I pray,
Your loving adopted daughter,
Elayne emoticon

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KNOCKOUTMOUSE 6/23/2008 6:05PM

    I too am blessed by the teaching of Joyce Meyer too. Thanks for sharing the teachings from your calendar.

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BONNIE627 6/23/2008 11:58AM

    I also love Joyce Meyers... have some of her teaching tapes that I got from freecycle... haven't listened to them all yet... must be nice to have walk withdrawal... LOL hugs, Bonnie

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/22/2008 6:42PM

    I love Joyce Meyer too!

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UGOGIRL51 6/22/2008 3:57PM

    emoticon Loved this blog Elayne!!! What better thing to be in withdrawl from that walking!!!!

I emoticon emoticon emoticon Joyce Meyers. My daughter and I have her books and we watch her on TV. Even my hubby Mel loves her and watches her too. My close friend who is not a christian, loves her and reads her books. She is always looking for her next book to read... emoticon

God bless you as you continue on in your ministry in helping to uplift and encourage others in their daily walk with life and the Lord. emoticon

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46A39P 6/22/2008 11:38AM

    How lovely and how it resonates in me. Thank you Elayne. Love God's Fan, Jean emoticon

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THERESAZ28 6/22/2008 8:47AM

    Elayne, I just subscribed to your blog; I too, admire a great deal, Joyce Meyer and look forward to your daily comments.

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MOV4WARD 6/21/2008 10:49PM

    I thought u were just being uncharacteristically quiet so I came to see how u r!!! and now I see I must have somehow become unsubscribed... Now that i'm caught up, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts as you explore Ms Meyers materials. I've been considering the Life Recovery Bible too after hearing someone else who uses it, so I'm interested to see how it relates. I will have to make a trip to go look at it soon :)

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hello everyone. Meet Miss Norma, my new walking buddy. I talked with my friend Darryl last night at the auction, and his Mom was affectionately called "Miss Norma. " here in the South. He liked the idea of naming her walker after her and how she will be my walking buddy. He feels his Mom would like it too, especially since she loved to walk.

Thank you all for your great name suggestions. They all were great. But I am sure you'll understand why I decided to honor Miss Norma My DH Arjay is going to stencil Miss Norma onto the walker. Isn't that great?

Miss Norma and I will become close walking buddies, that I know for sure! She'll never back out or stand me up, either. She's right on the porch waiting to get going, but it's too dark out now, and too early. It's only 1:05 AM. I better go and get some emoticon so we can go walking in the am..Around 8 am or so. emoticon

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KNOCKOUTMOUSE 6/23/2008 5:53PM

    That's a great name for your walker and a great way to honor you friend's Mom.


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46A39P 6/21/2008 5:01AM

    That is so sweet he will stencil that for you. Enjoy your auctions and walks. I love to hunt for bargains myself. emoticon Love, Jean

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SMYLEERED 6/19/2008 10:38PM

    Great walking buddy, Miss Norma. Hope you enjoy many memorable walks together.

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BONNIE627 6/19/2008 8:21PM

    good name...and to get it stenciled on also.. wow..

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CTEMPLE 6/19/2008 5:30PM

    Hi Elayne you should get your DH to stencil your walker's name " Miss Norma" in hot pink fluoro paint if it's not ghastly for you. (Some people don't like pink)

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SUNNYGAL2011 6/19/2008 1:43PM

    awwwww what a great name hun. :)
I KNOW without a doubt that Darryls Moma is the Angel walking right with you :)
God bless
your friend

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UGOGIRL51 6/19/2008 10:38AM

    emoticon emoticon That is a fantastic name Elayne... emoticon

Are you going to have a emoticon to emoticon Miss Norma to her new home?

If you do, I want to come and bring Jesus! emoticon

Annette emoticon

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tuesday was a beautiful, hot sunny morning, but there was a breeze. I added a wire basket to my no-name walker, so now it looks like the one pictured on my other blog. I will pick a name out tonight when I get back from the auction and find out what Darryl's Mom's name was. Then I'll go over all the suggestions and pick one from the list. I thank you all for your help in naming my walker. I must say it told me it's tired of not having a name. It reminded me that even my Dad's walker has a name and he calls her "Betsy". All of his cars were named "Betsy" as well. So, I promised my walker it will have a name Wednesday nigh. It rolled along with joy and anticipation on Tuesday's walk. It took me even farther today. We walked into down town and reached the perfect place to stop for 5 minutes. I sat on a nice concrete wall in the shade and drank my Ensure and enjoyed the nice breeze and shade. Then we walked back to my home. The sky was blue with little puffy clouds, and some that were building into thunder heads, so i knew we'd be getting rain later in the day. Praise God, as we need rain very badly.

When we got back home I looked at my watch, and we had walked 45 minutes. I already had subtracted the 5 minute break from the time. Then I checked my pedometer to see how far we had walked. I couldn't believe it. I blinked and checked my reading twice to make sure I was reading it correctly. It read 1.22 miles. Not bad for my third walk. I felt good. My legs didn't even hurt. I only used my asthma rescue inhaler once, and that was when I got back home. I am so happy to be outside walking distances again. Today is my day off from walking, and it's just as well because I just looked out the window and it's raining! I'm looking forward to tomorrow's walk.


Yesterday I read a very good article on Writing Your Prayers. I used to write Love Letters To God. I don't know why I stopped, but after reading the article I have decided to start again. So I have set it up in Spark's Journal, This way I'll be focused when I pray. I will include Prayer Concerns and Joys. I will also be listening for any messages I receive from God, and also write down a Scripture verse that is very meaningful. I'm looking forward to being able to sit and talk to God and have our conversations written down so I can refer to them anytime I want to see what all has happened from my prayers.


This week is going well. We have about 30 kids, which is great. The adult class, which I'm teaching, has only had 4 of us. We have talked to the parents that bring their kids and have invited them to stay for the class, but they don't seem to want to do so. Some go back home, and some just site at a table al together and talk while their kids are participating. It's sad to see the adults not take part in a class for themselves. What a wonderful opportunity to be an example for your own children, but they choose not to attend. We certainly can't drag them into class. So, I am blessed by the ones that do come, and we are having a good time and a lot of good discussion. I have activities that I do with them as well. I took my white 2 ft. pre-lit Christmas tree in, and we call it God's Tree of Light.

The last 2 nights I had them write on a pretty blue sticky paper things like..what they are thankful for because the theme was Jesus gives us the Power to be Thankful. The they hung it on the Tree of Light. Last night they wrote things they like to do to help others, and they hung those on the tree. Last night's theme was Jesus Gives us the Power to Help Others.

Tonight's theme is Jesus Gives Us the Power to be Brave. I'm going to ask them to write a positive affirmation about facing their biggest fear. Then I'll have them give that fear to the Lord. Then either tonight of tomorrow night I'm going to treat them to a wonderful story. I'm going to read them "The Velveteen Rabbit." Here's an excerpt from that wonderful story:

Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.

"What is REAL?" asked the rabbit one day? "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"REAL isn't how you are made" said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are REAL, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because you are REAL, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

How beautiful. I'm on my way to becoming REAL!!!! emoticon

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BONNIE627 6/18/2008 11:01PM

    sounds like you are doing great with your walker...that are nice to have...I just wish we had paved streets here to use mine on...
Our vacation bible school starts sunday... I worked last week in our sister churches vacation bible school... we help each other out as neither seem to have enough workers... love your posts... hugs, Bonnie

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UGOGIRL51 6/18/2008 7:22PM

    Elayne emoticon

How exciting to hear the good news! emoticon And you are doing such a wonderful job. next week it will be 2 weeks...Woo!!!! Hoo!!!!!

I have decided to name my walker Jesus. Because he walks with me, and I can talk with him. He is my strength, comfort, lifts me when I fall,etc...

Perfect name I think... emoticon

Annette emoticon

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MELLY423 6/18/2008 2:46PM

    Hi Elayne,

I don't know if you have time or facilities, but something our pastor did was get toilet tissue and write down the sins that were weighing him down. Then he flushed remind him that Jesus took care of all that long ago. I got a register tape to do the same with (rather than stop up the septic tank, which is what would happen with my toilet tissue) and burn the paper. Even if you don't have a day and/or facilities to help people "toss away" the sin that keeps coming back to haunt even after Jesus has answered their request for forgiveness, you could suggest this for them to do at their leisure. Todd (our pastor) said the first time he did this he used over four rolls of toilet tissue! emoticon

I'm proud of you walking and sharing your love of Jesus with your Bible School students!

Love you!!


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BUSBYBOTTOM 6/18/2008 1:00PM

    I am so glad that you are able to enjoy your walks. I would love to do vacation Bible school...but my patience with little ones is way too thin now. I think I used it all up! LOL

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