Friday, January 28, 2011


Friday again? Can it possibly be? Time does whip by faster and faster it seems. I have had a hard week in some ways and it occurred to me last night how many times that seems to be the case following a "spiritual high"... The enemy does everything he can to rob us of His joy doesn't he? How I praise God that greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world!!

1 John 4:4 You are of God little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

My head has kind of been all over the place this week....I think I may have FINALLY gotten my head into a GOOD place though with this diet.  What a struggle this is for me.  Not just sticking to it without whining (though there is that too, haha) but in not beating myself up with what I have allowed to happen.  How I struggled and worked to get those 55 pounds off last year (and this did NOT even put me at goal) and to think I gained it ALL back and have to start all over again was not only overwhelming, but sooo defeating; made me feel like a failure in many different areas of my life.  But the Lord has worked and worked (thank you Jesus!) on my heart this week, and I am coming out of that dark feeling of defeat.  I am going to keep my eyes on Him, and not that scale, and simply do the best I can as He gives me the strength to do it.  I have lost 7 pounds which doesn't seem like much for 3 weeks considering how drastically my eating has changed, and yet I will definitely take it.  A good start anyway...right?

My oldest son has had a BIG answer to prayer this week and I am praising God for that as well.  He has 5 children, a HUGE dog (seriously the biggest I have ever seen) and a growing thriving karate studio/school, which keeps him soo busy and yet!! he is learning to play the guitar.  It is something he always wanted to do and yet was never able to work into his busy, busy schedule.  He bartered his lessons in trade for private karate lessons and he is on his way.  He plays Mr. mom from 7 till 4 Tues - Friday as his wife works in a busy orthodontist's office.  He has been calling me this last week from the park where he takes his 2 year old, after dropping off the other's at school, so he can run off some of his abundant energy, and playing me what he has learned over the phone, haha.  He is actually pretty good.  If he goes about this the way he has every new challenge in his life he will be playing well in no time at all. 

I spent Tues. as usual at my mom's and she had a busy day planned.  I drove her first to her therapy, and then we hit Target, the pharmacy and finally Trader Joe's...This was right after lunch of course which we do at Marie Calendars as she enjoys their vegetable soup and corn bread, and I make use of the salad bar.  I bring my little pack of dressing in my purse, along with one of Jenny's little lunches which I enjoy cold.  I dump it onto of my salad and it is really pretty good.  I love that veggies of ALL kinds are considered "free" foods, and I can eat them in abundance, which trust me I do, lol.  After all her errands we went back to her house and sat chatting in reclining chairs until she nodded off.  Seemed like a good idea so I decided to join her, haha...How I love those days with her.

My daughter is struggling with some female issues which she has struggled with since she was 13 years old.  I will not go into detail as it really isn't necessary in order for you to pray.   She had a surgery when she was 17 years old which DRAMATICALLY helped the problem and she has been on the pill ever since which has kept everything in complete control.  However she and her husband are ready to start their family so all the issues are right there to consider again.  I am praying that the Lord blesses them with a child as they want that soo badly.  She would definitely be considered a high risk pregnancy but I am not letting my head go there just yet.  Our God is a big God and I know He can do anything He wants to do.    She is to see her doc. next Thursday and I would ask that you might keep her in prayer if you get the chance.  I was reading this morning during my devotional time and I found myself reading these familiar verses...I am going to claim them for my Melly for this season in her life...

Psalm 37:3-5  Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

It's funny, I have been thinking alot this week on how "mothering" changes through the years as your children grow up.  Mothering when they are babies seems soo difficult at times (it certainly keeps you busy) that I can remember sometimes longing for the days when they would understand even the simplest of commands.  Then there are all the elementary school day years with school projects, sports, homework and busy, busy, schedules and I thought to myself, "Will life every slow down?"  I don't let my head go to those teenaged years real often (the boys anyway, haha) as life really did turn upside down sometimes then, but I have found that EVEN NOW with all of my children grown adults there are STILL those times when I find myself on my knees and wishing I could somehow make everything OK for all of them.  They still need that assurance from their mom once in a while, that advice (now that they are all smart enough to ask for it, haha) and that unconditional love that you get from your mom.  It made me think again how much more our Father in heaven loves us than we love our own kids, and how we can run to Him for all the same things.  How I praise Him for His unconditional love most of all. 

1 John 3: 1  Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

The week-end stretches out in front of us without a single commitment.  YAY!!  We will play our usual Friday night cards with my parents and I hope the guys bring their game, because I am feeling lucky, lol.  May you all have a wonderful, restful week-end!


  1. Oh, I so understand so many of those thoughts and feelings Debbie! And about the weight issue, don't beat yourself up about it. I was looking at pictures the other day, and was struck at just how thin I had gotten 4 or 5 years ago. Now, I don't even care about that. Just health. Good will get there.

  2. Roughly 20 months ago I lost 30 pounds. I've kept most of it off, but it's a challenge I think I'll have to contend with for the rest of my days.

    I don't know if you've ever considred hCG, but I found it to be very helpful, as did another 20 from work or church that did it at the same time. Only one out of the 20 didn't have success. I actually went through a doctor, and would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Here's a couple of links should you want to check it out:

    Regardless of how you proceed, thank you for sharing so authetically what a struggle it's been.


  3. I always like it when someone besides me posts random thoughts! lol

    I also enjoyed the scriptures you used...great perspective on each thought.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. It is all so true, the mothering thing. I know there were different challenges when they were little but having them the ages mine are now sometimes it is harder to just leave them at God's door. Great news on loosing 7 pounds! Good job.
    It does help to get your mind where it should be. I know my house stays cleaner. I wonder why that is?
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Nothing is impossible with our good Father! Amen! May the Lord grant your daughter's desires as He did with your son. Guitar is so relaxing too but even more awesome when we strum and sing to the Lord!

    You seem to be doing well with your diet. And that's really nice that you had a great time with your mother. I'm sure she did, too. How precious these moments are! Have a great weekend sister Debbie and may you always remain strong in the Lord's mighty power. The verses you shared I will also claim as it is no coincidence that I had visited you now. I needed those truthful reminders!!! God bless.

  6. Great random thoughts...I think mine would be pretty boring.
    I love the comments on agree after all my children posts this week...yea for your son, that is so much fun! I still love seeing mine learn things. I will pray for your daughter as my daughter-in-law also tries to get pregnant...she is still recovering from the miscarriage.
    Yea on your weight loss...I have at a lot to loose and it has been this way for...well 15 years, and seems like I will never get it under control...I am exercising and even if my fat loves me a lot and won't leave, well my heart is doing well!!

    Have a great always seem to have the best things going...a truly full life!!

  7. Hi Deb,
    I say, "Way to go with 7 pounds." It may not seem like much yet, but it is 7 pounds lighter than 3 weeks ago. It is a beginning and we all need beginnings in order to get to the end. You are on your way. Keep to it! You'll make it, maybe not as fast as last time, but you'll make it. :)

    Love hearing from your heart and all that is going on in your home. I will lift your daughter before the Lord praying that He will bless them with a child.

    Your children are all lucky to have a praying momma! They sure keep us on our knees don't they. But wouldn't have it any other way.

    Enjoy your quiet weekend. And hope you won at cards!

    Much love,

  8. Hi Deb,
    You are such an encouragement and inspiration to me gal! I sense your compassion and the heart of Christ in the comments you leave me, and I know you are a fabulous blessing to your family and friends. I loved reading this post, too. Just more of your sweet, honest heart!!

    You go girl with the weight thing! Once again...I'm right there with you! Me and my chub haven't parted ways yet...but I'm so thankful that I am recommitted to that end. I'll be praying for you and me both!!

    Thank you for your lovely friendship, Debbie. Sure wish we could meet before we do in Glory!!
    Love you lots,

  9. Hi Debbie,
    I was going to write something very similar to what my mom said... don't beat yourself up over the weight issue. It sounds like you are doing well, and I am sure you will continue with it. It is more important to focus on your health than your weight anyway.
    I hope that things work out for Mel and her husband. That must be so hard as a mother to not be able to control some of those things that upset your children. I love that you said they are smart enough to ask for advice now. That was great.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend Debbie.

  10. Enjoyed your random thoughts! Congratulations on your weight loss! I think 7 pounds in three weeks sounds really good! Amazing all your oldest son has going on, but how smart to trade karate lessons for guitar lessons. Saying prayers for Melanie. I love the 1 John 3:1 verse you quoted; it's one of my favorites and this reminded me that I need to add it to my list of verses to learn by heart.

  11. I enjoyed your random thoughts and catching up with you! What a blessing it was reading about your son and the phone calls! So sweet! Prayers will be with your daughter. Love the verses you shared and the span of motherhood. Hope you have a great week!

  12. I'm struggling still with my diet too. The battle of the yo-yo is starting to wear thin...if only I would wear thin! (Thin as in size 12, I'd be happy with that).

    I'll pray for you, and your daughter...

  13. I'm struggling with my diet too. It's mostly a time issue for me. By the time Tim gets home from work, it's so late I'm afraid to go run, and I'm so busy that I don't always want to cook at night. It's so hard. Give it what is it? 30 days and it will just be routine? It will get better!

    I will so be praying for Mel and her husband, this must be a very difficult time. I can't imagine wanting babies so bad and having all of these road blocks. Tim can just look at me like let's have a baby and it happens. The emotions she must be going through must be hard. She will definitely be in my prayers, along with you and your weight loss!!

  14. Hi sweet Debbie, Loved hearing all about what's happening with you and yours. I think as women in the U.S. we are much more "weight obsessed" than other countries-so don't beat yourself up. Look at what you've gone through this last year and you made a start with your weight-so good job. I love your heart Debbie and all that you share-I'm with Becky and hope we someday meet before glory.
    Have a blessed week.
    Hugs, Noreen


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