Thursday, March 13, 2014

Protein Shakes

This is what I have been "eating" this week:

as well as the vanilla. Sometimes mixed with banana and peanut butter and made with 2% milk. I am trying to clean out my body so I can get to the point where I can "start over" with sensible eating choices: fresh fish, more fruits and veggies and a whole lot less processed carbs. So far, it has been much easier than I expected and I am already feeling so much better. Less bloating, fewer aches and pains, and moving more easily. I am also studying the best foods I need to be eating to become healthier as I reintroduce solid foods.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2 Corinthians 12:9

2 Corinthians 12:9

New International Version (NIV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

This is Paul writing to the people of Corinth. He had asked God three times to "remove the thorn in his flesh," which we are never told what it is specifically. God did not do his bidding. So Paul concluded that he was supposed to learn from his affliction.

This thorn must have been something chronic and debilitating at times because it sometimes kept Paul from his ministry work. 

In questioning why God did not answer his prayer for healing Paul is told that God's grace is sufficient for him and that God's power is made perfect in Paul's weakness. In not receiving healing from God, Paul received things which are much greater -- a stronger character, humility, and a greater capacity for empathizing with others who are suffering. 

If God had healed Paul, Paul may not have learned to grow beyond his pain and may not have been such an inspiration to others. Even though Paul was not cured as he had asked, he still continued to believe in God and to preach his word wherever he went. What a greater testimony to God's greatness could he give?

Paul was living proof that courageous faith and holy living do not ensure instant healing of physical ailments. 

It also reminds us that our spiritual condition is more important than our physical condition, and that we do not need to be physically healthy in order to be spiritually healthy. 

Therefore, Paul boasted in his weakness because he knew that in his weakness he had to rely more on God and that made him all the stronger through God's strength. We must learn to rely on God's strength rather than our own talents, energy, or efforts. Our weakness not only helps develop our Christian faith, it also deepens our worship because we admit that we need to rely on God instead of ourselves.

We should take courage from the fact that God's power can be displayed through weak people. Trying to rely on our own power can lead to pride, whereas relying on God's power can only make us better than we could ever be on our own.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

1 Peter 5:7-8

Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Study - Week 2

1 Peter 5:7-8

New International Version (NIV)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

When you cast in fishing, you throw the bait out as far as possible, there is definite effort in the action. So to CAST my anxiety means to get it as far away from me as I can.

And the best place to rid myself of my anxiety? Give it to God. Why? Because he LOVES me. And when I give it to Him, leave it with Him -- don't try to take it back. He can handle it, I can't... When I try to carry my worries, anxieties, troubles, etc. on my own, I am basically saying I don't trust God to help me. I need to humble myself and realize that God cares about me and He wants to help me. Even if my anxiety is brought about by my own sin, if I repent, and turn it over to God, He will forgive me and carry my burdens for me.

Be alert means to live purposefully. Be aware of my actions and how they are affecting me...and others. Of sober mind means to pay attention. When I am feeling weak or am too focused on my own troubles, that is when I am most vulnerable to the enemy's attacks. Lions prey on the weak, the sick, the stragglers... so to stay safe from the enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion, I need to be strong, healthy and surround myself with fellow believers.

I need support of fellow believers to help keep me safe from attacks. Let the lion roar, I am staying vigilant.

James 4:7

New International Version (NIV)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


Thursday, January 23, 2014


Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study blog answer....

#Empowered. How does this week's word empower you?

First of all, empowered is a VERB which indicates action. The definitions are: To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority.
To equip or supply with an ability; enable. 

Being empowered enables me to TAKE ACTION. I don't have to be a passive participant in life. I can TAKE ACTION to overcome temptations and distractions that are keeping me from reaching my goal.

The best part of this empowerment is that it comes from and through God. I am invested with God's power and strength to fight this battle. I don't have to try to fight it alone in my own feeble power.

God equips me and supplies me with the ability to persevere in the war to reclaim my health. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Made To Crave

I have joined the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study for "Made to Crave," along with over 40,000 other women. Wow!

If you have never heard of the book "Made To Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires with God, Not Food" by Lysa TerKeurst, I highly recommend it. I read it on my own sometime last year, and am now re-reading it along with the other participants of the Bible Study.

Here is a link to the Proverbs 31 Ministries: They have a lot more than just the Online Bible Studies on the site. Explore. It's great. And the facebook page: and the Twitter:

Here is a link to Made To Crave information: and Twitter:

I am really looking forward to the interaction with a lot of the women in the study (don't think it will be conceivable to interact with them ALL!) :D

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Quotes that uplift me...

As I do my daily morning Quiet Time (or Coffee with God), sometimes certain phrases or passages speak to me. Here is a collection of recent ones:

When we truly worship God, we're transformed into His likeness and become people who reach out to others and serve them. - Turning Points 11/4/2013 devotional

God is more interested in "heart" than "art" in your singing -- or in whatever ministry you possess. He gives us talents to showcase His grace, not our glory. Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord and for His honor alone. - Turning Points 11/11/2013 devotional (This is one I need to remember to take the fear out of signing solos in church!)

...humbly pray and ask the Lord to reveal any hidden areas of pride in your life... D.L. Moody once observed, "God sends no one away empty except thos we are full of themselves." - In Touch 11/1/2013 devotional (Makes you stop and think, doesn't it???)

How many times have you been reading a Scripture passage when suddenly a light seemed to flip on in your mind? ...All we have to do is say, "Lord, I need you at this moment." And He is there -- always. - In Touch 11/4/2013 devotional (I wish the light would flip on more often!!!)

Too many Christians are content merely to dip their toes into faith because they fear life might not turn out according to their plan. But how much greater their loss will be if life doesn't turn out according to God's plan. He can do much more with a surrendered existence than a sheltered one. - In Touch 11/11/2013 devotional (Sometimes we just need to get out of our own ways and follow God's ways!)

...when you really want to do the Lord's will, He will move heaven and earth to show you the way. - In Touch 11/14/2013 devotional (I just have to recognize it when He does!)

Repentance means that we commit to make an about face and head in the opposite direction from our sins. - In Touch 12/4/2013 

We'll...need to realize our family of origin does not define our true identity. Once we become daughters of the King, we have a royal inheritance that determines who we are. - A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, pg. 90 (It's good to be the princess!!!)

In the same way a radio has AM and FM frequencies, so do our thoughts. They are either AM (Against Me) or FM (For Me) thoughts. - A Confident Heart by Renee Swope pg. 111. (I choose FM!!!)

In his book, Victory Over Darkness, Dr. Neil T. Anderson says, "the more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity!" - A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, pg. 107

God will never abandon you. He will disperse your enemies before your eyes, bringing you through the difficult time to victory. - First Place 4 Health Making Wise Choices, pg. 18 (My enemies are procrastination and gluttony.)

A person's love ought to reach in three directions -- upward to God, outward to others, and inward to self. - Dr. Charles F. Stanley, In Touch, Jan. 2014, pg. 8 (That about covers it, doesn't it?)

We worry and wring our hands when it would be far better to lace our fingers together in prayer and surrender ourselves to God. - Jamie A. Hughes, Compass the City, In Touch, Jan. 2014, pg. 11 (I like the image of changing our hand positions -- simple but effective!)

Just a few thoughts to ponder and interpret for yourselves. Happy New Year!!!