Showing posts with label Inspirational. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inspirational. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Weigh In Wednesday {July 24}

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Pretty Strong Medicine 
Ok, I will be perfectly honest, I don't want to do this post today. I didn't have a good week. I don't know what is wrong with me, but I just can't seem to get my diet under control. I will do really good for a meal and then totally blow it for the next meal.

But then I think about the people who have inspired me to lose weight. I know they had hard days too, and someday I don't want to look back at my journey and my blog and think everything was always easy. The truth is it's not easy. Food is a struggle for me. I am the DEFINITION of an emotional eater.

Anyway, I got this book a little while ago and I have been meaning to read it. I just haven't gotten around to it. So I am going to start reading it tonight. Hopefully, it will give me some insight into my emotional eating. 



How is your journey going? Are you in a rut like me? How do you get out of it?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lessons from my Son



Landry has taught me many things in his short little life. I should write a post on all of those things one of these days. But today I want to talk about the way Landry sees people.

Landry doesn't see how people look, he doesn't care if you are fat or skinny, tall or short, he doesn't care what color your skin is, he doesn't care if you're bald or hairy, he doesn't care if you're toothless. He simply sees a person.

He will smile at you until you just can't help but smile back. He draws people to himself, he can turn a bad day into a good one.

Everywhere we go, people always compliment me on happy he is and how cute he is. I am not saying this to brag. Honestly, I think much of his cuteness comes from the fact that he makes EVERYONE feel loved. I have had people tell me "Oh, babies never smile at me, but look at that he likes me". And the truth is he does!

Landry draws people to himself with his smile and his joy. In a world that is so dark and so desperate for God's love, I can't help but think that Landry is spreading that love.

You see, Landry sees people the way God sees them. He doesn't yet have any preconceived notions. He doesn't judge anyone, he just loves them and smiles at them.

I want to see people the way my son sees people. I want people to be drawn to me the way they are to him, so that I can show them Christ's love. I want people to know the joy I have in Christ.

After all the things that have happened this week, I have come to realize that our nation (and our world) needs God. What if one simple smile can show His love? What if all Christians (including myself) saw others the way Landry and God see people?

I pray for/with/over Landry every single day. I pray that God will use Landry's joyful spirit to bring others to Himself. I also pray that he will never lose the joy he has now. And I pray that I will have the wisdom to raise him for God's glory.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mom on the iPhone

I am sure you have all seen the "Dear Mom on the iPhone" letter that is floating around on facebook. If not you can click here and read it.

I read it and even shared it. I have since felt horribly guilty everytime I picked up my phone. I mean after all I want Landry to know that he is more important to me than my phone. I just couldn't shake the guilt...

Then today a blog I read posted this letter. If you've read the other letter, you have to read this one! Go read it, seriously.

I'm not going to lie, I cried. The first letter made me feel like I was a bad mom, like they were scolding me. The second letter lifted the guilt I had been feeling. Yes, I am on my phone alot, but I am a working mom and if being on my phone helps at least keep me home, I'm going to do it. Honestly, most of the time I am on my phone I am taking pictures and videos and sending them to grandparent, aunt, and uncles.

Being a mom is a hard job! We should encourage one another, not guilt trip each other.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Content

Someone said to me the other day "You have the perfect little life, the perfect little boy, the perfect little house, the perfect little family, the perfect little job."

Sadly, I don't ever think that about myself. I have this tendency to compare myself to others. And its always to people that have things that I want. But when someone called my life perfect it hit me square between the eyes, other people are comparing themselves to me. I hadn't ever thought of that before.

My life is in no way perfect, we have good days and bad days. BUT I am BLESSED beyond measure for what I do have! A husband who loves me through all my craziness. A little boy who is the light of my life. A beautiful home that I get to share with my favorite boys. God is good.

We have been through lots, but looking back those things have taught me to be thankful. However, this is something I still struggle with daily. God is still working on me. So my word for 2013 is CONTENT.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Landry's Baby Dedication

I have been praying for Landry since before I found out I was pregnant. We want to raise Landry to know and love God. So today we dedicated to raise Landry in His ways in front of our church congregation.

We are so blessed to attend such a wonderful church that cares so much for Landry, and all the other babies our class is having.

Pastor Gary explaining what is going to happen.


The childrens minister Pam. So glad to have her coordinating the nurseries. Glad she is apart of Landry's life.






Our pastor explaining what it means to raise Landry for the Lord.



Gary is not used to dedicating babies that can't hold their heads up yet.


And of course, mommy had to peek during the prayer.


Thank you to all of our friends and family for your love and support as we continue on this journey in parenthood.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Another one bites the dust!

We paid off another student loan!!And we paid it off two months early I might add! Sometimes I feel like we are never going to get out of debt, but then we pay off a loan and the snowball keeps moving. For those of you out there trying to pay off debt, stick with it! You can do it!


In another note, I cannot tell you how faithful God is! It continues to amaze me. Every time I feel like our budget is being squeezed and I think we are never going to be able to do this, He ALWAYS comes through. I feel like our money is growing and multiplying. I want so badly to be able to explain (since I am a financial analyst and all), but I swear I can't. Our God is so good!


3 down, 10 to go

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Truth

This video has been floating around facebook, but in case you haven't seen it you should.


It reminds me of the sermon we heard on Christmas day. How Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the church to be dedicated, but none of the religious leaders recognized Him.Simeon, however, did notice Him and bowed down and worshiped Him. Simeon had been searching, looking, and waiting on Christ, not just doing religious things. Are you searching for HIM?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Devotional

I read this today on a friend's blog and I had to share. It it so true, hope you all enjoy it too.

One Proud Momma

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

John 13

Today on my way home from work I got to talk with my brother-in-law, David. It was a nice treat since we don't get to talk very often. However, after hearing some of the things that are going on in their life, I became jealous. Don't get me wrong I am so proud of him and his wife Hannah. They are doing great and I am SOOO very happy for them. But for some reason today, I had a hint of jealousy.

When I got home, I was browsing through facebook, like I do everyday (and yes I mean everyday). And it happened to be my cousin Ashley's birthday. I was being a stalker and reading what people had wrote on her wall, mainly what her mom, my aunt, had written. The  verse John 13:7 was posted there. It reads Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

This struck a cord with me for some reason. So I went to bible gateway and read the whole chapter. Chapter 13 talks about Jesus washing the disciples feet. And after reading that verse by itself out of context, it was like I was reading the whole story in a new light. 

These last few months maybe even years, have not been easy for Joel and I. I am sure many of you have read all about it, and there are times when I wanted to give up. However, looking back now I know God was there with us and still is. I still do not understand why we have gone through everything that we have been through, and I may not understand until I get to heaven. What I do know is that God is going to use our experiences to strengthen us and grow us closer to Him and each other (like He already has).


It's amazing how reading God's word can change my jealousy into thanksgiving. I encourage each of you to do the same.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Confessions Part 2

DEBT...

I know most people have it, but Joel and I have ALOT of it... I am so ashamed to admit this, but I am going to... between the two of us we currently have $90,000 in debt!! I know when I saw it written out and all added up I almost had a heart attack. The good news is when we started out that number was closer to $95,000 or $100,000.

Now before you judge, let me explain a little bit about this debt. First, none of it credit card debt! Secondly, we paid for our own private school tuition. We were 18 when we started, so student loans were the only way we could pay for it. Plus our thoughts at the time were when we graduate we can pay it off pretty quickly cause we will both have good jobs. Last, we bought two new cars at the same time. Looking back now that was not a good idea, but we have learned our lesson.

When we graduated from college neither Joel nor I had a job. So we moved to Florida and lived with his family while we looked. After 6 months of not finding anything we moved to Dallas and lived with my family. I found a job in retail after one week, but it was not enough for us to live on our own or pay our debts back. So sadly we went into deferment. Basically, that means we didn't have to make payments, but they would still charge us interest. After being here for 4 month Joel and I both got jobs at Aldi, they had great benefit and decent pay. In July, I got my full time job (which I love). Only then were we able to move out of my parents house and begin paying down debt.

We have take Financial Peace University through Dave Ramsey (highly recommend if you haven't taken it!). We have our envelopes and we diligently try every day to be careful with our money. However, with the mountain of debt we have built up it seem never ending. At this point I just want to speed up the process. So if you have any ideas of how I can earn extra money I would love them! I really want to know, a little extra money can knock months off our time line.

As of right now our debt free date is DECEMBER 2015 I can't wait! I wanted to write this for my own selfish reasons... one I need ideas on how to earn extra money and two I need encouragement. I need to hear from people who have done this before. I know we can do this, but it's just going to be awhile and I would like to have kids and a house before the end of 2015.

Can't wait to hear your ideas... please feel free to share any insights you have. I will keep you updated as we pay things off.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Relief fund for Japan

Many of you may not know that the mission group Daniel (my father-in-law) works for is located in Sendai, Japan. All his people are doing okay. They are using the mission facilities and buses for refugees and using their well water for the community and the people that the military bring in. They could really use some donations to help them buy supplies such as diapers, baby food and other items. This is a huge testimony for their cause. If you or your church would like to donate and know that 100 % of your money is going to help the people of Sendai as well as the cause of Christ you can send a check or money order to "Orphan Rescue". Donations to this ministry are tax deductible. Send in care of ACTS Fellowship to P.O. Box 1201/Ocoee, FL/34761. We will wire all donations next week. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Forgiveness

I heard this song on the radio recently and I had to share it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Confessions

This is something I have wanted to blog about for awhile, but I just haven't had the confidence to. However, today I read a friend's blog about her struggle and I decided today would be the day!

My weight is something I have always struggled with. I remember going on my first diet when I was in middle school. I have never enjoyed exercising or working out (although after I do I always feel better about myself). When I was in high school I promised myself I would never let it get out of control. I promised myself that 200lbs was the cut off. I said that because I didn't think I could ever reach that weight. Well 200lbs came and went. When Joel and I got married I weighed somewhere close to 215-220. I am so embarrassed to admit that!



Most girls love going back and looking at their wedding pictures, but when I look at mine it is just a reminder of how unhealthy I was. Part of it was do to the fact that I dislocated my elbow and could do NO exercise at all, but I am tired of making excuses for myself. The fact is I am an emotional eater! I eat when I am bored, happy, sad, lonely, anxious, worried, stressed, you name it.

I stayed at that weight for a year, until one day I decided enough was enough. I woke up one Saturday and told Joel I was going to a Weight Watcher meeting. He was shocked, but happy for me. I dropped 60lbs! I was so happy and full of energy! I kept the weight off for a while, then life happened. Joel and I graduated from college and couldn't find jobs. We lived with his parents and then we lived with mine. And the weight has come back on. Not all of it THANK GOODNESS... but enough.

I was looking at this blog post I made the other day, and I was so ashamed of how big I looked! I thought about not posting the pictures because I was so ashamed of how I looked. But you know what I did it anyway. (It is just another thing to help motivate me)

I made a New Years Resolution/Goal to exercise more, well here it is February and I have already broken it. So this is me saying enough is enough!!! I can't afford to go back to Weight Watchers meetings, but I know all of the rules. So I am going to do it from home. I am also going to try and get in more exercise. And I am not waiting till tomorrow! I started today, and just got back from the gym. I did a light load, but I plan to add a little more each day.

I am telling all of you this because I need accountability. I am going to try and post weekly updates about how I am doing. All of the up and downs along the way will be here for you to read. I am also posting this because I need your support and encouragement. I know some of you struggle with your weight too so I would love to hear about your journeys, and possibly a source of encouragement as well.

Any ideas you have about staying motivated I would LOVE to hear! Thanks for letting me poor my heart out.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Passport






Joel and I are going on a cruise with this family in March. In order to go, I have to have a passport. I have one, but I haven't changed my name on my passport yet. So as many of you know from my facebook post, I tried to get my passport on Monday. Needless to say I was unable to get it.

I ashamed to admit that after the way they treated me I was not very Christianly in the parking lot. When I got home I was still very upset, but after a short walk I calmed now a little. I was really disappointed, embarrassed, and ashamed of the way I acted. I don't know why something like that upset me so much, but it did. Today in ABF we were talking about acting like Christ in all situations. So after church today I felt even more ashamed of myself. I know God has forgiven me for the way I acted, and I am sure that all the people who saw it didn't even think twice about it. However, this was a huge learning experience for me.

I think I might add this to my list of new years goals. I want to be the kind of person that shows God to the world with every action I do. I want others to know him by the things I do. The people in the parking lot of the post office never would have thought that I was a Christian and I don't want that to ever happen again!

I did finally get everything in order for my passport, and it should come in the mail in 4 - 6 weeks. Thank goodness I won't have to get another one for 10 years because I hated standing in line for an hour and half on my second visit.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

White Rock Marathon (or not)



So last year I secretly made it my New Years resolution to run the White Rock half or full marathon. I say secretly because I didn't tell anyone. I keeping my resolutions and I didn't think I would keep this one, so I didn't tell anyone. If know one knew it was my resolution, then know one would know if I didn't keep it.

I had completely forgotten about it until July. In July our church announced that a group of people were going to run this years White Rock to raise money for World Vision. So I decided (with a little help from friends) that I would join the group too. I knew there was no way that I could complete a marathon, so I opted for the half.

I started off doing great, I was running/walking 3 or 4 times a week. But that didn't last... sad to say I quickly fell off the band wagon. However, I had already paid to run, so I was going to give it my best effort. So without any training at all on December 5th I attempted my first half marathon. I did much better than I expected, and was able to make it to mile 6.5 (when you start as far back I did though it was more like mile 7).

I am disappoint in myself that I didn't stay with my training and complete the race. Especially when I think about the fact that I was running for people who don't have clean drinking water, something that I take for granted every day.

To be perfectly honest I absolutely HATE running. I don't see how people enjoy it. The whole time I was in the race I kept thinking 'how do people like this?' or 'how is this fun?'. I vowed never to run in a race again. However, after giving myself a week to think about it... I am really mad that I didn't finish. I don't like not finishing what I started. So while I absolutely hate it, I just might have to try it again. I want to be able to say that I have complete a half marathon. So who knows, but if I can go 6.5 miles without any training at all... It kind of makes me wonder what I can do with a little bit of effort.


Joel wasn't able to get a picture of me, but here is a picture of the race. I'm sure I'm back there somewhere.

Have you ever completed a marathon or half marathon? I would love to hear about your experiences.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chills

We all carry various burdens and struggles that sometimes prevent us from living the life God intended. Christ's sacrifice, though, reminds us that he defeated every last thing that might encumber His people. Thus, the charge to us all is to come awake and be one with Christ again.

This song gives me chills every time I hear it.

Video Here

Our God is not dead, HE'S ALIVE!! HE'S ALIVE!!

**IgniterMedia

Monday, August 30, 2010

James 3

This morning at church, we read this passage from James 3.......

1Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Our teacher had us all write words on the board that were positive types of words that come out of our mouths.  Many of us had to think before we went to the board to write our word.  After everyone wrote a positive word, our teacher had us write negative types of words that come out of our mouths.  It didn't take us near as much time for us all to think of negative words.  

After the illustration our board looked like this....
Just like it was easier for us to write the negative words, it is easier for our sinful nature to say those negative words.  I want to have more positive words come out of my mouth this week than negative words.  I want my mouth to bring praise to the Lord in everything I say this week.