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The Hidden Strength of Pain

Thursday, February 14, 2013

This is a devotional by Julie Clinton.

The Hidden Strength of Pain

"Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to sizeóabuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." 2 Corinthians 12:10 MSG

God is not wasting the pain in your life. He never wastes a wound. Heís healing you at this very moment and using that pain to show you a dream bigger than you realize. But you need to trust Him. When you trust, you allow room for hope.

When we are in the deep, deep valley we must hold on to the assurance that God stands firm and strong behind us. Nothing we experience will be wasted. It will all be used for our goodóto make us stronger, to make us walk closer to Him, to give us a more loving heart. In our greatest pain we need to lean greatly on God. Heís using our weakness to do His work in and through us, building trust, so that His dream for each of our lives can become a reality.

We rarely understand how God is using pain in our lives to refine us. Sometimes through the tears we canít see anything, much less understand. But just because we donít understand the pain doesnít mean Heís not using it. He is. Itís part of His plan and purpose. Trust Him.

Prayer
Dear God. Some days I donít know how I will get through the day with the pain and hurt I have to face. Let me feel your presence, Lord, to trust and relax. Let me fall into your everlasting arms, giving you control as I feel your strength. Amen.
Bible Readings for the Week Ahead:
Monday: II Corinthians 12:10; Colossians 1:10-12
Tuesday: Isaiah 41:10
Wednesday: Daniel 10:19
Thursday: Ephesians 3:16, 17
Friday: Ephesians 6:10
Saturday: Ephesians 6:13
Sunday: Philippians 4:13

  
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IUHRYTR 2/17/2013 11:18PM

    A timely message for me; I've had excruciating back and leg pain all day. Getting ready to take another pain pill and now, after reading this, I will pray, asking to be shown how I can use my pain to help others. emoticon -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/15/2013 4:25PM

    This is extraordinarily lovely. Thank you!

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FLEMIDG 2/15/2013 12:16AM

    Thank you for the lovely blog and for the daily bible readings. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. God bless you.

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/14/2013 2:03PM

    I agree God can use our Worldy pains and aches to help us grow. I just wanted to add that a ton of folks say why did God cause this to happen in the first place. I like to point out that we are not the only ones in the world to have freedom of choice. Adam and Eve made the choice to sin a kinda long time ago, thus pain and suffering were decided by all of our ancestors .. not our loving God. emoticon

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FROSTY99 2/14/2013 2:01PM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and inspiring blog.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Pat

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Some random thoughts and rambling

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm burning a good 2300 calories per week, and mostly staying within my calorie range (or just barely over it some days). I still weigh what I did after I was sick last month. Yeah, yeah, I know, "at least I haven't gained" but that's sounding rather hollow at this point. I've made a note to talk with my psych dr when I go in some weeks. A side effect of lithium is weight gain. I'd love to be able to blame that, and then get her to change my meds. But I'm not sure that's going to happen. Oh well, we WILL talk. I'm better toned, which is good, even though I can't wear smaller clothes. And as I've said before, I'm too cussed stubborn to give up. I need to lose about 40 pounds......really. Moving on now, I refuse to give in to depression.

Since the month is about over, not only is the fitness challenge about over, but so is the (yarn) stash-busting challenge. I've done rather well, if I say so myself......and yes, I just did. LOL But I do still have large plastice totes full of yarn. Starting after we get back from Utah, I'm going to start work on things for sale at the fall craft fair. I have a few 'new' things to make, and am eager to see how that works out.

Speaking of going to Utah, we'll be going to Ogen to watch four Weber State University basketball games. DH talked with some folks at the university, and we'll have seats on the floor for two of the games! emoticon Maybe we can 'score' some sweat emoticon or at least one of the t-shirts they always throw into the stands. Go Wildcats!

  
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IUHRYTR 2/5/2013 6:59AM

    One pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/1/2013 4:04PM

    Go wildcats! oops what r they again hehe

Please do not stress over your weight my dear.

OK 40 is your goal. Cool.

If you slip up keep trying but do not let it push

you into depression, enough other junk we allow

to do that already.

Go have fun and enjoy life with your hubby! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/31/2013 5:15PM

    That was great that you did well on your yarn stash busting Challenge!

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/29/2013 7:36PM

    You are doing great Nancy. You may just have to lower your calories some to see the scale start to move :) Loved your bikini comment on my blog, LOL. It doesn't look too bad ;) Have a great day/evening.

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FROSTY99 1/29/2013 6:40PM

    Isn't that the most frustrating thing???? I know that I have upped my steps and I do lots of physical activity working in the yard/garden on almost a daily basis and I am only losing 1-2 lbs a month now. Like you, I am determined to get down to my goal-not sure when that will happen, I just know it will someday!!! The only good thing is I am going down in size on my clothes so I am losing inches!
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SLENDERELLA61 1/29/2013 6:25PM

    Good going on the fitness and stash-busting challenges. And, yes, you should say so yourself!! Give yourself credit. Having the talk with the prescriber of your meds may help if that is the culprit. Maybe the meds are the problem.

But maybe not. It is so easy to eat too much. When I switched from measuring my 1/2 cup of oatmeal daily to weighing out on my electronic scale the 40 grams the 1/2 cup should be, I discovered I'd been eating 45 grams every morning, more than 10% more than I thought. Things like that add up. Best wishes for finding the healthy foods and combination of foods that satisfy you!! -Marsha

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/29/2013 6:06PM

    Nancy, I hate to say it, but I didn't lose ANY weight the first 8 weeks I was doing HIIT because I was still not keeping my calories low enough. It's very frustrating, but I'm learning that the 80% nutrition, 20% exercise equation is about accurate. Grrr. Now that I'm eating under 2000 calories 6 days a week, I'm actually losing weight. If it makes you angry, you're in good company. I'm a stubborn cuss because I hate changing my eating habits especially when I'm working out so hard. Please feel free to vent and I'll co-vent right along side you. I'm glad to hear you won't give in to depression. For me, depression lasts longer than venting. Or whatever works for you to get through it!
Lol, have fun with the sweaters that come out of your yarn box and the sweat-ers at the Wee-ber game!

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CANDOK1260 1/29/2013 5:35PM

    I hope you find. Solution soon

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1935MARY 1/29/2013 4:00PM

    I am on some meds that has that weight gain side effect. I am having a hard time losing, but I have lost some, and a lady that I clean her house the other day asked me. I had only lost maybe 1 pound since I had seem her. I told her that and she ask if I was still going to curves, I said yes, She said you are toning up. It made me feel good someone else noticed. Hang in there. Have a great time in Utah. I hope you catch a shirt.

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DIVINEPRINCESS 1/29/2013 3:59PM

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Giving God the Praise

Sunday, January 20, 2013

This morning I posted the following on my friend feed: IAMWINNING is down today. I'm eating within my calorie range, burning over 2300 cal a week and doing toning exercises. What's wrong with this picture?!!

A little while later (before Sunday School), I had it figured out. It's a demonic attack. I am striving to let God make me more Christ-like, so Satan is mad and is doing a lot to cause me troubles. In this case, I believe he, or one of his demons, is keeping me from losing weight. I realize many people do not believe as I do, but I am convinced that there are demons, and that there is spiritual warfare going on that affects what happens in the physical realm. I can gain power over Satan by relying on God; by calling on God to tear down strongholds (such as my snacking, which IS a problem) and by praising Him.

I thank God that He led me to a Tony Evans book "Victory in Spiritual Warfare". It's not a book to read in one sitting, because there is gospel truth in it and Satan is opposed to the gospel. But PRAISE THE LORD!! God has already won the war, and Satan is doomed.

God will give me victory over my fat self when He is ready to, and when I continue to rely on His power over Satan. I certainly want to be healthy, to be able to go off a couple of meds, to have more energy. My body is God's temple, and as such, I should treat it well. (That's scriptural). Because God has declared it, I can claim it and bring down Heavenly power to overcome obstacles.

Now, just the fact that I'm sharing this with you will draw Satan's ire, but just as God reminded me this morning, I have HIS power to overcome.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

  
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CANDOK1260 1/24/2013 11:17AM

    emoticon forsharing wonderful blog

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IUHRYTR 1/23/2013 11:42PM

    Keep the faith. -- Lou

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CONTENTCHRIS 1/23/2013 10:55AM

    I used to always worry and fret about Satan and how he was doing me in then I went through a long Bible study that helped me to understand that since Adam and Eve we have been living in a broken world. Bad things happen to Good people... However as it says in Matthew:

God

maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

A side note is I have heard it takes 14 to 21 days to form a habit.

I think it takes 2 times that to form a good habit and 1/2 that to form a bad. emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/21/2013 5:48PM

    God will help you!

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PURPLELVR7 1/21/2013 7:12AM

    You are right when we grow in Christ we are attacked and satan will attack anyway he can
The good news is we can and will do this through Christ

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FROSTY99 1/20/2013 7:01PM

    With God all things are possible and yes you can defeat Satan and gain health. God wants us to be healthy and as you said, our bodies are his temple so we must learn to treat it as such.
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Pat

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MILPAM3 1/20/2013 4:13PM

  Ha ha, I had to laugh when you wrote:
"Now, just the fact that I'm sharing this with you will draw Satan's ire."
Ignore Beelzebub and trample him and his demons underfoot with the Blood of Jesus--the only thing that can defeat him. You already know you're the victor through God's power.

Blessings,
Pat

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/20/2013 3:16PM

    You can do it Nancy

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Goals, Resolutions, Christmas decorations

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Someone pointed out to me that Resolutions and Goals aren't really the same.....resolutions are more quickly and easily forgotten, while goals are something you keep, and keep on aiming towards. I like her thought. : )

I've recently joined 2 teams, one is the Knitters team and we're doing a stash-busting challenge this month. The second one is the January Jumpstart Challenge (I think I left out a word there). I've only done 2 days of that, and BOY! is it ever a challenge! That's good.

DH and I finally got the last of the outdoor Christmas decorations taken down and put away today. Then I took all the ornaments off the indoor tree and packed them away. DH took the lights and tree apart and all that is in the basement. Since we bought some plastic totes this year, I have yet to transfer some fragile things into one, out of the old, old cardboard boxes. I'll feel so much better about them being safe.

I also put all the Li Bien ornaments in another tote, and as I pointed out to DH, now we have lots of room (in it) for lots more Li Bien. He wasn't nearly as amused as he should have been. emoticon

I had a hugely-full inbox in my email, and am still trying to work that in. But I really must work more on busting my stash of yarn! Fortunately, we aren't planning to go anywhere the rest of today.

Love you all, my Spark Friends, and I hope you are doing well. Those of you who are sick: QUIT IT! I hope you get well quickly. : )
Nancy

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 1/15/2013 1:54PM

    emoticon Nancy keep at it girl!

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FROSTY99 1/2/2013 5:35PM

    You are doing so good for having not felt well. I am amazed at how you have soldiered on. I do a little bit and have to sit down and rest and then get up and go again, but I too am making progress! I managed to clean out files today, but our shredder bought the big one sooo have to go buy another one to shred some things. This last time we bought a better one-like $150 and it only lasted a couple of years and we even made sure we did the lube sheets after every session! Gonna go back to a cheapie and won't feel so bad if it only lasts a couple of years!!
Pat

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LIVINGFREE19 1/2/2013 4:54PM

    That is great that you are doing the Jumpstart challenge!

That is something I must do too, yet, is take down the tree and decorations.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/2/2013 4:12PM

    You're a hoot, Nancy! emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/2/2013 3:21PM

    Good for you on doing the Jumpstart Challenge!! I'm sure that will step your fitness up. I like the knitting one, too. You can't eat when you are knitting because you'll get crumbs or drips all over your precious work. So knitting is good for healthy, too.

I've got most of my Christmas stuff down now, but not as good as you. Will go catch up right now!!!

Enjoy your days. Regards, Marsha

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JKPONYGIRL 1/2/2013 2:15PM

    I like the idea of resolutions and goals being different. The goal being the result, the resolution something you change to get to the goal.
Good luck with your challenges, I am off to take down my tree (you've inspired me!)

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/2/2013 2:05PM

    I hope the candycane didn't attack you again emoticon Have a great day Nancy!

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Goals are resolutions by another name

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Well, I don't normally hold with New Year's resolutions. For one thing, I'm like most people and find it impossible to carry through.....hence the fat I'm still lugging around.

Anyway, I made "goals" instead. Ok, semantics. But leave me alone! emoticon

I'm going to read the Bible through again this year. Our church made special Bibles available to us, whereby we read a bit from the Old Testament, a bit from the New Testament, and a bit from Psalms or Proverbs.....gets us through the whole Bible in a year.

I have joined a SP team designed to help me kick start weight loss, and toning of my bod. It's the "Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge". I'll be using their videos for my exercise instead of my own regimen. I followed the 8 minute cardio video today, and boy! am I out of shape or what! I couldn't keep up, or even DO all of what she did. My arms going this way and that while my legs were doing something else altogether was too much for my brain. And here I thought I could chew gum, talk and walk all at the same time! emoticon

Anyway. I'm going to give it a shot. Perhaps I'll keep it up even after the challenge is over. So, one of my goals this year is to tone my flabby body. Another, is to lose an average of a pound a week (without being sick to do it, like last week). I have about 40 pounds to lose, so it's going to take about 40 weeks, or, mid-October. I will, of course, spend some time on the treadmill (leg-willing) and perhaps do some other 'regular' things for cardio as well as what they suggest.

I'm also planning to substantially reduce my yarn stash - I have 3 large and 4 small tubs of yarn, plus a few bags tucked away, too. Time to get it knitted and crocheted and on to people who need things. Also, I have a few kits I bought at my local yarn store, of things I want for me. So you see, I give away a lot, but I keep some for me, too. : )

In order for me to reduce my stash, I'm going to have to stay out of certain stores, be careful when I read email, and avoid yarn catalogs as much as possible for awhile; unless there is a need for me to make something particular for which I can't find enough or the right yarn in my stash. But I don't really anticipate any loved one requesting anything. I've made hats for my grandsons, a sweater and vest for my DH, sweaters for all my grandkids, gloves for a dau., stuffed toys for one grandson (he now has about 5) and so on. But you never know.
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Have a safe, happy, healthy new year, Y'all.

  
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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/2/2013 11:24AM

    Wowee are you raring to go! I admire you for making yourself flail your limbs out of their comfort zones. emoticon

It will be worth it. I'm so curious if you'll find it to be easier on your leg, because even though I feel like HIIT is intense, its variety of motion makes my joints happier. I LOVE the elliptical, but the repetition isn't great for my knees or hips.
Have fun going through your yarn stash! If I was there, I'd wrap all your skeins of yarn like gifts, just so you could feel like you got a bunch of new yarn:)
Ok I have 30 pounds to lose this year. I love the pound a week plan! It's time to get this fat off.

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NEWNAC304 1/2/2013 9:05AM

    These are great goals! I joined the January Jump Start challenge too. I forgot to do the video yesterday and overslept today. I'll have to do two tonight or three tomorrow!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/2/2013 5:46AM

    Best of luck with your goals! I feel goals and resolutions are different, in my mind anyway. Resolutions always seem like easier broken promises that were made on a whim. Goals have a more of a foundation in my reality.

Happy New Year, Pat

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SNUGLBUNIE 1/1/2013 7:49PM

    Sounds like great goals that can definitely be achieved. Good for you for joining the challenge. I'm sure it will help you get started. I did it last year, but this year because I am leaving for vacation in 17 days, no use starting it and not being able to finish it. I'll cheer you on instead. emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 1/1/2013 7:47PM

    Nancy you can do it and yes a lot of people make resolutions and then never go through with them. I think i need to make myself accountable in a few areas this year.

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SOARINGPHOENIX 1/1/2013 7:09PM

    You can do it I plan to make my weight come off too. I am planning to make certain that I lose the weight and keep it off

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FROSTY99 1/1/2013 7:06PM

    All worthy resolutions. Here is to 2013 being the year we get toned and healthy.
I have to get back to the gym when I get to feeling a little better. I am thinking by next Monday I should be in fair shape.
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LIVINGFREE19 1/1/2013 6:52PM

    You have made so many nice things for people, you are so very nice!

You can lose your 40 pounds this year, 2013 is your year, my friend!
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