D-ABBY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=D%2DABBY D-ABBY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380264 A friend of mine shared the following ~ Quote: <BR> <BR> I like this concerning the Fruit of the Spirit by Charley F. Humphrey <BR> <BR> "The fruit of the Spirit is love, and it is manifested in joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. <BR> <BR> Joy is love's strength. <BR> Peace is love's security. <BR> Patience is love's endurance. <BR> Kindness is love's conduct. <BR> Goodness is love's character. <BR> Faithfulness is love's confidence.... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:25:21 EST Answering questions: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378281 Some are asking if I will still be doing my Ponderings blogs. The answer is “yes”. Here are my blog places: <BR> <BR> Darlene’s Ponderings: <link>darlenesponderings.com/ </link> <BR> Living Worshipers: <link>livingworshipers.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you grabbed my email address, please be sure to email me so I have yours: darlene1abby@hotmail.com. <BR> <BR> Your uplifting notes and encouragement mean more to me than you will ever know. Normally such would have me second guessing the ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 18:18:54 EST To everything there is a season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375879 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1. <BR> <BR> God has greatly blessed me to be with and know you all, but He is making it clear to me that I am to bring my time here to an end so I can cuddle up with Him more, write His Word, and make myself available to Him for some new things opening up. He has been dealing with me on this for a while now, but my joy in time with you has made the decision difficult. He is really pressing me to move for... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 19:00:50 EST I Love Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369209 As I think about what #1 should be on my journey to apply what I learned from my journey to Self-control and the victory over my checkbook, I realize that: <BR> <BR> 1. I love feeling good in my body and feeling good about myself more than I like the taste of sweets that do such harm to my health, even causing my Fibro symptoms to flare; therefore, remembering this, I will make better choices. <BR> <BR> Continuing on to apply what I learned to my healthy living: <BR> <BR> 2. I will make su... Mon, 27 May 2013 11:01:10 EST Checkbook Lessons for Dietary Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368523 Hebrews 10:36, NLT ~ Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God's will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. <BR> <BR> I was thrilling over how the practice of self-control in the Spirit’s control has led to less stress over the checkbook chore because I am keeping up with it rather than having to catch up with it. Then I was frustrated over my lack of self-control and the struggle I continue to have in my dietary choices. So what was God’s respon... Sun, 26 May 2013 15:43:06 EST Sidney is safe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364013 A private investigator found my niece's daughter, Sidney, and says she is safe. I do not think she is home yet, unless she arrived since receiving the word that she is safe, but she should be home soon. Thank you all for praying. <BR> <em>224</em> <em>236</em> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:54:56 EST Please help find Sidney Thornburg! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361306 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471872718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Sidney Thornburg she is 14 years old and Lalo Vargas who is 18 years old. She left home Wednesday from Dumas TX, and is believed to be in the company of this man. if you see him or her please call her Mother Sondra Dunlap 806-930-9809 or the Dumas Police department at 806-935-2151. SHE IS IN DANGER! Please share! <BR> <BR> Sidney is my niece’s daughter. Please help with your prayers, watchfulness, and shar... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:56:30 EST Brokenness Needs Boundaries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360358 Thoughts based on Made to Crave, Chapter 15, by Lysa TerKeurst <BR> <BR> “Struggling with my weight isn’t God’s mean curse for me. Being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well.” <BR> <BR> My struggle is an outside indication of internal brokenness that needs to be addressed and changed so my body can function properly and for me to feel well. As I type all I highlighted in Chapter 15, the thing that most ... Sat, 18 May 2013 16:14:24 EST According to my ability and beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359357 A Spark friend on a chat thread was talking about last night’s Spark unavailability at the moment when she was struggling with appetite because of anxiety. Thinking to herself, “If I can just occupy my mind with some Spark talk, I can maybe overcome this” (Paraphrased), but finding them unavailable, she fell. As I read her comments, God spoke to my heart: <BR> <BR> “Wow! I heard me in that and it disturbed me for us. What is Spark becoming if our thought is to come here, and finding it lacki... Fri, 17 May 2013 13:25:44 EST Perseverance IS the Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358622 I just wrote the following in response to a Spark friend who asked me for what I have learned in my struggle against the sweet and sugary, and it is a good thought to let you know where I am in my journey right now, so here it is: <BR> <BR> "It is a constant struggle for me. Even when I remind my heart how bad it makes me feel, I still struggle. The only thing that I have learned for absolutely sure is that I can't give up the fight, no matter how often I fall, for then it will win and I wil... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:27:21 EST Today is a good day to win http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350886 We have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. That is what Romans 6 tells me. <BR> <BR> I need this resurrection in my dietary appetites and habits. The past two days have been very difficult. Between dealing with pain and being overly tired, I have fallen big time to the old habits. I can only hope that I have not blown all of last month’s victory because of it. <... Thu, 9 May 2013 11:05:32 EST May Focus: My Portion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343310 In continuing my study of Lysa TerKeurst’s book, Made to Crave, the thing that stands out to me from Chapter 13 of Lysa’s book leads me to my focus for May. In it she covers the teaching on God using the manna, sent in response to Israel’s cry for food, to teach them not only that they can rely on Him for their need, but portion control. They were only allowed so much per person in the family each day. Anything in excess of that went foul. <BR> <BR> Thus I see that portion control is part o... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:36:28 EST Yea!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340868 Today’s weight was finally even with the last post to my SpTracker. That is 4.8 lbs off this bod in April. From here on out is true progress for this year, and I am making progress at keeping it going. <BR> <BR> It has been difficult, backing off SparkOnline stuff, but it is good for me, my house, and my face to face relationships, the changes being made right now. I am liking it, though I am missing the closer interaction with you all. <BR> <BR> Our DGD1 is here with us for awhile. She h... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:25:40 EST Forced to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335270 Spark forced me to change to the new tracker, which I have tried numerous times and hated! It is not, for me, as user friendly as the other. Guess it doesn't matter. I will adjust. <BR> <BR> Okay, so maybe it won't be as bad as I think, but I still like having my favorite exercises in a list where I can just check what I did that day. It will take a long while to work this up to that level. I can do the groupings, but I mix and match so much that I seldom do the same things for a grouping. B... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:13:29 EST Working toward a new norm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333007 Hey, Gang. Praying you are well and journeying forward toward the goal. <BR> <BR> Just a quick update on things here, then off to a busy day. I have a counseling session with a new client in a little over an hour; then to get my allergy shot, which can take several hours; and ending the day with my DS and family for dinner. <BR> <BR> My Spark break is turning into more of a mini-break, and that is fine. God is showing me why He called me to it, and He is working in me to accomplish the pur... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:22:51 EST Going on Sprak Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329894 Hi, Friends. <BR> <BR> I want to let you know that I will be taking a Spark and internet break for about a month to get some stuff done around the house and get some good routines back. Then I will gradually work Spark back into that. I have needed to do this for a while, but I keep putting it off. Meanwhile my household habits get ignored and things here get further behind. I have turned off my notifications for now to help me stay focused at home. I will keep working on my goals, and I wi... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:57:13 EST Self-control: The Path to Spiritual Wholeness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327687 For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward and appeared to us for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness and worldly-passion and desires, to live discreet, temperate, self-controlled, upright, devout, and spiritually whole lives in this present world, awaiting and looking for the fulfillment, the realization of our blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and S... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:01:14 EST Praying for those effected by events in Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325238 Joining hearts together with God, we pray for events in Boston. Join us at Living Worshipers as we pray: <BR> <BR> <link>livingworshipers.org/2013/04/16/pray<BR>ing-over-those-in-boston-and-events-th<BR>ere/ </link> <BR> <BR> On the home front, my doctor appointment went well yesterday. This doctor said that though he can't say I don't have Fibro, he did not see the typical indicators that I do have it. He said I could be in a season of remission from that, keeping the typical pointers ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:01:27 EST Remembering “to self-control, add perseverance” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320904 I am struggling a little today. My allergy shot yesterday caused some malaise and it is making me feel hungry. I know I am not, but it is bringing challenge to my journey of self-control in the power of His Spirit. <BR> <BR> In her book, Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst tells of the honeymoon phase to such efforts as ours. In it, the power of God to perform is strong and our efforts seem effortless. Then something happens: the honeymoon is over and the work of life begins. For me that generally... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:04:09 EST Increase…And Pressing Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319831 Hey, gang. I am praying for you and your journey in life as I type. You are beloved of the Lord. He desires your good—not only that you do good, but He desires good for you. Your journey is important to Him and He is ready to stand with you, equipping and empowering your path. I know this because God is the same yesterday, today and forever. We see His care throughout scripture, and I know His care of me. What He did then, caring for those following Him; what He is doing now in my life, He wa... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:11:59 EST In ALL Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318539 “[The] women likewise must be worthy of respect and serious, not gossipers, but temperate and self-controlled, [thoroughly] trustworthy in all things. … But he must be hospitable (loving and a friend to believers, especially to strangers and foreigners); [he must be] a lover of goodness [of good people and good things], sober-minded (sensible, discreet), upright and fair-minded, a devout man and religiously correct, temperate and keeping himself in hand. … So that they will wisely train the y... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:23:17 EST Training the Eye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317363 I am rejoicing today as I survey my recent journey and feel the strength flowing into my being. My diet is much improved. As suspected, setting my mind to stop the night time eating has greatly diminished the number of excess, low quality calories. The numbers on the scales drop .2 - .5 lbs. most every day. (Daily weights help me see when I have eaten something that is causing inflammation. The constant drop reveals success.) My heart and my journey are strengthened, and I am encouraged as I ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:49:22 EST A Guilt Free Weekend of Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315845 Self-Control Helps with Trigger-Tired <BR> <BR> Our weekend with DD1 and Grandkids was good, though it always exhausts me, the big meals to cook, constant noise and stimulation of senses, the going, especially on a foot that is still healing. By Saturday night I was limp from exhaustion and fibro flare. Such tired is a major, seemingly unstoppable trigger for overeating, and eating all the wrong things…But God! <BR> <BR> I have had success in stopping most all emotional eating, by the grace... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:32:20 EST Experiencing Self-Control in All Areas of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313475 Good day, my friend. <BR> <BR> I decided to go ahead and write my next blog tonight, as we have company coming and I won’t have time for writing the day of post. I pushed myself today, which will be yesterday when you get this, to get a few things in order before DD1 and kids arrive for a weekend visit. I did not try to make things perfect, mind you, as I was doing good to stay on my foot with what I did. But I did clear clutter off the dining room table and the main guest bed. And I used a ... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:59:01 EST Restraint That Sets Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312670 I am seeing progress in my journey to self-control, as I continue to fill my mind and heart with determined purpose to practice walking out this fruit from within. Though the challenge at times is fierce, God is empowering my concerted effort to practice this part of His nature. Signs of success to date: <BR> <BR> • My mind quickly goes to the practice of self-control when challenge comes. <BR> • I am 3 out of 4 days victorious on my journey to stop eating after dinner, and I feel the streng... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:18:56 EST To Self-Control, add: My journey continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311773 “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love” ~ 2 Peter 1:5-7. <BR> <BR> “Now for this reason”…What reason? Verse four answers my query, telling me that because I am among those who are recipients of the promise... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:35:43 EST Worth The Knowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309982 “… And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome” ~ Romans 1:11-12, 28, AB. <BR> <BR> Wow. Struggling with sin, giving oneself over to it, is a sign of lack of interest in KNOWING God on a personal and intimate level. Ugh. That thought and understanding is deep and it strikes me to the heart of the issue. My absolute surrender to lazine... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 10:22:57 EST Feeling Good About Me in the True Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308988 SparkPeople community moderator Denise says: “Don't let the scale tell you how to feel about yourself!” <BR> <BR> As I sought the Lord about where to begin on my journey to experience Him through my journey to improved health, He pointed me to the flavor of “Self-Control” found in the fruit of the Spirit’s produce in us. I know that flavor is a vital bookend to the fruit of the Spirit, Love holding things together on the one end, and Self-Control on the other, but that is the flavor of the f... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:11:13 EST Founded and Built to Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307552 SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: “Every day is another chance to turn things around.” <BR> <BR> Two of my teams are studying the book, Made to Crave. In chapter 5, the thing that struck me and brought a gasp of inspiration to my heart was the thought that not only does God want to be a part of our journey, and not only does He desire all that we do—even this journey—to be done for Him and His glory, but He wants this journey to be another avenue in life whereby we experience Him and His pres... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:55:16 EST Setting My Mind to Forward Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305478 Kelly, the SparkPeople office manager says: “It's never too late to make a healthy choice.” <BR> <BR> Each healthy choice made makes a healthy habit. Every healthy habit achieved makes a healthy lifestyle. This is the journey I am on together with you, and by grace and determination, we can do it! <BR> <BR> In developing a mindset toward a healthier life with hope for weight loss, I have been typing / writing, reading and speaking a thought each month that I want ground into my being as a d... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:11:20 EST Turning a Negative to a Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304335 SparkPeople community moderator Denise says, “Take notice of how great you feel and how many improvements you have made so far!” <BR> <BR> Sounds like good advice to me. The scales are not moving right now, so I need to look to other markers of success and progress. <BR> <BR> Now it is not the scales fault that they are not moving. I think one problem we as a society have is wanting to find something or someone else to blame besides our own selves and our poor choices. So I will own up to ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:33:43 EST Stepping out from the middle, getting off the fence: Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302075 In my last blog post we looked at what has gone on through March on my journey to “Progress, Not Perfection.” Setting my mind to continue in April, thinking of rats and the need of traps, the first trap is to realize my need of determined commitment in my determined purpose. So let’s get real. <BR> <BR> Fact 1: I’ve not been faithful to exercise. If I want to wear my red dress, I must be faithful to exercise. I am putting on the ped, and that is all well and good. Now to set a number goal th... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:32:23 EST Stepping out from the middle, getting off the fence: Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298498 As I begin to review recent blogs to look at current goals with a view of setting my sites on the goal to be achieved, finding truth that sets traps to catch rats that are destructive to my goals, in my blog, “No More Stressing It” ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267310 </link> ), I find the following ~quote: <BR> <BR> I want a healthy lifestyle, yes. <BR> I want to lose weight—how ever slow that may be. <BR> I want to move this body. <BR> I w... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 17:54:30 EST Ratty Degradations! Thought I was finished too, didn’t you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297258 Two of my groups are discussing the book, “Made to Crave,” by Lysa TerKeurst. My insights for today’s chapter are vital to my journey, so I decided to make it a blog instead. <BR> <BR> Chapter 4 has me thinking hard about my commitment to this journey as I consider the thought of success requiring me to direct my steps “away from the slippery slope of compromise.” I think I have covered this before, but apparently I need to revisit this vital truth again. <BR> <BR> Compromise - A concessio... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:50:36 EST RAT TRAPS and PEST PATROL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295917 With all the rodent discussion of the last few blogs, what are we to do to rid ourselves of ratty thoughts, feelings and emotions that work destruction in the garden of our lives. <BR> <BR> My daddy once went to see my grandmother. While there, he discovered that she had a major mouse infestation. Setting some traps, he began to catch the little rodents. He trapped over 30 before leaving, and my uncle continued the battle catching at least that many more. <BR> <BR> Another time my daddy ke... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:23:43 EST Bats in the Belfry, Squirrels in the Attic, Rabbits in the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294334 Rodents: not all are ugly like mice and rats. There are rabbits, hamsters, squirrels, bats, etc. Point is I am not fond of any of these, though I like to watch some at a distance and enjoy their playfulness. Each have their roll in creation, cleaning up dead things, catching insects, clearing decay, so they have their place in the earth, but most I would not want in my house. <BR> <BR> What does that have to do with the price of tea in China or the shine of my SparkJourney? Well, it is the s... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:33:54 EST Grouting Chinks, Cracks and Crevices for a Successful, Rat-Free, Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288882 I am really working to add steps to my day. The past few days have been beautiful, so I have been able to walk outdoors, which I love. I have also been pushing my time, walking slow and steady, going for distance rather than speed. And I am trying to get a couple of walks in the day when I can. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was one of those days, getting 2+ miles in about an hour, split in two outings. The dogs and I loved it. But it is the season of new growth and something—probably ragweed or cedar... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:36:53 EST Progress is helped when I do it right the first time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287686 “Don't tell yourself that it's OK to do something wrong and make up for it later. Doing it right now will put you in the lead instead of catching up” ~ Paul, the SP Programmer. <BR> <BR> This quote is inspiration to me. It is just what I needed to hear today. And it sounds like a great mindfulness goal to me. <BR> <BR> God has been instructing my heart against the “acceptable sins” of life: those things that are wrong for us but seem so minor and seem to hurt no one but self, so we tend to ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:01:13 EST Progressing Forward Step by Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287198 Hey, gang. I hope you are seeing progress toward goals that are effecting changes in habits toward a healthier lifestyle and all the weight / fat loss you desire. I am working on some small and very specific habit changes right now, and am seeing some progress that is encouraging. Rather than trying to make huge leaps in my changes and being discouraged with the struggle and frequent falls, I am taking smaller baby steps that are centimeter-ing me forward <BR> <BR> My diet is better, though ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:29:23 EST Checking in: 3/13/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285397 Hi, Spark-buds. I figure I need to check in right quick while I have a minute. It has been a very busy few weeks and my Sparking is catch as catch can. <BR> <BR> DH is on Spring Break from his teaching duties at college, and we have been busy about other things: which means my routine I just got going strong is again in disarray ((sigh)). We went to the city yesterday for eye appointments. Our new eye wear will be in next week. Then we went to see my niece and her new baby girl. What a cutie... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:40:45 EST Routine Established; Victory Targetted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277004 As I consider what my routine is, having my eyes refocused by the Spirit to God’s priorities, will and way, I can see that I do have a good routine and it is in good order and functional. Here is my routine: <BR> <BR> 1. Seek the Lord, loving Him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength as first importance <BR> 2. Set my mind and keep it set on the things above where Christ is. <BR> 3. Take up my cross daily and follow Jesus – see blog links on yesterday’s blog post. <BR> 4. Fear God, hono... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 07:23:12 EST Planning and getting organized continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275722 My mind is still mulling over this issue of my need to plan and get organized. It dawned on me the other day that part of my struggle with wanting to track my food and keep up with that is my go with the flow lifestyle. <BR> <BR> For several years now, as I have tried to work my life around my husband’s, I find myself constantly thrown off any kind of routine by the constant flex and bend I have to possess as I go with the flow. But I can’t blame it all on keeping up with Him. I am called a... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 10:25:50 EST Just One Adjustment at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274864 I keep seeing Sparkers setting one goal for change and working on that. Of course, they are keeping the rest going while they give focus to the one. I think that is what I need to do right now. So here is my one goal for change / needed adjustment in life to help me get where I want to go: <BR> <BR> I am making a plan and working the plan. <BR> <BR> Years ago, when God led me into some new fields of endeavor, I knew that it would take more organizational skill than I seemed to have at the t... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:17:19 EST Progress, Not Perfection. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268507 “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained” ~ Philippians 3:13-16. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:02:11 EST No More Stressing It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267310 I want a healthy lifestyle, yes. <BR> I want to lose weight—how ever slow that may be. <BR> I want to move this body. <BR> I want to feel better. <BR> I want clothes to fit comfortably AND LOOK GOOD doing it. <BR> I want to “Live long and prosper.” <BR> <BR> That takes work, but I am choosing to not stress it anymore. <BR> <BR> Try as I may, I don’t always reach high exercise goals. I am getting better and doing better, and that pleases me. I will keep working toward moving this body of m... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:46:09 EST Home and Pressing Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263529 Our trip went well: thanks to you all who prayed for us. We ate well and walked a lot! I came home to scales down from before we left, a little over one pound. So I am pleased. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed being with DH and helping him where I could, finished a book I have been reading forever (The Circular Staircase by Agatha Christy) and made a dent in another, and we got to see our DD2 and two of our grandbabes. It was great. <BR> <BR> Now I am home, snowed in for at least today, and so, I am res... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:37:42 EST Laughter, good like a medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259804 Enjoy this funny video today. We are enjoying a good trip thus far, except DH just came in and said the guy he got to present a program for the welding instructors was placed int he wrong tower. He has to go help him move all his stuff to the correct room. I am so glad I am just a tag along for this trip. Poor baby. <BR> <BR> BLESSings! Here is the video of Comedian Jeanne Robertson. You wives will love it, if you have a left brained man like I do: <BR> <BR> <link>www.godtube.com/watch/?v... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:00:49 EST Step by Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251610 I am taking every thought captive today and pressing forward step by step to my goals. Today, one of those goals is to paint the shelves in our pantry. DH built me a couple more in there and I will repaint the old with the new so they are the same. That will most likely be a large part of my exercise for the day. <BR> <BR> We are getting ready for a trip to Houston as DH has to attend a teacher’s conference there. I have much to do to get ready. We hope a friend will be able to house sit whi... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:45:08 EST Time for Balanced Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250597 Hey, SP-Friends! Hope this finds you enjoying those you love today. As a Happy Valentines Day to you, I share the following video. It is sooooo funny and way cool. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.godtube.com/watch/?v=092JJFNU&ut<BR>m_source=GodTube%20Must-See%20-%20Mobi<BR>le&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=02/14/2013 </link> <BR> <BR> I am doing okay, not as good as the last update blog, but I am working at it. Last week’s busyness felt so good at the time, but it flared the Fibromyalgia. Tha... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:47:00 EST Promised photos and update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247965 Following are the promised pics, long hair, and short. None are very good, but here they are nonetheless. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1642274071.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219192666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1053957426.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was a busy week and this is the first day I have had to do this when I felt up to being online. When I get to feeling great, I forget the... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:42:28 EST