When Life Takes a Turn

What's around the corner?

What’s around the corner?

Yes, so I am supposed to be blogging about Leptin Resistance and then on to the wide world of Editing. In fact, I am way late on that.

However, life has taken an unexpected turn. My husband, The Genius, saw the doctor on Monday and that has turned our life upside down. To summarize, we are waiting for word as to what type of Lymphoma Cancer he has.

Talk about a sharp corner.

The above was written December 16th and it is now January 18th where we are still waiting to see what is Around The Corner. We have heard from our doctor and they don’t expect The Genius to have cancer. Insert huge sigh of relief. But. There is still something not right and so we wait for test results.

Praying, waiting, trusting. So hard to do, but essential.

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Worn Out Before Christmas?

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28 – 30

Let’s find a moment of tranquility this weekend to just be calm. Quiet and at peace. Help me, Lord, to capture Your light living.

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New Nutrition

The last time I really made a concerted effort to lose weight following a diet plan was with Weight Watchers. Insert several years and I am back to where I was pre-Weight Watchers.

I went to the library and have now read many books on nutrition. And I’m amazed by how many books there are on healthy eating and plans to either lose weight or improve one’s health. Wow. I’ve been living as a recluse.

Michael Pollan’s Food Rules and The Omnivore’s Dilemma were thought provoking. So was Sugar Nation by Jeff O’Connell and Cuisine for Whole Health by Pauli Halstead. The UltraMetabolism Cookbook by Dr. Mark Hyman has some tasty recipes. And I’ve enjoyed the Primal Blueprint book and Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals by Mark Sisson too. He’s very easy to read and understand. He makes living fun!

Here’s what I’ve been doing for the last month. Three meals a day, each with a mix of protein and veggies and sometimes fruit. I’ve consumed few grains, but have added whey protein powder and healthy fats instead. No snacks. No counting calories or points. I’ve eaten lots. And I mean lots. Probably too much. No extreme exercising and most days no exercising because of an injured ankle. But I’ve lost weight! My muffin top is goin’ down. And I’ve noticeably less swelling in my hands.

I like feeling this way. No sugar crashes or endless eating in the afternoon or evening. No cookie cravings or needing to have a sandwich or missing my oatmeal. It’s honestly been OK. I’ve tried new recipes, most of them keepers, and enjoyed new taste sensations along the way. What’s not to like about that?!

There’s still more books I aim to read on nutrition, but I’m enjoying this new adventure in eating without having to count calories, etc. What about you? Have you found a way of eating that is healthy and fun?

Next time I hope to explain more about Leptin Resistance.

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Perfect Praise

“God doesn’t ask me to be perfect; He asks me to praise.” Ann Voskamp

Have you ever gotten sidetracked? Or upset because someone was placing demands on you? Or discouraged because you can’t keep up with all your work?

I’ve been there. A lot. I am lazy at times, so some of that unfinished work is my own doing or distraction. But even on good days, there is more to be done than what is accomplished.

Nevertheless. Ann Voskamp’s statement hit me between the eyes this morning and I felt compelled to share it with you. Maybe someone else is trying to hit perfection and missing the mark repeatedly. Let us learn to keep our joy because we have Jesus, not because we’ve got our act together.

God loves me even though I fail miserably. He’s looking at me to see if I’m looking at Him. Are my eyes focused on Him? Can I praise Him through it all? Help me, Lord, to see you.

 

P.S. I will return in two weeks with a post on nutrition.

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Musical Tribute to my Husband

It all started with a Harvest Moon after a Beautiful Day. And the admonition by my parents to Keep Your Eyes Open. Starting Something Beautiful and being called Darling Pretty. Realizing that we are In the Hands of God. Remembering that All This Time God Gave Me You and thankful for His Shining on Us. Putting One Foot in front of the other. Knowing that Yes We Can Get Back Up again. I Refuse to quit. And knowing that God is more than Enough for us. Being surprised by the gift to Start Over and learning to Stay. We’ve been able to Lift Up Your Face and become Stronger knowing that Heaven (Little by Little) is just around the corner.

Thanks for a fab fifteen!

With the help of the following influential musicians:  Neil Young, U2, Needtobreathe, Newsboys, Mark Knopfler, Newsboys (again), Britt Nicole, Blake Shelton, Phillips Craig and Dean, Building 429, Me In Motion, tobyMac, Josh Wilson, BarlowGirl, The Afters, Avalon, Third Day, Mandisa, TOAD.

 

 

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God Glimpses

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. I Peter 1:18, 19

I have been brought up short with my own humanness. I’m not a perfect wife, hardly the Mom of the Year, and not the picture of profound poise. I grumble, mumble, complain, yell, take people and things for granted. Yet God gives me good things and He patiently waits without yanking away what I’ve become distracted by.

God sent Jesus Christ to pay for my sins so I could live forever with Him. He paid the price for my determined independence and offers me His joy, His love, His strength, Himself. He gives me all I need to overcome worry, weariness, hurt, and fear. He continues to graciously give. To me. Purpose. Love. Kindness. Forgiveness. Light. Life.

May I do all in my power to show that I’m living the good life. Dedicated follower of Jesus. Devoted wife. Diligent to softly mother.

 Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Philippians 2:15

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She’s Out of Control

There’s a new book on the market that I need to read:

Zondervan – Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions – Lysa TerKeurst – 9780310332794.

Perhaps you’ve read it and could give me some timely tips? Or maybe you too have had one of those weeks months with unexpected surprises. How are you coping? My strategy is to pray first. God is not shocked with all the glitches that have occurred and it gives me hope when I remember this. I’m also eating healthy, aiming for more sleep, and sorting through the papers on my desk. May you have a productive day if wacky Wednesday paid an unplanned visit to your home.

P.S. How do I enable my insert to be viewed without having to click on it?

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Now that was One Olympic Pause

August was devoted to absorbing the London Olympics via PVR intravenous. I’m still in withdrawal mode. Thankfully there are snippets of The Games still on the PVR for when I’m desperate. Was that not a great Olympics?

Our family also enjoyed some holiday time – so fun to be together outdoors during the day and then unwind in the evening by playing card games or watching a movie.

As I’m new to blogging, my goal is to start small by publishing once a week and then gradually increasing in frequency as I become more comfortable combining words with technology.

Here’s a view we visited in August.

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Welcome

Ta-da, my very first blog!

I’m still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. Although I can be creative, it works best if I tweak rather than originate. I have always loved the written word and desire to help others communicate well. I grew up in a small town with a unique subculture inhaling Inspirational Fiction with a side of Anything Sports, so I will focus my blogs on personal growth, Christian books, and physical activities.

Clearly this is a work in progress! Join the ramblings of someone who’s just beginning the journey to Editing on Earth. And please forgive my few foibles.

 

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Hello world!

Cherished by God.

Wife and mom needing to get a life of my own. Searching and studying for career in the Christian publishing industry. Loving sports in spite of weight issues. Longing for lasting transformation.

“Won’t you give us fresh life and let your people be glad because of you? I will listen to you, Lord God, because you promise peace to those who are faithful and no longer foolish.” Psalms 85: 6,8 CEV

I have a long ways to go on this journey called life. Join me?

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