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Showing posts from January, 2012

It's a great day to be alive!

I am not really a country music fan save a few here and there (think Johnny Cash and Tim McGraw), but today I have had the line "It's a great day to be alive" running through my head again and again. I don't know why. There is nothing more spectacular about this day than yesterday or tomorrow, but I just woke up feeling a great weight lifted. And that makes it a wonderful, amazing, freeing, great day to be alive!

As I have been reading through "One Thousand Gifts" and talking with people about it, I feel like the discipline that I need to focus on this year is the discipline of thanfulness. I know I have said this before, but I for the first time I feel like it is going to be a thing that will bring real joy into my life. I have been looking at it as another thing that I will try and fail at. And the realization that that is a true statement, but God loves me anyway, and I can be thankful for that is a new thing that has come up in my little mind.

Losing the extra weight...

So as of the new year we have been eating better and exercising. And I think it might actually stick this time - not because we have some wonderful, pain-free way of doing it, but because we have good motivation...South Sudan is waiting on us, and we need to be in better shape by the time we get there!

After the first few days of my body having DTs from withdrawal of junk food after Christmas, it has not been too bad! I discovered a wonderful website that has great recipes that are easy to cook and have all the WW points listed ( and have made several meals from this site over the last week or so. My family has loved it- and even have some new favorites. And we are were given some different exercise machinery from a friend, so we are now doing that each night in the basement while watching TV with the kids. This week I lost 6 pounds!

But I have been feeling so heavy and burdened, and I was reminded my my wonderful husband that even though I may be guarding my bo…