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HABAKKUK 3:17-19

Sunday, February 24, 2013

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV)

God never fails. I WILL rejoice in Him.

  
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DARYLBN 3/24/2013 9:42PM

    Praise the Lord.

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LEVELPATHS 3/1/2013 9:12AM

    Yeah - we can't see what God sees... His plan is always best. :-)

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YATMAMA 2/28/2013 6:33PM

    At our women's meeting at church this month, the minister was a powerful woman of God, so mighty in the Word. This is the exact scripture she preached on!! I'd say God's reinforcing this message to me. Wouldn't you? lol Thank you for sharing this!!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/27/2013 8:52PM

    Trying hard to do that but it is not easy right now with all that is going on. I believe we are seeing the apostasy in some of the churches; or the falling away from God. We must be ready when He comes.

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BABY_GIRL69 2/24/2013 8:44PM

    That right there is a praise dance moments......

God bless,

Dee

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BRADIA 2/24/2013 7:46PM

    Praise the Lord

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FROSTY99 2/24/2013 5:52PM

    Amen

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My February

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Some of this will be a repeat of earlier blogs…..sorry ‘bout that.

DH and I flew to Utah to watch Weber State University basketball. We caught four games in eight days. Super! Weber won all four games.

The sweetest game was on Valentine’s Day, against the University of Montana. Last month Weber lost to Montana (at MT) by two points. Montana had only lost one (non-conference) game this season, so when they came to Ogden, WSU was ready for them. Montana scored first, but that 2 points was their only lead of the game. The final score saw WSU ahead by 24 points! Weber handed Mt their only conference loss.

Now, the icing on the cake for us: we scored tickets court-side. Part of sitting there included free soft drinks and popcorn, and at half-time we went to the club room and enjoyed fresh fruit, meat wrapped in won ton wrappers, heart-shaped cookies (it WAS Valentine’s Day!) and soft drinks. There was the largest TV screen I’ve ever seen, on one wall so we could see the half-time show and know when to head back downstairs.

The Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences joined us court-side, first asking for us by name. He sat on my left. Then the University President sat on the other side of the Dean after introducing himself to us. Yeah, I felt rather special.

Lest you think that’s all we did, we visited with DH’s two sisters who live in the area, and with friends who still live there. We also went to a planetarium and watched a 3D movie about the migration of Monarch butterflies, and then to an exhibition of mummies. Did you know that people in South America were mummifying people 3000 yrs before the Egyptians? I didn’t. There were also mummies from Asia and Europe. Fascinating.

Coming home: We were sitting at the airport gate when a man came in (in a wheelchair) and sat in the area designated for ‘first boarders’. He started coughing, and it was horrible. I thought he was going to cough up his toe nails. Then he lay down on the seats in that area. An airline person brought him a glass of water, which only sort of helped. I wasn’t the only one who thought he was deathly ill, and hoped the airline wouldn’t let him fly. As we boarded, medical personnel were tending to the man. We boarded and sat in the back. A man came and sat next to the window (next to me) and said he’d been taken off that flight once already. Shortly thereafter, he was taken off the plane again.

The pilot came on the intercom and told us that the man in the wheelchair would be boarding. I looked at my husband and asked if he minded that I complain (the only empty seat was next to me). He gave me the go ahead and I went tearing up the aisle. I told the flight attendant at the front that that man was NOT going to sit by me. A ticketing agent was standing just outside the plane and told me she would re-ticket me on another flight. DH and I got tickets on another flight leaving a few hours later. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a direct flight. Oh well. The agent sympathized with me (us) then told us that the man had had a collapsed lung. So WHO cleared him for flying???

We arrived safely home, praise the Lord. It was a great trip, and even the problem on the way home wasn’t so bad.

  
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YATMAMA 2/28/2013 6:31PM

    Geez, you'd think with pressurization issues, a plane would be the last place that man needed to be. On the other hand, he must have desperately wanted to go where he was going, see who he was seeing, do what he as planning to do since he was doing it while feeling so awful. God bless that man. I hope he was able to do all he needed to do and that his health improves. I'm glad you protected yourself, my friend, and took no chances with your own health.

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DAYHIKER 2/23/2013 7:53PM

    Hoo boy you had a full month!! Flying just isn't much fun anymore and it doesn't look like it will be improving any time soon.

Cindy

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2BEHEALTHY2014 2/22/2013 1:30PM

    I've missed you on the chat thread. I was hoping ht everything was going well. I'm glad you were able to get a different flight home.

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PURPLELVR7 2/22/2013 6:52AM

    sounds like a good month - glad you made it home - without having to sit my the man

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SNUGLBUNIE 2/22/2013 5:33AM

    WOW I am amazed that they let him on and had you take another flight. That doesn't make sense to me :( Glad you made it home safe and sound though and had a great trip :)

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FLEMIDG 2/22/2013 12:27AM

    Glad you arrived home safely. Hope you enjoyed your time away.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/21/2013 10:29PM

    What an exciting trip all around! So glad you made it home safely. We all really miss you terribly, me most of all!

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FROSTY99 2/21/2013 9:51PM

    Wow, I knew I didn't like flying anymore - it used to be so much fun. I worked for Delta many years ago-now I wouldn't look at the airline industry for a career. I am glad you had such a great tune and did get home safely.
Here is to future wonderful trips!!!

Pat

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AJB121299 2/21/2013 9:24PM

    Nice

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WSU game rundown

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ok, the Weber State University basketball game run-down. (Sorry to those of you who don't care) A few weeks ago Weber lost to Montana by 2 points, at MT. Tonight DH and I sat on the floor, third row from the court. Heavenly seats! The Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences sat to my left, after asking if we are us, by name. A few minutes later, the university President came in and introduced himself to us, too, and sat on the other side of the Dean. At half time, we joined the other folks (who sat on the floor) in a private room where we helped ourselves to tons of fresh fruit, some little wrapped meat thing-ys and decorated valentine cookies. Then we went back and enjoyed the remainder of the game. And yes, we ENJOYED it. Montana never did lead in the whole game, and Weber wiped the floor with them to the tune of a 24 point lead at the final buzzer. Did I mention that we had a BLAST!!!! emoticon After the game, Weber's players came behind us (there was a walk-way between our seats and the regular stadium seats) and we high-fived and shook hands with many of them. Oh! What a dream night!

  
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YATMAMA 2/28/2013 6:28PM

    How cool is THAT?!!! I'm so glad you had a safe and fun time. I'm glad you are home, though!

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/20/2013 11:52AM

    Sounds like a blast Grats on the fun event. emoticon

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CANDOK1260 2/19/2013 9:47AM

    happy you have a great time

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IUHRYTR 2/17/2013 11:19PM

    What a terrific night out. Kudos to the college officials for not being standoffish. -- Lou

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FROSTY99 2/15/2013 6:54PM

    emoticon Such special treatment. You got the best of the best and it sounds like you had a great time and WON too!!!!

We got tickets (gratis of a contract computer company who was doing some programming for the company I worked for) to a Cardinals baseball game. We got the special treatment too-valet parking, free buffet breakfast in the stadium club, seats behind home plate, free food and drinks during the game and it was brought right to us and a free luncheon buffet after the game. We could never have afforded this but it was certainly nice to just once see how the other half lives!!!

Pat

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/15/2013 4:48PM

    emoticon Sounds like a ton of fun floor wiping! Go Wee-ber!

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SNUGLBUNIE 2/15/2013 5:30AM

    WOW, sounds like quite the experience and fun time. Good for you. You deserved it :) WOOHOO

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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 size—abuse, 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. He’s 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 good—to 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. He’s 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 can’t see anything, much less understand. But just because we don’t understand the pain doesn’t mean He’s not using it. He is. It’s part of His plan and purpose. Trust Him.

Prayer
Dear God. Some days I don’t 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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