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Boy, I know what you mean about the yo-yo weather. Yesterday it was in the upper 70's, today we are back in the 50's, maybe! Brrrr! I put on a pair of culottes for today, poked my head out the door to get the dog a couple of times, and I am now in a pair of my fleece lined leggings! Hope things work out with your son, Shel.

Wow, I have been having some trouble with my glasses and thought I would try to make an appointment with my eye doctor. I was watching a movie the other night and took off my glasses and I could see better without them. The same happened at the doctor yesterday. I could read the signs across the room without my glasses and not with them on. I got to thinking about and decided that maybe I just needed a pair of reading glasses now, then remembered my old glasses, they had a very weak prescription on top and the reading on the bottom. Lo and behold, they work perfectly! No need to spend a few hundred dollars getting new glasses! Praise the Lord. I will need to go in sometime soon just to get the cataract checked though. I had a teeny bit of one growing on my left eye.

I go to get blood work done on the 25th, see the dentist on the 30th for my 6 month cleaning, then go for my follow up to my regular doc a couple days after that. Then I don't have anything after all of this bunched up stuff!

Well, I will let y'all get to what you need gettin' to. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Hi, girls! Been keeping busy! I may be getting a boarder in a month or so. And my DS has been visiting from NM, and managed to land himself a job, and his hoping he can rent a room from me (saying it would go to better use, plus he feels comfortable here.) I think I'm willing to let him stay as long as he pays rent!
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It's not bad. Here's a post my Pastor put up on his blog a few days ago about what the Bible says about dealing with people who "blaspheme" God's people.

04/14/18 DEALING WITH A BLASPHEMER
(trnscript for this video)

This passage gets little attention today, because people today think that our modern church, our western church has "advanced in grace," and it no longer believes in CHURCH DISCIPLINE: does not believe in the church bringing people to accountability for bringing division, for speaking against the work and the workers of God.

The Bible teaches us that we should hold people accountable.
We should not be resentful. We should not be revengeful.
We should bring redemption, reconciliation, restoration to the offender.

Let's consider a particular passage, addressing the problem of blasphemy, speaking against the work, nature, Person, people of God.

In 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy Paul pointed out that a particular person had blasphemed and Paul told us how he dealt with that problem and warned us about the dangers of blasphemers.

In 2 Timothy 3 Paul spoke about the end times and gives a "rogues gallery" of evil people. As we look at that list of sins, it seems to be a character profile for Alexander the Coppersmith, the individual that was blaspheming Paul.
These are also characteristics of people who bring division to the church, people who speak against the body, speak against the word of God, speak against God and speak against the children of God.

God gives us steps of reconciliation, directives for discipline, for correcting and perfecting believers. God gives direction and He expects us to follow His directives, in the spirit of love and truth; not for the purpose of personal, vindictive reason. These directives are given to restore those who have gone astray.

We don't see much church discipline taking place today. Usually if someone is being divisive or slanderous, modern, western, gracious "advanced" believers don't address sin in the church. However, the Bible tells us that we are to rebuke openly (1 Tm. 5:20).

We should not be looking for the opportunity to hurt someone or embarrass someone or to name their sins.
When a person sins privately, we might be able to deal with that sin on a private basis. When it becomes known openly then our discipline and correction becomes more open and public.

Let's look at 2 Timothy 4:14-16
2 Timothy 4:14-16
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.
16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Vs.14 is very pointed, though it may not sound like it when we read it. This is a very strong statement.
Remember, in 1 Timothy Paul had said that he had turned Alexander over to the devil, so that he would learn not to blaspheme.

Turning someone over to the devil does happen lightly or quickly. It happens because a person will not yield to the authority of God, the authority of the church, will not humble himself and be reconciled. They want others to accept them as they are, which means they want others to destroy the people they are attacking, which is what blasphemy means, TO SPEAK AGAINST.

Paul explains how Alexander the Coppersmith was blaspheming.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil:
We are not talking about people who have minor disagreements, or people who do not get along or have personality conflicts. We are talking about people who have set their course to do much evil, to hurt other people, to slander other people, to liable other people, to ruin other people. We are not just talking about hurting just anyone, but hurting, destroying those who love and preach the word of God, and are reaching out to the very people who are living in conflict with themselves. Attacking a Christian because he is doing the work of God.

Paul turned Alexander over to the devil. God still loved Alexander, God wanted to restore Alexander, but Alexander WOULD NOT fit into the body, but rather, Alexander wanted the body to fit into his will, his way of thinking and doing. Paul turned Alexander over to the devil SO THAT HE WOULD LEARN NOT TO SPEAK AGAINST the word of God, or against the church, or against me (Paul) in particularly, because Alexander "did me much evil."

Most people do not know how much damage a blasphemer can do. Most people have little squabbles, arguments, disagreements, and then they go on with life. But those who are resisting and rejecting the Spirit of God during a real spiritual struggle, are determined to hurt those who are holding firmly and steadfastly to the word of God.

Paul explained what kind of evil Alexander did in his blasphemous attacks, still, Paul cared about Alexander being restored. This is the reason for church discipline, to restore by confronting a person one on one, and if that does not accomplish restoration then the leadership of the church confronts them, and then offender is brought before the entire church, if you can do that. If the offender does not repent then you turn them over to the devil; you cut them off from the body, you "shun" them. This does not mean you treat them unkindly or you don't feed them if they are hungry or give them drink or help them with emergency care. The Biblical "cutting off" means that you do not fellowship with them or treat them as though they are believes; you do not call them "believers" because hey are a misrepresentation, a negative representation of being a Christian. The offender is a backslider and not in a right relationship with either God or His people.

Though Paul cared about Alexander, Paul wanted God to reward him "according to his works." Whatever than meant, good or bad. Paul wanted good things for Alexander, but he wanted God to reward Alexander according to his works.

Paul continued in this passage, to warn Timothy that Alexander was a danger to him, because Alexander "has greatly withstood our words." This was the same as withstanding, standing against the word of God, because Paul was speaking the word of God. Whenever anyone withstands the word of God, they are standing against God.

Offenders do not like to be recognized as standing against God, so they frame the situation as if the faithful person is the one who is actually the offender.

Timothy could have taken the attitude,
"I can handle this. I don't need you to tell me what to do."
I realize it was Paul, and Paul was the apostle of God. I realize we are not apostles. But Paul was giving God's word and whenever anyone, any pastor gives the word of God, and exposes the rebellion and exposes the blasphemy, and then the word of God is rejected, and the person is bringing division in the body and slandering believers, lying about believers, destroying families, then the offender is rejecting God.

You do not have the right to reject God's way of dealing with a blasphemous person. You do not have the right to say you will handle the problem in your own way. Yo can't handle it in your own way. We must do what God says and do it Gods way if we care about the lost person. We must do what God says if we care about the church, we must do what God says if we care about our fellow believer, we must do what God says if we care about GOD.

Paul warned Timothy that Alexander had greatly withstood his words. It was not just a matter of slipping or sliding off course. It was a matter of deliberate choice to take steps to hurt someone, in open rejection to Biblical counsel.

Some people separate verse 16 from the context of this passage. People say that this verse is referring to Paul's defense before the court in Rome. (be that as it may) I don't see it that way. I believe verse 16 fits naturally and essentially with this context. Let's look at it.

2 Timothy 4:14-16
14 (point 1) Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: (point 2) the Lord reward him according to his works:
15 (point 3) Of whom be thou ware also; (point 4) for he hath greatly withstood our words.
16 (point 5) At my first answer no man stood with me, (point 6) but all men forsook me: (point 7) I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.

Paul clearly said that people left him because of Alexander's blasphemy. At this point, Paul expresses his concern for those who had abandoned him because they gave heed to Alexander's attack on Paul.

LOOK AT THE DIVISION brought into the body by an angry, vindictive blasphemer. It happened with Paul and it still happens with those who are doing the work of God. It does not happen often, because very few churches are advanced enough that the devil has to use this tactic.

How many churches do you know, which take a stand on church discipline? I am not referring to the errant use of authority, such as the Roman position concerning excommunication, or the practice of ultra, extreme, narrow, legalistic groups who use shunning as a form of punishment because people do not fit their errant view of dress code or demeanor or speech. Remember, discipline is for restoration of the offender and protection of the body.

How many churches that love God, love the lost, love the brethren, love the word of God, love fellowship...
how many of them are taking a stand against those who are bringing division in the body?
how many of them are taking a stand against those who are are speaking against leadership?
how many of them are taking a stand against those who are speaking against other believers?
how many of them are taking a stand against the word of God?

DISCIPLINE is something we don't see very often.

AND, how many of those who practice church discipline go as far as Biblically "cutting off" the blasphemer?

God wants the church to cut off those who will not turn from bringing division, speaking blasphemously. God wants us to turn some people over to the devil, so that they will learn not to blaspheme.

If they do not want to be a responsible, submissive part of the body of Christ then they need to go out and see what life is like without the body, see what the devil has for them.

Paul said, "at first, no man stood with me." How sad is that. Alexander brought so much and such horrendous division that NO MAN STOOD WITH PAUL. Division in family, division with converts, division with co-workers in the ministry.

Paul responded to the blasphemy, Paul addressed the errors and accusations, STILL, NO MAN STOOD WITH HIM. ALL MEN FORSOOK HIM.

This is what blasphemers do.
This is what people do, who do not yield to authority.
That is what people do, who will not yield to Biblical directives.
THAT IS WHAT THEY DO. They speak against, they bring division, the cause others to forsake the truth and the body of Christ.
The lies of Alexander led others to think of Paul as the bad guy: Paul was the trouble maker: Paul was the problem child. I am sure that some folks thought of Alexander as the good guy.

Alexander probably had doctrinal differences with Paul. But he spoke against Paul's teachings and against Paul. He would not yield to the authority of the word of God or the apostle Paul.

No matter how much I have tried to reach out and help those who have gone astray, there are some who have persisted in their rebellion and become antagonistic to me and my ministry. They have taken steps to destroy me, my family, my ministry. They have also tried to, and have sometimes succeeded in destroying families of people, simply because those people were friends with me. Those victims were not even part of our church. But Satan and his blasphemers are false accusers and they destroy whatever is good.

I have cried for the many victims of the blasphemers, for those who have followed the blasphemers in targeting me as an evil person. I have known them, loved them, led them to Christ, joined them in marriage, dedicated their children, discipled them, trained them in ministry, prayed with them in their times of need, AND NOW I AM THE BAD GUY and MY MESSAGE IS REJECTED, because of blasphemers.

God has never forsaken me. God has used me in ministry. God has delivered me. But that does not change the evil or the damage associated with evil workers, blasphemers.

Look at what Paul set in the previous chapter.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Read each phrase slowly, thoughtfully, carefully. Most of these traits are related to blasphemy.

FROM SUCH TURN AWAY.
It is not easy. It is not fun. It is obligatory. It is mandatory.
If we want to restore the lost, restore the blasphemer, restore the divisive person, restore the one who brings confusion to the local body or to individual families, WE MUST FOLLOW BIBLICAL DIRECTIVES. If we do not follow God's rule we cut those evil workers off from God forever.

The only way to reach and retain the errant one is to deal with them according to Divine Discipline.

It is not easy, but if we want to be Biblical we need to love God more than we love the friendships of this world.


There is a biblical way to handle things, and the only way that people who are hateful to God's people and they can find redemption is for them to be under biblical discipline - and that sometimes means cutting them off. I think you have been very patient with your Mom!

Going to the doctor this afternoon. I can't get my tummy report to print off - grrrr. I guess I will have to write it out. What a bummer! Well, I better get to that. Love y'all.



God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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Kim, I asked my mom years ago to repent for all the evil that she has caused us..and......she answered....I haven't done anything wrong !!!!...and then .....casts it all on us!
I let her upset me so much...and I have came to the point..that no contact makes me so much happier...I hope that does not sound horrible...I will always love her...but she has just about destroyed me emotionally and my health cannot handle it anymore! I had the phone on speaker one time..and my daughter heard how she talked to me..and her mouth flew open...she was shocked! My daughter told me when she was at my sister's house recently ...mom called ...and her tone and speech toward her was so NICE...that it made her sick!(after hearing her tone toward me)...anyway......

I have to go now to my therapy appointment....


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I'm so glad to see you checking in, my friend! So glad you and Missy are both safe. The Greensboro storm was one I saw on TWC and was concerned for you ladies. Those things are wild and can do so much damage in such a short time.

Ours coming for the weekend is to be rain, high winds and some lightening apparently. We do need the rain and I love watching it from the safety of the office or my recliner at home.

I got that notice from Yahoo, too, Kim. I just deleted it with all my junk mail. I've had my yahoo address as well, for all my stuff for as long as I can remember.....and if I should remember my password to get back into my Social Security site, I'll change that one back! Now that I get it, I've only been there once...and that was to see if I was going to! I didn't think to change it then. That was such a blessing....just like my Medicare has been. God is SO good to me....

That 125 FBS was awesome this morning. I do confess that i just did NOT want to stick me the two nights I skipped the insulin. I'm with Missy, on wanting to reduce the need for it. It does take careful diligence and discipline that I'm not using on regular occurrences. But I know I CAN....and pray I will. Day by day....choice by choice...step by step...we can do this!

I need to get ready for work....have a blessed day, ladies. I love you all and you remain in my prayers each day.

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Hey, ladies. I'm doing fine and we pretty much had just thunder storms the other day. It skirted right past us. It looked like we were going to get socked good but it just skimmed us with some rain and distant thunder. Praise the Lord.

I haven't gotten e-mails and I was avoiding Yahoo on the computer for a couple of days and didn't have a good way to get to SparkPeople on my tablet, so I didn't get up with y'all. So sorry you were concerned. I got on Yahoo today and they didn't have that notice back up so I was able to go through my mail. I tried to get my g-mail set up, but Wade said yesterday that we will probably just keep our Yahoo. Phew, there are just too many people and doctor's offices and banks and authors and etc who have that address! LOL!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, belatedly, Missy... It sounds like you had a good birthday. Sorry you had a bad time with your Mom. Before you cut things off with her, you need to give her a chance to repent. I gave my family a choice. You need to let your Mom know that what she says is hurtful (which she already knows) and she needs to make a choice. If she wants a relationship with you, she needs to speak more kindly to you; it's her choice. If she can't be kind to you, then there can't be a relationship. The choice now becomes hers. You have to know in your heart that you are doing God's will when you are doing this. Go back to those verses in the Word. Find what God's will is for people who are acting in the manner your Mom is acting in and how you should be responding to them. Make sure that you have peace in your heart about your response. You have to know why you are doing what you are doing and it can't all be for yourself. Okay, I've said more than I meant to say. You continue to be in my prayers sweet sister.

I was reading an article by Suzy Cohen today and she was mentioning some medications that can cause weight gain. Insulin was one of them. Ceterizine (Zyrtec) was another; and Metoprolol was another. There were other medications (antidepressants and antipsychotics - which I hope none of us take) that also do that. I take two of those and have for a long time, but I don't see any way that I can go off of either of those. There's no way to get away from the things I'm allergic to (shots didn't work for me), and an ACE inhibitor didn't work for me either. If you are exercising and eating a low fat and low carb diet you can minimize the effects of the drugs, which I have been doing for a long time as well. Although I haven't been keeping my carbs under control as well as I should have been.

I'm back on track starting yesterday, so we'll see how things go. I go to the gastro doc tomorrow and we will see what he says.



God bless, Kim

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Where are you Kimmie? Hope you are feeling better!

Speaking of fires...I was sitting in my living room and I turned my head toward my dining room to see my blinds glowing with what looked like red fire! I thought the building behind my house was on fire! Scared me to death!...I ran to the window to see two fire trucks..no fire...it was just their lights..lol..not sure what was going on over there...
We didn't get any tornado..thank God...though we were under a warning most of the day..we did get very high winds...even yesterday we had winds 50mph...
Greensboro about 1hr and 20 min from me..got hit hard though

I've been planting flowers and veggies by seed...exciting watching them grow!







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Miss Kim.....I'm missing you over here. Praying you and your household are OK. I'm not sure where most of you are, but I think of and pray for you when I see adverse weather conditions and there are a lot of them right now....tornadoes, blizzards, flooding, fires...we are due some storms this weekend. I know you haven't been feeling well for too long so that's on the list too.

I had a nice rest day yesterday. I'm not feeling like laundry will be getting done today so it may be another light duty day. It's been too windy to enjoy being outside, with cooler mornings and heat in the afternoon. Tho the days of high 70's look good.

I woke up, at my Mom's old house in the country, where a lot of my dreams have taken me...I was in the process of buying a house, sight unseen (like my car)....and it was only $18,000 so I'm sure it wasn't much of one. My brother was there, trying to get a credit card in his name. I'm not sure where all this odd stuff comes from but most things are due to what I see, say, do or think of during my day.

Well....I'm off to have coffee and plan my day. Love and prayers....

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Lol..that's cute Bren

Thank you for my birthday wishes Bren, I had a good day.

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Our giggle for the day....



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Happy birthday Missy....it's YOUR day, tho you share it with many others and have a lot of reasons to not "feel" happy....you can....in Christ...choose to. emoticon emoticon

As always, my take on this mom issue, is it's an attack from the enemy, no holds barred. As our heavenly Father knows our weak areas, so does the enemy and where God would heal, strengthen, encourage, uplift, build up, LOVE and support.....the enemy digs in with thorns and barbs, hurtful words, anger, bitterness, hatred and continued strife. Those he uses for that purpose, to break down and damage God's own....will not change, no matter how much we might wish it....without intervention from heaven above.

We know, too well, honey....this world is full and overflowing with damaged, hurting, broken people and ALL are in need of salvation and deliverance but not all will receive Christ, our only hope of redemption. My heart hurts for you and the multitudes of others living with pain and unresolved conflict. My prayers are for you and them....and for the conviction of the Holy Spirit on those seeking to harm others with their words and actions each day. The enemy is in control of this sin sick world and he never lacks for followers. YET.....GOD...is King of the universe and nothing is impossible for Him. HE is on the throne and the enemies days are numbered.
Continue in love, prayer, steadfastness....daily. We are given one day at a time....let's honor God with our time.... that He gives us. I love you ladies, and while I may never see you here....I know you'll be in heaven and we'll meet up there. May God hold us close, comfort and heal, strengthen us.... and be our peace in this new, blessed day.


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Well...I have been doing some major emotional eating:(

My mom called 3 times Tuesday..and the third time I answered it..in case something was wrong..and she said some horrible things...We got on the subject of divorce..and I told her that divorce is hard on the children(cause she and my dad divorced when I was 11)..she mockingly said..did our divorce HURT you(very sarcastic)...and goes on for 30 minutes running down my daddy...she goes on to say my kids would have been better off if my hubby and I would have divorced!!!...she HURT me this time really bad...and I have felt so bad...emotionally, physically,etc...please pray for me...cause I just cannot answer my phone anymore..or go around her..and that truly hurts me knowing she has cancer...My heart breaks:(

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I'd feel the same way about that name! I don't like it at all. I have an Att e-mail that I can't access because I can't remember the password and once I tried to get it, change it etc and have no idea what happened to it but I know I have some mail over there. I use yahoo...and we use g-mail here at the office. I may play with it at home on my off days...since I have my social security info sent to that address. I did all that when Att...and Yahoo were going to split off, months back. I kind of feel like...if something works...leave it alone!

Oh yes! I'm very happy! It's helping my tail bone pain too because the old chair was bottomed out and had been here as long as I have...over 19 years! I'll put it and the extra chair over in my storage bin where I put our file boxes after our yearly purge.

While I was out earlier, doing the chair snagging and taking locks off, I unlocked a few to rent...and have rented two already. Yippee. It's nice having some to send folks to without going out to unlock at time of rental. I'll be glad to head home at 5:00 and be done with the cold for the day.....tho I do have this great little heater to use in the hole and it's right cozy!

I brought soup for lunch today. I still have a bag in the car to take in, with my tomato soup, beans and my new toilet seat...Perhaps I'll get it installed when I am off on Monday.

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Wow, praise the Lord for His provision! I know that you have needed a new chair for awhile.

I'm above my starting weight. I'm eating less treats than I was eating at that time, but I'm not eating as few as I want to be eating. I need to get back to my original plan too.

I'm acidy today, and was a bit painful this morning, but the pain has subsided. No headache. Praise the Lord.

Grrr. Yahoo has been absorbed by Oath, which is a subsidiary of Verizon. Wade and I are probably going to switch from Yahoo over to our g-mail account. We have one but haven't been using it since we've given everyone our yahoo e-mail account. Now that will be a chore to switch everything over. I don't like the name Oath - not a good biblical feel, since we aren't to make oaths.

Well, that is my fun for today. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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OK...I went back to page one on the accountability thread and printed my goals out again. I don't know what I did with my original sheet but I sure haven't been using it....then with my detour the the end of February and the hospital visit, I was definitely not "On Plan"....so...off I go...again.

I see I am down 5.6 pounds from my official start weight of 238.8 so that bit of information does give me hope and encouragement. I'm just disappointed in myself for not staying on track the last few weeks and gaining back what I'd lost after the hospital stay emoticon

I just stepped outside to check the air as it were, after yesterday's awful dust storm....and it's really cool this morning and breezy with dark, starless skies....so I'll check again at daylight emoticon I did hobble over to smell a yellow rose...my favorite....and see now, why it's strongly suggested to not run around bare footed. That hurt something awful! Rough pavement and rocks in the flower bed. I'll get some shoes on shortly.
The bed outside my door has yellow, pink and red roses in it and across the way are white and beautiful peach ones and some honeysuckle climbing a pecan tree. I suppose all the big rocks are to keep weeds down and the cats from using the beds as a litter box.

Today's scripture is Deuteronomy 15:10 "God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to." I need to read the verses before/after that because as you'd noted back yonder and I find it to be so....His promises come with a part for us to do as well...yep....giving to your poor brother/brethren.....as in blessing others and you yourself shall be blessed.

As I am every day....I remain thankful for the gift of this new day, God's presence, provision, protection, peace and power...as we move into this weekend with Him and each other. Stay safe, be blessed and have a wonderful day. Love you ladies!


PS: It's clear but cold and very windy. I've been out blowing around twice already! Three times, counting the stop for ice and salad before work and toting it home.

A tenant left some things in a unit and signed it over to Stonegate so I snagged a good desk chair from it for here by the computer and wrestled it onto the golf cart to get it here! I'm going back for the second one! She had a cleaning business and left about 8 very nice 3 step ladders, a nice desk and book shelf and another small desk. It will be sold, but I'll be ok bringing the desk chairs up here for office use. It will save having to buy them and ours in here has been rickety with a broken arm for months.

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I thought it was really cute! That's the only time I've ever done a push up for sure.

We are having an awful dust storm with 35 MPH winds and the skies are so dirty that just looking out makes me feel like I'm breathing dirt. I'll be glad to get home so I don't see it! It came in around 10:30 this morning.

I'm glad I haven't had to be outside except for putting the golf cart in the shed. I have one more hour and I hope it holds true for the whole day!

Oh yay! For feeling good and the mini workout. I've done some of that today as well....and will do weights tonight while watching TV. Yes He is...absolutely awesome!!

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I love that picture!!! Thanks for the belly laugh!

It's 70 here today. Yippee! Just perfect temp!

I'm feeling pretty good today. I was able to do my mini workout too. God is so very good!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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I never learned shorthand but I do use initials a lot in my writing/rambling and have had to decipher what I meant and guess what what I wrote that for.

Glad you got some sleep even if you can't remember those auto moves that got things put away before you conked out! I do sleep well with no help but have had several nights of late with weird dreams that disturbed my rest. I got two naps yesterday too. I enjoy those and so far, they don't disrupt my night sleep but I do tend to stay awake a little longer, reading before lights out.

I have another Wal-Mart order to pick up after work today. I saw those no sugar added pickles Missy had run across. I ordered the baby dills tho. Every now and then, I like a pickle emoticon I have cheese I need to use up before it molds like the last batch so I thought of Grilled cheese, tomato soup and a pickle. Easy and tasty. I use my little George Foreman grill and do like a panini thing on it.

No sugar tho...I hope that's out of my system by now. Even the SF pudding can cause cravings. The Jello isn't a problem tho and I do still have some of that on hand....

It's supposed to hit 91 today and the winds is very strong with gusts to 40 MPH. That makes me want to stay inside all day...I did go out this morning to run Chris to ground so he could cut a couple of locks for tenants tho. he was mowing and didn't hear his phone.

I need to spend some time in the kitchen tonight as it's getting out of hand again already. For one who rarely actually cooks...I can still make quite a mess emoticon I need that Merry Maid to drop by again.

Have a good afternoon....rest when you can and take good care of yourself!! I'll do that at my spot too.


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Woke up with another headache, but praise the Lord it wasn't as bad as the other ones. It went away fairly easily and I didn't get sick or feel woozy afterwards. I feel tired though. I did take my ZZZ-Quil last night because I couldn't fall asleep - now I can't remember falling asleep - LOL! My glasses were on top of my Kindle this morning, so I must have had a controlled falling asleep though, I just don't remember putting everything up! I know at about 1 AM I tried to go to sleep and gave up half an hour later and took the ZZZ-Quil, everything is gone about half an hour after that! I guess it worked!

I was transposing sermons today. Boy, I kinda wish I hadn't learned short hand way back when. Either that or I had kept on using it. Now I have to figure out what I put down!!! It's surprising what I do remember, but some of it is foreign to me. I did find some pages on-line of the short hand alphabet, so I can look at that and figure out what some of the lines are supposed to mean (when they link several letters together in one line; or several short words into one grouping of symbols). I just keep sounding it our until it makes sense or just put a question mark in my transcription and circle the symbol in my notebook having not come up with anything that makes sense. It's fun most of the time.

Well, not much else going on with me, just hanging out with y'all.

Love ya

God bless, Kim

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You may be right! I came up short by 5 socks....and did find one hiding in a dryer crevice when I did a search and seizure. I believer some mates are in my sock drawer, waiting for a reunion. I ended up having to use both top dryers since someone was using the one functional bottom one and never came to get theirs out even after my hour and 15 minutes cycles were done plus folding time...so I did some grumbling.

I'm waiting for some stability, so I can get my shower and get ready for work. That low heart rate and FBS had me feeling really punky. I can't linger long so hope I feel better in the next 20 minutes.

Those are the things to count! Good days and great days! I hope for more of those for you...and us all.

I did make one of the Pho bowls yesterday. The spiralized veggies are a replacement for the normal noodles, but I put some linguine in the pot as well. I liked it except for the cilantro....too strong for me. I like it in Mexican food but not a wad of it. For a wad of greens...I want kale or spinach!
I'll do the other bowl tonight perhaps, just to up my veggie intake. I'll put together a salad bowl for lunch, with my boiled eggs for protein. I'm headed back to my "controlled" diet but not all the way there yet.
The 1200-1400 is enough calories to satisfy and help me feel better...and lose well. I did great with that my first 3 weeks out of the hospital and will get back to it...today.

I'm going to check my stats again and get ready for work. I'll see you all at the office later....have a blessed day....no matter what. Love and prayers~

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You need a mirror on a stick so you can see into them to find those pesky socks that try to hide from you! I don't know, I still think it's gremlins who like eating socks that live in my basement! (Maybe I just read too many fantasy novels!!!)

Well, mild headache when I woke up. Some Tylenol and caffeine fixed that up, but I ended up having two bouts of diarrhea this morning before lunch. Sigh. I didn't eat anything that should have caused that though, so again, I'm flummoxed! Thank you for your prayers. I seem to have several good days and then two or three bad days, then, Lord willing, I should now be going back into several good days again! Good days to me is tummy pain in the 1-3 range and no diarrhea or headaches! A great day would be no tummy pain! Woohoo!

I've heard of Phu (I think it's pronounced fu - short u), but have never eaten it, just seen it on cooking shows. Haven't heard of the other one though. I hope you really enjoy them. They look healthy for you! LOL!

God bless, Kim

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Something is wrong when focus is, "how sin does not separate us from God," rather than, "how God separates us from sin."

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You're welcome, Kim. They spoke to me as well and my first thought was "us"....and our need of encouragement. Continued prayers for you, in this time of trial and physical troubles.

I had a nice visit with Sharon when I dropped off our paper rolls. I'd stopped by HEB and came away with two "soup" bowls ....Pho and Phu...LOL... Lovely, spiralized veggies, Pho has butternut squash and Phu has zucchini....I love veggies so will do something with them, like today, as they were marked at half price. They have a packet of veggie broth and a load of other pretty things in the package.
I got a bunch of pretty radishes for my salads too. Now I need to do up some salad bowls, grill the chicken I have in the fridge and prep a few meals. I need someone with long, strong arms to clean up my freezer for me. It's in sad shape....but then so am I emoticon

My timer buzzed so I need to go get things in the dryers. I do wish they'd have the bottom one fixed. This short girl used a spaghetti spoon to get them all from those high, top dryers and hope I don't miss some socks.

Have a blessed day ladies.....love you all....


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Shel, you gotta do what you gotta do! Praise the Lord you had some help.

Bren, thank you for those verses. They spoke to my heart!

Not doing well again today. Had insomnia last night, then at about 8 this morning the headache struck again! I ate a cookie earlier. If I got sick, at least I had a cookie! LOL! I'm trying to get down a Pronourish, but my tummy isn't liking it for some reason. Please keep praying. It's been a couple of rough days.

God bless, Kim

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Add on....on FB this morning and I wanted to share with "us".....


10 Verses for When You Are Having a Bad Day
January 12, 2016 by Courtney

10 Verses For When You Are Having a Bad Day

Sometimes we don’t just have bad days but we have bad weeks, bad months, bad years or bad seasons of life. During these times, we can feel out of control and in need of encouragement to make it through another long day.

God’s Word is alive and active – it speaks into the darkness and brings light to our soul, joy to our sorrows, hope in despair and strength to our weary bones.

Here’s 10 Verses For When You Are Having a Bad Day


1.) Remember, the Lord is near.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
~Psalm 34:18

2.) God is with you and He loves you.

The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
~Zephaniah 3:17

3.) You are in a spiritual battle – be strong in the Lord!

Be strong in the Lord
and in the strength of his might.
~Ephesians 6:10

4.) You are not alone.

It is the Lord who goes before you.
He will be with you;
he will not leave you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed.
~Deuteronomy 31:8

5.) Give your worries to Jesus.

Cast all your anxieties on him,
because he cares for you.
~1 Peter 5:7

6.) Run to Jesus and rest in Him.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
~Matthew 11:28-30

7.) Keep believing. Cling to hope.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
~Romans 15:13

8.) This is unnatural, but rejoice.
We rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope.
~Romans 5:3,4
9.) Peace is only found in Jesus.

I have said these things to you,
that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.
~John 16:33

10.) God is present with you. Let Him be your refuge and strength.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
~Psalm 46:1

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My son has been helping me clear out my daughter's EX's things. Monday is trash pick-up, so he moved the stuff I'd cleared from the foyer to the porch, over to the curb. He also brought out about a third of the stuff that was crammed in the garage. Since it was put out on Sunday, people had a chance to rifle through and get some nice stuff. Then trash pick-up in the morning. Well, in the afternoon, who should come by but the Ex - and he's wondering what happened to his stuff, and why did I put it out, he SAID he was going to get it (I TOLD him he had till end of the week, and then I was going to start doing what I had to.) I offered to move my van so he could pull up to the garage and get stuff, but he said no, he mumbled some excuse. Anyway, I've called Salvation Army to send a truck - it's coming the 24th - so he'll have till then...of course we'll still be putting stuff out on Sundays!


Glitterfairy77 is my daughter!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

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Oh my.....it sounds like a guessing game at this point. Praying for you sweet friend. This sounds so miserable and would make one afraid to test the waters much with food and movement for sure.

Speaking of movement....I need some! I didn't ask my cardiologist about resuming a full schedule and working out or anything but my PCP had said to wait until my vist with him, to do the cardio-glide and rebound thing. Weights...I can do ....and I sure need the walking so need to make a way for that to happen. I would think it would be beneficial to push past the pain....and am willing to try that.

My weight is up and I'm feeling puny and don't like it at all. I'll be clearing things out in the kitchen today and tomorrow and eating right and light. I've regained 7.4 of my 8 pound loss from the hospital emoticon so am applying the brakes...today!

I'm glad I don't get kicked off the team for trawling the ditches....in search of pie!

Love you ladies and as always, I thank God for all of you...daily. You are my "heart Sisters".

I have an errand to run....and then will get busy with home and health care chores for today. My credit card rolls came in yesterday and I'll run them to the office. I owe Lonnie 10 rolls and Debbie 6....Could never pin Zach down to order them for us from the bank, so I did from Amazon and petty cash reimbursed me. We will be good to go for a good while now.

Hydrangeas....my favorite flowers....and one of many favorite verses....invites us to rest...in Jesus.


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Not doing well today. Woke with a headache and got sick once. Praise the Lord that was all. I'm glad that getting sick in my later years is nothing like getting sick when I was younger was! Of course, having an empty stomach may help that out too. I'm quite woozy today.

I got a note back from my note from the doctor. He said I might have IBS-D. He already thinks I have IBS-C! Huh??? Can a person have both? I don't know??? I'm not sure about the -D Not sure since the diarrhea has stopped. I see the gastro doc before I see this doc, so I will see what he says. It's all rather confusing to me.

I hope that y'all have a very good day. Love you gals.

God bless, Kim

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Yes...we most definitely are and it's heartbreaking. As much as it breaks our hearts, it breaks God's even more. Every day, the computer, TV etc. is filled with such awful things and it makes my soul sick. This world is so full of evil.

I got my meds picked up on the way to work and walked around enough to get my back crying out in pain. I've got a lot of work to do...to be my best and feel my best for my last years! I pray for mercy, strength, wisdom and daily grace to get up and do what I need to be doing....

Love and prayers for us all as we enter a new week together...be blessed best where needed most.

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Happy Lord's Day everyone. Hope you are doing well.

2Ti 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.
6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 And just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected as regards the faith.
9 But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, as also that of those two came to be.

We are in the last days and we have hard decisions to make. You are in my prayers. Love you

God bless, Kim

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Oh, that poor bird! It's a wonder he's alive. I'll bet he feels rough too. I'd think they "feel" things, like any living creature could. Mom is cute....and precious.

I will be so glad to get home today! I've had to go out twice to take locks off and the cold is just really hurting me. My right hand is still icy and i's been over an hour since I was out last. I will wait to get my meds when the temps are warmer and the wind isn't 30 MPH....it did get a little sunny finally, but it sure didn't reach 46!

I'd ordered what I thought were plug in air fresheners...for the office, with a 3 pack of refills....they subbed the refills with 3 more units with one fresh pack each....and they aren't plug ins! So I had to find spots to set them. They are nice, pretty/decorative and smell nice.

I'll look for refills when I'm prowling around again in the store. I'd like to get one of those wall unit things to hang your broom, mop etc. on too. Ours are a jumbled mess in the break room and it looks junky. I may pick one of those up too...."someone" needs to clean house in this office...and at my place.

I need to get some cash in the bank...from all my reimbursements for office supplies! I've been tucking it in an envelope for awhile and I have $330 that needs to go in the bank now. I kept $80, for my laundry card and to hire household help if need be. I could get a couple of hours work for $40....I'd need windows done and ceiling fans perhaps. It's been 3 years since those were done....only the front ones now, what with plastic covering the BR windows. I'm in no hurry!

I'm glad your tummy is behaving a bit better. Mine was off for several days but is doing OK today. I don't have too many troubles with it and I'm sure thankful!

I'll clear my desk and get ready to run off in 20 minutes...have a good evening all...



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Happy Saturday, ladies! I hope y'all are doing well.

It's a chilly day here! I hope this month goes by quickly so we can be into the warmer weather for good!

I've been a bit headachy for a couple of days because of the change in weather (I think). Tummy stuff is still doing better.

Oh man, we have a Day of the Dead cardinal around here. He is a mess. His head is feather free and black. And he has places on his body where he has lost feathers and there are black places there as well. His beak is messed up too. He looks terrible. The only place we've seen him is on the ground by the feeders. I'm not sure the poor fellow can even fly! But, he is eating, and he looks big, so it doesn't look like he's sickly other than his feathers and skin. We have a lot of cardinals in our yard. Mom calls them red birds! So cute!

Well, not much going on with me. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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The cold front came in last night with strong winds and it's 31 with a real feel of 18 this morning and a freeze in some areas...Brrr I feel you Kim! I gave away (again) my only pair of sweat pants, never worn...I buy a pair about every 3 years thinking I will use them and haven't yet....But I will wear a jacket today. Then tomorrow the expected high went from 85 down to 79 but that's still a jump from today's forecast of 46. Still....it's spring, even with the variations. Some places still have snow.

I will pick up my meds and my online order at Wal-Mart on the way to the office this morning. I printed out my refill list (first time) and they do have me charged the cash price of $399.03 for the insulin so I'll get that adjusted before pick up. My price with insurance is $30. I have 5 others to get as well. Now that I know I can use this pharmacy feature....I will!

My hands are icy in here....yesterday I needed the AC on and today I need some heat! It will all level off soon I'm sure. In the meantime, I won't put all my warmer things up just yet....like you said....

I hope you all have a good weekend...feel better and take good care of yourselves. I'll be doing that at my place in the next few days. Love and prayers....



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Chris told me today that Tommie told him...that she'd not be coming back over here since I was snarky to her and she didn't understand why. I guess she was mad and that was why she didn't answer phones or anything? So now I'm on her enemy list too.

So the opportunity is lost to either be a ray of "son-shine" or a doormat? Either way....anything I said to her, I'd say to the bosses as well so I didn't make up stuff to be snarky about....tho I do/did admit I was not playing nice....as I normally did. The common denominator in all the offices is her and her behavior, as a catalyst for our...attitudes........all five of us.....and she tells Chris everything, who then repeats it! LOL....we all could use an attitude adjustment and in her world...we are all the enemy now.

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Praise the Lord he understood, Shel!

Bren, I'm glad that Tommie will be somewhere else today. A nice reprieve - or a missed opportunity??? Hmmm? Could look at it both ways.

Got a little bit done today and will try and get a little more done too. We'll see how I feel. Still have a sour tummy, but praise the Lord, the pain isn't too bad and no other side effects. God is good!

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Yesterday I got a call from my son saying he'd be arriving in about an hour. I clarified - "Just for a visit?" and he confirmed, yes, a VISIT. Later I agreed to an extended visit of about 2 weeks. VISIT. He didn't even accept my offer for the bedroom with a door (kids made door of other room come off) - because he wanted to see my new kitty when she came out of hiding. So he's sleeping on the couch. So far it's been nice, and he even curbs his language for me!


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We have cloudy skies here at my spot but it's a beautiful, blessed day...no matter what kind of weather comes. Now Sunday is supposed to be 85 again! I like, yes I do.

Today, Debbie is hosting Tommie at her office so I will have a busy day to myself and love it emoticon I'll get my posting, filing, pull late cards, and start verified prep today. I like it a lot when these tasks fall on the weekend....as there are fewer calls and walk ins and I can focus on the task at hand. I do get scattered on occasion but not badly....as I learned long ago that the work will get done...perhaps not always in an orderly fashion...but the end results are the same.

Coffee is ready, so I'll get that set out, snag a cup and get to work. Love and prayers for us all on this lovely day...


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I like having the house to myself for short bursts of time, but then it's nice to have mom come up or Wade come home from a school he's gone off to or a night away from home doing work. I don't like to go to sleep when I am home alone. I don't sleep well anyway, but I sleep worse when I am home alone!

Weather turned cold on me again - wasn't expecting that. Glad I hadn't put away the winter stuff yet. I had on my harem pants and a tunic and had to put on a sweatshirt and then when I went to bed on went the fleece lined legging again too. At least I haven't resorted to the thermals again yet! LOL! But the little heaters are on!!!

A little bit of a headache and a sour stomach today. Probably won't exercise and stress the tummy or the head!

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That's my take as well, Shel. Enjoy your "empty nest" for awhile! I've been alone now for the past 21.5 years and other than needing someone to help with cleaning ceiling fans or hanging the curtain rod for me....(and hiring it done) I have done OK. I do so enjoy my space that I share with Jesus alone...in my "woman cave" as it were.

I sure enjoyed my 4 days off...but am back to work today and am very thankful for my job. I'll be busy the next few days, doing my credit card payments and verified letters, posting, filing etc. I love having the office to myself for these days as well.

I am having coffee and since my back and feet were complaining a lot, I'm sitting now, to post my payments.....I have 2 pages to run....so I'll get back at it. It's nice to take a little break on occasion and check in here tho...Have a blessed day, ladies. Love and prayers...

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Bren, thanks for your input! I love my kids, but they ARE adults and should be ADULTING. When my late DH and I moved into this house with my Dad and step-bro, we paid rent and kept up with housework. When later Dad and step-bro moved to Puerto Rico and my Mom moved in, she paid rent for a time, and also helped maintain and cook while both DH and I worked. For most of the time eldest DD was here, when she was receiving DSS she paid rent - but a lot of it went to help maintain all the extra people! Now that they're all out, I still occasionally send DS or DD some money to help out...but it's so nice not having them here!



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It's hard for me to remember that when I am talking on the phone to the cable folks or the phone folks, etc... LOL! It's hard too when I am discussing the Lord with someone, I get so passionate and I want them so badly to understand - it's like I am trying to force the truth into their heads - but that isn't what Jesus wants me to do. I can't make them believe, I can't make them understand. I have to lovingly share what the Holy Spirit leads me to share and let Him do what He does and cause the growth. The person has to decide if they want to accept it or reject it. Unfortunately, lately, they've just rejected it.

What a blustery day! A bit chilly too.

It's been pretty quiet for me, so not much to tell. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Shel....Using godly wisdom, discernment and protecting yourself is vital. I had that with my son not long ago. He was going to come here, had gotten back on drugs after being clean for over 10 years, lost his job of 12 years....his common law MIL is a dealer in meth and was his supplier....and was in jail herself last I knew. Then his "wife" started making noises about moving out here...with the 6 kids.

He ended up in jail for assault on her and they split. After numerous attempts to call me collect from jail, and then being released, I haven't heard any more from either of them. They both were putting all the blame on the other and I had to tell her I couldn't have him and his troubles at my place. I'd told both, more than once, that I am not allowed even have company more than 3 days without adding a person to my lease and paying more rent. In a one BR apartment, no way could a family of 7 even "visit".....

I'd had him with me for some time in Alabama and he had drug and alcohol problems then and ended up in jail for a good while after I came back to Texas. I'd given him the option of coming with me and he chose to stay there. When not using, he was a goodhearted, kind and generous young man. Not so young anymore at 45.

Thanks Kim! You know...just the mention of "greens" makes me want some! LOL....I think I have a container of collards in the freezer and yep...greens as opposed to cake would work for me.

Oh...I have to remember and practice those verses on a regular basis even tho I don't have many "troublesome" folks that invoke my ire....even when a rare one does, it's still my responsibility to behave in a proper manner....always.

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Boy, when I read things like that, I realize again there are blessings and there are sorrows in having children - I missed out on both, but I sure don't miss the sorrows! Every person has their own choice to make to either follow Jesus or not, no matter what kind of teaching they were raised with. Wade and I missed out on a lot of sorrow that I've seen others in my family go through, but when the kids were younger, we also didn't get to go through the joys either. BUT - we got to do exactly what Jesus planned for our lives and that has been exciting and we have been content.

Bren, you know what you can handle sweetie-greens, I'm proud of you for knowing that cakes are just a no-no, even little cakes in a cup. I would love to figure out how to make a powder of my muffin mix with the coconut flour and my protein powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, maybe the baking powder too, and then just be able to add some moisture to it to be able to make a couple of muffins at a time. I'm not sure if doing a couple of muffins at a time would work. I don't know if it would be dry as dust if I didn't have the eggs and oil and milk - and how would I be able to add the egg if I was only making two muffins when I add one large egg for 18 muffins? Hmmm? When I make 18, I need to eat a couple a day, or they go bad. Oh well!

Oh, I wanted to share a couple of passages with y'all that I ran across in my studying today. They are on love:

Col 3:12 And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
14 And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

1Co 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8a Love never fails;...

Mat 5:43 "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, and hate your enemy.'
44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you
45 in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same?
47 "And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Something I need to do more of!
Love y'all!


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I had my Scrabble buddies over Saturday and they all urged me not to let my son try to stay with me - now that the others have finally moved out and I've gotten most of the place pleasantly tidy (not the attic nor the basement). And considering his tendency to narcissism and manipulation, I agreed. He's been vagabonding and was in Santa Fe, when he told me (we occasionally hat on Facebook) that he got a bus ticket - to my city. At first I thought, well, that would be handy, he can keep an eye on things while I'm in Peru...but do I really trust him? What if he trashes the place? (Wouldn't be the first time.) And I do have a friend willing to come get my mail. So as kindly as possible I left him a message that after much consideration, I decided it would be best if he didn't plan to stay with me - though I'd welcome a visit - and added that he is good at making his way. I haven't heard anything back from him since then - (Sat). So I don't know if he's angry and not speaking, or injured in one of his wild escapades of skateboarding, or arrested for vagrancy, or what. But I leave him in the Lord's hands.


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I don't see them as absolutely on point and the "way it is" or will be....but at least it's not two hours of men in bed together and foul language in every sentence with the filth of the world portrayed. Putting thoughts/memories on paper and then trying to make a movie of it leaves a lot to imagination etc. and more questions than answers, I'd think. I know I have questions.

I haven't....and from some recipes I've seen, I'd not bother! Some required extra ingredients, egg etc. and I'd not want to do all that for a mug of cake! Not when a bit of mix and water give good results. I like simple, ya know? Those little mini things from Wal-Mart are .50 cents, very tasty but not something for regular occurrence. Maybe once a quarter....if that. If I had cake mix in the house, it would be 4 times a week!

I need to get some chores done that seem to never be "finished".....waaah! Our weather is bouncing from 80 to 60...and we had 48 yesterday....no wonder I felt chilled. I have to run the heat one day and AC the next...but at least no snow here tho they say we may have a freeze tomorrow night. Oh well....

I need some coffee....then will see what I can get done today. Have a good day at your spots and take care of yourselves....


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The thing that bothers me about things like those movies is that they don't jibe with the Word of God. I know an innocent little boy wrote the book that the one movie was based on, but it still doesn't measure up to what the Word of God says about death and resurrection and heaven; and I haven't read it, but just the little bit I've heard about it makes me shake my head and wonder how people can believe it.

Oh, have you ever tried the cakes in a cup? I haven't, but I've seen them do it on some of the cooking shows or seen them in cookbooks. They don't look very appetizing, but the people who've made them on the shows like them. They look very easy too. But like you say - who needs easy cake!?

Praise the Lord, I'm doing well so far today! It is nice to be feeling better. God is good!

Pollen is crazy here too! Mom has been out digging up the dandelions!



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in the 80's here...soooo nice!!!!

My roses are blooming..and my peonies are sprouting up...my Lilies are looking nice...and many other flowers coming up....I can't wait to start planting!!! I hope to plant many flowers this year..and my veggies of course!!!
The pollen is crazy here...rain is definitely needed!


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Oh, I'll do the "suggestion" thing and do think she will follow thru....we will see. I can give her a choice as in....phones or face time folks! LOL....On Sharon's and my day together, I often say...I'll do credit cards if you'll do cash and checks....and she gets the phone most times....but then we get along great and do have our own tasks to complete.
I'm grateful for your tips and encouragement and I CAN do this too...if required of me and in Christ...do it with a good attitude. I reminded myself of that very thing....as with my very abusive first husband...and knowing God loved him as much as He loved me, whether I understood it or not...I knew it to be true!

I DID say a lot of things on Friday that may make her not want to be with me...like "we" signed on for weekends and need to show up, how a Mon-Fri person has to work 12 days thru when she takes a weekend off"....how she's missed all three sale days to date in not showing up...all true...but it means nothing to her. I didn't mention the 10 vacation days and 4 sick days we are allowed compared to her 35 days off.....and the fact none of her days off are on the calendar but the rest of us mark ours. OK...I'm done! Adjusting my attitude now....

I made a run to Wal-Mart yesterday, not really wanting to, so I could do a drop at the bank night deposit and get ice....and did come home with some mini cakes and pies, two of each. Very good and one serving each.
BUT...on the cake, one can do their own, using a sugar free cake mix and water...no egg or oil needed. I've done them before...a good while back. I'd make one in my little ramekin bowl, spray with Pam, put about 1/4 cup of cake mix and water to moisten and microwave for 2 minutes or less....works great. Not that I need the constant temptation of any cake mix in the house...or pancake mix either!

Awesome! I sure miss talking with my Mom and yes...a lot of ground can be covered in those conversations. I'm glad you had that time with her.

I saw that on my FB page! How exciting and I too, prayed for a good turn out and that's awesome that Wade got to be there!
I miss that too....the dinners with Mom....so glad you had a yummy dinner and sweet fellowship. My dinner was off the wall...as in smoked sausage on a bun with mustard, some chips and Queso. I'd had "desserts" at lunch so didn't repeat on that.

I watched a couple of movies....90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real....I normally don't sit for so much TV because of my tail bone pain, but those were good and based on true stories. The little boy who played Colton was absolutely a beautiful child and did a great job. Both were something with redeeming value.

I agree Kim....on the messages our churches need to bring and they water down things and leave lots out entirely to appeal to the masses, comfortable in their sin and delusions and nothing is required except show up and be counted. That's my dimes worth.

Prayers for a blessed week ahead....healing, strength and sweet rest...for body, mind and spirit. Love y'all...

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Bren, is there any way to leave a short list of things for her to do on her desk, things that you can do easily if she decides she doesn't want to do them? That way you are covered. You've given her tasks to do, but you can accomplish them if she decides she wants to be lazy - and you don't really have to interact with her. Just a thought! I'm glad it is only one day a week. Maybe it is a beginning and if you have joy in your heart she will see that and you will be able to show Jesus to her because you aren't frustrated. Keep praying for her too. Jesus loves your so much He died for her. I have to remember that with some people myself.

Mom and I had a really good talk yesterday. We talked about family and Resurrection, and all kinds of different stuff. It was nice. I'm here by myself today. Wade went to Beaufort to be with the Church this weekend. I am so excited. They were able to rent a building for today! I hope a lot of people come to share worship with them today. Normally they have a home church, but God provided and they were able to rent the old Train Depot for today. Woohoo! I'm so glad that Wade will be able to be there too. Mom and I will be sharing our Resurrection Day dinner together. I'm surprised that neither SIL invited her to join them today. Usually the SIL who asks us to eat with her for the other holidays invites us to her house, but she didn't this year. Odd! Well, we are going to enjoy a slab of ham and cheesecake! Yummers. She's going to have a salad and I'm going to add part of a left over baked potato. I love love love any kind of piggy, so this will be a treat! Praise the Lord, so far only mild tummy pain! God is so very good.

I did watch some TV preachers this morning. They had okay messages. I didn't leave the TV feeling uplifted and raring to go! I got on the computer and transcribed some sermons. They weren't Resurrection sermons, but they were sermons about living fully for Jesus and surrendering everything to Him and living in victory! Amen! Now that is something to get excited about! A clean heart and a victorious life! Where is that preaching out there??? I know of one little church who gives that to its folks every day, but there should be thousands. Okay, no soapbox.

I hope that y'all have an awesome and uplifting and blessed Resurrection Day, and this day fills you with victory! Love you

God bless, Kim

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Thanks for that encouragement ,Kim! I did repent for my steaming and venting...and have put her and her behavior in God's hands. Actually, it would come back on ME....if it was told that she's not doing anything because ...I would be expected to give her things to do....now if it's super slow, as it often is, I honestly don't care and won't fret over it. AND...it is ONE day a week...I can do this and with a better attitude. I accept any rebuking you and God need to do!

I also had an awful thought...that if I complained, since no one wants her in their office...none of the other 3 spots....they might send ME elsewhere on Fridays and leave her here! that would be awful...and YES....I do a lot of that...being by myself, doing my thing and letting her do hers at Sharon's desk. Nothing slips by God and I will be OK....no matter what!

Thanks for the reposts on Resurrection Sunday and yes...it's always good and always relevant!

I'm going to collect trash and clean up a bit....it's been a great day, tho I did need to go out a couple of times to take locks off units and took quite a few payments that Sharon can post on Monday. I look forward to my time at home....a good dinner and good rest while off. I need to do some laundry and a bank deposit, then can stay in and tend to my chores and self care....

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Okay, gals, satan is on the attack here! We can only control how we respond, not how they act. What would Jesus do? How would Jesus respond? It's not always easy to have a godly response to ungodly behavior, believe me, I've been there, but that is what Jesus expects of us. Where Tommie is concerned - you've been alone on Friday's forever, well, be alone even if she's there. Keeping her busy isn't your responsibility, that's is the boss's. You do your job and make sure things get done just like they always have been. If she's bound and determined not to do anything, well, it's no skin off of your nose, you're used to doing it all anyway. Be kind to her, show her the love of Jesus despite what she does and keep the love of Jesus in your heart, honoring Him before her.
Missy, you aren't going to forget your mom or your family. Pray daily for them. Love them. Just because you don't have a daily relationship with them doesn't mean they aren't in your heart and mind - you've just stopped letting them hurt you and control you with their words and actions. It doesn't matter what anyone but Jesus thinks of you; He is the One we live to please. If anyone gives you trouble over it, just ignore it, or tell them you are walking in obedience to God, they can take it up with Him if they have a problem with it - and walk away. And, never think we are tired of hearing about it! We are sisters in Christ, and we are here to pray for each other and to lift each other up - until the job is done! I hope y'all never tire of my problems!

I'm going to try and get my hair washed today. Not sure it will get dried, but at least it will be clean! LOL.

Here's a couple of good Resurrection posts:

03/30/18 FROM 2013 (still a good post)

None of Christs followers in the Bible ever said, "Happy Easter."

They celebrated The Lamb of God (Who died to take away the sins of the world); they did not celebrate a rabbit (a pagan symbol of fertility).

They celebrated The Cross (stained with the blood of atonement); they did not celebrate colored eggs (a pagan symbol of fertility).

They celebrated Jesus (physically raised from the dead); they did not celebrate Ishtar (the pagan fertility goddess).

They did not confuse the children with pagan ideas or blur the work of Christ with pagan symbolism.

It is not a myth,
it is not a religious distinctive.

It is the whole reason for our hope in eternal life.

HE IS RISEN.

03/30/18 ANOTHER ONE OF MY POSTS FROM 2013
(and last year)

What should be a child's first and foremost thought when they think about Resurrection Sunday? It should be that Jesus was raised from the dead.

Now, once that becomes the focus, there is no need for, or desire for Ishtar, rabbits and colored eggs.

Jesus should never share the meaning of this celebration with anyone or anything, much less with pagan and corrupt symbolism.

As long as we give children a pagan coated Christianity, they will suck the coating and leave the reality.

If we want our children to become weak Christians, we should water down the message of the cross and the empty tomb.

Maybe we would have more fellow followers of Christ today if the churches in the past had promoted the empty tomb and the hallowed Christ instead of the hollow chocolate bunny.

("OUCH," my response today, March 30, 2018)


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Missy...I hate these things and what a vile way for ADULTS to behave, in bullying your precious sons....and YOU! How shameful....and heartbreaking. Makes me so sad for you, honey girl.

I added a note on my post....about that Tommie person! She's one who complains about no Sunday services at her church etc...and touts being a Christian...yet lies, steals, a lot and is a thorn in everyone else's behinds. Made me really upset and that's not a normal state for me.

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Thank You, Bren for your kind words..I know Ya'll get tired of hearing it...

my youngest son hadn't seen my mom in 6 months(as well as myself)...and I know I was the talk of the town ..for not going to see my mom who has cancer...they all treated me as such too...and this time they *poked fun* (which I found not one bit funny) at my sons...saying they looked like their dad...and that poor fellows...etc...my youngest actually told my oldest son...it's ok..we are not ugly..and then they all burst out laughing!! This was NOT funny at all to me..and...yet I just laughed it off..to keep from crying:(...Then behind my back..my aunt told my youngest son..that the reason he does not want to be around them ..is because of his DAD and ME!!!!! Did my aunt think he would not tell me?...very sad....

Then they went on to say I cut my youngest son's hair to short, and that my hair was to long..and looked stringy(which it does not)...and then when I told my mom ..that was her opinion....she goes....oh I know ...my opinion doesn't mean nothing TO YOU!

I told my dad about mom having cancer..and he said I should see her as much as I can...but ...I just can't...the hurt is too great....plus...her husband does not make me feel comfortable there either!!!....my sister, mom, or aunt ...refuse to come see me!!!...so ....anyway

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It's on my opening pages that I have all the ads...top, bottom, sides. For now, when doing a post...it's clear sailing. It's 90% things I've googled, sites I've been to when ordering online...Amazon, Woman Within, jelly beans, JC Penny...shoes tops etc. and on regular occasion...food items or ads for Jenny Craig! OH well....occasionally, I may bite and go looking/shopping.

I got my second pair of shoes from JC Penny...the sandal type. I could actually do with a less wide pair, but these will do and are certainly roomy and comfy. They are Prophet...and have a Velcro heel close strap, open toe/heel. I like them and they will give me a change from the tennis shoes but still good support. I might get one, one size down...with summer coming.

Psalm 100: 3-4....today's calendar verse. Each morning we rise is cause for thanksgiving and praise....until our final day, when we leave here...to be with Him!

Missy, the only one you have power to change is yourself.....others in your circle see no need for it as they deem themselves "right, righteous and beyond your influence". Distance won't stop your love, prayers and caring.....but it might protect your heart a bit.
God used your Mom as the vessel to get you here....He loves her, He loves you....and He can fill an empty heart, mend a broken spirit and heal our hurts better than any other....or any mother. I'll be praying for you...and many others who walk this path that you do. In this damaged world we live in that's a certainty....others travel with you, facing the same rejections and hardness of hearts from those we'd expect to love, accept, honor, respect and treasure us. God....does all that and more!

Today will be a slow day, business wise. I did the final close yesterday so we can't post further payments until Monday....and this girl will be off! Yippee yahooty! It will be vacation day 2....for a 4 day stretch and I'll enjoy it. I asked Tommie to take the deposit in at 4:00, and let her leave after that since it had been so slow all day and she had a long string of things to fill her evening lined up. All I had was my Wal-Mart pick up order to snag.

I get tomorrow off. My only Sunday unless a holiday falls on it. The first 5-6 years I was there, I worked it and finally the boss said...let's close that day.

I need more coffee, then will get ready for work. Prayers for us all....in this new day. God knows our names, our hearts and our needs. Love y'all...

PS: I heard from another co-worker that Tommie will be here every Friday. No one else wants/needs or can get along with her. She's the one who steals, lies and lays out a LOT. I don't want to have her here either. I've worked this office alone on Fridays for 19 years and have done very well without anyone else underfoot.

Yesterday she ate chips, made a mess in the floor and left it, played on her phone all day, never took a phone call or payment, went out to take one lock off...that's it. I sent her to the bank at 4:00 with the final close and turned her loose.... I'm not happy...... YET.....God knew this was coming before I got wind of it....and I will do what I have to and make work for us both when I have to. Like saying....I'll handle payments if you'll man the phones...and pray for a settling....of my stomach...and my spirit! This disturbed me a great deal....



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I have a free ad block app..that works great!
I canceled my neck therapy for this week..and my neck is absolutely giving me fits today!

My visit last weekend with my mom..was as expected...she looked so weak, and could barely walk..yet her attitude...has not changed one bit!!! I called her yesterday...only to get fussed at...for insane... nonsense stuff...Bad as I hate to do it...I'm just going to have to keep my distance...My sister has nothing to do with me....ugh....One day....that's all I have to say:(:(
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Had another tummy moment this morning. I did take my Prevalite this morning though since I am done with my antibiotic. The doctor didn't want me taking it while I was on that. The Prevalite stops the diarrhea and hopefully it won't come back! I forgot to copy my tummy issues journal down on the computer to make a copy for the doctor yesterday, so I need to do that today, along with bill paying! I'm glad I feel better than I did this morning!

Bren, I paid to have the ads taken off of my Spark page, so on either side of what I am typing is nothing! Ahhhh! It's like $29.99 a year to go ad free and it has been worth it!

Lots to do so I won't linger. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Hallelujah for sure! God is so good and merciful!

If I was feeling "punky"...I'd be wanting mashed potatoes and gravy...and maybe oatmeal and applesauce emoticon Actually I did have some punky moments but I am so thankful they passed quickly....and no mashed potatoes and gravy were had.

I wasn't thinking very well past my "cravings" Kim....for the jelly beans! I'm glad it didn't blossom into a major setback with the sugar "crazies"....They were good but not awesome as I expected after all the build up in my mind...LOL. Oh well....it could have been cheesecake, ya know.

I'm still seeing car ads, jelly beans, now shoes....and today...pools. Well...I haven't googled a pool but I did have dreams about getting into one at a gym, and I don't go there either!

I'm wearing my first new pair of shoes today. They are Easy Spirit....it's been over 20 years since I had a pair of these and they feel great. Just looking at them, I thought...those will not fit! But they do and my feet are as happy in these as the Prohet's that I normally buy. Plenty of room in the toe box make my feet smile emoticon

Now if the winds would die down to 5-8 MPH instead of 20-30....I'd be a really happy camper and want to play outside some. I'm not alone here today so I won't do that....but the weekend is coming emoticon

Be good to yourselves....I'll do the same here for me...no matter what...let's have a blessed day, knowing we are loved and in God's hands each moment of every day. Love and prayers...


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Feeling better today! Hallelujah.

I was 226.4 this morning - helps not being able to eat! I have been afraid to put stuff in my mouth, not sure what would set my tummy off!

My Pronourish came today, so I am set for breakfast, and I will have my protein drink for lunch, and then whatever meat we are having for dinner should do me well.

I am going to wait until tomorrow to start back doing my workouts to make sure that I am well and good again.

Missy, I am soooo sorry that you had to go through that. Praise the Lord my diarrhea never got that bad. I hope they get you sorted out soon, sweetie-pie!

Jelly beans used to bother my tummy too, Bren, that is why I started eating less of them, just a couple to satisfy my taste. When I would eat a serving of them, my tummy didn't feel good afterwards! I think it is probably the high fructose corn syrup that is a no no on my FODMAP diet!

Well, off to the other thread!

God bless, Kim

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It's chilly here. I actually need a little heat on....
I ordered 2 more pair of shoes from another company that has XX-wide and even wider so I'll have 4 new pairs of good shoes and happy feet might make me inclined to be on them more and out the door...reckon?

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76 right now here...suppose to get in the 80's...very nice!



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Prayers for both of you...well...for all of US!

I've been having some tummy rumbles for a few days...about as many days as I had some jelly beans. Those are gone now and I shouldn't be bothered by the ads anymore.

It's a beautiful, cooler day here with expected highs in the 60's...which is awesome spring weather. We did have some rain, much needed, on Tuesday. It was light, while I had to be out running around for my appointment so was no problem.

I need to get some sale work done once I have the coffee set out and a cup of it in my hand....Be blessed today...no matter what.



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I know tummy issues too...not sure if it was the antibiotic ...or what..but I was literally on the toilet for 4 hours!!! Horrible!!! Diarrhea is no joke!!! Especially when you can not sit on your rear...from the pain!!!!....Prayers for you Kim!

The doc is changing my insulin again!! I am so done with it all...I think I am going to find me a cave..and just fast for 1 year...maybe come out as a different me emoticon

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I thought today was going to be better when I woke up, but then the tummy pain started again! boohoo and sigh! No diarrhea though, but the pain was the kind that usually preceeds the diarrhea. It still hurts. I am wiped out too after my night with no sleep. I did run the dishwasher so that when I finally have the energy and feel good enough to empty the sink, it won't be that hard. Last night I did put a few things in the dishwasher and I was having to move some things around to get stuff in there - not good! Both my crock pots are sitting in or around the sink too - one of them still has the juice from the pork roast sitting in it that we cooked two days ago - yuck! Wade may have to deal with that at this point! I haven't felt this bad for this long in I can't remember how long. I didn't feel this bad when I had all that pain and diarrhea every day. At least the pain went away for small periods of time and I could function. Right now, I am just so tired I can't function! Oh, calling 911. I've had worse headaches before, and been woozy before - but usually not for that long. After being off in my tummy for so long and not eating well for a couple of days, well, that could have caused some of that. I didn't feel like it was an emergency situation though - I just felt blech! If I didn't move then my head didn't hurt and I didn't feel like I was going to fall over! LOL!

Jer. 29:11 is a wildly popular verse and such a wonderful promise. Unfortunately people don't understand that they have to line their lives up with the will of God for God to be able to bless them with that promise.

I am going to post a thread with the Resurrection blog posts on Why Jesus didn't balk at going to the cross. I hope y'all enjoy them.

Love y'all bunches. You are in my prayers. I do so appreciate yours.

God bless, Kim

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You remain in my prayers, Kim. I was sure you were having more troubles and really missed your presence here. Praying for relief and comfort in this current trial. I'd have been tempted to call 911 ya know emoticon That all day long pain and dizziness, nausea.......Being one who doesn't take the best care of her own self....I've no advice...just lots of prayer and love...and gentle cyber hugs that don't hurt you.

I had a good visit with my cardiologist and won't have to go back for a follow up for 6 months. A couple of bills from my hospital stay preceded me so I took care of those while there. I'm so thankful for God's provision in paying them. I got the ambulance bill as well on Monday and that's taken care of. It was a month on Monday since my little episode! Wow...time does zip on by.

My calendar verse today is Jeremiah 29:11. Some days, it's a short prayer and others a verse of scripture. I remember your postings last year on the Resurrection. Much I'd not heard or considered before then.

I hope to get my floors done today...vacuuming and mopping....the dusting and cleaning my bistro table and entry way. I still need to go thru the cabinets and freezer, but did get the fridge done.
I was so glad to make so much progress yesterday, but could not have done it without God's strength for sure. Like you...the dishwasher alone is a big struggle many times...either loading or unloading. Yesterday I did my dishes by hand since about 75% were plastics. Some containers did make the cut and are in the give away tub. More need to join them.

My FBS was 99 this morning....yippee! BP is 124/74 HR 67. Yesterday was higher...125/94 but FBS was 149. I am loving these numbers and want very much to continue this trend....in discipline, obedience and self care. No one else will make choices and changes needed so that work falls to me. BUT....I know I'm not alone in this journey and that encourages and inspires me.

I got an e-mail that my shoes have been shipped so I want to go thru the ones I have left and let the ragged ones go... and perhaps a few more pair of good ones that I can't wear....to bless someone else who needs some.

Have a blessed, quiet and restful day, all....I will as well...as I putter around my apartment, putting things in order and releasing a few more items in the process. I love you ladies.



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Phew, it's been a rough couple of days for me. I got up yesterday about 10:30 with a headache. It wasn't super bad but I was a bit nauseous and very woozy. I took my meds and vegged out most of the day. I was just so dizzy and out of it for most of the day and the headache just hung around in a mild form for most of the day. I didn't feel like eating at all. I too a nap around 6:30 to 8:30 when Wade called to tell me he wouldn't be home until around 10 pm, so I got up to watch my Spring Baking Show. I ate a bowl of Protein Cheerios (I'd had an oatmeal cookie and a yogurt up to this point) and it made my tummy hurt. It doesn't usually, but it did last night! Grrr! Oh, I ate half a graham cracker too, trying to make my tummy feel better. So far today I've had a protein drink, my coffee and some Ritz crackers. The coffee and some Tylenol for my headache which continues. I had insomnia last night and didn't sleep at all. I tried. I was so tempted to just give up and read, but I kept on trying to fall asleep! My poor kitchen is a mess, but I can't move my head or the pain gets worse so trying to put stuff in the dishwasher is not a good idea! LOL! I sure could use your prayers. I don't know what my body is doing right now! One thing is good, I haven't had diarrhea for five days - I haven't had anything for at least five days actually! The last thing I have written down is for last Tuesday - Yikes! Hmmm??? Not sure that's good either! No wonder I don't feel good! LOL! Oh well, enough of that stuff. As Missy would say - TMI!

Resurrection is just a few days away. I have will have a blot to put up about how Jesus didn't balk about going to the cross when He was in the Garden, but rather He was crying out to God to spare His life in the Garden so He could make it to the cross. There are a bunch of verses to show that Jesus never ever would have balked or been afraid to go to the cross. We've talked about it before, but the verses are great to have to prove the point because there are a ton of people out there who believe that Jesus was a wimp and He disobeyed the Father for that time in the Garden - which would have then made Him an unacceptable sacrifice - which no one seems to think about - but then He rethinks His position at some point and redecides to go to the cross and everything is fine! Of course they don't preach it that way, they preach it in such a way so that people get to feel good about their weaknesses because Jesus was weak too - arghhhh!



God bless, Kim

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Well...I satisfied my Jelly Bean craving with just 2 servings and the rest are going to a neighbor in the give away tub, along with the little cup I dipped them with...no hands touched any except mine. I'll put the tub out in the morning and whoever wants it can have it....I still have room for a few more items in the tub and the food bag. I'm thinking I'll find some add in items when I go thru my cabinets.

Yesterday was a bust for me. I was so exhausted and it was a 2 nap day with very little else happening. So...before going to sleep last night, I prayed that God would hold me, heal me and wake me today...energized and strengthened to do my home chores and take care of me.
He is SO faithful....so I am getting those things done that have gone undone for the past two weeks and I do feel well today. I have my appointment at 11:00....and should get the go-ahead to increase activity...then will pray for the desire and will...and strength needed to follow through!

I have the AC on today...it had not cooled at all when I checked earlier so I'll keep an eye on it. I may need to leave a note for maintenance if it doesn't start doing it's jobby.. I have my little fan on for now and that helps a lot.
I just realized a few days ago that I haven't had a bandanna day in a very long time! That means two things...one...I am not working hard enough to need one and two...my current stint of staying chilled a lot means I don't need one. However....this morning, I almost did, as I was working harder than I have in awhile and....the AC wasn't cooling!

Today, I want to get the fridge sorted and cleaned and do up my salad bowls and veggie packs for snacks. I got my meal plan done on Sunday but haven't really used it yet. Yesterday was a full month that I've avoided fast food! I don't remember that ever happening but it feels good...and my wallet is happier too. I have been to Burger King like 3 times but only for my iced tea....and that was a good thing! Tho I'd still like to train myself to do my Sunday iced tea at home....it would take so little effort.

I'm going to go play in the fridge so I can get the trash ready to take out when I leave for my appointment....I know I'll find some things to toss.

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I agree about that whole "Easter" thing. Passover is more like it - and Resurrection Day!

In my childhood and youth, my Mom would hide Easter baskets for us and leave little clues to help us find them.

I remember as a young believer watching the movie King of Kings and being so thrilled my first REAL Resurrection Day.


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I am so sorry you are having such pain my friend! That makes one want to avoid eating at all. I pray things taper off very soon. Do you have a follow up with your Dr. about this after the antibiotics?

I ordered a couple pairs of shoes from JC Penny, today. They normally have my 2X wide but they are getting harder to find. I have a couple pairs I can't wear much due to my puffy feet....and I gave away a whole tub of shoes to Love and Care ministry a couple of years back....
One pair is a semi sandal with open back and the other a walking shoe in just X-wide. The sandal type is 2-XW and if they don't fit, I'll take them back. The last shoes I'd ordered, I paid way too much for and gave away one pair...too loose...in 7.5...The size 7, I kept and use for hospital runs if I get to pack a bag. Oh well....I will not dwell today on the money I've "wasted"....and will make an attempt to not do so much...this year!

I was trying to remember this morning if we ever did anything like egg hunts as kids and I just don't. I would think that we did...but we did grow up poor (and not in the Church)....and in the country and I do know we never had a Birthday party, tho Mama would make us a cake on occasion...My brother and I share a Birthday so she only had to do one....but then again, it was only 12 days from Christmas....so that too wasn't always guaranteed to happen. I do remember Mama cooking a nice dinner, with ham, potato salad and the like. I miss her...and her cooking.

Speaking of my brother...I haven't heard from him again and I've written him 3 times since I got his last letter. I pray he's OK and comes home soon...and comes home changed for the better, determined to stay clean and sober.

I think I'll eat the rest of my cantaloupe so I don't have to tote the container home emoticon I have an hour then will be headed home...yippee!

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Tummy pain again today. Maybe in the 5 range. God knows and if it were His will He could remove it. He has a purpose.

To me, there is no reason for a Church to celebrate anything but the Resurrection of Jesus - for that matter, for any Christian to celebrate anything but the resurrection of Jesus. Easter is taken from Ishtar's name (the goddess of fertility) - I use her name when I hear of these celebrations in her honor. People aren't celebrating Easter in the sense they believe - they are celebrating Ishtar! Do I buy the candy? Yep, nothing wrong with eating jelly beans and white chocolate eggs, they're yummy. But I don't put them in a basket and tell children that an Ishtar bunny brought them, or hide colored eggs in the yard and tell them the Ishtar bunny hid them and they should go find them. I celebrate a risen Savior alone! And I call the day Resurrection Sunday or I wish people a Happy or Blessed Resurrection Day! This is all a part of satan's plot to push Jesus out of people's lives and replace Him with the benign - and how better to do that than through the children? It matters! Every little thing that lessens our relationship with Jesus matters! Every little thing that comes between us and Jesus matters! I'm sorry, I did it again. I get so passionate about these things. Jesus deserves our all and we cover up His most important celebration days with bunnies and fat men in red suits! It ought not to be this way! We celebrate our Savior every single day of our lives, but on these two days the world notices Jesus, and satan has found a way to tuck Him in the background. Of all days Christians should be pushing Him to the foreground and trashing everything else! Okay, I'll move on!

I need to go ahead and work harder at keeping my diet light this week. I ate too many different things this week. I did use my FODMAP diet list more over the weekend, but I didn't make as many wise choices as I should have. I just don't know why the pain is there when I wake up!

I love y'all. Have a very blessed Lord's Day.

God bless, Kim

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LOL! Now that I did the google search for SF jelly beans, they are all over my side bars! I may need to traipse over to Amazon...Wal-Mart didn't have them! Shh...I did say I couldn't be trusted with them. After reading that they actually have only 25% fewer calories than the regular, I'm not sure I want all that malitol for such a small calorie savings?

OK...after looking at the "ad" again....the egg hunt and "Eggstravaganza" complete with free hot dogs and blow up stuff for the kids...is on Saturday....but that's still a blight on the church in my opinion. I wouldn't go....if I had 5 kids whining to!

I got another 4 pack of the blueberry Quest bars. I really like them and I did enjoy my Smores one for breakfast. I packed a little basket in there with my chicken/tuna/salmon salad kits and a Quest bar. I'll bring more in as needed. I found some fat free tuna salad kits and had one for lunch with some celery, carrots and a fruit cup.

Wow...you were doing a semi fast there, not on purpose. I'm glad the pain subsided after a bit...but it would sure be nice not to have any! I had foot pain last night and was thinking it was headed towards a full relapse but it tapered off about 3 AM this morning. I got some good rest in spite of it. I suppose I strained it somehow yesterday.

I picked up my Wal-Mart order on the way to work and got a cute little Spring gift bag with a few items in it. I put the men's Dove deodorant spray and a juice pack on Sharon's desk for her. I kept the diced peaches and MW brown rice for myself. I'll do some beans and rice with it.

It's been a lovely day here, mostly sunny but still really windy. I made rounds this morning on the cart for my sun and air time...rented a unit, got Chris's work list done up for Monday...I look forward to my first vacation day on Monday. I hope to make some progress on my cleaning projects while off...then Tuesday I see my cardiologist. That crossed my mind while I was limping about last night, in pain...and praying for recovery. It's exhausting, dragging my carcass around!



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Love me some Jelly Beans! Sugar free is even better. I like the ones that I find at Sam's and Wal-mart. They aren't as chewy as the Jelly Belly's but they have the same flavors.

I grew up celebrating the "Easter Bunny" and hunting for eggs before going off to Church. Our Ishtar baskets would all be lined up on the fireplace hearth and then we would go to the livingroom and hunt for the eggs mom and dad had hidden in there the night before. Then we would get dressed up in our new Ishtar clothes. Yes, I mean to put Ishtar up there, and y'all know why from past posts! We didn't know that then of course. I didn't care about all of that, I just wanted the candy. We eventually started going to the Quaker Church and learned what Resurrection Sunday was truly all about. What an eye-opener! The Church we are a part of now isn't a part of the Quaker Church, but Independent. The children in our Church learn at an early age that there is no Easter but rather a Resurrection of our Savior, and Christmas isn't about Santa Claus but rather the birth of our Savior - incredibly awesome events that should be celebrated in and of themselves without the cartoon characters taking Jesus' place. Oh dear, you got me started! I'm done now! LOL!

Had some pain this morning then realized it had been more than 14 hours since I'd eaten anything. I hurt too much to eat though, so I didn't eat anything for breakfast. The pain eventually subsided enough that I could eat and I am doing fine now. Not sure what to do about that though. Can't eat in the middle of the night! LOL! Although it may come down to that.

Well, I hope that y'all are doing better. Much love. Have a great weekend!

God bless, Kim

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AWESOME...and yes, I'm yelling inside!! I absolutely love that Kim, and all the other messages you've posted on this topic and I mentioned it over yonder on the accountability thread as well. It truly bothers me at the emphasis so many of our churches put on the bunny, eggs, candy etc. for our kids! The annual Trunk or Treat thing bothers me as well but not this much. Like the one church calling their "Easter" celebration an "Eggstravaganza" and saying...don't forget to bring candy!...and decorating with the pictures of eggs and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. Aack!

Thinking of Missy...and many others here...outside of "here"...and from my Doctors....I get no encouragement, support, approval etc...except what I give myself...knowing that I am loved and accepted by THE one who matters most! My Lord and Savior.... and He believes in us, loves us beyond comprehension and always has our best interests in mind. I remember the time my Mom told me that David told her... "Brenda will never lose any weight, she likes food too much". ...and neither of them should have been "discussing" me and my stuff was what came to mind. I was hurt and angry for too long and those things stick in our heads and hearts....so we need some filters...on what comes in...and what goes out! Just my dimes worth!

Looky here what I found!


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Wow, I had a whole post here and it disappeared!

I like to fit in exercises whenever I have to free moments when I am at the microwave or brushing my teeth - usually squats!

Missy, I hope you had a good visit with you Mom and Sister. I was thinking about it the other day. Maybe you could make it more about your health and strength rather than about weight loss when you talk to them - something like, "I'm doing everything that I can to get healthy and strong and my doctor is monitoring me to make sure that everything is going well. So, how are y'all doing...?"

I saw this blog today and hope that y'all are blessed by it:

No Easter Bunny, No Easter Eggs, in fact, No Easter at The NET HOUSE.
We celebrate the RESURRECTION of JESUS, and the children get it.

Is 42:5-8 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. 8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

(someone agreed that it is the name of a pagan celebration)
DLG... Yep, it was a pagan celebration and these "Easter" furnishings are still an affront to the glorious resurrection of the Son of God. Easter was named for a perverted, incestuous fertility goddess (who had various names in various cultures through history) and the bunny represents fertility and the egg represents fertility. The whole thing is corrupt, from the top to the bottom, from beginning to end.

In spite of the friendly explanations people read on the internet, by so-called experts, the fact is that Satan has always had a counterfeit and false deliverer, in various places from the Cradle of Civilization to Greece, to Rome, to Scandinavia. To compartmentalize and divide is to cover up the work of Satan. I have never figured out why Christians (well meaning as they may be) do not just dump the pagan connections and focus on the most awesome event in the universe: God became a man, died on a cross and rose physically from the dead on the third day.

(someone said that maybe others would start to call it Resurrection if we do)
DLG... That would be wonderful, but I have been calling it Resurrection and not calling it Easter for over 50 years and very seldom do I have believers change their vocabulary or focus. Of course, our church has always referred to Resurrection, my children have always referred to it as Resurrection.

Sadly, and curiously, most other Christians seem to be on a crusade to save the bunny. It is as if dumping Peter Cotton Tail or getting rid of the word, "Easter" is an attack on the word of God and the doctrines of salvation. I understand that most people do not see it in the same way I see it, and I do not make it a point of separation, but sometimes others will distance themselves from me, as if I am a legalist or a cultist. GO FIGURE.

Still, we hold the ground. If someone wishes me a Happy Easter, I smile, and respond with either, He is Risen or, Happy Resurrection to you to. I know what they mean. I am not bashful about my position, but I don't allow a difference of understanding to come between me and other Christians.

However, I have found that cultist and other sinners usually have a better grasp of this issue than Christians. I think that churches and Christian parents have been unintentionally hindering the faith of their children by failing to teach them the greatness of the Resurrection, by adding pagan concepts. Again, it is not intentional, but I think it has happened. I don't think I have ever been told by a pastor or a parishioner that they changed their viewpoint after listening to me. Sad.



God bless, Kim

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Hooya! That's great Shel. I've lived alone for over 21 years now and love it....and I hope you enjoy the free space and freedom for your own schedule and desires, whatever they may be....and if you get a boarder....that it works out well for you. Yes! Those little moves add up and I'm glad to have started mine again. I've done squats and 2 sets of wall push ups so far. I had to use a chair for the squats since my legs/knees are still a tad weak. I have some free weights 3/5 pound and a kettlebell in there to play with too. A ball to bounce off the wall would be good too.

I saw this on a FB post and took it...My produce would be screaming "Noooo"....as I tossed it in the trash every 2 weeks!


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When I take 2 of our Down students to the girls' room, I do wall push-ups or squats or lunges while they do their business.
And a friend of mine told me that once everyone moved out I would probably see some weight loss. I was finally under 210 this morning!


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Hope you see some improvement, pronto, Kim...

I started my 10X5X2..."get up and do something"...with 10 wall push ups when I got up to get the coffee ready and set out...I have the place to myself enough that I can get my moves in...here or at home.

It's a cloudy, overcast and breezy day here. We are expecting 89 tomorrow...already! emoticon It's a lovely day and I hope I DO have the place to myself today!

Last Friday was so uncomfortable with Tommie here, munching chips and playing on her phone all day. She did answer the phone a few times tho and go out to take a lock of a unit that was paying up. If I had more for her to do...I think she would do it.
She does steal, (petty cash, stamps, envelopes, office items at will) lies and lays out...a LOT...and isn't trustworthy so I don't want her in here alone if it can be avoided, tho she has a key to every office and can enter at will. Long, ugly tales and vindictive attitudes that we can't address and the bosses refuse to....so we guard ourselves as best we can. It's taken a great toll on moral and enthusiasm for our jobs for the other 5 of us....and that's sad.

Enough of that! I need to leave her and her stuff in God's hands...and tend to Bren-Duh's business. I see some sun poking out...guess I'll get the golf cart out since Chris is at the other office doing some column repair work after a young man ran into the building with his motorcycle. He told Sharon he'd have to file a claim for damages...poor fellow.

It looks as if I DO have the place to myself and I am happy and blessed...hooya! Have a good day at your spots.......I'll do the same at mine. Love y'all...




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What a good reason not to need a new place! Hope everything works out for him. DD's ex needs to get his act together! Can't wait until Levi can be there with you!

Bren and Missy, I hope both of you are having a good day today. I did well for two days, but this morning I had pain and diarrhea again. The pain went away with the diarrhea though, so praise the Lord for that. I have no idea what is causing it! I am going to go on a super restrictive diet. My new protein drink is gluten and dairy free, so I will be drinking that for breakfast, have yogurt for lunch, and then maybe chicken and applesauce for dinner. (I have lactose free milk and lactose free yogurt). If eating that for a few days keeps the diarrhea away then I will know that it is something I am eating that is causing the problem. I am going to cut out the coffee too. I will gradually add things back in and see what causes the problem! If I have the problem while on the restrictive diet, then I have fewer things that I have to choose from as causing the problem, or the problem isn't my food!

I can't believe we've gotten cold again. Boohoo! Okay weather, notice the date, it's near the end of March, time to start warming up again! heeheehee!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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Welcome Kitty! hello, all. Well, Levi was fine with me renting, but the fellow changed his mind, hoping his wife will not go through with a divorce and reconcile instead. I'm all for that! Meanwhile, DD's Ex is SLOWLY getting his stuff.At DD's request I called my grandson on the phone - he was missing me (and I, him!) She's thinking of going to a warmer state because the cold is really bothering all her bones. We plan to get together for Christmas, trusting they'll be settled in their own place by then.


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I wrote that name down, Kim...so I can check out her books. Thanks emoticon I got several of the Miller Creek series and at the mention of Mama Beth, I knew I was into something familiar, as the first one I read was about Dani...

I brought ice today for my Yeti knockoff mug and will be happy all day. Well...ice water helps things along anyway. Right now I need coffee, since I did opt for the nap over chores and ran me out of time at home. I did get the dishwasher loaded tho and a bag packed for work...

The computer is getting ready to reboot...I need to figure out how to turn off that auto update feature?

Have a blessed day. Ladies....love and prayers for our little bunch...

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I liked that series too, Bren! I have a series by Chautona Havig that I think you would love. It's a serial story that she came out with a few years ago. I have all of the serials and the Volumes as well. I can loan the volumes but not each episode. It's called Past Forward. If your interested, just let me know and I'll loan you volume one. You can see if you like it. This girl's mama dies and she is left on her own, and doesn't really know anything about the world around her. She an her mother had done everything for themselves. It's really interesting.

Doing better today, no tummy upsets. Praise the Lord! I think that switching my probiotic back has helped. I was reading on it today and noticed that it contains a prebiotic as well. The probiotic that the doctor recommended has 10 billion of one kind of bacteria. The kind I take has 50 billion of 10 different kinds of bacteria. It is also lactose and gluten and soy free. His doesn't say that. It also has several different ingredients other than the bacteria that mine doesn't have. But, a week after starting to take mine again, my tummy is settling down. We'll see if it holds.

Hope y'all are doing well today. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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I went with a list but got quite a bit more at the store. I have a freezer full of good stuff...got some fresh English muffins....for breakfast use. I'd only had one from my old package....I keep them in the fridge but those were from maybe January? Those chicken sandwiches would do for my lower calorie counts. I'll see what I can cobble together.

I was very tired after laundry and shopping so got a nice nap in. I do enjoy my naps. I was awake until after 10:00, reading. I'd gotten several of the Miller Creek books while free and really enjoy them.

I need to get ready for work....wishing you all a peaceful, restful day at your spots.

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Kitty, thanks for that information.

Kitty - welcome aboard!!! I am on a FODMAP diet, which is a diet where you delete certain foods that can cause gas, bloating in and pain in the stomach because your body is intolerant to them. These specific foods are known to cause those symptoms, especially in people with IBS, Celiac disease, and other stomach diseases. I have IBS-C for sure and possibly D as well. I also produce too much acid so I have GERD and Reflux disease. I have chronic gastritis as well. I've had trouble with my stomach since I was 15 years old and I am now 58. I recently had an endoscopy and they found inflammation but the biopsies came back clean. I am on antibiotics that should be helping with the diarrhea, since that is normally not something that I have a problem with, but I started to struggle with it and that is what caused the colonoscopy and the endoscopy. I haven't been able to bring the pain under control, and so far not the diarrhea either. Normally I am constipated most of the time and have diarrhea occasionally. That's why this is an anomoly for me. One of my doctors says that my diarrhea is Bile Salts diarrhea and I have a powder to take to stop it when it starts - but I can't take it while on the antibiotics. The other doctor is saying the diarrhea is IBS-D. Who knows what it is! I'm caught in the middle just wanting it to end! I would be very happy if someone would just remove my tummy! LOL! That is my tummy saga thus far!

Bren, I got these frozen chicken sandwiches from Sams that are in a pita pocket. They have just 160 calories. Can't say that they are that great because after you microwave them the pita bread becomes rather hard, but the chicken breast and cheese are really good. That might be an option for something to make for yourself. Get some pita pockets and some frozen chicken breasts.Nuke the chicken breast and while that is nuking put a slice of tomato and kale in the pita pock with a slice of low fat cheese and you have a really nice dinner with very little effort! That is our kind of cooking. Low cal and all of the stuff you need to get in a meal all right there. Well, you would need a side of fruit, or you could have your mandarine orange for later as a snack.

Well, I'll let you ladies go. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Hello Kitty12312!....and welcome aboard! I hope you will enjoy SP and make yourself at home!

Oh No, Kim! Yes, it's so hard to pinpoint a problem when it's not consistent! Praying today is a better day with less pain/troubles.

I tossed my English muffins and the remainder of my bread yesterday. The bread was wonky anyway....like the loaf was loaded sideways in the bag and was shaped off kilter. I'd had a lot of it but was done with sandwich stuff anyway. It was the 45 calorie Sara Lee stuff...but since I don't eat bread with my meals it was easy to let go.

I am out of ice and that requires a run to the store! I could of course, refill my trays and have some in like 2 hours...and that's an option.

I have 2 loads of laundry in the dryers and am so thankful for God's strength to get this done. It was a must at this point and as I've done for way too long, am doing only the essentials so until I make me do the second tub to catch up completely....perhaps next week....I still have laundry "to do".

Yesterday, other than wash a sink of dishes, I did nothing of a constructive nature but rest with a capital R and it was good to be able to do so. I'm feeling better each day for the most part and have been on track with my meals since coming home from the hospital Feb. 28th with only 3 episodes of overeating. ...and maybe 4 days with the higher sodium levels than I'm aiming for. Yesterday was a higher sodium day and I had the BP of 133/75 this morning. Still good, compared to my really high numbers but I like the lower ones more often....just not too low!

Tomorrow is our sale day at work so I'll be picking up donuts on the way to work. I only eat some about once a quarter which is 4 times a year but I don't need them then even, so I avoid getting my...I say "MY" favorites! I send leftovers home with Sharon and twice we gave them away...to a tenant and her son, and to the UPS driver when we had a full box left.

Today's calendar verse is Philippians 4: 5-6 I like that and it helped me as I was "anxious" about the laundry getting done today!

Donuts for tomorrow....be like....





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Hi. I am new to the group and saw your post. Due to functional short bowel syndrome, I get diarrhea more often than most people. I have found that if Imodium doesn't work, then bananas and dry toast help quite a bit. I will even put some peanut butter on the dry toast to help slow motility down enough to stop the diarrhea.
Hope this helps you out. Get better soon!


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What a blessing to find out that you don't have to pay something you were expecting to have to!

We had a lot of outgo this month, but the Lord provided ahead of time. Praise His name!

Not good again today. I sure hope they get this thing figured out. I know that the Prevelite will stop the diarrhea, but I'm not supposed to take it while I'm on the antibiotic. And, it doesn't show up but every other day or so, so it really isn't something the Prevelite is needed for. Sigh. I'm not sure what is causing it! Wade got me St. Patty's Day cookies yesterday, and there were two left this morning. I didn't have a single problem with them yesterday. I ate one today and immediately had cramping and diarrhea. The only other thing I had before that was my Protein Cheerios and my coffee and neither of those have caused problems in the past. Soooo!?? How do I know what foods are causing problems when they don't cause them consistently??? I might cut out gluten and see if that helps. I know that I am lactose intolerant, maybe I am gluten intolerant too! Now won't that be fun. It sure will help in cutting down on the carbs - LOL! I will have to research where to find gluten in my diet.

Well, that was fun!

I put up the last post in my Ezekiel blog posts if anyone is looking at those. It's a good study!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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I do my Sunday Tea on ice....and others mostly hot with a touch of honey. After my large unsweet tea yesterday, I had plenty of ice to have two cups of iced water after.

When I picked up my Wal-Mart order, I noticed I had no days left on my phone so stopped at HEB against my will to get a card. Boy was I whipped! BUT....I got as close to the store as I could and found them, not too far from the check out. Well, I loaded it when I got home, then the auto refill applied itself so this shouldn't happen again. The auto thing was supposed to kick in several days ago. It's for 60 minutes/90 days so now I have an extra 90 days...well 81 after they deducted the 9 days I've been "out"? Oh well....

I'll get some home chores done today and be thankful I can. I had such a slow day yesterday, had two ladies come in, one who really blessed me in sharing a story of God using her and putting her in places to be a blessing to others and it brought tears to my eyes. The other...my Doctor lady, I'd given 3 months free rent on a third unit to, so she could sort and sell some furniture.
She was going to pay another month and was so happy when I told her she was covered to May 1st and owed nothing. She has a washer/dryer for sale for $75 each....and of course it made me long for a place to "have" a washer and dryer! BUT....I'm OK...and blessed where I am.

I'm going to have another cup of coffee and get myself geared up to restore order here. Be blessed today....best where most needed. Love and prayers~


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