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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The message in church today was about fear and I thought it fit so well with what many of us are dealing with on here.

Fear stops us from moving forward with our life.
The fear of loss.
The fear of failure.
The fear of rejection.
The fear of the unknown.

How many of us are hanging onto this weight because we are afraid? We are afraid of what will happen when we aren't carrying it around. It has become our security blanket. If we don't really try, then we can't fail. What if we lose the weight and we still feel like we don't fit in. What will life really be like after we lose the weight???

What do you really fear?

Fear is placing your faith in things that may or may not happen.

Do you really want to let fear rule your life? Would you rather place your faith in what could happen if you let go of that fear or move forward in faith that things can improve?

Ask yourself this question.

What does your fear matter?

Your fear reveals what you value the most.
Your fear reveals where you trust in God the least.
Acknowledge your fear and choose to trust that God knows what is best for you.

If you can do this then you can move forward with whatever you want to achieve in life, be it weight loss, change jobs, move to a new location, or just living life free from fear of life itself.

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INFLATED 8/20/2014 5:08PM

    I got down on my knees by our bed before having the treadmill stress test. I fear something being wrong with my heart, but I know my times are in His Hands. Psa_31:15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

Thank you for this blog!

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JANIEWWJD 8/19/2014 12:13AM

    Loved your blog. My fear will never win!!! Onward Sparkers!!!! Together we can do this!!!!
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    Fear is such a stronghold...but God is bigger than the fear we feel or we face before us.
The Footprints in the Sand comes to mind...take that 1st step and he will scoop us up and carry us through it ALL.
I like what BABY_GIRL 69 said that Fear & Faith can Not occupy the same space.
Fear is not of God! He lovingly reaches out to comforting that is!
emoticon Pat for reminding us to trust Him.
Pray for strength to overcome the fears. He has given us His Peace!
As Prayers Go Up...Blessings Come Down!
God Bless Us All

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JUDITHANNIE 8/17/2014 8:29PM

    Great blog, thanks Pat. emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 8/17/2014 6:55PM

  AMEN,so very true!Thanks for sharing great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 8/17/2014 6:46PM

    That was our message last week. Fear is the absence of faith. Fear & faith cannot occupy the same space. So it's so true....

God bless & thanks for the reminder.


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Our trip to Michigan

Saturday, August 02, 2014

This is DH & I in front of Oak Hill Mansion on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA
We stopped there on the 2nd day of our trip north and took the tour of their museum, the mansion and I visited their beautiful gardens. As it was drizzling, DH decided to skip them and that might have been wise as I slipped on the flagstone walkway and hurt my knee and twisted my back but glad I got to see the gardens.

One of the gardens

The fish garden (where I slipped and fell)

The early morning fog over the mountains looking from our motel in TN.

DH in front of the Chickamunga National Park visitor center outside of Chattanooga, TN

One of many monuments in the park. They give you a map and you drive thru the park to the sites that are marked by a number and then you dial on your cell phone and you get an audio tour of what happened at each site. Very interesting and worth a stop. Just wish it had been a nicer day-still drizzling!

Mama, papa, and baby fawn we saw while driving thru the park. They started to run away but then decided we were harmless and went back to grazing.

Not far from the deer, we sighted this tom who originally had his feathers all fluffed out but when he realized we were stopping, he got to moving the two hens into the woods. It was quite funny to see how he herded them away from us.

This is another turkey that wasn't far from the other 3 but it was trying to be very inconspicuous by stretching out beside the tree!

These were two swans that came into the lake in front of our friends rv. There lake connects to 2 other lakes and generally the swans stay in the other lakes as there are lots of kids in this one swimming.

I hope you can see the bunny that kept trying to eat Betty's flowers. She finally put wire around her rose bush as he was eating it down to the base.

When we went to Shipshewana, IN we saw a lot of Amish. It was quite interesting and wish DH had felt better so we could have stayed longer. We did get in 10,000 steps walking thru the flea market.

This is DH relaxing in front of the camper we rented for the week.

DH loved this 1929 Ford that we saw along the road so had to stop and take a pic.

DH & I in front of Santa Fe restaurant in Troy, AL, our last night on the road.

DH at the welcome center when we got back into Florida.

Weather was beautiful while we were In Michigan and it was a a relief to get away from the heat for a few days but it was an even bigger relief to get DH back home as he was miserable most of the time. When we got back and got into see his gastro doc we finally got the diagnosis-he is suffering from Crohn's Disease so now we have a reason for the GI bleeds. He has started medication so we are in hope that he will go into remission. For now we won't be going away from home till we can get things under control.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/10/2014 12:36PM

    I'm sorry to hear that dh didn't feel well. I hope the meds help him feel better quick. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures! You look strong and beautiful, which is no wonder with all your activity you keep up.
I hope your knee is ok.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/6/2014 10:59PM

    Prayers for your DH. So glad you know why he is having problems and that they gave him medicaiton. Hope it works for him. I sure enjoyed traveling with you via your blog and pictures!!! Thank you for taking us along!!! Glad you had cooler weather for your travels too!!!
Continued blessings and hugs,

Beautiful pictures!!!

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INFLATED 8/4/2014 12:53AM

    I will pray for your husband. The pictures are wonderful and I am glad you got to see some wildlife too.

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    emoticon emoticon shots! Nice to go on the road with you via photos. Enjoyed
That is one big turkey.
Healing and Strength to endure for Bill & You!

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MSLZZY 8/3/2014 8:11AM

    At least you had some time away before the summer ended. All those new meds should help DH feel better. Funny how some of those issues sneak up on you and the diagnosis takes us by surprise.

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WINDSONG~ 8/3/2014 2:05AM

    That one turkey almost looked like a real person. Great pictures and it looks like you did enjoy yourselves.

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JANIEWWJD 8/3/2014 12:44AM

    The pictures were great!!! It looks like you had a wonderful time!!!
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IAMWINNING 8/2/2014 10:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your vacation with us. I'm glad you and DH now know what is causing him so much trouble and pain; and I hope the two of you will find it easy to figure out what he can/shouldn't eat and do. God bless you both.

I enjoyed the pictures, and your descriptions of where you were and what you did.

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LUCYCAN7 8/2/2014 8:49PM

  Sending prayers your way my Dear Friend to you Both you are in my Prayers
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Prayerful Steps to Stop Procrastinating

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Use these tips and Scripture from the Guideposts Daily Planner to put an end to putting things off.

By Elizabeth Sherrill, Hingham, Massachusetts

Five ways to help you get things done with the help of God's Word.

1. Where to start.
A good prayer to begin the day is “God, You have given me life, strength, will, and this day in which to use them. Help me remember that the hours come from You so that I do not return Your gift empty.”

2. How to find God’s time.
Make a habit of saying: “This one thing I do” (Philippians 3:13). Because Paul looked to God’s guidance for every action, he perceived his life not as a clutter of conflicting demands but as a unity.

3. Set up your never file.
Take a fresh look at the things you’ve been putting off. Ask God if you are truly intended to do them. If God shows you that something does not “belong to your peace,” commit it crisply to your never file.

4. Use the appointment approach.
The procrastinator’s favorite word is sometime. The easiest and quickest cure is to do it right now, which we cannot always do. Most of the enterprises have to wait for the future. But make sure it’s a definite future: at four o’clock this afternoon on Tuesday.

5. Ask God’s help.
If you slip back into the old pattern, pray: “God, make me more aware of what matters most so that my life may come into harmony with Your times and seasons.”

This article is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2015.

Whether it is weight loss, organizing things in your home or just helping to get things done that you keep putting off, I think these 5 steps will help give you a clear picture of how you can achieve your goal.

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INFLATED 8/4/2014 12:46AM

    I am the PRO at procrastination. I use a timer to focus for 15 minutes or I get sidetracked away from what I set out to do. Great blog and a reminder to us to be wise stewards of our time.

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JANIEWWJD 7/26/2014 12:35AM

    This was such a wonderful blog!!! Thank you, I needed the reminders.
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MSLZZY 7/25/2014 9:40AM

    I so needed to read this today. Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today. Your words inspire me to focus on my goals and do it now. HUGS!

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LUCYCAN7 7/24/2014 6:41PM

  We definetly need prayer in our lives everyday.God 1st always!!
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Continued blessings and hugs,

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Purposeful Prayer

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. Mark 1:35 (The Daily Life Bible)

Jesus had only three years to accomplish His life’s purpose. His days were filled with activities such as healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, and preaching in the synagogue. He taught to the masses, fed thousands, dined with society’s outcasts, ministered to individuals, comforted the grieving, and raised their dead to life.

Jesus had much work and little time. He could have crammed activity into every spare moment, but no. He made time for prayer, and He made it a priority.

Scripture tells us that Jesus spent time alone in prayer very early in the morning. He got up, left the house, and withdrew to a solitary place, where He conversed with His heavenly Father. He did so at night too.

Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” Seems he understood Jesus’ heart and the importance of seeking God’s help for the tasks on his to-do list.

Do we value prayer, or are we so bent on completing our work that we’re too busy to withdraw for conversations with the Father? Our life’s work is important, but prayer is the real work. Engaging in it invites our Father to direct our steps, guide our conversations, and make divine connections. It ensures we stay on task and thereby accomplish the work He’s given us to do.

Faith step: Purpose to spend five minutes in specific prayer each day and track the results.

By Grace Fox

This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus.

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JUDITHANNIE 7/17/2014 11:23AM

    Thanks Pat enjoyed it emoticon

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DIBANANA 7/13/2014 12:59PM

  Thanks Pat

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    Prayer honors God,
Acknowledges His being,
Exalts His power,
Adores His providence,
Secures His aid.


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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/11/2014 3:03PM

    Oh yes, prayer is so important. I may not devote a special time with prayer but I do pray as the day goes by. It's more like an ongoing conversation at times. Thanks for the reminder we need to spend time with God too. emoticon

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WINDSONG~ 7/11/2014 2:04AM

    I said a prayer for you today.

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Pat, Prayer should always be the number one priority in our lives!!! I love my time spent in prayers. God always listens and answers them according to his will and his plans for each of us.
Continued blessings and hugs,

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SLENDERELLA61 7/10/2014 8:46PM

    Thank you

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INFLATED 7/10/2014 8:19PM


I got up early one morning,
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish,
I didn’t have time to pray.

Troubles just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task.
"Why doesn’t God help me?" I wondered.

He answered, "You didn’t ask."

I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
"Why, child, you didn’t knock."

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
But the day toiled on gray and bleak.
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He said, "You didn’t seek."

I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day.
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.

Ask, Seek and Knock-the first letters of each spell ASK. Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

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JANIEWWJD 7/10/2014 7:29PM

    Prayer is very important to me!!! I pray everyday and it brings such joy into my life!!! God bless you my friend!!!
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LUCYCAN7 7/10/2014 4:24PM

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MSLZZY 7/10/2014 2:51PM

    A very mindful blog today. emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 7/10/2014 2:23PM

    "Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10 goes right along with this devotional. A great reminder to us to spend time with our Father - after all, that's why He made us......for fellowshipping with him.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

Life is too short for negative drama and petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly!

Hope this brought a big smile to your face-it certainly made me laugh today!

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    You definitely made me smile today! Great blog! emoticon

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INFLATED 7/10/2014 8:13PM

    Come visit me while we are both in Sane!

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    Thank you, I loved it!!!

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  Thanks Pat emoticon Blog!Hope you are having a great day! emoticon

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  Thanks. Pat

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