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Thursday, February 04, 2010

"Once the 'what' is decided, the 'how' always follows. We must not make the 'how' an excuse for not facing and accepting the 'what.'"
Ė Pearl S. Buck (quote borrowed from Linda)

Today was my first day of the 28 Day Challenge. Logging my food (1359 calories) and water (8) was successful. Logged my starting measurements.
I was not able to carry through on excercise today, put everything else first.
Drove my neighbor to her Dr. appointment, study while waiting.

Goal for tomorrow is to begin the day with excercise and continue to log in my 28 day tracker....with the Lord's help I will succeed.

This quote says it all for me today.

John Wooden, famous UCLA Basketball coach:
"The good Lord in His infinite wisdom, did not create us all equal when it comes to size, strength, appearance, or various aptitudes. But sucess is not being better than someone else, success is the peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you gave your best effort to become the best of which YOU are capable."

emoticonReading chapter 2 of THE SPARK.

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FIDDLER4JESUS 2/4/2010 12:03PM

    So true,,with the Lord's help,,we can succeed! emoticon emoticon

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    Well done Elaine...you've made a good start!
I hope to be joining you soon too!

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Positive Self-Talk Leads to Success
Good Things Come to Those Who Believe
-- By Leanne Beattie, Health and Motivation Writer

So how do you even begin if positive self-talk doesnít come naturally to you? Start by appreciating your efforts and giving yourself a pat on the back for the good choices that you make, no matter how small.

If that doesnít work for you, imagine that you are talking to a friend. Would you tell her that she hadnít lost enough weight? That his arms are too skinny? Or that she should spend more time at the gym if she ever hopes to look better in a bikini? Of course not. You would cheer on your best friend for every small accomplishment, encouraging him when he feels down or telling her all the things you love about her. So why canít you treat yourself with the same kindness and consideration?

Next, try to be more aware of your thoughts at all times. Be mindful of thoughts that come and go, and those that linger. Consciously decide to think more positively. When you notice negative self-talk in action, nip it in the budódonít convince yourself that your actions are pointless, that your goals arenít attainable, or that you donít deserve to be successful. Whether you think youíll succeed or fail, your thoughts will become your reality. Be a success. Boost yourself up whenever you can. Be your own best friend. Have faith in yourself and the results will come! The important thing is to feel that youíre worth the effort. You deserve to be healthy and confident and strong.

"I am beginning a 28 day Days to Success. I believe that with God's help I will see results. I am worth the effort and see myself succeeding. I know that I can and will be all I can be for God. I want to give myself credit and applause for doing this."


"All things are working together for good in my life.
I deserve health and happiness."

Tom Venuto (author of Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle) -- "Don't try to become better than someone else; become better than you used to be. Instead of focusing on comparisons, focus on PROGRESS and SELF IMPROVEMENT. Do the absolute best YOU can with what YOU'VE got, and you'll be able to look at your face in the mirror everyday, with the pride and self-esteem of a true winner."

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FIDDLER4JESUS 2/4/2010 12:11PM

    Loved this special one! YOU ARE SPECIAL!! emoticon emoticon

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PATTYCAKE49 2/3/2010 7:23PM

    Thank you for reminding us that we need to have a positive attitude. I find it helpful to say the opposite when I get a negative thought which helped to make me more positive.

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LINDA25427 2/3/2010 7:11PM

    We are worth it , and everything is possible with God .. emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMANANCY 2/3/2010 1:00PM

    amen !!!

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    This is one of my 2010 goals, great blog, thanks!

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1FAVOREDLADY 2/2/2010 8:03PM

    I hope you don't mind I copied some of this . Thank you so much !!!

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1FAVOREDLADY 2/2/2010 7:54PM

    I love this. It is so true. I for some reason have for so long had a defeated mentality. That will and has got me nowhere. I joined sparks and have a number of other sources that suggest positive thoughts and I have been making progress. It may not be showing up outside , as for as weight loss but I can see and feel it in me. The mind is our battle field.

Thank you for the reminder. It is nice to have a wonderful thing like this in common. Also God is my strength and a very present help in trouble. emoticon

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SEXYCOCOA121 2/2/2010 7:46PM

    This is such an emoticon blog so very encouraging! emoticon

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

1. Drink plenty of water.
2.. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4.. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily.. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present Moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need...
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree..

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come..
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

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FIDDLER4JESUS 1/28/2010 2:22PM

    I read this once and it is good to remember and have it copied! emoticon emoticon

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JUSTPEACHY1 1/28/2010 6:34AM

    This is good advice, Elaine! emoticon Ena

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MARGOMCP 1/27/2010 12:59PM

    What a neat list!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If Only I Had ...
Lysa TerKeurst

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 8:32 (NIV)

There's a simple little script many of us play in our mind--simple, yet incredibly dangerous. Dare I say it's one of the biggest things that hold us back from feeling fulfilled in our relationship with God. It's a script tangled in a lie that typically goes something like this: I could really be happy and fulfilled if only I had ...
... a skinnier body.
... a husband.
... a husband who was more tender and romantic.
... more money.
... a more successful career.
... a better personality.
... a baby.
... smarter kids.
I don't know what your "if only I had" statements are, but I do know that none of them will bring fulfillment. They might bring temporary moments of happiness... but not true fulfillment.

In the book I just wrote, "Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl," I expose the "if only I had" lie with this truth: Apart from a thriving relationship with God, even if we got everything on our list, there would still be a hollow gap in our soul.

Instead of saying, "If only I had" and filling in the blank with some person, possession, or position, make a choice to replace that statement with God's truth. Here are some examples that have helped me battle the temptation to let people, possessions, or positions take God's place in my life.


I no longer say, "If only I had a daddy who loved me...." Instead, I say, "Psalm 68:5 promises God will be a father to the fatherless."

Maybe your gap isn't left by an absent father but by a friend who hurt you. Or perhaps a husband who left you. Or the children you've longed to have and still don't. Whatever that gap is, God is the perfect fit for your emptiness. Pray this paraphrase of Luke 1:78-79: "Because of the tender mercy of my God by which the rising sun will come to me from heaven--to shine on my darkness and in what feels like the shadow of death to me--I will find peace."


I no longer say, "If only I had more possessions ...." Instead, I recite Matthew 6:19-21: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Any possession I ever long for, no matter how good it may seem, will only be good for a limited time. In light of eternity, every possession is in the process of breaking down, becoming devalued, and will eventually be taken from us. If I set my heart solely on acquiring more things, I'll feel more vulnerable with the possibility of loss.

Possessions are meant to be appreciated and used to bless others. They were never meant to be identity markers. It's not wrong to enjoy the possessions we have as long as we don't depend on them for our heart's security.


I no longer say, "If only I had a better position ...." Instead, I say the words of Psalm 119:105: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." I don't need a better position to get where I should go. I don't have to figure out my path and jockey to get ahead. I need God's Word to guide me. As I follow Him and honor Him step-by-step, I can be assured that I'm right where He wants me to be doing what He wants me to do.

Whatever "if only I had" statement you are struggling with, you can replace it with solid truths from Scripture that will never leave you empty. It's a bold assertion to make but it's true. When God's Word gets inside of us, it becomes the new way we process life. It rearranges our thoughts, our motives, our needs, and our desires. Our soul was tailor-made to be filled with God and His truth, therefore, it seeps into every part of us and fills us completely.

Dear Lord, I acknowledge only You can fill those empty places in my heart. Help me to stop the "if only I had" cycle and instead be set free with Your truth. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Visit Lysa TerKeurst's blog to read a chapter from her new book, "Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl."

Application Steps:

What "if only I had" statements do you struggle with?

What are some verses you could use to replace your "if only I had" lies?


Why do we struggle with trying to get our needs met by people, possessions and positions?

What are some dangerous outcomes of this pattern?

Power Verses:
Luke 1:78-79: "Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace." (NIV)

Psalm 119: 30-32, "I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free." (NIV)

© 2009 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 31 Ministries
616-G, Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Matthews, NC 28105


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FIDDLER4JESUS 1/26/2010 11:06AM

    Thank you for this devotional.I am on the same daily post,Proverbs 31 Ministries! It gives new insights every day. This saying,"If only I knew" was quoted to me this very weekend .Only God is able to change hearts and I will believe!

Thank you,once again. emoticon

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Difficult Lessons Learned Through Suffering
from the messages of Adrian Rogers

Hebrews 11:21 - ďBy faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.Ē

Jacob became a wounded worshipper because God did not withhold the rod of correction. The wounded in life are those who have learned difficult lessons through suffering. Do not resist the Shepherdís rod of correction. Is the wounding painful? Indeed. Does it seem that you will not be able to bear it? Most certainly. Then, why would He subject you to such pain? Because you have a Father who loves you so much that He is willing to hurt you to heal you. What you need to focus on is not your pain, but your Savior. God didnít save you to take you to heaven. Thatís a fringe benefit. God saved you to make you holy Ė as He is holy.

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FIDDLER4JESUS 1/12/2010 10:28AM

    We can all learn through suffering.In the Message Bible,Matthew 6:34 God says,"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now,and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Amen! so true!How emoticonis our God!

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/11/2010 4:24PM

    That's right Elaine...that's how we know we're a child of God, we chastised because He loves us! I never want to feel that He not dealing with me!
Thank you for sharing,

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GRANDMANANCY 1/11/2010 9:54AM

    amen ...thank you.

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