Effort, with a capital E


I know, I know, not everyone likes Phil McGraw, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some good things to say about goals and getting to them in a more efficient manner, right?

Recently life has taken a turn for the more dramatic at the Hoose hillside hacienda, so I was glad to read what they were writing over at The Seeds For Life blog when they prompted me this morning.  Another great devotional, so I’m sending you their way again today.

Click on their website name above, to access today’s good word from The Seeds For Life.

Effort: A vigorous or determined attempt!

Effort is what I’m putting in to my diet these days, and I’m taking hubs with me on that adventure since a nasty tick took a nasty bite of him that turned into a nasty infection.  He will see PCP today, and maybe schedule blood work. We are obviously hoping against any blood borne diseases, but whatever the outcome, we know God has our back.

He always has our back.  We are His beloved, after all!!!

Sugar is the enemy at our house in light of this new tick bite and the need to heal quickly.  Immune systems are compromised by high levels of sugar in the system.  That means no spicy jelly beans…no sugary coffee creamers…no banana buns, or Almond Joys, or Strawberry milk shakes from McDs, “with three cherries, please” for the mister going forward–at least for two months.

Two months–an eternity, right?

But it must be.  Diet and sugar intake become priorities now, which means we must be vigilant, and remember to remind each other, and do some added planning.

Oh, how I hate planning meals!

Effort: A vigorous or determined attempt!

We can do this! 

Because of Jesus, we can win!!!  The battle is His. We are His. THIS is His!

Effort: A vigorous or determined attempt.

His success.  Only our effort.  We can do this!!!

What struggle do you face right now that will take effort to achieve?  Are you someone others see as determined?  Explain.


Freedom in Christ


But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.

Malachi 4:2

Freedom: it’s not a little thing!

Don’t believe me, ask anyone who has had to live under the constant scrutiny and confinement of a captor.

Ask someone who has been a prisoner of war.

Ask someone who has lived with an abusive spouse.

Ask anyone who lives with a narcissist.

They will tell you freedom is precious–something to be enjoyed when you have it and something to be made the focus of many prayers when you don’t.

Have you ever seen calves kicking up their heels and run through the meadow after a long winter of confinement? That is joy–unfettered, uninhibited, and unlike any other feeling God’s creatures might enjoy.

It’s new grass, people.

New grass is awesome!!!

New Grass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How long has it been since you tasted the new grass of God’s love?  Metaphorically speaking, how long since you last kicked up your heels and sprinted across the pasture in His kingdom?

How long since you knew joy?

How long since you let go and let God?

How long?

Today, let’s grab a lil bit of joy for ourselves. Let’s sprint across the meadow.  Let’s kick up our heels and raise up holy hands to heaven. Let’s rejoice in our Savior and in the freedom He brings to every captive, especially those struggling with life issues on this third planet from the sun.

Physically speaking, you may be trapped today in bad relationships or even disease, but your spirit knows no such bounds.  This morning, let’s jump, leap, and rejoice.

Jesus is Lord–what better reason to celebrate?!

Hallelujah, what a Savior!!!

She’s Backkkkk

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I’m back with another set of teeny, tiny goals to share with you.

I took a small hiatus from goal-setting when life got hectic a few weeks ago, but I have not forgotten this adventure I’m on to create habits that will serve me in life. No way!

I’m still eating oatmeal almost every morning! My body loves this stuff.

I’ve also been trying to exercise, and I have done it some, but I am struggling, really struggling with the pain and numbness in my leg.  Probably time to see a chiro on that, but you know me. I will have to wait until I can’t tolerate the hurt to go.  Why, oh why, do I procrastinate so much about these things?  Only heaven knows.

For now, I want to publish three goals for the week and get busy completing them.


1  Set a time for meeting with that new spiritual director I’ve contacted.

2  Attend a Saturday night function at the church that promises to be uplifting.

3  Finish up PR for sale at church, getting signs updated and posted in the community.

Every May we have a huge church sale. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Benevolence Ministry at the church I attend. We use that money to help struggling individuals in our community all year long. We’ve done some great work with those funds in previous years.  We will do great things with it again this year.  I love this sale. It’s so much fun!  I hate rummage sale-ing, so its weird that I love this event as much as I do, but I think I love it so much because of all the good it does.

What teeny tiny project have you been putting off?  Can you include that in your teeny, tiny goal list for this week?

Sleep, Blessed Sleep


If you’ve ever struggled with insomnia, you know what a blessing it is to sleep!

Some quality ZZZZs make all the difference in this girl’s attitude next day.

Sleep is a blessing, but it’s more than that, too.  It’s a necessity, if we want to remain healthy.

Over at All About Healthy Choices Dr. Jonathan blogged about sleep today.  It’s worth your time to hop on over there and read what we wrote.

As someone who is interested in maintaining a steady BGL in the body, I found this article to be a good reminder of what I need to do to improve my odds of getting a good night’s rest each and every night.

Give Dr. Jon’s article a read today.  Then go ahead and saw some wood.

Sleep–it’s a beautiful thing!!!

When have you struggled with insomnia?  How do you address sleepless nights, when you experience them?

Appreciating the passionate


I read something today that made me think of the wonderfully talented and passionate people in my life…

I want you to read it too.

Hop on over to The Seeds for Life and give it a look-see, won’t you?

Don’t wait.

Don’t put it off until later.

This is something you need to read!

I promise, it will encourage you.

We all have things in our lives we are passionate about.  When we practice them, they energize us–so let’s practice them more.

I’m passionate about God, my faith journey, my writing and strong women. What are you passionate about?


I’m excited, for once, to hear this evening’s polling results!

We don’t usually have a say in the primaries in NEPA.  Our candidate is already chosen by the time we vote, but not this year.  This year is a free-for-all.

I can’t wait to hear who it is that takes the Keystone State for 2016.  I’m praying and hoping for the right candidate, and that’s all I have to say about that. 😉


Dr. Colter’s Blog

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I regularly check in with Dr. Colter’s blog, where I find great info on nutrition, disease, and living a joyful lifestyle.

He has the best ideas for making small changes that produce big results!

I’m writing about Dr. Colter’s site today in the hope that you’ll join me over there, where the good stuff is going on every day!