Saturday, January 29, 2011

So this is what I am thinking....

I have been thinking alot about the blog and what direction I should go and this is what I came up with....

I am going to return to some of the old stuff and even try something new. I will go back to doing an occasional "Make a Choice Monday" and "Fashion Friday" but I think I will actually call it "Fabulous Friday" because it might not always be about fashion but it will be about something fabulous:)

And now to the new....I thought about the things I am passionate about and although there are many one thing stands out....I LOVE to read. So starting on Wedenesday February 9, 2011 I will begin something I will call "What I'm Reading Wednesday". I am super excited! Each week I will discuss a chapter in a book I am reading. I hope some of you will join me because discussing it with myslef could tend to be a bit one sided.

My first selection will be a new book by Lysa TerKeurst called "Made To Crave". Anyone who leaves a comment on this post between now and Thursday February 3, 2011 will be entered for a chance to win the book! Here is what the book is about:

Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment? The New York Times Best Selling book Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author Lysa TerKeurst personally understands the battle that women face. In Made to Crave, she will help you:

*Break the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday,” and feel good about yourself today.

*Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with your body.

*Replace rationalization that leads to diet failure with wisdom that leads to victory.

*Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process.

This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose —a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Join Lysa and experience all that you were made to crave!

You can read more on the Made to Crave Website!

Please don't read this and think just because food isn't what you struggle with you don't need to read it. I believe we all try to fill our empty places with all kinds of different unhealthy things, not just food, and this book can help us look at all the things we "crave" that aren't good for us.

I hope you will join me! Remember leave a comment for a chance to win the book!

Have a blessed weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Something Else to Think About...

"We live under a law of sowing and reaping that is as certain and unrelenting as disease and death."~Debi Pearl

I am reading "Created to be His Help Meet" by Debi Pearl. It is a hard read. She is right on so far in everything I have read but it goes completely against everything we feel and think about marriage.

Marriage is one of the most complex relationships we will ever be a part of. I was also listening to a sermon given last week at LCBC. Mark Gungor is talking about marriage. It is worth the time to listen. He is funny but very truthful.

Just thought I would jump on and give you something to think about today:) Be blessed!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Something to Think About

"If your smart enough about what you do when you make a mistake you can change your destiny" ~ Dr. Oz

"Come now, let us argue this out," says the LORD. "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool. If you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat. But if you keep turning away and refusing to listen, you will be destroyed by your enemies. I, the LORD, have spoken!" ~Isaiah 1:18-20

I heard the above quote on the Dr. Oz show today. Funny thing is I had read the above verses today in my quiet time. Although Dr. Oz was talking about weight loss I think what he said hit the nail on the head.

It is not so much about the mistakes that we make that determine our destiny as much as what we do when those mistakes happen. We just need to obey God and let Him help us. He wants to do that. Nothing we have done is too big for the cross but we have to obey and listen. We can't continue to turn away and refuse to listen. An action on our part. I am not minimizing how difficult this can be. Sometimes we refuse to listen because we don't want to let go of something that we know is not good for us because we love it dearly and can't understand how God could possibly fill the void when it is gone. Sometimes we refuse to listen because we are hurting and we are struggling to trust. What ever it is that inhibits us we just need to know it can destroy us if we don't let God do His perfect work.

I love how it says "let us argue this out" I know I have had to argue quite a few things out lately with God. Another version says "let's settle this". I will forever be grateful that He is willing to settle it and not let me to self destruct. What love He has for us and what mind can barely fathom it.

Today I pray we all be smart enough about what to do when we have made a mistake. He is waiting to remove our sin no matter how deep the stain....Hallelujah!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

To blog or not to blog....

So January came and all my blogging plans went right out the window. Feeling like I have a lack of anything interesting to say and also juggling all my other responsibilites I have written nothing. Obviously....tell you something you don't know, right. I could bore you with all the details of the chaotic holiday or of my daily goings on but I will spare you the drudgery of reading it.

This is what a writer must feel like when they get writer's block. Stuck. Staring at the computer screen hoping something profound appears in front of them. I guess it is just the ebb and flow of life. One day you are full of ambition and many wonderful words to proclaim and the next you are at a complete loss. Silent. Although I feel like I have spent way to long being silent lately. Kinda scary for someone who "talks" for a living. Ok...not really a living but you know what I mean.

I did want to jump on today and let you know I am still here. I plan on maintaining the blog because it has all my speaking info on it. I hope to get some good things to share with you on the blog soon.

I did have some awesome speaking opportunites lately. Everytime I go out I am so blessed by the women I meet. I am also looking forward to doing a retreat for Faith Church at Hotel Hershey the beginning of February. The topic is CPR for Weary Women and I could not be more excited. Trust me I am an expert weary woman so I have lots of personal research on the topic.

Well it felt good to write something down to you today. Hopefully I will make a habit of it:) I know that is the key when we feel stuck. Just do it(o.k. maybe thats's Nike). Sometimes we just need to do the thing. Putting feelings aside and just doing the next thing. I just need to put blogging on my priority list and sit down and start typing. So there I said it and now I just need to take my own advice.

Hope your day is blessed and hope to see you back here real soon!