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Math…Woops!

So, I went to the chiropractor yesterday. I just knew I’d be down to 186 and I could finally say I had officially lost 100 lbs. I jumped on the scales and it showed 190. My jaw hit the floor.  I was all disappointed that I hadn’t lost weight. As I was walking back down the hall, Doc says, “You are getting smaller.”  I kind of snapped back with, “Nope. Not an an ounce this month.” 

So, he asked his on-staff personal trainer to come see what was going on with my regimen. I sat down with her and we went through everything. She said I was doing it all right, just to keep going.  It will happen.  Watching it closely is like standing over the stove waiting for water to boil–it seems to take forever, then BAM! it happens.

I told her I was thinking about getting one of those balls to work on strengthening my core and they actually sold them there.  I got one of those and a stretchy band. 

This morning, I’m standing in the bathroom, thinking I was 4 lbs away from losing 100 lbs.  Then it hit me.  I was 195 last month…I DID lose 5 lbs. Duh!  I don’t do math.  I really, really suck at it. 🙂

I did use the band last night and did a little on the ball.  To be honest, I was scared the darn thing was going to pop if I sat on it. LOL I am going to do interval training with it.  I walk my dog every morning for a mile and then usually in the evenings, too, if it’s not raining.  But I can alternate every other night and work on my core muscles.

I am excited about the small changes I can feel in my body.  The once-screaming-acutely-inflamed sciatic nerve is now down to a small whisper.  I can’t feel every inch of it when I walk now, unless I pick up something heavy.  The muscles in my leg that had atrophied while I was in such pain are gradually regaining their normal strength.  I’m looking forward to the day when I can walk at a faster pace.  Of course, I don’t know if my basset hound will be so happy about that.  🙂

Can I just say one thing?  If you can walk without issue, be grateful.  You don’t realize how much you miss mobility until you lose a part of it. Don’t take anything in this life for granted. Ever.

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God Speaks

God does speak to His children.  You just have to be tuned in to hear Him. This week was an interesting, awe-inspiring event for me.  It doesn’t take much as you’ll see in a minute.  🙂

My son is having a difficult time at work because he wants to be doing something that isn’t available right now and he called to talk to me about it.  My heart went out to him because I’ve “been there, done that…got the T-shirt.”  So I began to pray for him. I prayed that the Lord would calm him and give him patience to stick it out until the right thing comes along. 

The next morning, I’m doing my devotions and it’s about David.  The “Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed” series features Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore and Kay Arthur.  I’m into Priscilla’s lesson on “Anointed and Disappointed” and the whole time I’m reading it thinking about my son.  So I stopped and sent him a text about David and how he was anointed at the young age of 15 but didn’t actually take the throne and rule over Israel for another 22 years.  In the meantime, he tended sheep, played a harp for King Saul and took food to his brothers who were engaged in battle.  Those were menial, boring jobs. He did it anyway.  God used all He put David through to make him the greatest king Israel ever knew…the man after God’s own heart.

I told him to be patient. Your time will come when it’s right.

I got a text back a couple of hours later from him that just said, “That’s weird.”

I sent a text back with….”why’s that weird?”   No response.

So, I went over to his house after work with a copy of the study. He had to read that lesson. It just screamed at me the whole time that he needed it.

He finally explained to me that after I talked to him, he kept “hearing” “David, David, David, David” whispered in his spirit and then I sent that text the next day about the same thing.

I love it when God does that.  It’s so awesome that THE CREATOR of the Universe wants to have a relationship with me and you!

God speaks in so many ways.  Through others sharing His word, His word directly, the Holy Spirit living inside, Bible studies, and even Christian music. We just have to learn to discern that Voice.  If it is jumping off the page at you, He’s speaking to you.

Oh yes, God speaks.  Are you listening?

Keep on Moving!

A couple of weekends ago, I was inspired to fast and pray about the pain in my hip.  I needed some discernment and wisdom.  I have been in pain for a year now and it’s not getting better.  Going to the chiropractor helped me to walk without the use of a cane, but I need to get my mobility back.  I’m not 80 for cryin’ out loud. lol

So, I was watching Dr Richard Becker on TV and he was talking about pain and mobility and it was like a shout from the TV to me:  Get moving!  It doesn’t matter how much pain you are in, move, move, move.

OK. How to “move?”  I started walking 30 minutes a day with my dog. As soon as we eat dinner, she starts whining and squawking (any of you basset hound peeps will understand that sound).  She knows it is time for a walk.  If I even say the word “walk”…she starts. 

This week, I decided to “up” the level.  I walk 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night.  Yesterday was the first day I had not had to take any kind of pain relief in a while.  No Tylenol. No Alleve. 

My endurance is getting better. I’m not having to stop to stretch the piriformis muscle every few feet now. I can actually walk the entire 30 minutes.  It’s working.  It’s gradual. 

I am so looking forward to walking without “hobbling.”  That’s my next goal!

The Voice

And before I begin, no, I am not referring to the TV show.  🙂

Saturday morning, I woke up with a “Good Morning, Lord” and was immediately told to fast.  It had not entered my mind to do it prior to this on this particular day.  And in case you are wondering, it was not an audible Voice.  It was the Voice of the Spirit speaking to my heart.  I’m learning to listen to this Voice, even as still and small as it may be. I’m always eager to hear the Father speak to me.  Whether through His Word, a song, another believer or that inner whisper that you know can only be from Him.

I have fasted a few times in the past few months but this time was different.  I felt the Spirit leading me and I wanted to hear what God had to say to me.  I had some issues that I had been wrestling with internally and I figured that today was as good a day as any to clear my mind and focus on Him for the day and search the Word.

Issue #1:  I only lost 5 pounds last month.  Yes, it was a loss but I am still struggling with it because I still have 70 more to lose, even after losing 91. That’s a lot of weight to lose. So I am wondering:  What did I do wrong?  What do I need to change?  What have I changed in my diet that I need to revert back to the start? Is it slowing down? Lord, please say no to that last question!

I purchased the book “Foundations for Healing” by Dr. Richard Becker.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he’s a Christian doctor (D.O.) who battled Hodgkins Lymphoma with holistic medicine and natural food and won.  He now has a TV show (“Your Health” with Dr Richard Becker and Cindy Becker) and tries to help as many people as he can with healing their bodies naturally, which, takes time. I’ve learned a lot watching him but I was determined Saturday to read his book.

I learned a lot reading it.  His “healing diet” is basically a “no-grain” diet.  I originally started my weight loss with no grains and had gradually incorporated them back in.  I’m not at my goal weight yet, so I need to go back to basics. I realized a couple of weeks back that I had stopped drinking as much water as before. Not because I didn’t want to drink it, but because I was so busy at work, I didn’t think about it.  That’s not a good thing. 

His book also teaches how much of the supplements to take.  How much vitamin D we need for each issue in our body or the types of antioxidants to take as well.  Lots of really good information.

I had no idea that Stevia had additives in it….IF you purchase the wrong one.  Something always steered me away from Truvia and Purevia but I didn’t know why until I saw, within the last 3 days, several resources (Dr. Becker, Dr. Mercola and Livestrong) telling of the additives in those products that are potentially dangerous for our bodies. 

So I’m going back to as much water as I can stand and eliminating the grains for a while.  Those were answers to prayer. 

Issue #2: I am trying to focus on getting pain-free as well from this sciatic nerve that has wreaked havoc in my life since last summer.  One of Dr Becker’s shows was on therapeutic healing and forcing yourself to move, even if in pain, may be counter intuitive but it is the only way to keep your body from “locking up.” 

So, I will be “moving” more and trying to strengthen parts of my body that I have lost muscle capacity due to this pain and asking for His continued help.

I did ask how long He wanted me to fast and it was only a 24 hour period but constant prayer got me through it.  That is what fasting is all about, right?  Clear the mind, the body and free yourself to focus on nothing but Him. 

I really enjoyed my day.  🙂

 

Never Let You Go

I was leaving Kroger the other night and a song on Air1 caught my attention.  The lyrics were so powerful.  I couldn’t wait to “Shazam” it (iPhone app tells you what song you are listening to) to find out who it was and what the song was so I could download it. 

Here’s the part I heard…

Hold on when everything is shaking
stand strong the ground is falling through
reach out to my hand in the darkness
That’s holding you
I’ll be your Peace in the waiting
your Strength when you’re broken on the floor
Hold on, it’s all worth fighting for
cause I will never let you go
I will never let you go…

It’s the latest release from Manafest and the rest of the song is definitely worth listening to.  I play it over and over and over and over.  There are some awesome truths from God’s Word in that song about how we are loved and secure in Him and He will never let us go.

 

Earth Day

Sunday, April 22nd is “Earth Day.”  There are events going on nationwide to celebrate “earth.”  Everything from picnics, to planting trees, to festivals. One site says that Earth Day is a day to reflect on nature and what one can do to help better his little part of the planet.

I am all for taking care of what God has entrusted us with.  We are His stewards.  The only thing that concerns me about this “earth day” is that how it is approached. 

Are we worshipping the earth in this celebration?  God says that you shall have no other gods before Me.

What exactly is considered worship?  According to one online dictionary, it means to show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites.

Are we honoring the “earth” with this day instead of the Creator?   Just a thought…

 

Changes

I’ve been on a social media sabbatical, so to speak for a little while now.  I didn’t want to blog.  I quit playing games on Facebook.  I almost quit Facebook altogether but I didn’t.  I just felt “tied down” to these items and I needed a breather.

You know what I discovered?  I really don’t miss Facebook games at night (or trying to harvest crops on my lunch break).

I am still going to keep my account and friendships (although I’ve downgraded to real friends, not just gaming acquaintances that I’ve accumulated).  I still post my daily Scripture verse and anything in the world of health/organics that could help somebody.  Other than that, I’m not on it much.

I’ve been free from anti-depressants for over 30 days now.  I don’t miss them either. :-)l   All I can say is Praise the Lord!  He is the only One Who could have ever gotten me this far.  He’s helped me go from 286 lbs to 195, so far.  I’m still journeying on that one.  It will be a while before I reach my ideal body weight but it really didn’t start out as a diet to lose weight.  It was a lifestyle change to get healthy.  I’m just going to say “Only God.”  Only God could have done what He’s done with me. 

My husband and I are closer than ever before.  We are both studying God’s Word, getting closer to Him.  It makes a HUGE difference in your marriage, let me tell you.

If you don’t think that God can make a difference in your life, I’m living proof He can.  I look back at my life a year ago and I am amazed.  He’ll only do it if you let Him.  He will never force Himself on you. 

And, a word to the wise, it does not happen overnight.  I remember as vivid as it was yesterday, in 2004, I prayed that He would take me, break me, mold me, make me into what He wanted me to be.  I was at rock bottom and I had made a mess of my life and needed Him to take over. 

Each year has its challenges and there have been gradual changes inside but I’d have to say that this past year was the most vivid because of staying in Scripture, doing daily studying and constant communication with Him.  It is VITAL to the relationship and your maturity in Christ.

Invite Him.  Take that first step of faith and you’ll be surprised what He can do.

 

 

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