Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Things I'm pondering

I'm not sure why but I have been a little uneasy about not hearing from our group in Haiti at all.  I remember last year that I had not expected to hear from them.  So, when we did, it was a pleasant surprise to know that they got to where they were going.  And I was doing okay...not that I don't have moments of being nervous or anxious.  I know that there are several others a little worried for their family members, so I felt compelled to share what I've read the last couple of mornings.  It brought me peace and encouragement, and I'm hoping it will do the same for others.

We all have heard the verses in Matthew 6 that talk of worry.  And the bottom line, is don't worry.  Easy peasy, right?  uh...no.  We know in our heads that worrying doesn't solve anything.  Worrying shows a lack of trust in God.  OUCH!  I realized the other morning when I was praying for our team in Haiti that I was so focused on their safety that I was only praying for their safety.  I wasn't praying about the work that God was ready to do.  I wasn't praying for the hearts of the people they would interact with.  I wasn't praying for patience and team work...I was praying for safety, and that's where my focus was. I decided right then that I was going to change that.  Then I read a verse...one that I've memorized and I love.  But I've always associated it to be talking about purity and doing "good."  It is Philippians 4:8, "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.  Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."  I LOVE this verse!  I find joy in things that are true, and honorable and right and pure and lovely.. But yesterday when I read this familiar verse, I stopped at the first phrase..."Fix your thoughts on what is true."  What is true!  I have been fixing my thoughts on my feelings...on the concern of myself and others.  What is true?  The TRUTH is that there are 21 people that safely left Miami, FL on their way to Haiti to serve God.  The TRUTH is that they will be stretched and they will grow.  The TRUTH is that God will use them ways that we may not understand on this side of Heaven.  The TRUTH is they will communicate God's love to people in the physical labor, teaching of God's Word and general love that will be seen through every interaction.  And The TRUTH is that God has gone before them.  That was where God took me this morning.

There is a small phrase in John 10:1-4 that say, "he goes ahead of them."  Jesus goes ahead of us.  I found peace in that.  Even here, even now, Jesus has gone ahead of me, and in my "everyday" I FOLLOW Him!  God is not just looking down at us with either a smile or a frown, HE is engaged with us and intimately involved in the world and in our lives.  He is engaged in the details.  Thank you Jesus!

And, one of my all-time favorite verses, comes soon after these...it's John 10:10, "The their comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."  So, let us have it to the full....without the burden of worry, but instead with a peace and joy that we have a Savior who walks with us..in fact, He goes before us.  Praise the Lord!

Friday, September 2, 2011

**Update**

I'm hoping this weekend, Jonathon and I will have a little down time so that he can help me update the blog a little. Meanwhile, find my new page on facebook "Old to New Creations"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Weight Loss Update

I am still LOVING my Herbalife. It's so easy to stick to, and the shakes taste great! I feel great, and am SO motivated to go to the gym. I look forward to my days (my husband and I take turns going, usually every other day). I've never been more motivated, and I'm pretty sure I'm lifting almost, if not more, weight on some exercises than I did when I was weight-lifting for collegiate level basketball.

My weight loss update at the end of 12 weeks: 26.5 pounds lost, 37 inches lost!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More pics of upcycled baseball shirts

Here are more pics of the kiddos in their UPCYCLED BASEBALL SHIRTS. They all have their initial on them....they turned out so cute. And once the kids got them on and realized they all had the same shirt on, they went bananas...they were so excited! :)

Notice the girls have on matching pillowcase dresses. There are plenty of tutorials on those out there. If you missed the tutorial on the upcycled baseball shirts, you can find it here.

Master Bath and Bedroom Remodel

I chose a new wallpaper/background on the blog as a hint of my master bedroom remodel. We spent a few months this last year remodeling our master bathroom. And when I say we, I mostly mean my husband. I got to help pick out the colors, tiles, decor, etc, but he did the work. Anyway,

The plan was for the remodel to overflow into the master bedroom. We have the bedding...and the curtains, we just can't decide on a wall color! But it will be getting done soon! ;)

I LOVE the master bath, though, so I can deal with the bedroom...Here...take a look!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Promised pics of Baseball Shirt

I promised these a while back. Here is the picture of the finished baseball t-shirt created from Daddy's old t-shirts. Don't throw those things away! If you missed the tutorial, you can find it here.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Weight Loss - HEALTH journey

I mentioned several weeks ago that I have begun a new adventure....one of health.  I have always had an interest in health, and this spring I decided I was going to get back into shape.  I had hopes of losing a few pounds and really get into shape.  Well, I worked and worked and go into shape...I think.  I felt pretty good, but the pounds weren't going anywhere very quickly (except up...they did go up pretty quickly).  I worked hard to drop a few pounds in about that many weeks, which I thought was pretty good.  Then the lbs got stuck, and after losing some motivation for a week....they all came back!  YEP - in ONE WEEK!

So, in search of finding a good, quality multi-vitamin I re-discovered Herbalife.  My mom had been a distributor for Herbalife and I really wanted to start taking it as my multivitamin AND they have weight loss programs as well.  So, after careful prayer and thought (and twisting my husband's arm) I took the plunge and became a distributor.  I'm SO excited to help people get healthy - whatever that may be for them.

My results....so far:  I feel incredible.  Let me say that again.  I FEEL INCREDIBLE!  I have more energy and feel more motivated than ever to choose healthy eating habits.  Also, the pounds are dropping!  I'm pretty close to being back to "marriage weight."  Bye-bye post-marriage weight....and baby weight, etc, etc.!  In the first 7 days, I lost 7 lbs!  So far, after 4 weeks (28 days) I lost 17 lbs and 20 inches!!!

So, if you're interested in more information, go here.  Fill out the form, and I will either call you or send you an email with a video to help explain the products.  They are ALL-NATURAL, EPHEDRINE-FREE!  It's health food, people.  It's amazing - These products have helped people lose weight, gain weight, maintain weight.  People have experienced their blood pressure lower, cholesterol lower, allergy problems overcome, and SO MUCH MORE!  Check it out - you'll never be better!

If you're interested in a legitimate at-home business, go here for more information. Again, I'll be in touch with you.

I'll post here my success as my weight loss and health journey continues.

I also just did some Christmas shopping, so check back here for my creations that will soon be coming, hopefully :)