Monthly archive for July 2008

Nothing Worthwhile Happens Quickly

Today is a happy one for me!  Forty nine years ago today I married my precious husband, Johnny. When I look back on all these years, it seems like such a short time since we were teenagers in love.  As I reflect on all the memories we share and all the monumental events we have gone through together, I realize that we have crammed a whole lot of livin’ into these 49 years. We had our three children in less than four years so we were changing diapers for a full six years without a break. Lisa was born in 1960, Shari in 1962, and John in 1963. Three toddlers, three grade schoolers, three teenagers, and all three left the nest in a little more than a one-year period. We have shared joyous times, such as the weddings of our children and the births of our grandchildren. We have also

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The Lord is My Strength

We all encounter difficult times. Sometimes we see them coming and other times we are completely surprised. Even strong believers can be tripped and caused to stumble by terrible life circumstances. This has been the experience of God’s people since the beginning of time. Great people of faith are not exempt from trouble, even the circumstances or distress it causes. They feel the same pain, guilt, despair, and shame. So what is different for them and people of no faith? It is not that they have special strength themselves but they have access to a power beyond themselves who cares for them even in life’s trials. The power is not mysterious – He has made himself known to His people. The writer of Psalm 27 gives a wonderful firsthand account of how God works in the middle of struggles. Read Psalm 27 Confidence in times of strength ~ Verses 1-6

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Firm Grips and Tender Hearts

Sonora Smart Dodd heard a beautiful Mother’s Day poem at church and it caused her to ask the question – but what about fathers?  Her Father was a widowed Civil War veteran who was raising six children. There was no day set aside to honor him or any of the other fathers.  She began to promote her father’s birthday, June 19, as a time to remember those important men in our families. In 1926, President Coolidge supported such a day of recognition and in 1956, Congress recognized the day.  President Nixon then established the third Sunday of June as the official Father’s Day.  It was a while in coming, but it is a noble recognition. Father’s Day compared to Mother’s Day has a ways to go: Mother’s Day                       Compared to          Father’s Day $11.23 billion spent on gifts                

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Getting off the Emotional Eating Roller Coaster for Good

Getting off the Emotional Eating Roller Coaster for Good

“Please Make your Way to the Exit…” I think you would agree that emotional eating is one roller coaster ride in life none of us truly enjoy.  The thrills are short-lived, quickly followed by disappointment, and seeing how we have a hard time getting off, it’s a rather nauseating ride.  Despite what we may think about our relationship with food, many of us boarded this ride a long time ago and have yet to completely exit the platform.  When you really think about it, statistics convey this quite clearly.  Consider this; an estimated 65% of US adults are currently either overweight or obese.  However, the knowledge base about weight management continues to expand. So what is precluding our successful passage from knowledge to behavior?  There are many theories, including the roles our genetics and environment play, but I strongly believe it’s the combination of our unhealthy emotions and sabotaging thoughts

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Things Can Be Different

Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? –  Proverbs 6:27-28 While many people desire to be special, my desire has always been to be normal.  Beginning in the third grade, I began the struggle with my weight.  I remember being so embarrassed when my grandparents had to shop in the chubby section to buy me clothes, while they shopped in the regular sizes to buy things for my sisters.  My parents often put me on diets or restricted me from certain foods. When I moved out of my parents’ home, I finally was able to make my own rules.  Over the next 20 years, I ate what I wanted and gained weight.  Then I would go on a starvation diet to lose the pounds I had gained.  Even though my weight discouraged

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