Posted in Reflection

Come and Eat at The Lord’s Table

Mike Cleveland’s Book - The Lord’s TableAfter reading a thread on MOG, I decided to start the Lord’s Table study again. For those of you who may not know, it’s a free study you can do online. It’s similar in style to Thin Within, but it does not focus much on eating habits or “practical tips” for weight loss. It is a Bible study and deals almost solely with the spiritual aspects of disordered/unhealthy eating.

When you sign up, you are assigned a mentor, and you complete the studies online. When you have finished, you are sent an email copy of your answers. It’s a pretty nice setup. I’d be delighted for any of you to join me!


Posted in Reflection

Prayer Request – Renewed

As you already know, if you’ve been reading here for a while, my friend Heather is in great need of our prayer right now. This Thursday, she will undergo surgery to hopefully remove a tumor from her brain.

Kelli, at Living in Grace, has set up a prayer chain that I would ask you to participate in if at all possible.

Heather is a wife, a mom to three, a designer at SwankWebStyle, and a vital part of the Moms of Grace, Faith Lifts, The Homeschool Blog Awards, and Sand, Sea and School.

So, if you have a blog, and you wouldn’t mind, I ask that you post a request for prayer for her and her family, and participate in Kelli’s chain.

Thank you SO much!

Posted in Reflection

Prayer Request

I would like to request that anyone who reads here please keep my friend, Heather, in your prayers today. She was just diagnosed with a glioma on her brain.

Heather is a wife, a mom to three, a designer at SwankWebStyle, and a vital part of the Moms of Grace, Faith Lifts, The Homeschool Blog Awards, and Sand, Sea and School.

Laura will be keeping us updated via Heather’s site.

If you have a blog, and you wouldn’t mind, I ask that you post a request for prayer for her and her family.

Thank you SO much!

Posted in Blessings

One Thousand Gifts – Part 32

  • 267. Birds singing
  • 268. Temps just right for windows to be open overnight
  • 269. Oscillating fans to lull & cool
  • 270. Extra minutes by myself in the morning to spend with God
  • 271. God reaching out to me to draw me back even when I walk away and choose poorly
  • 272. Sisters
  • 273. Super supportive, helpful and caring women at MOG
  • 274. Spring
Posted in Reflection

Head First Back Into the Pit

Well, here I sit, head to toe in pit mud. I am at a loss for words. I have spent the evening going from place to place in the blogosphere. Got caught up on my blog reading. Got caught up on my MOG forum stuff. Updated my 2007 Book List. Even wrote a lame book review on GOOTP.

And now. Nothing. I was once prompted by a blog-friend to just sit down and write. Doesn’t matter if you have the words at first. Pray, ask for words, then write.

I have been avoiding God today. Yesterday too. I’ve been willing to talk to Him for the sake of others. And for the sake of the struggles going on in the blogosphere. But when it comes to the food. I’ve given up. Stopped investing. Stopped stopping myself from eating. I go to the kitchen whenever I feel bad. I am avoiding the TLT study because I know that the next one is about exercise. Besides, I’m already at like day 32 or something and I’ve not lost a thing. By this point in my WDW world I’d lost like 10 pounds! And it just flew off!

How can I recreate that level of success?

Do I want to? Is that what I’m really after? My mom said something to me a day or two ago and it’s been floating around in the back of my mind. She urged me to stop stressing so much about my weight and worry more about my health. At first I didn’t see much of a difference. My weight is such a huge component of (or detriment to) my health that it’s hard for me to see anything else to focus on. But there’s that “E” thing. Exercise. My heart health. I’ve got diabetes in my family as well as heart trouble. I need to get it into my head if I’m not proactive. I could die of a heart attack. And pretty young too! My mom has already had two heart attacks. My grandma (mom’s mom) had a triple (quadruple?) bypass. My grandfather also had a few heart attacks before he died.

I go this weekend for a complete physical. My first since my six-week post-partum checkup after having J5. It scares me. So many things to discuss. I had a bunch of blood tests done over a month ago and the results have just been sitting there. (Had to reschedule for a time when J4 would be home to take care of J5).

I absolutely KNOW that something needs to change. I don’t want to do it chemically if I don’t have to.

Is this a spiritual battle? Is my journey one that God can/must be intimately a part of? Or is this just old-fashioned self discipline needed? Why do I have such a thick skull about this? It’s not new. It’s not rocket science.

God, help me. Please.

Posted in Blessings

One Thousand Gifts – Part 28

  • 244. Once again, the Moms of Grace forums & chat room
  • 245. Modern medicine (esp. toddler ibuprofen and acetaminophen) without which we would be having a much more miserable weekend
  • 246. J5’s propensity to sleep through the night even when he feels really awful
  • 247. A warm home
  • 248. Snuggly flannel sheets
  • 249. Godly friends that point me in His direction as needed
  • 250. Being married to the best and most loving daddy in the whole world
Posted in Blessings

One Thousand Gifts – Part 27

  • 233. The beauty of my son
  • 234. God’s mercy
  • 235. Pep talks from my Mom
  • 236. Candy from my Dad (as My Very First and Forever Valentine)
  • 237. Looking forward to dinner out with some very dear friends
  • 238. Friday nights looking forward to sleepy Saturday mornings
  • 239. Hot tea
  • 240. Fuzzy slippers
  • 241. Internet moms
  • 242. Christian Fiction
  • 243. Crochet projects
Posted in Blessings

One Thousand Gifts – Part 26

  • 227. Marriage to my best friend
  • 228. The excitement of construction on our basement
  • 229. Inspirational books provided at just the right time
  • 230. Our little goofy-toofy
  • 231. Wonderful new forums to get to know more Christian Moms
  • 232. The Divine Hours
Posted in Book Reviews, Reflection

My 2007 Book List

  1. Markings, Dag Hammarskjold
    – I found out about this book from an army chaplain‘s blog I talked about back in November.

  2. [Finished February 2007]

    Danger in the Shadows, Dee Henderson


  3. [Finished March 2007]

    Get Out of That Pit!: Straight Talk about God’s Deliverance, Beth Moore


  4. Before I Wake, Dee Henderson

    – In process

  5. Praying God’s Word Day by Day, Beth Moore
    – Need to purchase

  6. Seventh-day Adventists Believe, General Conference Ministerial Department
    – Received this for Christmas.

  7. [Finished February 2007]

    Cause of Death, Patricia Cornwell


  8. New Testament from “The One Year Bible: Arranged in 365 Daily Readings (New Living Translation)”
    – Will be reading the NT only, though will probably also read the Psalms and Proverbs along with it because the tidbits each day aren’t that long.

    – Got behind in my reading when I got sick for a couple of weeks. Too discouraging to try to catch up. Perhaps next year…

  9. Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
    – I may actually borrow a friends version on CD instead of “reading” it but I’ll still count it and review it. 🙂

  10. God’s Gift, Dee Henderson
    – Reprint of Dee’s 2nd novel. I look forward to reading it…

  11. Sisterchicks On The Loose, Robin Jones Gunn
    MOG Book of the Month for March 2007

  12. EASTERTIDE: Prayers for Lent Through Easter from The Divine Hours, Phyllis Tickle
    – I found out about The Divine Hour books from someone’s blog a while ago. You can read the prayers online four (or five) different times during the day. I bought the book so I could have it on my nightstand in the morning and in the evening instead of having to print out the prayers to carry around. I really like it. I have to say, so far I haven’t read them at every “office” but try to get most of them. I’ll be reading them throughout the year in other books as well.
    Read about 1/3 of the office and they really fed me spiritually at the time, but I have lost the rhythm with them. They will stay in my library in case they fit my need again.

  13. The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime, Phyllis Tickle
    – This book of prayers encompasses February to May. I will not be reading the whole thing this year. I will finish the EASTERTIDE (See above) until Easter, and then pick up in this one for the appropriate dates.
    See explanation above.

  14. Velvet Elvis Book Cover [Finished April 2007]
    Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell


  15. Thin Within, Judy & Arthur Halliday
    – ON HOLD for completion of Thin Again.

    – The book that launched a really amazing weight loss program. Designed to be read in 30 days. Started 4/1. Should be completed this month. I’ve joined the Yahoo Group that was created for those reading the book.

  16. Men Are Like Waffles – Women Are Like Spaghetti, Bill & Pam Farrel

    – ON HOLD

  17. Thin Again, Judy & Arthur Halliday
    – In process. Book written before Thin Within that addresses some of the emotional reasons behind eating.