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Friday, March 30, 2012

My DEAREST, most treasured friends, I MISSED you so much! You all are so dear to me, and though I haven't met most of you face to face, I feel SO connected to you in heart and spirit! '…whom having not seen, ye love…' I know this is talking about the LORD, but I also feel this connection with my online friends.



My break was ABSOLUTELY wonderful! I had been praying about 'fasting' not only from the computer, but also doing a 3-day food fast so I could seek the LORD regarding the deeper issues I have with food. I had prayed several days about it, and then finally told the LORD that if He was calling me to do this, to PLEASE speak to my heart and pour out His grace since I can do NOTHING without Him. I sensed immediately that He was calling me to do it. And I had THE most abundant grace! EVEN during a birthday party! emoticon The LORD's power is ALL that we are to praise, that NO flesh glory in His presence!



Anyway, the LORD spoke to me so much regarding several things: sugar, deeper issues with food, and even my caffeine consumption. I feel FILLED up and ready to face those giants with the Living WORD abiding in me. Jesus is so sweet! I pray that the revelations I gained during this time will not be choked by the temptations that I will face regarding eating, but that the LORD will do such a work that I will walk in victory more than I stumble. Truly, it is HIS work in me! As long as I keep my eyes on Jesus, I will not sink.



Well, my baby boy turned six yesterday! WOW!!!! Can't believe it! I have loads of pics to share and will do that on another blog, since I'm running out of time. Mary made a triple-layered "Best Chocolate Cake Ever" recipe! It looked AMAZING! It was a complicated recipe, but she did a FABULOUS job! I'm so proud of that little girl of mine! emoticon I'll share those pics later too. For now here is a picture of Sammy and Mary.

Mary playing dress up

My SWEET little baby boy.

Well, more later and SO good to be back. {{{{much love to all}}}}

Susan

  
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GOURMETLOSER 4/5/2012 3:43AM

    So pleased you have new insights. Isn't God Good!

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SPARKLISE 4/1/2012 6:11PM

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 4/1/2012 5:21PM

    Yes! Moderation sometimes so necessary. Thinking about how to connect on SparkPeople and still keep the time spent on it In The Box.

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KADULAC 4/1/2012 12:34AM

    It's great hearing from God. He is so much wiser than us.

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TERRIJ7 3/31/2012 4:12PM

    I loved reading this! It's always so good to hear about how the Lord is working in our lives!

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IMAVISION 3/31/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you for sharing how our ever faithful Abba is working in your life, Susan.

Your Mary & Sammy are such precious little beings!

Ima

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CYCLINGSANDY 3/31/2012 5:40AM

    Blessings to you and yours and you continually seek God's best for your life.

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SAL1512 3/31/2012 12:51AM

    I have been gone for awhile too! Your children's faces sure lit up my day!
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TERRI289 3/30/2012 7:33PM

    Wonderful, on all counts.... emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/30/2012 6:33PM

    Missed you, too, Susan. It's good to hear how God is blessing you in your walk with Him. Beautiful photos of Mary and Sammy. Happy belated birthday to Sammy!

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KMICHA 3/30/2012 6:09PM

    Awesome Susan!!! I have missed you and I have been wondering how it is going! God is so good! He will answer our prayers in His time and he will give us all that we need to do His will. emoticon

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MAMASUDS 3/30/2012 4:54PM

    So glad you are back with us. Love the pics of your kids. Thanks for sharing.

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PURPLELVR7 3/30/2012 2:56PM

    glad your back and that you really enjoyed the break

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PAMAPPLE 3/30/2012 2:30PM

    So glad to join you on this blog! May the Lord break any strongholds of food in your life. I find that with working and being around junk food, it is very hard for me to not overindulge! God will sustain you. Keep up the great work, my sweet friend!

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ABETTERSOUL 3/30/2012 1:22PM

    Aren't you glad that Jesus is our victory and that He has already won the battle...all we have to do is stand up with Him!!!
The Lord has been working on me also...with self-control issues. Sometimes I just eat and eat and eat the wrong foods.
Tell Sammy I said Happy Birthday!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/30/2012 11:34AM

    You are so very wise, luv! Listening can be so very difficult to do and there probably is no better way than being steeped in the word in a sacrificial way. “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” (Proverbs 19:20) “LISTEN TO my words, O Lord, give heed to my sighing and groaning.” (Psalm 5:1) “Listen carefully to my words; let your ears take in what I say.” (Job 13:17)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

May God’s great favor be with you and your dear family.

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GRACEISENUF 3/30/2012 11:15AM

    It's amazing how fasting brings such clarity to a situation/problem isn't it?

The pics of the children are so sweeeeeet!

Glad you are back Susan, I missed you!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/30/2012 10:27AM

    emoticon I just read a book about the person of the Holy Spirit and how He is able to impart power to accomplish what the Lord wants. So I believe that the revelations that God has given you will be enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You are an amazing wonderful woman and I see God on and in you daily. emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/30/2012 10:07AM

    God is good all the time, all the time God is good. Glad you had a wonderful break with Him!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/30/2012 9:53AM

    I give God ALL the glory for the good work He is doing in your life!
What a pleasure it is to serve Him.....I was just reading Romans 12:1-2 ....about presenting our bodies living sacrifices.
And here I see you posted a blog - what a beautiful living sacrifice YOU are, Susan!

May you experience victory in your life today as you face those challenges regarding eating...it's tough, but God is with you & in you.

love & emoticon ~ Laura

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AVANELL 3/30/2012 9:47AM

    So glad to hear that you coupled prayer with your fasting and then enjoyed the benefits of revelation knowledge! God wants to reveal to us His plan for success, but we often try everything that others say works, and forget to consult the Maker of our bodies! We were created for His glory and He knows best how to teach us how to achieve those results!

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God Bless!

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69NURSE 3/30/2012 9:37AM

    Glad you had the break you needed. God bless you in your journey.

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Taking a break…and this and that

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Well, I was planning on starting my fast for three days tomorrow; however, I just reminded my dh of my plans, and he asked if I could do Tues,-Thurs. instead because he is going to be on a business trip, and doesn't want me to be in a 'giving up' mode while he is home! ha! What a character! I love that guy!!!!!!



Anyway, my break will start on the 27th-29th now.

Today is day#8 of "No Sugar" and God is giving me His WONDERFUL, DELIGHTFUL grace and I'm praising the glory of that grace! I read a verse this morning, and the desire of my heart is to LIVE this: "Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His Name…" I want to ALWAYS point to Him for the victories that He alone gives! We had pizza night last night. As most of my dearest friends know, this is a night I struggle to stay within my ranges, and practice moderation. I had my veggie pizza [my servings equaled about 530 calories] and then while everyone else had their weekly ice cream treat, I had dates! VERY SATISFYING and not one ounce of feeling deprived! God's grace!





We are going to some friend's house tonight, and starting a Bible study on the first 5 chapters of Revelation. SO, SO RICH!!! I made pumpkin whole wheat pastry chocolate chip muffins, and I'm going to make a huge That's a BOWL of popcorn. I'm hoping there will be lots of healthy snacks, but if nothing else, I'm eating my popcorn! emoticon



Well, have a GREAT weekend everyone, and I'll see you again soon. {{{{huge hugs}}}} Susan
P.S. BAMAJAM, I would LOVE to be friends. If you feel comfortable with that, please message me. Thanks.
P.S.S. MOMWANTSNOWAIST [Betsy], THANK YOU for your goodie! Holding you in my heart! I'll write soon.

  
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PAMAPPLE 3/30/2012 2:33PM

    You go girl! I can feel the love right through my screen, including the wonderful veggie pizza. You have motivated me to post about going sugar free during my spring break. WooHoo!!!

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TERRIJ7 3/28/2012 2:24PM

    I loved reading about your husband's input. Very cute!

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SVHOTMAMA 3/26/2012 4:18PM

    Congrats on the 8 sugar-less days. What a great accomplishment! Keep it up!

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BAMAJAM 3/26/2012 11:42AM

  Hi Susan!
What a nice picture of you and your husband!
Oh, and the pizza pics make me hungry...
Best wishes on your break, and best wishes for your Bible Study group too!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/26/2012 9:07AM

    I love you, my dear friend, and I love how you make me smile! I hope your break is a wonderful one! emoticon

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KADULAC 3/25/2012 11:41AM

    I'll miss you. Have a good break. The pizza looks yummy.

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SWIMLOVER 3/25/2012 8:28AM

  Susan, You are doing just emoticon I love your pizzas!

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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FITFORMYKIDS 3/25/2012 8:26AM

    I have been sugar free for almost 9 months. God removed my desire for it. My record has been 10 months, but always with thoughts of it in the back of my mind. I have no cravings or desire to ever have refined sugar again! I bake with agave syrup and it is wonderful. I went gluten free for Lent and that too is amazing. God does for me what I can not do for myself.

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 3/25/2012 4:05AM

  YUMMO - veggie pizza!! Love putting artichoke hearts and black olives on mine. Along with bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, etc. Dates, figs, etc. are all favorite flavors of mine. No wonder I am interested in checking out a Mediterranean type of eating plan!

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MARTHAWILL 3/24/2012 8:12PM

    I was worried when I read "taking a break". So glad to hear you are doing well Susan.
That pizza looks absolutely yummy!
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VISUALLYRICS 3/24/2012 6:47PM

    great choice to have dates!!! emoticon Susan!!

Enjoy your fun with your DH! emoticon

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DONNA2238 3/24/2012 4:54PM

    Popcorn is yummy too! Are you giving up "sweetener" type things as well? WHAT would I DO without something sweet in my coffee??? emoticon emoticon I am not a fan of the fake stuff so I have cut back on the sugar a LOT...but I admire your efforts to give it up all together. SO not there yet! have a great week!

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DONNA2238 3/24/2012 4:54PM

    Popcorn is yummy too! Are you giving up "sweetener" type things as well? WHAT would I DO without something sweet in my coffee??? emoticon emoticon I am not a fan of the fake stuff so I have cut back on the sugar a LOT...but I admire your efforts to give it up all together. SO not there yet! have a great week!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/24/2012 4:50PM

    Glad you're doing so well, love! There's joy in your heart! Your partner is such a sweatheart, too . . . for me, I need an internet connection even more when the mate is away. Here's the link to that cauliflower pizza, I've been meaning to give it a try and it's been flying off the pinterest shelves. You already know I love my pizza, this one sounds so good.

http://www.eat-drink-s
mile.com/2011/04/cauliflower-cr
ust-pizza.html

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PRESBESS 3/24/2012 4:49PM

    The pizza looks appitizing! Enjoy your weekend.
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TINAKATRINA1 3/24/2012 4:31PM

    Have you heard of making a crust from cauliflower?? I read it a while back, but have never tried it. I should, since I have the same problem with pizza night. :) If I could just learn to have a big salad with it, that would also help!

I've been reading lots of whole food e-books this last week, and have ordered a raw foods cookbook I'm excited about. Looked like some ideas that sounded good and different!

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DUXGRL1 3/24/2012 3:50PM

    Your pizza looks great! I have been making pizza a lot over the past year (all veggie because I am a vegetarian) and even make my own whole wheat crust now after getting over my fear of dough! (Making dough, that is, LOL!) I haven't had any in a few weeks, and this makes me want some! I DID make a huge bowl of air popped popcorn today, tho!

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GRACEISENUF 3/24/2012 3:30PM

    That is some seriously yummy looking pizza. Veggie pizza has to be one of my favorite foods. Years ago when my children were little I used my bread machine to make healthy pizza dough and I had a veggie garden. I kept track of pizzas that I made...I made over one hundred and fifty! I was skinny back then too...ha ha!

Your bible study group sounds fantastic. I did an in depth study of Revelations for several months..like you said RICH.... "When you see these things begin to happen.... fear not, your redemption draws nigh". The Lord's words I hold onto in these crazy end times!
Seems like when I watch the news (especially concerning the Middle East) I can see Revelations unfolding right before my eyes. What is must have been like for John on the island of Patmos!

Oh sorry I am rambling here..ha ha. Just love the awesome promises of our Lord!

YAY you for sticking to the "sugar free"...thanking the Lord for his grace in your life Susan.

LOVE YOU!

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GOURMETLOSER 3/24/2012 3:10PM

    You are sounding so very positive. Love it. You are awesome. and such an encouragement.
Blessings

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/24/2012 2:56PM

    Love hearing how strong you are feeling. emoticon Prayed while running today. I'm hoping this Spring we can have some more walk and prayer times together. emoticon

Hope you have a blast tonight. Do you add flavors to your popcorn? I love to add Fajita seasoning or parmesan cheese. Tator and I also love cinnamon sugar but I know you are watching your sugar right now. We've also taken the cheese out of mac and cheese and added to the popcorn. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 3/24/2012 2:55PM

    Yummy the food looks good!!!!!!

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Pecan Story

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I read the BEST blog the other day and wanted to share it:

Been wanting to get on here and share something with you all. I shared this with Sarah yesterday after church and I hope that it will encourage all of you too.

Three years ago, we moved into our home. Doug was outside with one of the many servicemen that was coming by to hook up stuff for us (phone, cable, internet, etc.). I was inside making up some chicken salad.

As I was making up the chicken salad, I realized that I had forgotten that the recipe called for a 1/4 cup chopped pecans. And after looking and seeing that I didn't have any pecans stored away in the freezer, I decided to just not put them in the salad. Well, a few moments later, Doug comes in the house, his hands FULL of whole pecans! He lays them down on the counter....

I look at him....he looks at me and shrugs his shoulders and goes back outside. I turn and look down at the pecans, sitting on the counter, in disbelief! And in that moment, the Lord spoke to my spirit, clear as a bell......"I know what you need and I'm going to take care of you."

Only God knew that what I was making needed pecans and that I didn't have any. And after shelling the pecans and chopping them up, I had what I needed for the recipe!

When Doug came back inside I told him what had happened and asked why the guy gave him the pecans and Doug said that the guy puts fills up his pockets with them before he leaves for work in the mornings and eats them as snacks during the day! Okay, what are the odds, that a man, who eats pecans for snacks everyday, would be coming to my house on the day when I would be making something that would need pecans?! And then for the man to give my husband two handfuls of pecans?! God's hand was all over that! And it was a great encouragement to both Doug and I!

Now, fast forward about a year later......

Doug and I were out walking one morning and talking (and me...I was worrying about things....how are we going to do this or how are we going to take care of that.....worrying is an area of weakness for me). Well, as we were walking, I was looking down at the ground and suddenly stopped dead in my tracks!

There, on the ground, in front of my feet, was a.....whole pecan! Doug stopped and turned around and came back to where I was standing and I showed him the pecan! I looked around where we were walking and, friends, there was not a single TREE! I truly believe that God put that pecan there to remind me that "I know what you need and I'm going to take care of you." We left that pecan there and each day when we were walking in the mornings, we would see it and be reminded to not worry.

Now, fast forward again to just last month.

Once again, I was being a worry wort. Working on the budget for the new year and trying to figure out things and how to make sure things were taken care of, etc. Well, while walking back to the house, after taking the trash out, I was looking down at the ground, still worrying about everything, and was once again, I was stopped dead in my tracks! For there on the ground was another....whole pecan!

I just stood there looking down at it, laughing and crying, all at the same time! Y'all there are NO nut trees anywhere near my house! None!

Once again, God was reminding me that He knows what we need and He's going to take care of it! And if that weren't enough.....the very NEXT week, the same thing happened.....I found ANOTHER whole pecan, in the yard, on my way back to the house from taking the trash out!

The two pecans that I found last month are now in my house, in a place where I can see them on a daily basis. They are loving reminders from a very personal God, who knows the details of my life and He is taking care of all the things that concern me.

Gentle reminders to not worry, but trust in His goodness, for He is faithful! And the things that have been worrying me so, He is taking care of them, one by one, He is taking care of them, and in ways we never thought possible!

God truly does know what we have need of and He is going to provide everything that you and I need.....down to the last detail, He knows!

He has 'pecans' for each and everyone one of us! Whatever your need is, He will and is taking care of it!

Love you all dearly!
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~Wendy
Here is the link to Wendy's blog:

www.myhopesprings.blogspot.com/
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Wasn't that THE BEST!!!!! May this day be a rich blessing to all my DEAREST friends! {{{{huge hugs}}}} Susan

P.S. God is doing exceeding abundantly for me--I'm down 3#'s and His grace is RICH beyond words! I'm SO, SO grateful for the prayers. Today is day # 6 of "no sugar" and continuing the "Tame the Sweet Tooth" challenge. Last night I really had a hankering for a 'treat' so I had 5 DELICIOUS dates and 1/2 oz. of pecans! It was so yummy and totally satisfied my 'sweet tooth' without REFINED sugar! YES!

BTW, I didn't record my 3# loss, because I never recorded that I had gone up those 3#'s since it wasn't 'technically' my weigh in day.

I'm taking a 'computer fast' starting on Sunday-Tuesday [25-27th] and I'm hoping to use that extra time to continue seeking the LORD regarding the 'whys' of turning to food. I read a GREAT verse the other day and I'm challenged by it, this is paraphrased. "tested the Lord by DEMANDING the foods they craved." WOW!

Talk to ya'll later. Susan

  
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TERRIJ7 3/31/2012 4:19PM

    Thank you for sharing the pecan story! I know that there are millions of those kinds of stories out there. Many of us could write our own if we just took the time to pay attention to the "pecans" the Lord puts in our paths. I am going to try to focus more intentionally on them and to give Him the thanks and praise.

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PAMAPPLE 3/30/2012 2:42PM

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. God does take care of all of our needs. The verse does hit home. It is disheartening to know that we can put the Lord to the test with food:{. However, your story has encouraged me so much!

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SAL1512 3/30/2012 12:27AM

    Your personal story about the pecans was very moving. We work on our annual budget this time of year too and there are concerns. This economy put us out of jobs and an end to our business, so our plans are very different now. It is hard to trust in God's PLAN. He truly does provide. Thanks for sharing your story.
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TEDDYBEARDONNA 3/29/2012 12:30PM

    We grew up with pecan trees and had all the pecans one could ever dream of eating. God does supply our needs and wants. PTL

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ZELLAZM 3/24/2012 3:52PM

    I love that story! Our provider is always on time. How many times have I found a coin lying on the sidewalk as I walked along thinking about the financial challenges I face? Always take it as a message from the Lord that he's on it!

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GOURMETLOSER 3/24/2012 3:22PM

    Great story, Beautiful verse! Oh dear...How often do I 'demand' something from God to 'test' him? Such arrogance, such lack of faith....I'm so pleased He is a God of love and forgiveness. :-)


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RICCILYNN 3/23/2012 12:56PM

    that was really nice and timely... i've shared it with a few folks that i felt "called" to send it to...

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KMICHA 3/23/2012 12:16PM

    Thanks for sharing the story . . . He does know exactly what we need!!! Great job on the 3#! Keep up the good work! You are awesome!!

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SWIMLOVER 3/23/2012 10:22AM

  Thank You so much for sharing this with us! GOD does supplies our needs! We have an emoticon GOD!

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MOMWANTSNOWAIST 3/23/2012 3:31AM

    Susan,A very personal thank you for sharing Wendy's story! As I saw your title for your blog , I was curious and as I couldn't sleep,am up in the early morning hours.As a born-agian Christian ,I truly see God working in my and other people's lives. I KNOW He is working in my child's life and my hubby's. He is SOOOOO Gracious and such a Wonderful Lord!!!! I am not surprised by the pecan story as it is a gentle reminder that God is INDEED looking out for us!!!! I pray for those who do not know Him as their Saviour and have a personal relationship with Him ,that they would be touched in their hearts by this story to seek after Him. Blessings abound when you do!

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KADULAC 3/23/2012 1:38AM

    I'm so glad God meets all our needs.

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/22/2012 10:28PM

    Loved it! Thanks for sharing! We're studying God, our Good Shepherd, in Bible Study this week and next ... And he truly does provide a table before us when the enemy is hanging 'round! Glad you are defeating that sweet tooth ... Slowly but surely we can lose the craving for sugar! One of my go-to snacks is whole almonds, dried blueberries (with just a couple dark chocolate chps thrown in now & then). About 1/4 C of the mix helps me feel like I've had a treat! I also like to make SP Cocoa Almonds. God Bless You especially as you seek Him re: turning to food for comfort! Sounds like you might be reading Made to Crave ... So many wonderful insights and such encouragement!

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MJ7DM33 3/22/2012 9:06PM

  WOW! God is soooooooo good! Thanks for sharing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/22/2012 8:59PM

    I loved Wendy's Pecan story . . . as I was reading it, I really thought it was you writing. Made me want to ship you some pecanswhen we come up through Georgia some time. My mama grew up in Texas and was one of the best pecan shuckers around.

May you find great joy in your computer fast.

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ABETTERSOUL 3/22/2012 5:02PM

    Jehovah Jireh! Our provider!!!

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BAMAJAM 3/22/2012 3:11PM

  Susan, I truly appreciate this inspiring story! Many years ago when I was a young bride, I was in the back yard, talking to my neighbor across the fence. I was telling this kind elderly woman from the Phillipines about my "worry." I don't remember what I was worried about, but I'll never forget what sweet Carmen said to me: She listened to me, and then she said--- " I don't vorrie; I give all my Vorries to God." Her statement made me realize I was kinda foolish, and I realized how very wise Carmen was. Many times I have told this little story--- and indeed, we should give all of our "vorries" to God. Now the pecan story will stay in my memory also.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/22/2012 3:00PM

    Susan, I loved the story! Thank you so much for sharing it! You always, always encourage me and lift my weary spirits! I hope your week is full of overflowing JOY! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 3/22/2012 2:43PM

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VISUALLYRICS 3/22/2012 12:34PM

    Worry is such a thief - stealing all joy. emoticon Thank you for that reminder not to worry.

What a blessing your story is! We have many pecan trees here ....perhaps the wind took one of ours and blew it to you! LOL!!! emoticon

God Bless you!!!... ((dear Susan)) as you place God at the center of your life, and lean on him ....how wise of you to stay offline and seek Him! emoticon

love & emoticon, Laura

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LYNETTEMOM 3/22/2012 11:43AM

    Great story!

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PURPOSEFULANNIE 3/22/2012 11:26AM

    Excellent! Enjoy your break. Annie

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/22/2012 10:26AM

    Beautiful story.

Enjoy your fast and hope you find the answers you are seeking. emoticon

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N_STITCHES 3/22/2012 10:12AM

  Loved the "Pecan Story". Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on the 3 lbs. gone. :) That's awesome!!......Patti
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MINDY502 3/22/2012 9:57AM

    Thanks so much for sharing that story. Funny how we run across things like this and God uses someone elses story to speak to us on a day we very much need to hear it.

Way to go on the weight loss! Hope you have a great week!

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KATHYKIM 3/22/2012 9:53AM

    Thank you for sharing Wendy's blog. It is such a great reminder to us that God knows our needs. emoticon

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NEWLIBRARIAN 3/22/2012 9:30AM

    Wow this was a great blog.
Thanks so much for sharing Susan


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RITAROSE 3/22/2012 9:21AM

  Susan, I loved your testimony of God's tender care! What an amazing God we serve!

A few verses that I've been meditating on that you might appreciate are Psalm 16:5, 6 which says Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I have finally realized that even the hard stuff the Lord sends my way is good for my sanctification and God uses it in my life for his glory.

Have a blessed day!

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DONNA2238 3/22/2012 8:43AM

    That really is an amazing testimony of not only God's grace, but His incredible kindness to remind us of how much He cares for us :0)! I was so blessed by that tiday. i worry and then my worry can turn to annoyance at God...IMAGINE the nerve of me. I find myself saying at times, WHY do we have to wait so long for an answer! Yeah...I am something of a nervy kind of gal even with y precious Lord. He always provides what we need when we need it and He so gently reminds me to wait on Him! He has never let me down :0). I will not look at pecans the same way!

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FREELADY 3/22/2012 8:39AM

    This blessed me so much in TWO ways. First, I am off sweets also, and have hit a rough patch. Previously I had gotten in the habit of not eating dried fruit for a while because a certain competition I was in didn't allow it. So I hadn't been thinking of it when those sweet cravings hit, and reading your report was just what I needed!

Second, since I grew up in a pecan-growing area of the south U.S., Wendy's story is so vivid to me. I really appreciate your sharing with us something so gripping and meaningful. God's care and the image of the pecans in his hands is really sticking with me. P.S. I'm proud of you for knowing what to do with whole pecans! Many people don't these days!

Rejoicing with you about scale progress!

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DAWNDMOORE40 3/22/2012 8:25AM

    emoticonfor sharing such an encouraging blog! It is true that God never forsakes us even when it feels like he's not there, he's always hanging on our shoulder everywhere we go! I love our almighty God because he takes care of our needs in ways that we know is not humanly possible! Amen and Praise God for those pecans and the reminders they left behind! emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/22/2012 8:15AM

    Thank you for sharing this blog...I needed that reminder today. God does know my needs & he has never failed me in the past... why do I keep forgetting that and allow worry to take over?!?
Congrats on the 3#s
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Continuing the Journey

Saturday, March 17, 2012

As I shared in my last blog, I've been contemplating faith, hope, grace and action quite a bit lately! I've been asking myself some questions about goals that go a bit deeper than weight loss, and I've been very pleased with some insight that hopefully will further my journey towards freedom.

I now understand that my initial 'first step' in the journey was just that--the beginning in getting some control over my physical appetite; however, there is more to the story. I believe I'm beginning to go into stage 2--discovering the WHY'S of turning to food in my time of boredom, discouragement, emotional upheaval, stress, etc.

I'm excited and believe it will be worth any pain during this process of discovery because my hope is that food will no longer have a grip on me, and that I will be able to live a life of freedom and victory over this area of my life. And most of all, I hope my life can be a conduit of blessings and hope to others who have also faced debilitating habits.

"“God can take what Satan meant for shame and use it for His glory. Just when we think we've messed up so badly that our lives are nothing but heaps of ashes, God pours His living water over us and mixes the ashes into clay. He then takes this clay and molds it into a vessel of beauty. After He fills us with His overflowing love, He can use us to pour His love into the hurting lives of others.”
― Lysa TerKeurst

As I get more clarification from God on specifics of this next stage, I will be sharing. For now, I CELEBRATE the LORD'S faithfulness for leading me every step of the way! I look to Him and my heart is FULL of expectation for all that He will accomplish for the praise of His glorious grace!

I will share one thing though. I'm taking the "Break the Sweet Tooth Challenge" and here were the results of my quiz today:

Are Your Sugar Cravings Out of Control?

We all have a hankering for a little sugar every so often. But are your sweet cravings so overpowering that they affect other areas of your life? Take this quiz to find out if your sugar cravings are beyond the norm.

Your Sugar Cravings Are Out of Control

You have some pretty intense struggles with sugar cravings and moderation on a regular basis--but you’re not alone. Cravings can be overpowering for all of us sometimes, but it is possible to manage them with a little work. Start taking steps now to stop your cravings and break your addiction once and for all. Remember, the only person who ultimately decides what goes into your mouth is you.



This is my first step in stage 2! Thanks for your prayers!


  
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GOURMETLOSER 3/24/2012 3:14PM

    Hmmm. I did this for a while and it was good. For some reason sugar has crept back into my diet and I think I eat more than ever now! Maybe it's time to get back on that wagon.
Thanks Susan.

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N_STITCHES 3/21/2012 12:57AM

  Welcome to the Club! I took the quiz and was "Out of Control" too. I'm doing so much better now at the beginning of my 3rd Week on the Challenge.

This has been an interesting Challenge for sure. I ended Week 1 with many revelations. Lots of looking inward, discoveries, and talking to myself.

You're doing great. We can do this, Susan!!
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EJOY-EVELYN 3/20/2012 3:18PM

    May God make his messages to you as clear as possible to understand. He speaks to us daily as we read his word, spend time in prayer, or listen to a delightfully God-breathed message. You are such an incredibly loved follower of Christ, so I have such great confidence in the power of God in your life.

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BAMAJAM 3/20/2012 12:39PM

  Susan, I am new at reading your blogs, and I am grateful that you are sharing your wisdom. We all experience challenges and sometimes struggles in life. When we have Spark friends to offer insights, and encouragement on our path, it means a great deal. Too, you bless everyone with the light of our Heavenly Father! He is truly our strength, and He will grant us guidance and grace if we only seek His holy will. I look forward to more postings from you, Susan. And, I want to say that your family is beautiful indeed! Honestly, I always wanted to have ten children just like my first boss. He had mostly girls, but two boys arrived out of that number 10. !!
Sending you warm greetings from Alabama! ---- Mary

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SWIMLOVER 3/20/2012 11:33AM

  Dear Susan, I am praying for you. emoticon and emoticon

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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ZELLAZM 3/20/2012 4:47AM

    I've been having that AACK reaction a lot lately myself. WTG on taking some good steps toward mastering suger!

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KADULAC 3/19/2012 7:46PM

    What a great quote. Sorry you struggle with sugar cravings. Praying you succeed with your challenge.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/19/2012 2:19PM

    THIS I LOVED!

"God can take what Satan meant for shame and use it for His glory. Just when we think we've messed up so badly that our lives are nothing but heaps of ashes, God pours His living water over us and mixes the ashes into clay. He then takes this clay and molds it into a vessel of beauty. After He fills us with His overflowing love, He can use us to pour His love into the hurting lives of others."
― Lysa TerKeurst

THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting it!
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I am so behind, but just plugging along, and I will get caught up on my Sparking. There is so much less stress with less "stuff" to do on it. I am not worrying about the points so much, and just tracking the necessary things and keeping up with blogs of my best SparkFriends. So much nicer! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/18/2012 12:20AM

    This journey is so much more than losing weight,it is much deeper and it will be so rewarding for you to find these answers you seek,best wishes to you Susan.I too have a sweet tooth and have been afraid to try to challenge myself to not eat sweets.Maybe joining that challenge may be a great idea. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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PURESTILLWATER 3/17/2012 11:56PM

    You can do it

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DETERMINEDJANET 3/17/2012 10:32PM

    Can't wait to follow along in this new area of your journey! Exciting!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/17/2012 9:44PM

    May God give insight and strength as you seek His will for better health.
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MI-ELLKAYBEE 3/17/2012 9:28PM

    emoticon Prayers for your insight and success! emoticon

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DUXGRL1 3/17/2012 9:15PM

    I can definitely relate to the stage 2 thing!

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AWESOMECAROL55 3/17/2012 8:06PM

    Susan...." A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step"....Chinese proverb

I am in a 12 step program and the first step is to admit you are powerless and your life has become unmanageable. Later on you come to believe a power greater than yourself can restore you to sanity. Turn your will and your life over to God as you understand him...and so on and so on. Interesting huh?? In my case it was alcohol (I'll be celebrating 22 years sober this year) but it also helps with food cravings, sugar cravings, weight loss etc. at least it did for me. I am also powerless over food....I know that!!

Good luck Susan..I think you are headed in the right direction and I know you will be successful!!

Hugs..Carol

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/17/2012 7:35PM

    emoticonListen to His precious Spirit and you will soar through this next phase. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 3/17/2012 7:09PM

    emoticon for being here a stage 2, Susan!
I can all too well relate to having a sweet tooth. I just finished my own personal 21 day challenge & that was to take 21 days and not eat any dessert. I did it!! ...and am SO Grateful to report it worked, I do not "struggle" with not eating anything sweet.
Do I still like cookies...etc? yes. But I am not "pulled" towards them. I can walk away & not feel a bit deprived.

God Bless you as you journey....you are in my prayers. His strength is enough.

love, Laura

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GRACEISENUF 3/17/2012 6:01PM

    Good stuff...thanks for sharing. Love the quote from Lysa.

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Praise of His Grace...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Recently someone mentioned the No S Diet and I decided to look it up online. It stands for No sweets, No snacks, No seconds on any days that don't start with S [Saturday, Sunday, Special Days].



Well, I'm not really anxious to embrace the fullness of this 'diet', in fact, I simply do not even like the word DIET [too many years of dieting], but I thought that the "No Sweets" [except my one piece of dark chocolate daily] on days that don't start with S might work for me and I've been practicing that this week.



As you all know, I've struggled these past 2 months--especially in February and March. Unfortunately, I'm up on the scales 5 pounds higher than my 5# range! And yes, that means I've actually gained 10#'s since hitting my goal weight last April 8, 2011. I'm so thankful that God's rich grace empowered me to stay within my range for almost an entire year [except for being up at Christmas], but the combination of being sick and my other hormonal challenges have taken a toll, and have made me CLOSE to doing this number on my scale! ha!



But He GIVETH MORE GRACE!!!!!



I've been meditating much on faith and grace and that God does ALL things for the praise of the glory of HIS grace!

According to Hebrews, faith is the ACTUAL existence of things hoped for.



Grace is GOD'S RICHES [at Christ's expense] poured out upon us. I'm so blessed to think that ALL of God's resources for ALL things are available to us at ALL times!



When faith and grace 'kiss' then the 'channels for obedience' [as John Piper describes it] are opened and we are completely able to do that for which we hope.



So let me see if I can explain what I am understanding and experiencing.

Faith or the actual existence of what I hope for:

I earnestly desire to lose this weight and faithfully exercise--and comfortably fit in my size 4 jeans again. I have to SEE the reality of it NOW! If I don't then I get discouraged! I embrace THIS DAY as THE DAY that God will work miracles in my heart, mind and life!



Grace receives all of God's riches for the day! Grace 'banks on the bounty of GOD' and not my own insufficient resources! I CANNOT do this life WITHOUT Him living and moving in me! I MUST have my VERY being in Him!



And THEN the channels are opened and I'm FLOWING in the 'ability' to eat clean and exercise with burning desire and purpose! And do I BOAST of this ability as SOMEHOW resulting in ME??? Absolutely not! It's TOTALLY to the 'praise of the glory of HIS GRACE and His RICH mercies poured out!!!!



Blessings, my BEAUTIFUL SparkFriends! May the LORD empower you for the next step! {{{{all my love}}}} Susan

  
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KADULAC 3/19/2012 7:41PM

    Great thoughts. Thank you for sharing them. I know God can get you through this. He wants us to succeed. emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 3/17/2012 10:35PM

    emoticonblog, Susan.

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ZELLAZM 3/17/2012 8:27AM

    Thank you for the lift today! Praying for MORE grace to meet every need.

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SWIMLOVER 3/16/2012 8:42PM

  Susan, I love the pictures! You have GOD so I know you will accomplish what HE wants you to. emoticon

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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GOURMETLOSER 3/16/2012 7:55PM

    I KNOW you can do this Susan. You've done it before and you can do it again...... and far be it from me to be a dampener on your desires but I'm just wondering.....do you need to revisit whether they are realistic???? I don't know the answer to that question. Only you do, but there are seasons in our lives and........is the goal you had as a 20 year old the same one you should have as a 50 year old? Are size 4 jeans realistic for your height? Maybe they are but can I question ...... if it is really THAT difficult is it because you are not being disciplined or is that the goal is not a realistic maintenance one? Is your current weight/size so far off goal that it is unhealthy, or is it just not your dream? I do want you to have your dreams but not at the expense of your emotional well being. I don't want you beating yourself up for it the whole time. Maybe half way in between is a better goal????????? I really don't know Susan, I AM just asking?

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MJ7DM33 3/15/2012 8:30PM

  I really enjoyed this blog! Thanks for sharing! btw great pics!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/15/2012 7:39PM

    You can do this, girlfriend! Spring is in the aire and it's bound to be just the added boost, with God's great grace, mercy and love. Your blessings are so incredible, it's crazy not to give God the glory he deserves in the respect you owe this human body. Remain focused as best you can. Stay in dialog with the master who will guide your steps. Hug, hug!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 3/15/2012 4:49PM

    Amen Without God this is NOT doable. I have been struggling and wallowing in negative self talk. I need to lean on the one who can carry this load. emoticon

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