Weary. It was the only word I could think of to describe my heart. I consider myself a pretty strong person, and I honestly do not take for granted the blessings I have been given, but I am still weary at the end of this year. And as soon as I said the word out loud my mind began to sing … the weary world rejoices. I smiled at the spark as more of the lyrics played in my head, and the more I sang, the more I was struck by what a timely picture this vintage Christmas carol paints.
As we come to the end of 2020, the world is weary, and this is the first world-wide weariness that I have experienced in my lifetime. I have heard the stories of generations before me who have collectively grieved or suffered with the entire world, but this is the first time that the idea of a weary world has touched an exposed nerve for me personally. And so I wondered, why was the world so weary when Mary was about to give birth to her miracle?
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Philippians 4:11-13 (hcsb)
I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content – whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who gives me strength.
My entire life I have heard and quoted Philippians 4:13 as a CHARGE, as a battle cry when chasing after a goal, as a powerful call to action! It is plastered on posters and chanted by teams in locker rooms and used to inspire people to go out and do more and be more with the strength of God as their assurance of victory.
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The damage has been done. The gifts have all been purchased, given, and opened with joy, but you haven’t settled the debt. It feels good that you have the things, but there is a bit of fear that has been slowly creeping in, reminding you that the pile of things came with a price, and if you took more than you could actually afford, then you have a problem looming that will eventually have to be reconciled.
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One of my favorite holiday traditions as a mom of 3 young kids on a shoestring budget was heading out to Target with my mom every Black Friday at 2:00am. With the newspaper ad in our hands, we poured over the sales, strategizing how many of each item I could afford and creating our divide and conquer plan of attack so that we could go in separate directions, grab all the gifts, and meet up at the checkstand in record time without the modern luxury of cell phones to find each other (that’s right, we had to communicate telepathically and we were good at it). As soon as the first store was conquered, we would drive to the next store to do it all over again and again until long after sun rise. I loved the glory of an all day Black Friday haul! On the surface, it seemed like everything a girl could dream of…sales, bargains, frugality, and efficiency. Get in, get out, get all the things on the list for the lowest prices of the season. What could be better than that?
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You don’t just wake up weighing 315 pounds. It is really a slow and unconscious process of living in a state of numbness. This shutting off starts with disconnecting from your own body and losing touch with the signals that should be telling you that you are overeating and undermoving, and in my case, I became so numb to my own body that I almost died as a result of ignoring an ongoing issue that I stuffed aside for months. Step 1 in my comeback story was figuring out how to reconnect with what my body was telling me about food, and I found 1 simple question that never steered me wrong and laid the foundation for every food choice I made from that point on.
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What if you decided to let the emotions and expectations of the holiday season empower you instead of take you out?
– Tiffany Head
You guys, I have something to confess. I try to be modest about this because I don’t like to brag, but I think I might be the luckiest girl in the world! I’m serious! Every single day when I open my email I have at least 3 messages letting me know that I have SCORED 50% off of any item I want from a certain craft score or I have been CHOSEN to uncover a secret price that only I get to see for this hotel stay. Sometimes I get notified that I have EARNED a free reward which makes me feel so proud and accomplished. I mean here I am, barely out of bed, and I’ve already earned a free 8oz frozen yogurt!
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I’m very good at making things look pretty. I delight in finding the perfect piece, especially if it’s on sale, and then meticulously arranging it amongst my other favorite knick-knacks until the look feels right. It’s a time consuming process, one that requires attention to detail, a good eye, and and a creative spirit, but the finished product fills my heart with joy and is what makes my house feel like the home I want to live in, raise my kids in, celebrate birthdays and holidays in, and make memories in.
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