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Ryanne 10-22-2009 09:09 PM

I realized that I was still trying to "control" it...
 
I gave up the control to God finally, I really think I didn't know "HOW" or "what it really meant"...but God is good and patient with us.
So today I didn't weigh myself, and am planning to only weigh once a month at the beginning of the month so I quit obsessing about it, and worrying about it too much.
Sorry I have been a bit distracted the last few days, with my mom and all. I really haven't known what to say on here. Somehow, it doesn't seem that important to me right now, even though I am not overeating or anything.
Maybe not making the "best choices" in what I am eating, but don't feel up to cooking.
Oh, well.
I am wondering about Bootsie, probably just computer trouble.
Trish, thank you for being such a good friend, and thank all of you who are continuing to pray for me and my family. I really appreciate it.
You all have a wonderful evening. :)

Kelli 10-22-2009 11:12 PM

My dear friend Ryann,

I wish I had your gift for words and encouragement so I could help you like you have helped me and so many others on this forum. I am sorry for you but... celebrating with you for your mom going home. It seems the older I get the more I realize how short our little lives are and how fast the generations go. I love you and will continue to keep you in my prayers.

:hug:

Love, Kelli

Ryanne 10-23-2009 07:32 AM

Dear Kelli,
 
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Originally Posted by Kelli (Post 2983210)
My dear friend Ryann,

I wish I had your gift for words and encouragement so I could help you like you have helped me and so many others on this forum. I am sorry for you but... celebrating with you for your mom going home. It seems the older I get the more I realize how short our little lives are and how fast the generations go. I love you and will continue to keep you in my prayers.

:hug:

Love, Kelli

Thank You, Kelli, It brings me so much comfort to know where she is! Thank you for praying for me, I appreciate you soooooo much! And Kelli, You do have an amazing gift for words. He speaks through you the same as through me, and He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and forever. I am blessed by your words, Kelli.
I do miss her, yes, but I know where she is, she has no pain and only joy. They are celebrating her homecoming.
:hug::)

Ryanne 10-23-2009 09:18 AM

Our Focus...
 
Did you ever realize that the more you focus on something, you steer yourself in that direction?
For example: I have been determined to stay away from the Casino. The last few days, I have been tempted to go, to "not have to think" and to "have fun". Well, looking back, I even said to my husband a couple of times, "I just want to go to the Casino"...but I had been resisting temptation. Well, yesterday when my son and daughter in law came over, he said that he had gone to the casino the other day, and wanted to go again. My flesh got excited and I told him I wanted to go. He decided he didn't want to go, and I asked him if he would take me cuz I didn't want to go by myself. So he and his wife and I went, we didn't even have fun. None of us had fun. There was no life in it...no fun at all.
Well, my point is, sometimes when I focus on food or "not eating food" it steers my course in that direction. My focus needs to be on Jesus and serving other people and keeping my mind busy about how I can be a blessing to others instead of being "selfish".
I have been babysitting my granddaughter, and being a blessing in that area, and taking care of the house and stuff, but my focus has been on "what to eat, when to eat, what not to eat, when not to eat, how much do I weigh...and when I was fasting, I was wondering "I wonder how much weight I lost?"
Wow, what an eye opener it is to have weight and food on your mind ALL THE TIME! I know this is not what God wants for us.
I am determined to work with Him to get my mind off of it and on to HIM.
I am going to quit reading about diets and how to do this.... I have enough knowledge (which is important) to know what I should be eating and I just need to quit trying to do it "myself" and start learning to follow the Holy Spirit and glorifying God in my eating and drinking.
My focus needs to change, I need to start seeing the end result and just know that every day, I am doing what I need to do, and watching the scale is not going to make it happen any faster.
I am determined to weigh only once a month...and eat the right things for my body and continue to exercise my body in the way that I know brings me pleasure.
I am determined to focus on being a blessing to my family and people around me.
I am going to quit focusing on weight and food, although I will to be a good steward of my body for it is the "Temple of God."
I just know I have enough knowledge that I need to quit spending my energy and time on that and start doing what I should be doing. IE being a blessing, praying, reading, praising and worshipping, keeping my "self" off of my mind and knowing that GOD is in CONTROL and He knows what He is doing and my times are in His hands.
I know that it is His will for me to be thin and fit and healthy. I don't need to constantly be a little dictator to myself. I need to learn to be led by God's Holy Spirit and not provide for my flesh.
The Bible says not to make provision to fulfill the lust of the flesh. What that means to me, is if you are not snacking between meals, then don't purchase snacks and bring them into the house.
If you decide you want dessert one day, go out and get it....or if you have a specific day or two that you have desserts, purchase the desserts for those days and earmark them for that specifically, don't just eat them because they are there....be conscious of what you are doing. Quit focusing on those desserts! If you find yourself focusing, don't bring them in until the day you need them or go out special for dessert, like going to an ice cream and dairy store for a sundae or cone or whatever.
Another thing, keep in the house what you do need. I like to have sugar free gum around, and so I make sure I have that around in abundance so it is there when I want it.
I also like grapes once in a while...so I make sure to have those handy for when I may want some with a meal or a couple to snack on if I get hungry.
I make menu's for the week and I buy food accordingly. I know what we are having for each meal, and it helps to keep that food earmarked for that particular meal.
I decide early in the morning what I am going to do for that day, then if something crops up, I can remind myself "I already decided". For instance, today I decide I am eating 2 meals today. I don't want to snack between meals.
So, say around 3:00 pm my flesh starts wanting "chocolate" or something, I can remind myself, "I already decided that I am not snacking between meals today!" And then pray and ask God to help me to stick to my guns.
God will never allow us to be tempted more than we can say no to, and He will always provide a way out.
Sometimes I will decide to fast something for a month...Say "chocolate" (tee hee...do you see a weakness here???? LOL :D)... So say I am tempted by the enemy or my flesh to want chocolate.... I can tell myself, "I already decided I am fasting that until the 25th)... you see? We have the power to decide! Not our flesh!
"Follow the Spirit and you certainly won't fulfill the lust of the flesh."
:carrot:
We already have the victory.
I like what Joyce said in her book "Eat and Stay Thin" about educating ourselves about foods so we do not perish for lack of knowledge, and I like what she said about following a good eating program for ourselves... I know at the beginning of any changes, that we will be more focused on what to eat, when to eat and how to eat, but there comes a growing time after that when we need to just "do" what we know to do and be free to be led by the Holy Spirit.
I pray that we all learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit and that we can change our focus from "self" to God and Others.
Have a blessed day! God willing, I will check back in later.
I love you all, and want you to have an amazing day! :D

pattygirl63 10-23-2009 07:12 PM

Great post Ryanne. I think you hit on the head what we all need to learn. Get our "focus" on the right things... mainly putting Jesus on the throne of our heart in every area of our lives including the way we eat. I think we all knew we were to put Him there "spiritually", but we didn't realize what it meant by ALL of us. I know I didn't really get it for a long time.

Jesus said, "Take no thought saying". That means things are thoughts first before we do them. Many times we say things in line with our thoughts instead of in line with God's Word and that is where we get messed up. For example, how many times did I make the cute little statement "I just smell food and gain weight". I wonder how many of those cute sayings that I am living out today?

As we get our focus on the things of the spirit through reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God instead of reading, studying and meditating on what we are going to eat next, we will begin to see our spirit being becoming stronger than the flesh. This is when we will see "true" victory in our lives.

According to what I've read in the Intuitive Eating book, IE is a slower way of losing weight, but it does work because your life isn't centered/focused on what you can and cannot have. Because you are free to eat what you want. You just learn to eat as much as you need to satisfy you. There are no good foods, bad foods in IE. Once you get out of the diet mentality, you find freedom. It is a lot like what Joyce recommends doing in her books.

Everybody have a great weekend.

Ryanne 10-24-2009 08:15 AM

Not by might, nor by power, but by HIS SPIRIT!
 
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Originally Posted by pattygirl63 (Post 2984377)

According to what I've read in the Intuitive Eating book, IE is a slower way of losing weight, but it does work because your life isn't centered/focused on what you can and cannot have. Because you are free to eat what you want. You just learn to eat as much as you need to satisfy you. There are no good foods, bad foods in IE. Once you get out of the diet mentality, you find freedom. It is a lot like what Joyce recommends doing in her books.

Everybody have a great weekend.

This is exactly what God has been showing me. I know I need to avoid sat fats, and it's okay, because I really don't care about them, and I know that is God. (Praise Him for changing our desires!) I am learning, and my prayer this morning was "I want to do the right thing, I have the will and desire to do the right thing, but I'm sorry, I keep doing it wrong. I have no power to perform it. I need YOU Jesus to perform it through me. I need YOUR POWER because of myself I can do nothing. But I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. God if You don't help me, I'm gonna just keep on messing up, because I need YOUR power to help me and I need to quit doing things for vain reasons, and I WANT to glorify You in my eating and drinking. I WANT my life to glorify You and to be a book read by all men. I want to be a good witness. I need you, Holy Spirit to help me to want Your help and to help me to be led by You today."
I know I can't do this by myself. I sure will to do the right things, but no power in myself to perform it, but thank God, we can draw on HIS power and He is strong in our weakness. That way NO FLESH CAN GLORY, and I can't say "I did this by my power". I will be more than happy to give HIM the glory and know it was not me, but Him through me!
Have a wonderfully blessed day! :D:carrot:

pattygirl63 10-24-2009 10:46 AM

WOW Ryanne

This is what I did this morning too before I got out of bed. I told the Lord this morning that I want Him to sit on the throne of my heart in every area in my life and especially when it comes to eating. I told Him that I am willing to do it, but I just cannot do it on my own. I told Him that I know the Holy Spirit is a gentlemen and He will not force me to do anything because I have to ask Him. So I asked Him to help me to do this right because I cannot do it without Him. I told Him I don't even know how to follow His leading when it comes to this part of my life, but I want to learn and that since the Holy Spirit is my Teacher and my Helper that I need Him to teach me and help me. I too have turned it over to Him. I just need Him to help me to keep Him there and I know He will. I asked Him to give me a check in my spirit when I'm not doing something the way I should. I know He will do it because Jesus said if we ask that we will receive.

You have a great Blessed Saturday.

Ryanne 10-24-2009 01:49 PM

I came across this today, Trish, and thought it would bless you as much as me!
 
Romans 10:4-17 (The Message)

4-10The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it's not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print! But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story— no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into **** to rescue the Messiah. So what exactly was Moses saying?

The word that saves is right here,
as near as the tongue in your mouth,
as close as the heart in your chest.
It's the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—"Jesus is my Master"—embracing, body and soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"

11-13Scripture reassures us, "No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it." It's exactly the same no matter what a person's religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. "Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help."

14-17But how can people call for help if they don't know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven't heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That's why Scripture exclaims,

A sight to take your breath away!
Grand processions of people
telling all the good things of God!
But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: "Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?" The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ's Word is preached, there's nothing to listen to.

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


Wow! Just what we have been talking about. This is certainly confirmation! I like what verse 17 says :" Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?" The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ's Word is preached, there's nothing to listen to." I certainly will continue to do my confessions and preach to myself!

Another part that really hit home was: " So what exactly was Moses saying?

The word that saves is right here,
as near as the tongue in your mouth,
as close as the heart in your chest.
It's the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—"Jesus is my Master"—embracing, body and soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"

11-13Scripture reassures us, "No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it." It's exactly the same no matter what a person's religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. "Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help.""

WOW! Is all I can say...God is so good andHe is a timely help just when we need it!!! :D :hug: ;)

So, see Trish, It's not us "doing" anything...we are simply calling out to God, trusting Him to do it for us! WOW!

Ryanne 10-25-2009 06:39 PM

Today I have been in the Word...
 
...doing what I believe is the most important thing...learning and reminding myself of who I am IN CHRIST and learning and reminding myself of God's UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for me.
This is so important in getting over self and self condemnation.
God already knows everything we ever did wrong, ever will do wrong and what we are doing wrong...and has accepted us anyway. Before the foundation of the earth, He already knew and He already decided that we were HIS and approved us, and predestined us for greatness.
As our focus on the Word and Who we are in Christ and God's love for us changes our thinking, our behavior can't help but to be changed, too. We are changed from Glory to Glory...and remember, when we spend time with God we are in His Glory, and are being changed.
God has a good plan for our lives and He will bring those good things to pass. ;):hug:

Ryanne 10-26-2009 12:55 PM

I'm reflecting today.
 
I was talking with my sister earlier today, and she was saying that the family had been going through the folk's things, since my dad is going into a nursing home facility.
I really know the meaning of "store up your treasures in heaven where moth and rust does not corrupt." You are not taking anything with you when you go home except for the things that are eternal.
Funny how things that used to seem so important to me, now lack meaning. I now want to make sure that my relationships with my children, grandchildren, husband, ex husband, and my brothers and sisters and extended family and my dad and friends and friends I have not met yet, are cultivated.
I truly want to be like Jesus to each and every person I come across and I do want my life to glorify Him.
Souls are what matters...there is nothing more precious than people and their spiritual state.
Trish, when it comes to eating and drinking, the Lord has been leading me that He has made all foods clean. I think we still have to use wisdom, so we do not perish for lack of knowledge, yes, however, I am giving myself a lot more freedom to enjoy my food and to not restrict too much. I am praying and believing to be Spirit led.
Well, all, I hope to check back in later. I hope you all have a good Monday!

pattygirl63 10-26-2009 07:29 PM

Ryanne Sorry I've not been here the past few days. I didn't do too well this weekend with the carbs. Just have to watch those. I decided to start The Metabolism Miracle diet to get my pancreas and liver functioning back to normal. And then teach my body how to handle carbs properly when they are re-introduced. Started that and exercise today. It is so important for me to be successful at taking care of this body since as Joyce always says, we don't get another one and can't replace it. My Daddy, and my 2 sisters and I all have problems with carbs. I suspect my Mama probably did too.

We just finished up a study on Nehemiah and the restoration of the wall in Jerusaleum. And then the first couple lessons at BSF was about Jesus going in and cleaning out the merchants and money changers from the Temple. Made it real to me that I need to clean out this temple and give it the nutrition needed to restore it to health.

I agree with you about not being able to take "things" with us when we leave this world. I want to leave a "godly" heritage with those I leave behind.

Hope you've had a great day.

Ryanne 10-26-2009 08:38 PM

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Originally Posted by pattygirl63 (Post 2988108)
We just finished up a study on Nehemiah and the restoration of the wall in Jerusaleum. And then the first couple lessons at BSF was about Jesus going in and cleaning out the merchants and money changers from the Temple. Made it real to me that I need to clean out this temple and give it the nutrition needed to restore it to health.

You are so right, and I am in the process of "restoring and cleaning" the Temple as well.
I did miss you, and am glad that you are doing okay.
:hug:

Kelli 10-27-2009 12:24 AM

Hello ladies!!

I have been reading through your post, and as usual they are awesome!!! I'm really excited, God has taken my thinking about eating away!!! I had to use scripture about every five or ten minutes the first few days. Whenever I started thinking about dieting or overeating, I just turned it over to Him and USED (not just recited) the Word. Now I only think about it once or twice a day and I automatically say my favorite scripture. Well there are a few I like to use. I like to say II Corinthians 10:3-6 (the weapons of our warfare) and also I love Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living 14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, i say, on the LORD!

Love you guys!
Kelli

PS I have had a couple of PM's asking me about the study. I think I will start a new thread sometime this week discussing the study questions.

Ryanne 10-27-2009 08:16 AM

Hey YOU!
 
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Originally Posted by Kelli (Post 2988429)
Hello ladies!!

I have been reading through your post, and as usual they are awesome!!! I'm really excited, God has taken my thinking about eating away!!! I had to use scripture about every five or ten minutes the first few days. Whenever I started thinking about dieting or overeating, I just turned it over to Him and USED (not just recited) the Word. Now I only think about it once or twice a day and I automatically say my favorite scripture. Well there are a few I like to use. I like to say II Corinthians 10:3-6 (the weapons of our warfare) and also I love Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living 14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, i say, on the LORD!

Love you guys!
Kelli

PS I have had a couple of PM's asking me about the study. I think I will start a new thread sometime this week discussing the study questions.

God has been doing the same thing with me, and I have been "using" the Word, too. He has been leading me to really eat when I am hungry...I mean, really eat...Like a full nutritious well balanced meal....I find as I am doing that, that I stay full longer and therefore don't continually have food on my mind all the time, and I am in the Word and am seeking HIM as my Daily Bread!
I am thankful for the Bible Study and think about it often.
I think it's a great idea for you to start a thread like that! I know I would read it and participate in it, too.
God has a good plan for you, Kelli. I'm so excited for you, just knowing God is working through you!
Joyce said something in the book "Approval Addiction". She was talking about Jesus being strong through our weaknesses, and well...I had been thanking God for my weaknesses, because that's cool, if I didn't have them, I certainly wouldn't need Jesus, and that would be sad.
But she said something that hit home...If you had a clay pot with a lid, and you put a lit candle inside that pot, and put the lid on, no one would be able to see the light...However, if that pot had a lot of cracks and holes in it, then the light would be able to show through those cracks. God uses "cracked pots"! I'm glad I have flaws, so His Light can shine through me! ;)

pattygirl63 10-27-2009 01:47 PM

Hi Kellie and Ryanne,

Kellie - It is great to see you here and that the Lord has given you peace concerning food. I think that is great. I'm sure the Lord is leading you to share the Bible study with more people and a thread for it would be great. I would definitely enjoy reading others comments. I probably would not go back and redo the lessons as my BSF lesson are very time consuming and I am learning a lot in them. Even things I can apply to my way of eating. It seems that BSF and church sermons seem to touch it since that is where I am spiritually right now. I have just felt that it is soooo important for me to get the victory in this area of my life.

I have learned that my metabolism is what they call Metabolism B which means that I can't eat like some people do. I know my Daddy has that problem as well as my 2 sisters and I am sure that my Mother did as well. But God has led me to the right way of eating to correct the way my metabolism functions. I really believe God has answered my prayers to show me how to eat to heal my body. This morning in my devotional time, I had to read Psalm 18. David was talking of how God had delivered him of all his enemies. I felt it rise up in my spirit that this is what God is doing with me concerning my body, food etc. He is delivering me from my enemy. I am excited about what He is doing in my life. I know I have heard Joyce talk about how she has to eat for her body type. Never went into much detail except she is a low carber. I always wondered how she was a low carber and ate some of the things she ate. Now that I'm learning from this program I'm on, I understand. God is sooooooo Good ALL THE TIME. I love how He leads us to do what we need to do for our own body type. Like I've always said, who know our better than the One Who created it. He has led me to the way to eat and the way to exercise. So I am VERY Grateful to Him and I give Him ALL the praise and glory.

Well, I need to get off here. DH is going to be hungry soon. Y'all have a great day.

Ryanne 10-27-2009 07:04 PM

Ya He is sooo Cool!
 
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Originally Posted by pattygirl63 (Post 2989166)
God is sooooooo Good ALL THE TIME. I love how He leads us to do what we need to do for our own body type. Like I've always said, who know our better than the One Who created it. He has led me to the way to eat and the way to exercise. So I am VERY Grateful to Him and I give Him ALL the praise and glory.

I am glad that He is leading you. I am glad that I am learning to let Him lead me, instead of me having a plan then asking Him to bless it. Wow, I didn't ever realize how selfish I was...thank God He knew and is merciful anyway...LOL!
Basically, I am still not interested in sat fats, but I am eating a little more sugar items, with no harmful effects, and I have had a little more salt than usual, still not too much, but a little.
It's good He is showing me how to eat and how much and is leading me to stop when I am full and not overstuffed!
I have been sitting at about 202 for a week, no loss no gain, just holding steady...I had been down to 200 lbs, but that was after a fast, so I am not counting it.
I am glad He is setting me free from daily weighing as well, and I was tracking my weight online on a certain website, but I decided not to do that any more because my times are in His hands and I know it is His will for me to be thin and fit and healthy and His timing is perfect. Mine would like to hurry up, but it won't stay off...and I want lasting freedom.
One good thing is, I had been noticing "wrinkles" in my face and hands and was a little freaked about it, but now they are fine, and look like my skin is catching up to the weightloss...Thank God!
I feel good, too. I have been drinking more water, but still not what the internet suggestions say I should be drinking, but oh well...I am doing better...just hard to drink all that water, so I am letting Him lead me there, too.
I know water is important, but I just don't think my body can handle 99 oz...
That is a very lot! I can do about 66 oz a day. Plus I don't really drink anything else except for an occasional hot chocolate.
I am planning to get some international coffee tonight...I do like that stuff in the morning hours.
Well, husband should be on his way home. I hope to be back on later this evening.
I love you all.
Oh, an update on my dad....he went to a nursing home today. He is in Wisconsin. I haven't talked to him yet today, but I plan to call him this evening. My sis said when she left he was having a good time talking to all the people there. (He is very social, so I think he'll be fine.) I am trusting God that he will be.
My brother in law's mother was in that same facility before she passed, and she loved it, and he did, too. He is a District Attourney...and said that he chose that place because of how well they treat the patients there, and help them to have independence. I am so glad that he chose that place for my dad, because it helps to know that it is a wonderful place.
Well, all, have a nice evening. :grouphug:

pattygirl63 10-27-2009 08:47 PM

Ryanne I agree that it is best to let the Lord lead us to eat the way He knows is right for us rather than doing what we want then asking Him to bless it. That is probably why things didn't have lasting success before. I am following basics of the plan I'm on, but when I feel there are some things that are too extreme and not healthy for me, I follow what I feel led to do by the Holy Spirit.

I am so glad that your Dad is happy with his new home. It is probably going to be good for him with him having just lost your step mom. Also sounds like a great place for a nursing home.

[B]Kellie[/B Today I was sharing some "spiritual" ensights on dieting and weight loss with my BSF group leader. She was complimenting me on how much ensight that I have. I told her that it was because of your Diet Bible Study I had done. That until I did the lessons that I had no idea that God wanted to do this for me and lead me like He has. I felt you should have the compliment since you are the one who showed me the way to the "light" concerning losing weight "God's Way".

Y'all have a great evening.
Catch you tomorrow.

Ryanne 10-28-2009 04:07 PM

Basically I have been set free from thinking about dieting and food...
 
Thank God, and I didn't even weigh myself this morning and I have not been wondering about it either! God is soooooo good!!!
:carrot:

Sorry, I haven't been on here much, but my grandbaby has been needing me. I have been busy with babysitting her and entertaining her and my young son.
I hope you all have a good evening, I'll try to get on later....I'm tired.

pattygirl63 10-28-2009 06:45 PM

I haven't been here much either. This is Day 3 on my program and the 1st 3 days are detox days. I went to BSF this morning and enjoyed that, but once I got home I've been tired. Supposed to start feeling better tomorrow.

I think it is great that you are able to be there for your grandbaby and son. How wonderful to have that time with them.

Hope you had a blessed day.

Ryanne 10-29-2009 11:28 AM

Trusting that my timing is in the Lord's hands...
 
I didn't weigh again this morning, it stressed me a little but not too much. I am doing well. It is thunder storming this morning so the walk will have to wait, but it is a good storm! Lots of rain, and the fall colors on the trees and lots of leaves on the ground...Beautiful!
I'm babysitting for my granddaughter full time now, as my son bought a house and needs a free sitter. I'm glad to have her! It's a little more work, but a lot more hugs and kisses!
:D:rain:

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.

http://www.joycemeyer.org/OurMinistr...lydevotionals/

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!!!!
:carrot:

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.
:grouphug:


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:

Bootsie 01-03-2010 11:39 AM

Girls I am so glad to see you still going at it! My computer and I both got a virus and we were both down and out for a good while but we are both back and so happy to see y'all strong as ever! Are you girls ready to get with it and make the biggest change for the better this year? I just feel God has a lot of good blessings headed our way. I walked with Leslie 4 miles this morning, did the yoga warm up but that yoga, I just gonna have to get in better shape for it! How is your eating going and your exercise plans?

editor 10-01-2010 08:05 AM

Born again and wanting to shout it from the rooftops. Count me in as a regular here.

Onederchic 10-15-2010 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by editor (Post 3503604)
Born again and wanting to shout it from the rooftops. Count me in as a regular here.

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