Since Wednesday, I have not done to badly. I’ve excercised (treadmill and ab stretch) two days. I’ve eaten small portions and somewhat healthier foods. 🙂 Today will be my first real challenge as my hubby’s family is coming for a visit. Already in my kitchen are bagels, pecan ring, sugar free apple pie and a homemade german chocolate cake that my sister made for my hubby’s birthday. Lunch is sub sandwiches with chips, potato salad and cole slaw. We are eating out for dinner. Like I said, a real challenge.
Over the course of my life, I have read numerous Christian “self-help” books. Most of these books were good – even helpful – but in the end, the principles expounded upon within the books were forgotten. Jason Frenn’s latest book, The Power to Reinvent Yourself: How to Break the Destructive Patterns in Your Life, far exceeds good, moves beyond excellent into the superb range.
Allow me to share a couple of paragraphs from the introduction:
“Now more than ever people feel stuck, and they are sick of living in survival mode. Parents fear passing their baggage onto their children. Spouses don’t want their marriages to end in a bitter divorce. People are tired of feeling helpless in the face of the addictions they can’t seem to overcome. They don’t want the pain of past hurts to keep them from moving forward. They don’t want to sabotage their ability to move up the corporate ladder. We all want to break free from the things that hold us back.
In essence, all of us are looking for real power, the power that gives us victory over the things that have kept us in cycles of frustration and defeat. We all want to experience true freedom and peace of mind. What about you? Are you living the life you’ve always wanted or are you simply treading water? Are you looking for real power?
In the following chapters, Frenn offers six steps that are necessary to live the life God has planned for you. I’m not going to list all six steps, because it’s my opinion that everyone needs to purchase this book, read it, highlight the points and implement them into your life. However, I do want to point out that almost all “self-help” books will tell you “how” to accomplish whatever it is you desire to accomplish in your life. There’s nothing wrong with that, except none of those books help you determine why you want to change. As Frenn says, “You will never attain what you want until you fully understand your why.”
I have begun to implement these principles in my life. And, I’ve already seen an improvement. It’s my belief that this book will have far-reaching, wonderful consequences in the lives of readers. If I rated books on a “star” method with five stars being the highest, this book would receive ten stars. What more can I say? Go. Buy. Read. Change. Forever.
First, I would like to apologize for not posting very often in the last few months. Life—what I have to do—has gotten in the way of what I want to do. In the midst of life, God and I have been wrestling (thankfully, my hip joint is still in its socket) over several issues. Perhaps I’ll write on some of the issues later, but the issue I am dealing with today is my weight and my health.
God has been gently talking to me about my health and how it is adversely affected by my weight. My doctor has been talking to me about the same thing. She speaks much more bluntly than God.
But I’ve finally realized that the reason I never feel truly great, I never have much energy, I never…you get the picture…is because of my weight. I’ve known for years that weight affects one’s physical health. I’m living proof. I have high cholesterol. I have Type II Diabetes. Both of these are a direct result of poor eating choices and poor habits. I have told myself all sorts of things trying to “motivate” myself into dieting. Nothing has worked. Until now.
The kicker came last week when I had squeezed myself into my favorite pair of jeans and a one piece top that looks like two. You know the kind – it is a shirt with another shirt that wraps around the front and ties. I walked past a mirror and got a side-view. It was awful. I looked like I was ready to give birth to a 15 pound baby. After that, I made myself get on the scale and realized I weigh more than I’ve ever weighed in my life – even when I was pregnant.
So I began to think and to pray about how to obtain a new lifestyle and keep it. I realized it must be God-centered. I cannot do this alone. But I also know myself well enough to know that I need accountability. LOTS of accountability. This is where the new blog feature comes in.
I want to hold myself accountable to all of you. AND more important, I want to invite any and all of you to join me on this journey. You will not have to share how much you weigh (you don’t see my weight anywhere on this blog, do you?) and you will not have to share your goal weight. I do ask that you share the amount of weight you want to lose and how you plan to lose it. Every Wednesday, everyone will comment on how much weight they lost – or gained – and anything that affected their progress that week. You know what I’m saying – your car broke down, requiring hundreds of dollars in repairs so you stopped and picked up a quart of Ben and Jerry’s. By the time you got home, it was gone. Those types of events. And the good stuff – someone noticed you’re losing weight and they complimented you on your progress.
Between Wednesdays, I will be posting Scriptures, encouraging comments, as well as the occasional book review and give-away. And yes, I will post when I hit the ice cream aisle or the chocolate – anything chocolate.
Obviously, blogs are not private – if it was, it wouldn’t be a blog. Still, I want you to feel free to express yourself openly and honestly. No one will judge you or condemn you. We are all in this together.
Next Wednesday, November 3, will be our first post. This is when you will write how much you want to lose and the method you plan to use, Weight Watchers, ediets.com, or perhaps your own method of portion control, or low fat, etc. It doesn’t matter to me what plan you use; your plan may motivate someone else to try the same method.
And remember, this will be Christ-centered. Because we won’t be successful in losing or keeping the weight off if we are not centered on Him. Selah.
And the winner is…….Stitched with Grace!
Becky, please send me your snail mail address and I’ll get this book sent to you right away!
Ancient Principles of Success
An ancient wise man once gave some advice to a young protégé that has value today. They are quite simple principles but, especially in today’s political and economic environment, seem refreshingly relevant. The four principles are:
1) Continue. That is, “Don’t quit—don’t give up.” I was speaking to someone the other night about a mutual friend who had “thrown in the towel” on an important endeavor. My friend sadly remarked, “There are some things you learn in two-a-day summer football practices in the South that stay with you and one of these is that you just don’t quit.” I remembered that, in the late 1960’s some 120 people tried out for my high school football team. After the infamous two-a-days, we had our team—about 40 players remained. The others had quit. A massive amount of people quit teams, dreams, marriages, churches, jobs, and most any other endeavor that requires commitment. To succeed, one has to determine to pay the hard price and to “continue.”
2) Be persistent whatever the outward circumstances. A couple of years ago, I told my wife, “I know why God won’t let me win the lottery.” “Why is that?” she replied. “Because I would quit,” I said. “You would not,” said she. I responded, “I would today.” But I didn’t quit on that day. Most days since then have been better, some have been worse. Ministers, like most people, are often influenced by signs of success—such as church attendance. If the numbers are high we feel successful and want to do what we do forever. If they are low, we feel like failures and want to run away and change jobs. The outward circumstances seldom remain constant but those who achieve long term success and satisfaction must continue to plow through regardless of what the day brings.
3) Be patient. Some things are just a matter of timing. A farmer learns early on that some things cannot be rushed. It takes as long as it takes. A friend told me that when he first began to ride a motorcycle, he thought he would never get it right. He had taken the three–day motorcycle training course but “every day for two weeks after the course, I thought ‘I just can’t do this.’” However, with patience and persistence, the skills and ability came and three years later he rides wherever he desires with ease, confidence, and skill.
4) Endure. Sometimes one just has to “gut it out.” Tri-athletes, long distance runners, a boxer going into the 10th round, the person filling out one more application or going to one more interview, a person going through one more chemotherapy or radiation treatment are among those who learn to endure the present difficulties while looking to the anticipated reward. Life can be hard but, as the saying goes, “What ever doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.”
Who was this ancient wise man who gave such sage advice? He was the Apostle Paul and his young student was Timothy (2 Timothy 3:14-4:5). Church tradition says that Timothy learned the lessons well, became a bishop of the church, and, by foot and donkey, carried the Christian message as far as India. It takes courage to succeed in today’s world, as it did in the ancient era. Although times may have changed, some principles are simply timeless.
David Epps is the pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King, 4881 Hwy. 34 E., Sharpsburg, GA 30277. Services are held Sundays at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. (www.ctkcec.org). He is the bishop of the Mid-South Diocese (www.midsouthdiocese.org) and may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you enjoy authentic medical drama this book is for you! The author, Candace Calvert writes from experience-she is a former ER nurse.
Here’s the back cover synopsis:
“Dr. Leigh Stathos likes her ER shifts fast, furious, and adrenaline-infused-“treat ’em and street ’em”- with no emotional complications. Life’s taught her a soul-rending lesson: nothing lasts forever, including marriage. And the clock is ticking toward the end of hers. Then an unwelcome confrontation with “the other woman” begins a whole new set of lessons.
San Francisco police officer Nick Stathos never gives up, whether protecting his patrol neighborhood, holding fast to faith, or trying to save his marriage. Seven days is all he has to reach Leigh’s heart. But when a desperate act of violence slams Golden Gate Mercy Hospital into lockdown, it starts a chain of events that will change lives forever.”
Doesn’t this book sound incredible??
This is the second book in my give-aways of “oops, I have 2 copies, so I’ll keep one and share one.” 🙂
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