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Ryanne 10-30-2009 08:43 AM

Happy Friday!
I have been reading Joyce's book, "Approval Addiction"...it is chock full of good information! Wow!
Well, this morning, I stepped on the scale...and was down a pound. This is cool cuz I so have not been focused on "diet" or what to eat, etc. God is so good!! He sure can be trusted!!!! :carrot:

pattygirl63 10-30-2009 07:29 PM

Hi Ryanne, I know you must be enjoying keeping your grandbaby. Tony's granddaughter was born a month before we married and I took care of her until we moves to SC and she went to Day Care. It was one of the best times of my life.

Part of our BSF lesson was on worship. So today as I was reading and studying it, I realized that when we eat God's way letting Him show us how the Lord wants us to eat that it is a form of worship. Quite a revelation to me.

I actually forgot to eat any snacks today because I was busy and didn't need them. Can't remember the last time I actually forgot to eat. God is really a Great God!!!

Have a great evening.

Ryanne 10-31-2009 08:56 AM

The Daily Devotional from Joyce Meyer was good today.
I will paste it here along with a link to it.


Freely Eat

October 31

You may freely eat of every tree in the garden.
— Genesis 2:16

After God created Adam and Eve, He gave them some very simple dining instructions. Did He say, "You may freely eat of every Krispy Kreme on the street"? No. Did He say, "You may freely eat of every chip in the bag"? No. He did not tell them to freely eat fast food, frozen pizza, or even low-fat cookies.

God told Adam and Eve to eat from the garden, and we'd do well to stick to His advice. We've been inundated with an overwhelming amount of bad diet information from past decades which has clouded the very simple truths of healthy eating: eat the foods that come from God, in as close a state as possible to how God made them, and you can't go wrong. Only when we get corrupted by the foods made by men in laboratories and factories do we get in trouble.

From the book New Day, New You: 365 Devotions for Enjoying Everyday Life by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2007 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Ryanne 11-01-2009 08:37 AM

Happy NOVEMBER!!!!
A new beginning! I will let go of what lies behind and press on to what lies ahead! I'm going to HOPE!
I will be back on later to share some things that God has been showing me. I need to prepare it, but I just wanted to stop in and say HAPPY NOVEMBER! :D:thanks2:

Ryanne 11-01-2009 03:17 PM

Well, as you all know...
My mother recently passed away, and well, my sis put my dad in a nursing home. I have been mourning the loss of my mother, and there is nothing it seems that I can do to change my sis' mind about my dad. I would love to take care of him, but her mind is already made up and I guess what is done is done.
My dad doesn't really like it there, he wants to be in his own home, but it seems my sis has put his home up for sale, so there is not even an option for me to go to Wisconsin to take care of him there. So I have been sad, but am trusting God that everything will work out.
Well, on the same note, I have been overeating a little, not too much, but eating the wrong things for me, as I just have not felt like cooking, but as I was reading my Bible last night, something I came across interested me, so I thought I would share it.
This is from the Message Bible: 1Cor. 10:1-5: "Remember our history, friends, and be warned. All our ancestors were led by the providential Cloud and taken miraculously through the Sea. They went through the waters, in a baptism like ours, as Moses led them from enslaving death to salvation life. They all ate and drank identical food and drink, meals provided daily by God. They drank from the Rock, God's fountain for them that stayed with them wherever they were. And that Rock was Christ. But just experiencing God's wonder and grace didn't seem to mean much-most of them were defeated by temptation during the hard times in the desert, and God was not pleased."
I can certainly identify with being "defeated by temptation in the hard times" as I got to a point where I just didn't care and did what my flesh wanted. I bought chocolate chip cookies, I bought double stuff oreos and I bought cheetos and even white bread. I did eat some of it too, and not just one day.
I know this doesn't seem really wrong, but it is wrong for me, because I wasn't following the Holy Spirit while I was mourning, I was trying to make my flesh feel better.
God is so merciful, though, and I know He understands. I'm just saying that sometimes when we look back at those people, we wonder, "If God was with them a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and He was that visible to them then how could they be giving into the temptation of grumbling and complaining, and "defeated by temptation in the hard times"? Just the same way as I have the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD living inside of me, and I still grumble and complain and have bad days and sin. Thank God we are forgiven, but just as we are human, so were they.
I repented for this and asked the Holy Spirit to help me to want to be helped, and comfort me and help me to be obedient to be led by Him. I do care about my health, and I do want my body to be thin and fit. I realized that just because I am going through a hard time, does not mean that I don't still need to do what is right.
I am starting fresh today. Thank God His mercy is new every day, and I did not fail, I learned. :)
Well, I hope you all have a blessed Sunday and I hope that you all have a smile on your face today, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.

pattygirl63 11-01-2009 04:52 PM

Ryanne Such a sweet revelation the Lord gave you there. It is so wonderful how the Lord deals with us so sweetly.

Today at church the Pastor started teaching on Worship. Remember I mentioned how they had spoken of worship at BSF. At BSF, it was on the scripture when Jesus told the woman at the well that we would "worship God in spirit and in truth". I mentioned how the Lord showed me during my devotional time that when I eat the way the Lord wants me to eat that I am worshipping the Lord".
The Pastor used the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 when 3 countries were coming to battle with Israel. The Pastor said he was going to take a word from a to z to teach us how to worship God. He said first form of worship that Jehoshaphat did was that he "asked" God for help. 2nd He "believed" God could help him. 3rd He "confessed" all the things that God had done before for Israel and he "confessed" that he couldn't do anything without God's help. 4 He "depended" on God to help them. 5 He "expressed" in advance Thankfulness for what God would do to help them. 6 "Find" the Blessing in the bad. When they went to battle, God had caused the enemy to turn on each other and Jehoshapht and his men found nothing but dead bodies. However, in the midst of them they found the spoil that it took them 3 days to collect it all.

God told Jehoshaphat the the battles was not his, but God's. We have asked him to help us with our eating... that is worship. He has shown each of us what to do now we praise Him and thank Him and that is worship. Then when we eat we are worshipping Him. As we trust Him and depend on Him each day to lead us, that is worshipping Him. And in due season, we will see the total victory, but in the meantime, we must be careful "Find" the "Blessings" in the bad along the way.

Got to get ready to go to Bible Study.

Take the situation with your Dad and you sis and leave it with the Lord. Let Him have that battle as well.

What amazed me about the sermon this morning was the Pastor said, we try to fight these battles ourselves and then he has people say to him, "we've done everything we know to do so now we have to pray, will you pray with us?" He said he wants to say to them, "Shouldn't you have been praying from the first moment?" He said God is sitting there saying, "Finally, I've just been waiting for you to come to me and ask me for help." Isn't that awesome? But we have never been taught that taking the problem to Him is a form of Worship and therefore He wants us to ask. I've never been taught that. I think we think of it being bothersome to Him. Thinking of it as a form of Worship, put a whole new perspective on it.

I believe for one thing that I have to do is to be more thankful for what God is doing and going to do in my life spiritually as well as physically restoring this body. I think Believing is another one I have to work on because I know He can do it, I need to also "really" believe that he wants to do it.

Got to run. Have a Blessed evening.

Ryanne 11-02-2009 11:23 AM

Good morning all!
Have I told you lately just how AMAZING God is???????
I'm moving! A HOUSE!!! 4 bdr. 2 full baths, fire place, den, fenced in back yard...and I'm not telling you how much we will be paying, but GOD IS SOOOOOO GOOD! And it's in a nice suburb and it will be a better school district for my son.
I am soooo excited at all the good things God is doing in our lives!!!!

pattygirl63 11-02-2009 12:54 PM

That is Great Ryanne!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are truly BLESSED!!!

Ryanne 11-03-2009 06:49 AM

Thank You, Trish!
We are moving this weekend! Starting on Thursday! What a blessing too, because my husband's job changed his shift, so that leaves him with Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off this week. So God even did that!
I am so excited!
I will be back on later to share some things about eating. I promise. LOL.
Have a good day!:hug:

Ryanne 11-03-2009 04:59 PM

Okay, I promised something food related:
So here goes. Again, it is from Joyce Meyer's Daily Devotional: http://www.joycemeyer.org/OurMinistr...lydevotionals/

Grace Is not a License to Sin
November 3

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. . . . What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
— Romans 5:20, 6:15-16 (KJV)

When Paul started teaching the people of his day about the Law and grace—how the law produces sin, but where sin abounds, grace abounds even more—the early believers got a bit confused. They reasoned, "Well, then, if the more we sin, the more grace abounds, and if God takes such delight in giving us His grace, then we ought to sin as much as we can so we can get more grace" (See Romans 6:15).

So Paul had to write to straighten them out, saying, "God forbid! Don't you know that when you sin you become a servant to sin? How can you go on living in sin when you have been declared dead to sin?" (See Romans 6:16).

Grace is not just an excuse to stay where we are, claiming that we don't have to do anything about ourselves and our lives because we are not under the law but under grace. That is the mistake the early believers were making.

Yes, God's grace will keep us from condemnation even though we sin. God's grace does keep our names written in the Lamb's Book of Life even though we aren't perfect. God's grace does save us, declare us righteous in His sight, assure us His blessings and a home in Heaven, carry us through this life, and give us peace of mind and heart and many, many other wonderful things.

But God's grace does more than all of that, it also teaches us to live as God intends for us to live—which is in holiness. It not only gives us the power to live, but it is given to us to lift us out of sin.

From the book New Day, New You: 365 Devotions for Enjoying Everyday Life by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2007 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Even though I have grace, I still have responsibility. Yes, God helps me, but there is also some "oomph" on my part. I have to decide early what I will and won't do, as I pray about my day. Some days, I might sense to eat when I am hungry that day, so I will say, "Today, I will only eat when I am hungry"...and ask the Holy Spirit to help me. Other days, I might sense that I should just eat two meals that day, so again, I will say to myself "Okay, only two meals today"...and ask God for help. Other days, I might sense a desire to fast, and say "okay, I am fasting today, only supper for me today"...and ask for help with that. So while I am asking God what He wants me to do, I "sense" that this is what I should do. Some days, I do good, some days I don't. Sometimes I might make provision to fulfill the lust of the flesh, and fulfill it. It is not MY DESIRE to fulfill the lust of the flesh, but let's be honest here... sometimes I do fulfill the lust of the flesh. Sigh... :^:
Thank God HE is our Helper and He does HELP us. Sometimes my soul, which is my mind, my will and my emotions, get the best of me. I don't stay there, because ultimately my will IS to be led by the Holy Spirit and nothing in the flesh decides to just lay down and die without putting up a fight. Did you ever notice that???? :dizzy:
Anyway, I am on the path and I try not to chase butterflies and wander off the path, but sometimes I do, and have to run and get back on the path, walking in line, my conduct controlled by the Holy Spirit.
I just want to let you know, I am not perfect, and there is no perfect one except Jesus. It's okay to have humanness, Jesus is made strong in our weakness.
BUT IT IS NOT AN EXCUSE for me to stay in sin. I might fall into temptation, but I need to remember to ask God to not let me be LED into temptation...I forget to do that sometimes, then when I am in the midst of a temptation, I am like "HELP, HELP"!!! I forget to avoid it by prayer. So, I thought this might help someone else.
I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful day! I need to get back to packing.

Ryanne 11-04-2009 04:11 PM

K, it's moving day.
Husband ended up getting today off with pay, so we are planning to have everything done today. Our internet won't be on for a couple of days at the new place, so you all hang tight and keep the faith!:wave:

Ryanne 11-06-2009 06:11 AM

All moved!!!
Okay, so we got all moved. I only have a few electronic things left to unpack and I am completely done. Have the decorating done. I still need a bed for me and husband and a toy box for the little boy, but other than that, we are done and I am so happy. I am most pleased that we have a washer and dryer, too! Thank God for that.
I have been eating good, and the scale is showing it.
I haven't been walking, but with all the packing, unpacking, etc... I sure have put in a lot of exercise hrs...and body feels it!
God is soooo good! Well, it is very early, but too excited to start my day to sleep any more, so I guess I will get my shower in and go shopping. I have the Dish installation today, and I don't know what time they are coming, exactly.
Have a wonderful day, all!
Trish, I hope you are doing well. Has anyone heard from Bootsie at all?

pattygirl63 11-06-2009 03:33 PM

Ryanne Glad you are moved in and things are going so well. I am doing fine. Have not heard from Bootsie. Hope she is doing well. Look forward to hearing from you.

Ryanne 11-13-2009 09:05 AM

Sorry been AWOL:
I have been soooo sick. I still am, but getting over it. I didn't sleep too well last night.
Anyway, just wanted to check in and say "Hi". I'm mapping out a new walking route for myself. There is a walking trail just behind us, but I am trying to find one I like better or just make my own route.
Anyway, you all have a nice day. I'm still hanging in there on the eating. Sometimes I do good, sometimes not so much, but keeping on keeping on.;)

Ryanne 12-10-2009 04:40 PM

It has been a while since I have been on here!
Well, a very lot has happened since I was on here. I have been awol for a while. I contracted the Swine Flu and it took me a while to get over it. Thank God I did get over it, a lot of people died from it here in Oklahoma. I am just now getting to the point I am not tired all the time. I still rest frequently, but am blessed.
We got all moved, and we found out today that my son's wife is pregnant, and I am going to be a grandma again! I am excited for them, they have been trying for a while, and were very discouraged. My son quit his job on got on where my husband works. He starts in January. My husband got a promotion and a raise and a schedule change, so that worked out, and we now have full custody of our son. He is doing very well.
My pastor died a couple of weeks ago, so we are in the process of finding another place to worship.
A lot of changes these past few months, but God is in control and has given us a lot of good along with all the bad things that have happened.
I hope you all are doing well. :ginger:

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