I have moved! (with the correct links)

My apologies, the previous email did not have the correct links, so let’s try this again, shall we?

I have moved!

And I am so excited for the many possibilities that my new site will give me!

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“Weight Loss Wednesday”


I had a good week.

 Not perfect, but good.

At my weigh-in in it showed that since starting two weeks ago I have lost 3.6 lbs. Not heroic, but certainly progress! I am told that I really want to lose slow and steady with nursing Matthew. They don’t want to see me drop huge amounts fast. So even though the glamorous idea of dropping 30 lbs in a month sounds great, it ain’t happening here.

At this meeting my leader talked about the importance of tracking. It is amazing how much that really does help! It makes you so much more aware of what you put in your mouth, if you know you have to write it down. What other tips do you have that keep you accountable through this journey?

I have set a little motivator for myself. For each 10 lbs I lose I am going to buy an article of clothing. Now mind you, I am not talking about a $100.00 dress, but something economical that gives me something to look forward to along the way. Do you have any ways you are motivating yourself? Have you set smalls goals that will help you reach your larger goals?

And lastly, a confession, (cause if I don’t my mom is sure to speak up)!

It comes in the form of a tip:

Never decide to bake chocolate chip cookies the same day as your weigh-in

So now it is your turn, how was your week? Ups? Downs? Let’s support each other. Comment below or link-up!

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Don’t come down from that wall! Pt. 6

And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:3

We have looked at several things that are used to either distract or discourage us from this very high calling that our Lord has given us.  Things that would allure us to come down off of our God-given duties. Have you been able to relate to any of them?  I certainly can write all this from experience!  It seems daily that many of these things creep up to bring me down.

Today we are going to talk about a couple of specific temptations to distraction that are very prevalent, especially in our technical age.

The Telephone:

How many times are we distracted off of our duties and tempted to neglect them because of needing to just make one more phone call.  Or just as we were to engage in a heart to heart talk with our children, the phone rings.  Have you ever noticed how often that familiar ring will begin right as you sit down to family worship?  And it is not uncommon to have a quick call to a friend become a long, engaging conversation.  Even calls to “encourage” another sister, can actually be pulling us from our loved ones, if they are made at the wrong time.

I had a friend at one time choose to go on a friend phone fast for a while.  She realized that her focus had to be in her home and with her children.  I am all about Titus 2, godly mentoring, profitable phone appointments between sisters, but it all must be placed in its proper position so as not to sacrifice the best for a good thing.

But perhaps in our culture is an even bigger temptation to distraction is…

Email, Social Media, and ahem Blogging:

I love to blog.  I love the computer.  I love getting and writing emails.  I have a smart phone and use it often to check my Facebook.  But, let’s face it…it is a double-edged sword, isn’t it?  These things can be wonderful tools, but can get out of hand quickly.  Just one more email.  Did someone post something new on Facebook?  Did I get any blog comments?  Oh, I need to answer that comment quickly. And before I know it, chunks of time have passed by.  My dear husband is constantly reminding me that he does not want me neglecting the very thing I am blogging about.

I can be home physically with my children, but not home in my heart.

So how can we help combat these temptations?

~First, we need to pray daily for our priorities to be the priorities the Lord would have for us.

~Consider turning off the phone, or using an answering machine to screen calls during those critical times of the day, when mommy is most needed.

~Carve out time that you know you will have to do these things.  In my home, we have a rest time where if you are not napping, you must be quiet, or outside to give me some down time.  I have let that slip and have tried to enforce it again lately. During that time, I can rest if I need to, or more often I will be on the computer, blog, etc.  Also, my husband does overtime once or twice a week from home, after the children go to bed.  I also have that time to work on this blog or whatever I feel needs doing.

~Ask your husband if he would give you a chunk of time where he can keep the children when he gets home from work for you to have that long, engaging, edifying conversation with another sister in Christ once in awhile.

I am a very social person.  I am thankful for things like email and Facebook.  And I love blog hopping.  But, if it is not controlled we can be as the woman in the scripture whose feet are often abroad without ever stepping foot outside our home.

I am sharing these things because they are constant challenges to me.  So, let’s encourage each other to stay up on the wall today!  I would love to hear any of your thoughts!

My next post I will seek to wrap up this series in speaking of two last temptations we face that is common to most of us.  Stay tuned!

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