Tuesday, February 07, 2012
A - Available or married? -- Available
B- Book? BOOKS, BOOKS, and MORE BOOKS!
C- Cake or Pie? Red Velvet Cake
D- Drink of Choice? -- Diet Coke baby!
E- Essential Item? -- Contacts
F- Favorite Color? -- Blue, almost any shade
G- Game to play or watch? -- Go Fish with my son
H- Hometown? -- Smalltown Iowa
I- Indulgence? -- Cream Cheese Icing
J- Job? -- Mom and compliance specialist for an investment firm
K- Kids and names? -- Ben
L- Life is incomplete without? Jesus my Savior
M- Music group or singer? The Afters, Andrea Bocelli, Building 429, Crystal Lewis, Hillsong United and many many more!
N- Number of Siblings? two sisters
O- Oranges or apples? Apples
P- Phobias - Snakes!
Q- Favorite Quote? - "Live for today… but hold your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God’s love in every event, every circumstance, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself." -Barbara Johnson
R- Reason to Smile? - Hearing my son giggle
S- Season? - Spring
T- Tattoos? - No, the pain factor keeps me from it!
U- Unknown Fact About Me? - I have a birthmark in an unmentionable location ~ HEE HEE
V- Vegetable you love? - Broccoli
W- Worst habit? - Hanging my eyebrows on the mirror after plucking! EWWWW
X- X-Rays you've had? - Knee and the usual mammograms
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Well, year 2011 with SparkPeople was nothing short of miraculous. I lost 70 pounds between Cinco de Mayo (no particular significance to that date, except I like to say "Cinco de Mayo") and the end of the year. Thank you Lord for your love and direction in my life!
I didn't exercise during that time, and with the start of 2012, I'm starting to kick in with exercise. Now that I am working from home, I'm able to use my break time to do brisk walking, throwing in some 5 pound hand weights and doing curls, etc. In just the past 2 weeks I've already noticed a difference in the tone of my arms and legs, which is encouraging! I'm also hungrier, sometimes ravenous... and need to think of some healthy snacks to add to my 5 small meals per day.
I know with the change in my work office from "work" to "home", there have already been BIG changes in my life, and more are on the horizon. Me and my son will be selling our home and re-locating sometime within this year, and that is causing no small stir for him, and for me. I'm working on "staging" the house before listing it, boxing up excess items and personal stuff that the HGTV experts say should be put away so potential buyers can visualize their own stuff in the space. It would be accurate to say we are "in transition".
Along with all of this, mostly positive changes going on, I'm starting to sense a niggling fear. Each morning when I step on the scale and see my "new" weight, I'm starting to get nervous. I'm about 20 pounds from my goal, certainly cause for much celebration and motivation to KEEP GOING, right? Yes! .... and no. I've put my finger on the fact that this fear/nervousness/doubt is really the fear of "What will I have to live for after I meet this goal?"
I've been so focused these many months and now I'm almost there... I'm almost AFRAID to get there! Silly, but so ME, and so HUMAN. It's hard to admit that.
So what do I do now? I think it's time to set more goals and keep pushing ahead.
I'm looking up the song by Selah, called Press On. If you haven't heard it, it's WORTH the listen!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Well, here I am, on my last day of work in a "real" office, ready to make the transition to working from home. How God has blessed over the past 6 weeks as I submitted the proposal to my employer. Initially it wasn't even going to be considered. Then my boss scheduled a meeting with HR, after which I was told it's a real possibility, but not for another year. Then discussions with the executive level started, and before I knew it, the proposal was accepted and they wanted it to begin ASAP! I even discussed the need to re-locate and asked if I could still keep my job then, and the answer was YES, with no restrictions as to where.
WOW! Throughout the process it has been like participating, but being fully aware it is God who is in control of the affairs of men. I am so blessed in His provision! But...
That big BUT leads me to my topic of propensity. Despite these obvious blessings (which it has helped me to rehearse again), my propensity is to worry, whine and wonder if everything will work out. The alliteration is unintentional, but effective, don't you think? Anyway, rather than LOOK at how God has moved already, and draw the conclusion "Hey, if He brought me this far, He will take me the rest of the way", I'm feeling depressed and worried, the weight of the world is on my shoulders.
Oh God, realign me with your laser focus! You were God six weeks ago, and you are still God Almighty. Please take these burdens... the burdens of setting up a new office, sorting and packing my house, getting it ready to sell, trying to reassure a little boy that our new home, wherever we land, will be a good place for him, finding that new location, renting storage unit, getting moved, etc etc, I am just me. I can't do this alone. And you are just YOU, I can trust you! Help me in my unbelief.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
So last night, I was making some carrot cake bars with cream cheese frosting "for a friend". This, combined with recent stresses at work and in my family, created the perfect storm for reverting to OLD behaviors.
After stopping the Kitchen Aid and lifting it up out of the frosting, I began licking off the beater. This turned into a few rather large spoonfuls of frosting, and from there I grabbed a frosted bar and shoved it in my mouth.
In that **VERY** moment, something (I believe it was the Holy Spirit) said in my mind, "Wait, this isn't where you want to go!" I agreed with the voice. I actually reached in and took the unchewed bar out of my mouth and threw it away. I had that miserable sugar-induced coma feeling afterward and had a hard time getting to sleep. Which was only another reminder.... I really DON'T want to go there! I remember what it was like, and it was not a good place.
So today... I could beat myself up for those spoonfuls of frosting, or for even being stupid enough to bake anything and sabotaging myself. But for now, I'm focusing on the victory. Even in failure there is victory if we can learn the lessons!
If you're on a path today that leads where you DON'T want to go, here's your invitation to turn around!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I received this in an email 9 years ago. It had a huge impact on me then, and it still does today! I don't know who wrote it, but if I did would definitely want to give them credit...
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
Have you ever been just sitting there, and all of a sudden you feel like doing something nice for someone you care for? That's God. He talks to you through the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever been down and out and nobody seems to be there for you to talk to? That's God. He wants you to talk to Him.
Have you ever been thinking about someone you haven't seen in a long time and the next thing you know, you see them or get a phone call from them? That's God. There is no such thing as coincidence.
Have you ever received something wonderful that you didn't even ask for, like money in the mail or a coupon to a department store where you had just seen something you wanted but couldn't afford? That's God. He knows the desires of your heart.
Have you ever been in a situation that you had no clue how it is going to get better, but now you look back on it... That's God. He passes us through tribulation to see a brighter day.
Do you think you read this blog today by accident?
Nope! That's God. Please pass this along and share the power of God. In all that we do, we should give Him our thanks, and our blessings will continue to multiply.
Blessings to all of you, dear friends!
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