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Time to get serious!

1. I need to lose the last 30 pounds to get to my goal weight.

2. I need to grow as an Independent Close To My Heart Consultant.

3. I need to start writing - prolifically

You are cordially invited to join me as I share my successes and obstacles, my thoughts and feelings, and my love of card making, scrapbooking and other crafty things.

I welcome your opinions, advice and inspiration.

Come ON! Let's GO!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Finishing up Januarys Joy Dares (Counting 1,000 Gifts in 2012)

Whew! Slow down... I need a rest. Last week we made a whirlwind trip to AZ so we could help with Marks apartment and David could spend time with his Mom. I got the chance to spend a few days and nights with my Mom and Sister. Had lunch with my oldest brother and went to the mall with my third oldest brother. So good to see them. Then the whirlwind trip back home and the Suburban's transmission goes bad. Very grateful for the prayers that got us home without a major breakdown on the road. David babied the Burban all the way home...took FOREVER but we made it. Brought home a bunch of memories from Marks estate...hard to go through it all and see the pictures he drew and painted from times long ago or the words he wrote and to think that this...his work is now priceless...We will heal from the loss, but we will never forget the memories. I think God gives them to us as something to look forward to...

Don't know if it was all the stress, lack of sleep, allergy factors, or what, but I wound up in the ER. Apparently, I had low sodium. Hmmmmmm...guess I will find out more when I get in to see my Primary Care Physician. All I know is I have an extremely twitchy eye that started the day we left for the trip and has not stopped.

Low sodium? Theres a topic for a good devotional. Reminds me how God tells us we are/should be salty Christians. "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt has lost its savor, how will it be seasoned?  It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled on by the feet of men." Matthew 5:13

Amazing how God brings spiritual truths home to us...just one of His many graces.

Day 29 - A song heard, a soft word, where you saw the light

85 - The song "I'm free from the fear of tomorrow. I'm free from the guilt of the past. I've traded my shackles for a glorious song. I'm free. Praise the Lord, free at last." Makes me think of Mark
86 - Davids mom gently admonishing me, when I was complaining at my Mom's that there was nothing to eat and hearing her say, "Sounds like she just gave you a lot of choices" Ouch...grateful that God does supply our daily bread.
87 - The full moon that looked blood orange...beautiful

Day 30 - 3 old things seen new

88 - seeing an old Lifetime Fitness Center for the first time and grateful that even though I have a single-club membership they let me in anyway so I could do my workout
89 - seeing the old Surburban sitting in the driveway...that car may be old...but we got it for a good price and it is carried us many miles.
90 - seeing my mom and mother-in-law, they are old, but they are strong women and my inspiration.

Day 31 - a gift found on paper, in a person, in a picture

91 - Found an entry in one of Marks notebooks that talked about his struggles in beleiving in God and ended with him asking...how could he not beleive? Grateful for God grace of a blessed hope.
92 - Sabrina - she really did care for my brother-in-law...she is a precious gift...and has a beautiful smile.
93 - looking at Marks pictures that he drew and painted...what a gift...what a priceless treasure.

I will catch up on Februarys Joy Dares...later this week