ERINLINDSAY83's SparkPeople Blog ERINLINDSAY83's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community More Random Questions....Yup, Bored at work again. Would you like to be famous? In what way? <BR> ~ No! I don't like people looking at me! Don't like a bunch of attention. I'm already self-conscious. I don't need the world scrutinizing me! <BR> <BR> Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you're going to say? Why? <BR> ~Sometimes.... only for "difficult" phone calls. Though I typically choose email or text over calling, because I write better than I speak. <BR> <BR> What would constitute a perfect day for you? <BR> ~Church, ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:33:22 EST Quite Bored...Survey! Bored at work, found a survey....going to do (You can tell I'm bored, as this is my 3rd blog of the day, lol.) <BR> <BR> 1.) What brings you the greatest joy? <BR> ~ The greatest? Don't know if I can pick. Listening to my girls laugh and have fun. Feeling the love I have for my husband. Camping. Seeing my Mom smile. <BR> <BR> can one pick the absolute greatest joy? <BR> <BR> 2.) What brings you the greatest satisfaction? <BR> ~Well, I love when Emma reminds me ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:33:51 EST Dry Needling and Bitterness So I had my first dry-needling appointment on Thursday. They were hoping this would really jump start some healing in my neck/upper back/shoulders...and aid in the treatment of the daily headaches. <BR> <BR> I confess...I had my hopes up a bit...which I should know better than to do. So I got to the appointment, a bit nervous about having needles repeatedly poked into tight muscles and knots to try and get them to release. (Husband likes to think I'm being tenderized like Pretty... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:23:04 EST Family Camping - Pics! <img src=""> <BR> Family Camping!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Daddy taking his girl out on a row boat! <BR> <BR> He did a lot of boating! Loves being out on the water. Rented a kayak, canoe, row boat and paddleboat! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me and my husband at the beach. Love this man! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:52:16 EST Perspective This has nothing to do with health, fitness or diet. I just came across it and loved it. It just shows how a different perspective can completely change the way you see something. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>marks-from-a-different-point-of-view/ </link> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:52:49 EST Life So, I'm still miserable from the daily migraines. Life is KICKING my butt!!!!!! Still going to physical therapy twice a week and chiro once a week.....still hopeful it will eventually help. I start dry-needling on Thursday. I'm a little nervous (who likes being stuck repeatedly in the same area with needles?!) But, at this point 'Im willing to try anything! I'm just a bit nervous, because we leave to go camping Fri morning, so I'm hoping it doesn't leave me with a worse than usual headache. <... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:45:28 EST Physical Therapy/Headache update Background: Headache or migraine every single day (literally) for the past 15+ years. Have tried just about everything. Diets, vitamins, supplements, drugs, botox, etc etc. Been tested for just about everything, had the scans, etc. <BR> <BR> I decided to give physical therapy a whirl again. With my headaches, I have bad neck and back pain everyday. I was told that the headaches could be causing the neck pain, or the neck pain giving me headaches. But, they don't know the cause of the headac... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:00:12 EST Ramblings Wow...haven't blogged in some time. There is no rhyme or reason to this blog...I'm just bored at work. <BR> <BR> Well, I ditched my "broken foot orthopedic boot" 2 weeks early. It seemed to be healing rather well, per the xrays, despite the weekend of rock climibing and hiking just twoo weeks after inital fracture...oops! lol. I just couldn't bear wearing flats any longer! Apparently I have an unhealthy addiction to heels...and I'm ok with that. <BR> <BR> I hadn't realized until negative f... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 15:20:23 EST Out on the Lake <img src=""> <BR> Yes please! Hanging out at the cottage with our best friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Hubby decided to kayak out to meet u... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:01:10 EST Camping and Climbing at Mill Bluff State Park <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My perfect life! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beach time, too! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We love climbing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...and climbing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:57:49 EST Must. Meditate! Must meditate on this verse.... <BR> <BR> Proverbs 24:17-18 <BR> Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles...or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them. <BR> <BR> <BR> It is such ungodly behavior....but my human nature wants nothing more than to grin. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 12:48:56 EST My Fortunes Working on today's Bible Study homework (Beth moore's "Stepping Up",) God once again gave me one of His famous nudges. I've been dealing with a lot of unforgiveness, hurt, and anger. Counseling hasn't seemed to help, though I will continue to go.. <BR> <BR> Today we read Jeremiah 29: 12-14 <BR> "You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you”—this is the Lord’s declarati... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 15:33:32 EST Dealing with some crippling pride.... So I am dealing with some crippling pride, but it's probably not what you may think. <BR> <BR> It's a very juvenile-type pride. Somewhat along the lines of .. "Your dad can lift 150 pounds? oh yeah? Well, *my* dad can lift 200 pounds!" Kind of like that, only reversed. <BR> <BR> I see people post on Fb things like "ugh, can't anything ever go right for me?" or post about how they hope life gets better. I think things like... "Oh, your bf broke up with you? You poor thing! MY MOM DOESN"T ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:39:34 EST DEER IN MY POOL!!!!!!!!! Decided to go for a dip today for the first time this year! Just spent a lot of time and a lot of money opening up the pool. Walked into the fully fenced in yard, where all the gates were the middle of the find a deer stuck in the pool. Poor girl was terrified and exhausted! (My husband DID get her out...lassoed her with the hose...while 6 police men watched...thanks guys....) Sat, 31 May 2014 17:29:01 EST "For I know the Plans I have for you" - Satan We did an exercise in our Bible Study homework today that I really enjoyed. We were looking at Jeremiah 29:11. ("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.") <BR> <BR> The exercise was to look at this as if it was coming from Satan....what *his* plans are for us. We were to take the verse spoken by God, and reverse it...since Satan's will is the opposite of God's. <BR> <BR> Satan's version that I ... Fri, 30 May 2014 13:11:11 EST Prayer Our church has been working on a sermon series about fasting and prayer. Pastor believes fasting is a lost discipline. The Bible *does* mention it frequently (even in the New Testament.) We, the congregation, have been challenged to join the church and other members in a time of fasting and prayer each week. <BR> <BR> When people hear this, they think, no eating. True, most people who fast abstain from food. But there are many types of fasting! (Just think of the season of Lent. The things ... Wed, 28 May 2014 14:16:28 EST Camp! This weekend my best friend Kristin, my husband and I took a group of 20 kids to an adventure church camp. These kids are what would commonly be called "troubled youth." Most of hem have at least one parent in jail, one parent an alcoholic or drug addict, etc. Kristin runs a ministry called Helping Hands for Christ. She rents an apartment in a low-income part of town and meets once a week for "church" with these kids (ages 6 to 17.) She has a "food pantry" where the kids can take some food it... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:10:01 EST Prodigal Son..... Arrogance This will be long and rambly..... rambley? <BR> <BR> Ok.... the backstory.... I will try to keep this to the point... <BR> <BR> I've had a bit of Middle Child Syndrome going on for the past year-ish. ( I am the middle child. And it's always been like this, but much more exaggerated lately.) <BR> <BR> Both of my sisters (as well as me and both parents) have major health problems. It's been very apparent that I rank quite low on my dad's "care" radar. My mom has advanced alzheimer's and ha... Mon, 12 May 2014 15:15:07 EST My Body....berzerk! So have you ever been so stressed out, that your body goes berserk? I have.... I'm sitting here 5 hours post surgery, realizing that this surgery....this massive amount of due to stress. <BR> <BR> In the summer/fall of 2011, I went through an extremely stressful time in my life. I've never had stress manifest as physical symptoms (aside from the normal muscle aches and such.) I ended up getting hives.... head to toe. Lasted for a couple years. They were awful. <BR> <BR> I also g... Tue, 6 May 2014 18:25:48 EST My Wake -Up Call As I was doing my Bible Study homework today (Beth Moore's "Stepping Up") I was posed with a question. It asked what the turning point in my life was... going from believing Satan's lies to genuinely asking God for help. <BR> <BR> I thought about it and the answer God gave me was disturbing. <BR> <BR> I was raised in the church. As a kid, we went to church 3 times a week. I went through years of "Bible training". I've always been a Christian. Did I live like it? Certainly not. If you've ... Mon, 5 May 2014 19:32:10 EST Why I am more deserving of forgiveness... Why I am more deserving of forgiveness than other sinners... an Essay by Erin. <BR> <BR> What?! Really?! Now *that* is some hardcore pride right there, eh? But in essence, when I refuse to forgive someone, anyone, that is exactly what I am saying! <BR> <BR> And what if God said to me "So, Erin... tell me why you deserve to be forgiven of your sins, but that person doesn't?" <BR> <BR> Well, God...I'll tell you why.... um....well... um,... <BR> <BR> Exactly! There is no answer because the... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:27:10 EST Wow Alright.... my "homework" from counseling is to write a forgiveness letter (with no intention of sending it, just to truly acknowledge all feelings and begin the healing/forgiveness process.) <BR> <BR> The first step is writing out all the feelings... "I'm mad because..." etc. Well, I certainly nailed that step! <BR> <BR> The next step is to write that you "forgive them for ...." Well, I got to that step...and I knew it'd be difficult...but I can't do it. I physically can't make my hand w... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:19:50 EST Wise Words We started a new Bible Study series last night; Beth Moore's "Stepping Up." <BR> It is a study of the Psalms of Ascents. Beth Moore is one of my favorite writers; she always has something that piques my mind. <BR> <BR> Today I came across a quote that I really could have used a year ago. <BR> <BR> "We may have relationships with some people who don't highly prioritize integrity and who fight dirty. But, somewhere along the way we've got to quit getting in the mud with them. Part of making... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:20:48 EST Excerpt The Bible study we are currently doing is Beth Moore's "Loving Well." It is trying to "teach" us how to love everyone, especially people who are hardest to love and those we may genuinely hate. <BR> <BR> I understand fully why God gave me this study, but that's a whole other LONG story. <BR> <BR> Anyways, in the reading, this passage stood out to me, so I figured I'd share. <BR> <BR> " God calls us to a love that knows and a heart that is smart. He calls us to love with insight. This i... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:29:30 EST ... the Devil at Work AGAIN! I participate in a weekly Bible Study; ongoing for about 2 1/2 years now. We meet every week, and have daily homework in between. ( I love it.... it is what made me realize that I want to go to seminary! I especially enjoy the homework. I love digging into His Word and learning new things. <BR> <BR> Well, this current study just isn't holding my interest. It is more self-reflection than learning. I don't mind self-reflection, of course, but I am just not into this study for some reason. Wel... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:39:42 EST What a wonderful day...Marrying my best friend! <img src=""> <BR> Our rings. He is in love with his. It spins and all the gears move. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Family :-) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Smooches for our girl! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Gosh I love this man! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:10:32 EST Forgiveness....again, lol. Ok, God...I get it! Haha... <BR> <BR> Pastor, sweety and I have been discussing forgiveness. Namely, forgive because God told us to...not because we "want" to. We may never "want" to.....especially if anger, hurt, hate etc seem justified. <BR> <BR> Anyways, the key note Pastor keeps making is Forgiveness = Freedom. Yes, I know this in my head, but my heart doesn't want to! Well, as I mentioned in my last blog, God keeps bringing it up, haha. (He's cool like that.) <BR> <BR> Well, today ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:32:28 EST A note to single Christians.... I was raised in the church. I went to church 3 times a week until I was about 15. Then, we switched churches, we didn't go quite as frequently, but still attended regularly. Growing up, my parents always imbedded in us (me and my sisters) that when we grew up, we needed to marry a Christian man. I always brushed it off. There were approximately two fellas my age in my church....and no thank you. I thought it was a great idea, but wouldn't translate to reality. <BR> <BR> Fast-forward to adu... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:03:52 EST Forgiveness... ~Forgiveness does not equal forgetting. Short of a miracle, it's impossible for humans to just 'forget' bad things that have happened. <BR> <BR> ~Forgiveness is a choice.... it is a crisis of the will. Humans naturally feel justified in holding on to anger, etc. (This is a big one for me! Lord, help me use Your strength to accept that I need to forgive.) <BR> <BR> ~You do not forgive someone for THEIR forgive someone for your own will bring freedom! ( I could use som... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:14:59 EST Who is talking to me??? God speaks to me. Clearly. But a thought entered my mind last night at Bible study and it really disturbed me. What disturbed me more, was that I didn't know who was speaking to me! <BR> <BR> The gist of it was "Am I a Christian with my brain...or a Christian with my heart?" <BR> <BR> Whoa. Was it God telling me that just because I do a lot of studying, research and Bible studies, it doesn't mean I act like a Christian. I can learn as much as I want to about Christ, but until I live with ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:00:13 EST Tummy Bug & New Bible Study It is now Wednesday... <BR> Saturday evening I went to bed after feeling kind of yucky and not-so-hungry all day. I woke up Sunday with the awesome tummy bug that's making it's way around. I haven't been able to keep any food in me since Saturday. Went to work Monday, lasted 5 hours before I went home. No work Tuesday, but ran a bunch of (very necessary before the wedding) errands, and went to Bible Study. But alas, still not keeping any food in. Came to work today, feeling super weak and ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:48:16 EST Nose Doc & a Budget For the past three years, I've had a stuffy, runny nose. Non-stop. I was told is was probably allergies (even though I test negative to all allergens.) It's been so bad that lately at work, at least once a day a patient comments on how I must have that cold that's going around. *sigh* No sir/ma'am, I'm just always like this! grr! <BR> <BR> I finally got so sick of not being able to breathe through my nose and went to see the ENT (nose doc.) I am used to going to docs and getting no answers f... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:47:44 EST Photo Shoot I got to play photographer for sweety's band today. Lotsa fun! Check out the pics! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y83/library/Hearthfire </link> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:56:18 EST When Will I learn?! I received news today while at work, that my mother had had an "accident." Incontinence is typical of end stage Alzheimer's. Instant tears. Unable to stop bawling.... (love doing that at work...ugh.) My heart just breaks for her, my dad, and my whole family. It is so sad. <BR> <BR> Well, if you read my Lent blog, you know that I gave up chocolate for Lent. (NOT easy for me, as I have at least one candybar EVERY day. True story. But, I wanted to pick something that would really be a sacrific... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:14:14 EST Rushing In...? Sweety and I got engaged in November. We'd been planning a wedding for May 2015. A week ago, I just "changed my mind" and decided to get married next month! Crazy, eh? (Although, I do think God put His hand in this, because I really want my beautiful barn wedding, and I'm not sure why I felt so strongly we should get married NOW. And our Christian mentor couple felt the same way about us, but didn't want to say anything until i brought it up.) <BR> <BR> Anyways, I expected to get a bit of n... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:44:45 EST Lent and a Wedding I was raised in a church denomination called Assemblies of God. They are strict, but service-wise, I'd put them near methodist maybe.... (?) Anyways, growing up, Lent was not something we ever observed. It was never talked about even at church. (Nor was Ash Wednesday.) <BR> <BR> We switched churches to a non-denominational church when I was a teen. It was mentioned, but still not observed. Sweety and I switched to a new church a few months ago, and this one too, does not observe Lent. <B... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:39:16 EST Wedding, Acupunctue, Random Since we got engaged in November, we've been planning a romantic, rustic barn wedding in May 2015. Well, the past few weeks Ive been hesitating on putting the deposit on the venue, but I wasn't sure why. Then for the past week, Ive been thinking... "I want to plan this wedding, decorate and create this wedding, have the pictures from this wedding, but i don't really want to participate in this wedding." Um....what?! <BR> <BR> So I kept praying about it. God layed in on my heart that we sh... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:46:09 EST PLEASE Help! (Super easy...) Ok. I've been doing a Low Budget Fashion blog for over 2 years now. I've been met with nothing but positive remarks. ....up until yesterday. I found out someone posted a link to my blog on some thread (not on SP) just to make fun of it. <BR> <BR> Some of the posts made about me and my blog include.... <BR> <BR> "The white boots are a mess, as are some of the looks." <BR> <BR> "How could anyone put on those WHITE THIGH-HIGH BOOTS and think they were a good idea? Did she not see Pretty ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:38:53 EST Just some Q & A 1.Have you ever broken the law? <BR> ~Who hasn't? Nothing major.... <BR> <BR> <BR> 2.What's your most embarrassing memory? <BR> ~I have entirely too many to pick from. I embarrass myself frequently. <BR> <BR> <BR> 3.What's your favorite childhood memory? <BR> ~Riding my bike the one mile on the park trails to my bff's house, where we would play Barbies, eat junk food, watch Now and Then and then having super fun sleep-overs. <BR> <BR> 4.How would your friends/coworkers describe you? ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:21:08 EST "To Live is Christ" - Book Review I just finished reading the book "To Live is Christ" by Beth Moore. It is just a history of the Apostle Paul (Saul) . I give the book 4.5 out of 5 stars! Beth Moore makes learning interesting. She ties history lessons into everyday lessons. Wondeful! Here are some excerpts from the book that I love! <BR> <BR> "The fact that a need exists does not mean that God has called me to meet that need." <BR> <BR> ~People can wear themselves out doing everything they can for every need they see. Pray... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:07:06 EST Thieves of Contentment (Excerpt from Beth Moore's "To Live is Christ" book about the apostle Paul.) <BR> <BR> Thieves of Contentment: <BR> <BR> 1.) Pettiness - Some people call it "sensitivity", but people can be sensitive without being petty. <BR> <BR> 2.) Anxiety - a waste of time...worrying about things (especially those you can do nothing about!) Pray it away! He cares! <BR> <BR> 3.) Destructive Thinking - Negative thoughts = a negative person/attitude. <BR> <BR> 4.) Resistance to Learn - No one will sudde... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:45:44 EST Demonstrating Virtes ...If you have to constantly tell everyone about your virtues, then that might mean you aren't demonstrating them. If you aren't demonstrating them, then perhaps they aren't really your virtues.... <BR> <BR> If you are honest, you don't need to tell everyone all the time that you are honest; they will see it in you. <BR> If you are fun, then you don't need to tell everyone; they will experience it. <BR> If you are sweet, then you don't need to tell everyone; they will pick up on it. <B... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:04:34 EST Makes me think... Working on my homework for Bible study (Beth Moore's "David: Seeking a Heart Like His.") ... I came across this message that made me think... <BR> <BR> " Don't hang out with people who know you are doing something wrong, something against your own morals, and let you do it without saying something." <BR> <BR> No.... a Christian doesn't need to have all Christian friends. I have many friends who are Christians...but I also have many that are agnostic or atheist. But, regardless of THEIR con... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:14:53 EST Low-Budget Fashionista...Thank you! My blog, Low-Budget Fashionista, just hit 20,000 views today. Thank you all for the support! Love y'all! I do it for myself, for fun.... but it's nice to know a few people appreciate it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:54:33 EST One of those A-Z things floating around I'm bored at work and need a break from reading! Ive seen a bunch of these floating here goes. (Warning...Im super boring, so this may be super boring.) <BR> <BR> <BR> A is for Age: 30 <BR> Art: Classical. Abstract art makes me angry. <BR> Animal: Fave...elephants and cats (large and small, domestic or wild.) <BR> <BR> B is for Booze: rarely, but Wine...any kind! But on the rare occasion that I head out of the house, I like Southern Comfort with Diet Coke <BR> Bird: I hate bi... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 20:58:52 EST Excerpts from "To Live is Christ" I am currently reading Beth Moore's book entitled "To Live is Christ." It studies the live of the apostle Paul. I always highlight, underline and take a lot of notes, so I thought I'd share those thus far so y'all can enjoy the book along with me! <BR> <BR> "Saul (Paul before he changed his name in Christ) set sail to Jerusalem as a young adolescent with a pure heart; but somewhere along the way the negative influences outweighed the positive, and his purity began to erode. The law became h... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:14:55 EST Relationships I've blogged about this a few weeks ago when the series started, so this is just a continuation. The first sermon series of 2014 at church is about relationships. (This couldn't have come at a better time for me.) This may be a mess of a blog, because that's how my notes <BR> <BR> Yesterday's sermon came from Song of Solomon 2:15. (I am not a huge fan of S.O.S. because Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.... why on earth does one man need that many women?! But we'll set ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:02:44 EST Tidbits so far from Bible Study (weeks 1-4) Our current Bible Study is "Davd: Seeking a heart Like His" by Beth Moore. <BR> <link><BR>ike-His/dp/1415869480/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UT<BR>F8&qid=1391193680&sr=8-1&keywords=davi<BR>d+seeking+a+heart </link> <BR> <BR> I like to post things that I have found inspirtaional or profound, so others can enjoy the study along with me! <BR> <BR> "Saul proved that a person can have good characteristics without good character." <BR> <BR> ~Hit the head on the nail w... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:14:20 EST CranioSacral Therapy I have wanted acupuncture to treat the daily headaches/migraines for years now. It was never within my budget (or close to it, for taht matter.) This year, my employer added it to our health insurance policy. I can get acupuncture! I immediately got the refferal then scheduled my appointment. The soonest they could get me in is Feb 4th...for a consult. (Meaning, I doubt I'll receive any actual acupuncture that day...) <BR> <BR> In the mean time, a new friend mentioned to me that her dad is... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:33:18 EST New Year What are the three best things that happened in 2013? <BR> ~Got engaged to my best friend! <BR> ~Figured out an amazing new life plan! <BR> ~Found a new church we love! <BR> <BR> What were the three worst things that happened in 2013? <BR> ~Maddie fracturing her humerus. I STILL cry when I think about it! Poor baby! <BR> ~Mom officially "forgot" who I was thanks to her Early Onset Alzheimers. <BR> ~We had to move out of our perfect home! <BR> <BR> What did you learn about yourself in 2013... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:48:39 EST