Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trying Something Different....

Now, I am not for "fads".  I can't stand the fad diet stuff, the programs that require you do this or that or use only that source's products.  I've done the dieting thing for decades, since mom put me on one when I was 5 years old--so that'd be 33 years of dieting.  I've tried a good majority of things out there.

Since weight has crept back on over the summer and early fall with all the stress eating, making quick meals after a very exhausting day, and allowing more processed and prepackaged things into the house, I've decided to take a turn.

For my birthday a couple weeks ago, hubby purchased for me the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook.  Not the program book with all the rules and regulations, but just the recipes.  We found it at Christian Book Distributors for around $15.  Since it came in, I've had a little time to thumb through it, and the recipes look interesting.

I will say this--our budget does not allow for things like Gluccie (not sure what that even is, but if it's not on the shelf at the local grocery store and has to be ordered, it's not happening).  Glucomman is also something I won't be buying.  I researched and figured out that it's basically the non-gluten version of Metamucil.  Gluten is not a worry in our household, so the off brand of Benefiber or Metamucil is just fine, and a bit cheaper by a good 1/3--and we already keep it on hand.  The THM baking mix is not happening due to cost.  So, I will be substituting what is available in our budget range for our recipes.  I'm starting small and just doing here and there to work with what we have in the pantry as well as what our budget allows.

If you have tried the THM recipes, what has your experience been??

I am not a "program" person, so there's no chance of doing a big program.  I've tried doing a strict diet off and on through the years, even the diabetic diet (which I really need to do), which allows for tons of things....  I've failed each and every one with some gain back.  But, maybe if adding some more healthy recipes to the arsenal of tried/true ones helps, I'll give it a shot.

Here's to some healthy recipe trying!

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Sledge...

Patience has never been a virtue I've relished.  I'm not very good at practicing patience.

God has been working on that.  Let me tell you, He uses a chisel, and sometimes a sledge hammer to get working on it.  It gets painful with little nicks taken off here, the sledgehammer taking a chunk off there, whittling away at the things blocking me from using the patience He has so graciously been trying to teach.

Ting...ting..ting...the smaller hammer taps the chisel taking off a little sliver from over here.

A little anxiety over there...let's break out the 10 pound sledge..."clunk"...

"Ouch, Lord...why did You have to take off so much??? "

"Because if I didn't, you wouldn't be close to how I want you to be. "

Ting...ting..ting...off goes a piece the size of a toe.

"What was that for?"

"You got angry over something small today.  You didn't have to. "

"You're right, I didn't have to."

A larger chunk comes off...

"Hey what was that???"

"You didn't use patience with the kids.  They needed patience instead of demands."

"Lord have You seen how they behave lately???  I mean, the stomping hissy fits are gonna leave holes in the floor!  Ouch..what was that for???"

"Use the patience I've given you.  When you've worked on this, I won't have to cut away so much.  You'll be where I want you to be.  I won't have to use the sledgehammer.  "

"Okay, point made.  Can You put that thing away now??"

"No.  I'm not done with you yet."

He isn't done with me yet.  Or you.  I don't know about you, but I need constant work, constant chipping away at my exterior, my hardness, my lack of patience, my sin nature....  I would imagine there's a few hands up out there going "me too"...if not, be careful, the Lord swings a hefty sledge.

 Right now, it feels like the Lord is swinging a 10 pound sledge on a chisel, waiting for me to crack once He gets the chisel far enough.  He's working on the roughness, the hard exterior, to get to the softness inside.  I carry a hard exterior, an "I can do this, just let me handle it" type, who doesn't ask for help until past the point of breaking.  It's been after the breaking, after that chisel has gotten in so far that part of me splits off...that I run to Him.

That's not how it is supposed to work.

We're supposed to cling to Him.  We're supposed to be right with Him, worshipping Him and taking Him everywhere no matter how good or bad things go in our lives.  I'm ashamed to say that I don't always cling to Him...I try to take control and do things on my own.

I'm the only one that does this, right?

Proverbs 3:5 is a good verse to work on this, giving control over and trusting Him....

Do you trust Him like you should???

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Standing On The Promises

  1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
    Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
    Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
    Standing on the promises of God.

    • Refrain:
      Standing, standing,
      Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
      Standing, standing,
      I’m standing on the promises of God.

  2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
    When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
    By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  3. Standing on the promises I now can see
    Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
    Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  4. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
    Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
    Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  5. Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
    List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
    Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
    Standing on the promises of God.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. 

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Words: Dallan Forgail (8th Century)

From Hymn Lyrics

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Changing Battlefields

For a year, my chosen battlefield was weight loss.  I obsessed with it.  I still need to work at it, and most likely always will.

But, the battlefield has changed.  While weightloss is still an important thing, the battles have changed.

The field moved to involving middle child.

Middle son (13) has had a lot of problems since spring break of last school year.  We didn't know what the issue was, but hoped with summer they'd decrease with school being out and relaxed schedule.  We couldn't have been more wrong.  Instead, they remained and increased.

With the beginning of school this August, the battle field became filled with lots of landmines.  They exploded everywhere.  Son didn't want to get on the bus, and got aggressive to us.  We expected that, normal routine for us after a long vacation.  Then it happened daily.  Then the school resource officer became involved and he started pressing charges.  Then we ended up in acute psychiatric care and medication changes.  Then we went to truancy stage after failed IEP meetings.  Now...we unofficially homeschool until an IEP meeting is successful in reintegrating son back to school.

We figured out the majority of the landmines came from use of a seclusion room and regular interactions with a school resource officer and handcuffs when he didn't want to move from his desk to go to the mainstream classroom.  For the past 3 months now, since before school started, he has said he's afraid.  When we ask what he's afraid of, each time he says the office's name and the room used for seclusion.  He has other names for it based on what the school calls it, but he makes it very clear.  Until his medication changes recently, he couldn't put the words together to say what his fear/frustration/anger/etc was.  Instead, he used fists and feet.  Now, we have a child who is able to speak his needs and wants, his fears and frustrations, and able to put together full sentences.  When we let him speak at his own pace, it's amazing what all he can get across that normally wouldn't come out.

We found my son after years in the fog!

He is laughing again, he dances, he sings, he plays with his ninja turtles and Nascars, he works with me on some of the workbooks I purchased to work with while we await him being able to reintegrate back into school per his behavioral team's recommendations.  He learned to relax.  He learned if he uses his words, we will listen.

During the worst of the behaviors, I had to learn surrender.  I had to let go, and be willing to place him in a long term facility if needed, for a minimum of 6 months and up to years.  That took everything I had to lay him at Jesus' feet and say "I give him back to You".  I had to learn to let go if I wanted to keep him.  As soon as I let go, the option of the long long term placement seemed to evaporate.

We are far from the end of the battle, there are criminal charges to face that he doesn't have any understanding of but our local officials and administrators choose to use. We still await returning to school placement that is appropriate for his needs.  We do not know how long until it's over, but we know who is in control all the way through.

We've grown in faith throughout everything.  We've learned to draw nearer to Jesus, to depend on Him to do what only He could do.  We've had to learn more patience, learn how to pray more effectively, how to at times just say "help me".  Most of all, we've learned how to surrender.  The hardest thing to do was learn surrender.  In order to grow, surrender to His will has to come first.  It takes the control away from us, and puts it where it belongs.

A blessing I had throughout this was a chance to go see War Room a few weeks ago.  It really hit me, and I've been thinking a lot about it.  Hubby purchased the Battle Plan for Prayer book and the War Room book, and they came in on Saturday.  I've started working my way through the Battle Plan, slowly, one verse at a time.  That movie has been a big blessing to me, and I highly recommend it to you!

You see...we are in a battle here in our home....we're in a battle to keep our family together.  God is the creator of the family, and the devil loves to destroy what the Lord puts together.  The devil has worked at me, and at one point almost got me to where I was in a deep depression when I truly believed I would have to let my son go live at a hospital for up to years.  I couldn't handle it, not on my own.  Not until I surrendered him back to Jesus.  The devil tried hard to break us apart, and still is, one member at a time.  He worked at my stability and I came back with stronger faith and dependence on the Lord.  He worked on my son, and he is coming back.  He has worked on our other kids, and they've bounced back.  He's used outside agencies beyond the school to try to break us apart, and so far the Lord has protected.

Something I've learned along the way so far....whatever comes from all the happenings...whether it is good or bad...to God be the glory!  He has a reason for everything, He has perfect timing, and He is still on the throne.

I imagine the tone of my blog will turn to a different avenue than what it has been over the past year.  This isn't surprising as our world here at home has changed.  Maybe what we are learning, you may be able to use in your own life.  If not, maybe someone else can use our experience.  Either way, God has a reason....

Take care and God bless!

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