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2/2/09 5:35 P

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I'm sure we all have Gina.

By the way, it's good to see you!!

BELIEVE, LIVE JOYFULLY, BREATHE DEEPLY, BE HOPEFUL, LAUGH!!!

"When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything You gave me.'" ~Erma Bombeck
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2/2/09 9:44 A

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I have been guilty of this more often then I care to admit.

Love, Gina ~ Central Time Zone
Laugh a lot, and when you're older, all your wrinkles will be in the right places!

Old habits die hard, but they do die! ~ Jillian Michaels

2/9/14 - 2/9/15: Lost 23 lbs.
2/9/15 - 2/9/16: Lost 8.6 lb. so far...

I have officially lost 1/4 of the weight I want to lose + 4 pounds!
I need to lose 23.5 more pounds to get to my half way point!


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(By Glynnis Whitwer of Proverbs 31 Ministries)

UNTIL THE WHISTLE BLOWS


“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”~Luke 18:1 (NIV)



Devotion:

My oldest son Josh played offensive line on his football team when he was younger. Solid and strong, Josh’s job on the line was to hold the opponents’ defensive line back long enough for the quarterback to do his job. The offensive line isn’t the most glamorous job on the field, but when they don’t do their job well, everyone is quick to see the results. Normally, these steadfast players hold firm, protecting their guy.



Sitting at the practices night after night, I noticed a common issue among the novice players on the field. They often stopped blocking too soon. Shouts of, “Block ‘til the whistle blows!” filled the sweaty September nights, and time and again the tired players lined back up and tried again.



The boys knew what they were supposed to do, but they often gave up when they thought the play was over. Sometimes they gave up because holding back a powerful defensive player was tiring. Unfortunately, the play wasn’t over until the coach or referee blew the whistle. Until that whistle blew, anything could happen.



The parallel to our prayer lives is astounding. Too often, I have given up praying about a concern, believing the play to be over. Perhaps I think God answered “no” when I don’t see an answer in my timeline. Sometimes I see things with human eyes, and give up too soon. I wonder how many times we’ve stopped praying just shy of experiencing healing, freedom from addiction, or the salvation of someone we love. I’m thankful my family and I never stopped praying about my dad’s salvation. He came to Christ two weeks before he died.



Just as my son learned to block until the whistle blows, may we be encouraged to pray until the trumpet blows, revealing that Jesus has returned to earth. In other words – never give up!



Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your power and majesty. There is nothing in the universe that is too big for You to handle. Help me to remember that You want to hear my prayers, and You delight in answering them when it brings glory to Your name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


BELIEVE, LIVE JOYFULLY, BREATHE DEEPLY, BE HOPEFUL, LAUGH!!!

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