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I've Changed

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I realized today as we were headed to a barbecue that I have a hard time just standing around visiting. I wanted to be doing some activity. I really wanted to play volleyball. Several people talked to me about my weight loss and I told them about Sparks, but they didn't really seemed to be interested. Some of the kids were jumping on a tampoline and I knew that would do me in, some of the guys were playing horseshoes, but I probably would not have been welcome to join so I stood around and chatted with different people. When we have bbq's at are house there are always lots of activities for people to get involved in. Now I am in a place I don't have to sit on the sidelines and can join in.

  
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DZINE4KING 8/17/2009 10:14AM

    Wow...I can't wait to be where you are in your journey! Thanks for sharing.

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TERIE93 8/16/2009 10:47AM

    You are doing so great, do you ever sit down???

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GODSCLAY47 8/16/2009 7:51AM

    What a thought to bring a smile on your face! Knowing where you were to where you have made it!! emoticonon your accomplishments!! emoticon

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SMYTHEDE 8/16/2009 3:05AM

    That's a good thing! Way to go! I really admire how you've stuck to your guns and been consistent. That's hard to do sometimes so give yourself a pat on the back.

I hope things have gotten a little better at home and with your caregiving situation. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers.

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HONEYBEAR06 8/15/2009 11:29PM

    Good for you!!

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WLOUAND56 8/15/2009 11:29PM

    I am happy that you have made it to a place that it sounds like you want to be

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COOP9002 8/15/2009 11:18PM

    Sounds like you've made it to where you want to be.

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Leave Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Behind!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

We are living the consequences of our past actions. Now is the time to change and quit playing the blame game. We need to start making right decisions. Start doing what we need to do to make the changes into a healthier lifestyle. By playing the woulda, coulda, shoulda game we are keeping our focus on the past, not to the future of changing our lives so we can become the healthy individual we desire to be.

  
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JD12345 7/29/2009 12:12PM

  I am very guilty of this. Thanks for the reminder

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GODSCLAY47 7/27/2009 2:15PM

    I totally agree!!!!

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DOGLOVER526 7/27/2009 8:53AM

    Agreed! Last October, I had a melt down. During that time I attended outpatient therapy. The counselor said, "Don't should on yourself." I thought that was so funny! We do it all the time and we need to stop!!!!! God forgives the past - and so should we!

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JLUVSHIKIN 7/27/2009 12:05AM

    Amen!!

Jenn
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The Real Me

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Real Me
16 Jul 2009
Renee Swope

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13 (NIV)

I sat in the circle dreading my turn to talk. The facilitator of our team-building activity had asked our group of eight to answer these questions: What do you love to do? If finances were unlimited and failure was unlikely, what would be your dream?

I started praying we'd run out of time before it got to me. But just in case I had to answer, I listened to everyone else describe their dreams, hoping to get ideas. One wanted to be the first female president of the United States. Another friend said she'd always wanted to sing in a Christian rock band. I knew I was in trouble.

Here I was 32-years-old at the time, and I didn't know who I was or what my dreams were. Eventually everyone looked at me for a response. I stumbled over my words but finally admitted that I didn't really know what I loved to do. I didn't have a dream. I felt like a third-grader living in a grown woman's body. Did I want to be a nurse, a schoolteacher or a movie star?

Who was I and what did I like to do?

Unfortunately, I'd never taken time to think about or answer that questions. Instead, I had tried to be who others wanted or needed me to be. But honestly, I wasn't very good at it. I often had this uneasy feeling in my heart and a sense of just not being happy. I was also a constant candidate for burn out.

Later the group facilitator encouraged me to ask God what His dreams were for my life and to spend time getting to know myself better. She also suggested I read some books on personalities. I took her advice and began a process of getting to know the "real me" who had gotten buried in the busyness of life and people pleasing.

As I read books about different temperaments and personality traits, I started to recognize what I liked, strengths that came natural for me, and what I needed emotionally to encourage my heart. Instead of wanting to be like women I knew and admired, I realized there was a reason I was who I was with my passionate preferences and mixed bag of emotions. For the first time I felt like someone (the author of those books) understood me. I also sensed that God wanted to use the unique way He made me to shape my heart for ministry.

Isn't it easy to completely neglect ourselves to meet the needs of everyone around us, and call it self-sacrifice? It sounds godly, but in doing so we risk shutting down a place in our soul where God's dreams and gifts are waiting to be revealed. It's not self-seeking but God-seeking to intentionally get to know and become the woman He created you to be.

So, how well do you know the real you ? Have you ever taken time to think about what you like to do? How would you fill your free time if you had no fears, no insecurities and no doubts? (You probably have no free time, but what if you did?) What are your dreams?

I hope you'll take time to get to know the woman God created you to be. In doing so, I discovered the life I was meant to live, the dreams I was meant to dream.

Remember, God made you. He knows you and He loves you just the way you are. The only change He desires is that you become more like Him, as you become more like you!

Lord, I want to know the woman You had in mind when You created me. I don't want to grow old and never know Your purpose for my life. Show me your dreams for my life so I can offer what You want to give to those around me through my unique desires, personality strengths, spiritual gifts, abilities and experiences. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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This was posted on another team I am on and it so blessed me that I wanted to share it with the rest of you. Tomorrow if I have time I will post about a similar experience I had as the lady in the devotion.

  
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KEVINSPOKANE 7/19/2009 11:09PM

    I think too many people try to be what others expect and then find the conflict in there lives as they age. I applaude you for doing the self searching that is needed. I think woman have this happen to them more than men do as woman are expected to fill "roles". An observation I had as many of the middle aged woman I know go through there own mid life crisis and some end up divorced over it.

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JLUVSHIKIN 7/19/2009 12:03AM

    Thanks for posting this. It's great


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GODSCLAY47 7/18/2009 6:11PM

    I enjoyed this! It's got me to thinking now......

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CLEWIS0607 7/18/2009 4:24PM

    I love Proverbs 31 ministries...I often do my daily devotional off their website:) Thanks for the share, definitely a great message.

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AMYCRAFT05 7/18/2009 3:31PM

    Thank you

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Jesus Take the Wheel

Friday, July 17, 2009

Jesus Take The Wheel lyrics
Songwriters: James, Brett; Lindsey, Hillary; Sampson, Gordie;
She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy
With the baby in the backseat

Fifty miles to go and she was running low
On faith and gasoline
It'd been a long hard year

She had a lot on her mind and she didn't pay attention
She was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning
On a thin black sheet of glass

She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn't even have time to cry
She was so scared
She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
?Cause I can't do this on my own

I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus, take the wheel

It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat
Sleeping like a rock

And for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said I'm sorry for the way
I've been living my life

I know I've got to change
So from now on tonight

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
?Cause I can't do this on my own

I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on

Oh Jesus, take the wheel
Oh, I'm letting go

So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I'm on
From this road I'm on
Jesus, take the wheel
Oh, take it, take it from me
Oh, why, ooh

Listening to this song at work today, I thought of so many ways that we need to throw up our hands and admit that we cannot succeed in our journey to a healthier life with your his help day by day.



  
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MOMFAN 7/17/2009 10:07PM

    Seems like he is speaking to all of us at the same time!

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JLUVSHIKIN 7/17/2009 7:06PM

    I love this song and I can never make through it without crying.

Jenn
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GODSCLAY47 7/17/2009 1:34PM

    Just reading it has put chills on me. I so need Him to take the wheel in every situation in my life! Thanks for posting!!

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ZEESPARROW 7/17/2009 9:24AM

    I love this song! Always a good reminder.

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AMYCRAFT05 7/17/2009 1:19AM

    Believe it or not I was listening to that song on my ipod while I wlked tonight. It's one of my favorires.

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MJHAINLINE_1 7/17/2009 12:46AM

    Thanks for the reminder to let Jesus take the wheel. He should be in control, but how can he be when we are doing all the driving?!

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Changes

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Learning how to deal with the changes that come and go in our lives is so important. How many times have we had a plan and then became derailed when it did not go as we had planned. In our journey to get healthy each one of us have challenges that interupt our perfect plans. How we embrace and alter our course to meet our goals strenghtens our commitment to a healthier life. We will never have that perfect world. We must make the best of the one we are living in.

  
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FUTURERNAIMEE 7/11/2009 7:01PM

    True true

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AMYCRAFT05 7/8/2009 11:51PM

    Sigh...... I know whatcha mean----amy

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GODSCLAY47 7/8/2009 10:40PM

    We will always have unexpected changes but isn't it good when e can say ''I will start tomorrow off fresh and new!! Have a blessed day!!

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