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Loving Life, 5 years later

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for the Motivator of the Day award! I just want anyone who might wonder to know that I am loving life--still a healthy size after 5 years. Here are some images of what I did during the past couple of days:

Hiking to University Falls and back...about 6 mile round trip:

(I am the one in the blue tank top.)

This past weekend, I won a tennis tournament...this picture is from April:


I just want to encourage you...you *can* release all your weight and you *can* keep it off. The best thing I have found is to change the way I think. It takes a lot of work, but it is permanent!

I also prefer the non-diet approach, so I eat all the normal foods of life, including (gasp!) fast food! I never have to worry about what people serve at holidays, picnics or events as I just wait until I am hungry (I can even plan to be hungry) and eat normal foods.

None of this could have been happening for me without a deep faith in God who supports me through all the trials and challenges I have faced...my husband's mid-life crisis, my mother's passing away, my first horse dying and now, my kids are both leaving the nest at the same time! All of these would have caused me to INHALE food and to regain the weight in the past, but having changed how I process my emotions...by going to the Lord who loves me and allowing His will to be done in these challenges...has made all the difference and will continue to do so.

Best wishes and prayers for you on your journey!

  
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CAMSEDGE 1/24/2013 8:29PM

    Thanks for the reminder...I get so anxious and down and God is always there and there is always a reason for the situations I confront...I know I will be better the other side of them.

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TECHSUN 7/11/2012 12:06AM

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MBLIFE24 7/10/2012 9:38PM

    Good for you! I have SO enjoyed reading your blog!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 7/10/2012 4:37PM

    Thanks for sharing this , I needed a reminder he is in control and I must follow his footsteps along my journey , even if I have really bad days like today !
Stayc

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Grace is Offered...So What?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

About 2000 years ago, Jesus, King of the Universe, condescended from the throne of Heaven. He stepped out of incomprehensible light and love to walk this earth, putting on flesh. Perfect, sweet fellowship within the Trinity was transformed. Moved by compassion, he made such a sacrifice even before the walk to the cross. The expanse between man and Holy God--immeasurable. This, the only way to bridge the chasm.



Even before the pain, suffering, and anguish of the cross, Jesus' offer to humanity is incomprehensible. He was GOD, existing in perfection as King of all! Yet he willingly stepped out of Heaven to walk among us where he subjected himself to human "stuff"--physical pain, emotional upheavals, rejection, loss.

He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
~John 1:11 NLT

Why on earth did he do that? He had literally everything.

While it is our tendency to grab for more than is ours, he set all that was his aside.

What manner of God is this? He wants relationship so much with you, with me, that he set aside his role as King of the Universe to be Savior of the world. He did this though it cost him everything.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor,
so that you by his poverty might become rich.
~ 2 Corinthians 8:9


What will my response be to this grace...today?

What will your response be to this grace today?

Jesus did this. History records his presence on the earth. The question for each of us is So what?

  
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FIT2BEHEALTHY 4/6/2012 1:28AM

    Thank you for this post! It completely and simply states the Gospel message. We are in need of a savior and God so loved us that he sent his son to bridge the gap. True holiness can not be in the presence of sin, and we are all sinners. He freely gave his life so we sinners could stand in the presence of holiness. It's a gift, all we have to do is accept it. Very fitting for this week. Happy Resurrection Day!

Laurie

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SWIMLOVER 4/5/2012 6:13PM

  I totally agree--may we never ever stop worshipping and praising JESUS! Our church does not have a Maundy Thursday service but I am looking for one to go to tonight.
I feel Holy Week is so Very Important. Of course, we should be celebrating what JESUS did for us every day of the year! Thank You for posting is wonderful post.

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 4/3/2012 9:12AM

    Amen. Thank you for posting this. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives that we forget the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us.

May we all get back to where we belong, and never stop worshipping and praising our King Jesus!

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What's Really "Mine! Mine! Mine!" ?

Monday, April 02, 2012

Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian who survived life at the Nazi concentration camps, was asked by a reporter in a press conference if it was difficult remaining humble while hearing so much acclaim. She replied immediately, “Young man, when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey, and everyone was waving palm branches and throwing garments in the road and singing praises, do you think that for one moment it ever entered the head of that donkey that any of that was for him?” She continued, “If I can be the donkey on which Jesus Christ rides in His glory, I give Him all the praise and all the honor.”

I heard this illustration at last week's Bible Study Fellowship lecture in Auburn, California. It struck me afresh just how much Jesus sacrificed when he set aside Kingly glory to take on flesh, to walk this earth for 33 years and to then go to the cross.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus who,
though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him
the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
~ Philippians 2:5-11

Jesus was/is GOD, very GOD, yet he chose to set aside everything for the sake of bridging the gigantic, unfathomable chasm that existed between Holy God and frail man. Jesus laid down what was rightfully HIS - the glory that he enjoyed with the Father before the world began (see John 17:5 and John 1:1).

Both the donkey and Jesus offer me examples of godly humility. The donkey never thought the honor and praise was for him (so often I do!) and Jesus himself set aside his "rights" as God the Son to do the will of the Father--to meet the great need of humans for a Savior.

How unlike Jesus I am. I grab for what I think is mine: "My food! My body! My way! My will! MINE MINE MINE!" like the gulls in the Finding Nemo movie. I am not even like the donkey. Instead, I am eager to claim any praise as "MINE! MINE! MINE!" as well.



This attitude is a stumbling block for me in my quest to grow more like Jesus. Sanctification is a process...a long, slow, arduous process of relinquishing, clamoring for what is "lost," surrendering yet again, grabbing it back again, and on and on it goes. I must humbly acknowledge that all that I am, all that I have is for nothing if it is outside of God's perfect will for me.

For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world,
yet forfeits his soul?
Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
~ Matthew 16:25-26

Today, I will stop hollering "MINE! MINE! MINE!" I will keep in mind the donkey who humbly carried Jesus out into the world. I will ponder the example of my Savior who possessed everything, but, for my sake gave it all up. I will choose to release my hold on things to which I cling and throw wide my arms to the unknown (and somewhat frightening) possibilities found when I walk in the heart of God's will.

Practically Speaking: What is something you declare is "MINE! MINE! MINE!" that God may be calling you to lay down? I don't have to look much farther than what I eat to find an answer to that. Am I really hungry? Is my body calling for food? Talk about mundane! God uses even something as commonplace as food to show me just how greedy and grabby I am for what isn't mine.

  
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2BNEVERALONE 6/11/2012 3:34PM

    I remember reading Corrie Ten Boom's book "The hiding place" and what struck me is when she wrote how they began to give thanks for the lice they had (WOW!), because it kept the guards from checking them closely so they could read the portion of scripture they each had.

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DGRAY1641 4/2/2012 3:58PM

    Wow! Well said, thank you! emoticon emoticon

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PMFISH 4/2/2012 1:36PM

    Very thought provoking!

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New Things

Friday, March 30, 2012

Last weekend, I had the wonderful privilege of speaking at a women's retreat for some women in Mt. Vernon, Washington. They were the most delightful women. I have spoken to women's groups before...often, they are Thin Within groups...but never had the opportunity to do all the speaking/teaching for a women's retreat from beginning to end. What fun it was! To build on a theme...Such a joy! To enjoy interacting with the women, too...they were such an amazing bunch!

The theme was "Life on the Path of Praise."

I love sharing this message with others. This is a new thing.

Another new thing God is doing...I have a book proposal that is heading off to my literary agent any day now...and we will see if any publishing companies like the idea. It is so tough to pitch an idea that anyone actually wants to put into print, but if it is God's plan, it will happen and nothing can stop it.

We will see! It is called "God's Feast for the Hungry Heart"--a 100 day Thin Within Journey. YAY!

  
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SARAHTAIT 3/31/2012 9:53AM

    How wonderful...God is truly using you!

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TRAINEDBYHORSES 3/31/2012 9:15AM

    Thanks so much!


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SPACEYCASE 3/30/2012 11:14PM

  Sounds positive! Praying for you!

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Forgiveness

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Forgiveness has been crucial in order for me to release the weight. I know that to release eating out of mindless emotion or resentment, I need to keep short accounts...forgive anyone and everyone who I feel wronged by--even if that is ME or GOD! I know that may bother some people since God does no wrong, but there are often times when I feel He has expected way too much of me. I can't see how what he has ordained matches who I am. I end up resenting the Lord at times like that. When I feel that way, I don't trust him with my eating. I get an edgy attitude of rebellion and I don't want to surrender my eating to Him. That isn't ok. I think I have been in that place lately. So many things have happened that I find absolutely overwhelming. I want to run away from the reality that God has ordained. I know in my head that he is good and trustworthy, but I don't *like* what he has done. Anyhow, I need to forgive people and "forgive" God. God is God and I am NOT. As I go through this very intentional process, I become more at peace in my own skin...and my eating is much more peaceful and grateful, too. So that is where I am trying to go this week especially. Phew...

  
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2BNEVERALONE 10/1/2011 1:15PM

    I didn't ask & should have but I quoted you-I didn't say who- just that another person wrote "intentional process, I become more at peace in my own skin...and my eating is much more peaceful and grateful," I hope you don't mind.

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2BNEVERALONE 9/30/2011 1:54PM

    Amen! I too-become impatient with others, myself & yes-GOD! I get frustrated because my EXPECTATIONS are not met by REALITY-makes me cranky! I loved your quote, "I become more at peace in my own skin...and my eating is much more peaceful and grateful." I get that, I really do.Thanks for sharing.
Chris

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