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Daniel Fast is coming to a close…

Today is the LAST day of the Daniel Fast in our lives. I have to say its been an interesting journey that I am SUPER glad I took. I have learned a lot about food and my desires. Am I glad its over?? YES! But I also know that we will be changing our daily eating habits as a family. I lost 12.5 pounds and Justin dropped 7 too!

If you’re interested in doing a great 21-day fast, it was amazing!

New book list (01/21)

Babar's USA

Jackson's Blanket by Nancy Cote

Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen

The Birthday Fish

Eloise in Moscow by Kay Thompson

A Duck So Small

the Best Father's Day Present Ever

A Tree is Nice

Last Night

Squeak's good idea

No More Water in the Tub!

The crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

Quiet Bunny

Dora's Chicks

Busy Boy

Owen is one busy boy!! Here are some pictures of our BOY!

Climbing from the couch onto the table to get his snack

Climbing ONTO the play table

Where's Owen???

There HE IS

Climbing onto the play table AGAIN

Addyson LOVES to play on the computer...she's a PRO!

Enjoying a book 🙂 - HE loves to look at animals in books!

Still enjoying the book 🙂

Tuesday thoughts…

Well on day TEN of the Daniel Fast I have to say that I am learning that I CAN live without good food 🙂 and instead eat food that is good for me & good to taste!

I’m also learning that my metabolism is higher than I ever knew before. With running and eating on this fast I have (as of today) lost 10.5 lbs. I know that dropping this much weight so fast means that it is very possible to come back just as quickly so I will have to make the hard decisions on how I am going to live & eat after this 21-day challenge is over. I have to say though that I am so proud of my hubby (and myself) for not cheating as of today (day 10 of the fast). I have added eggs and cheese to my ‘diet’ but that is simply to give me more protein as I am very active ALL day long with the kids and the house to keep up I don’t have much (if any) down time. So my normal day looks like a fruit & eggs for breakfast with a fruit juice (I found some unsweetened natural juices), a snack of some dried fruit or carrots around 10ish,  lunch is either some salad with oil & vinegar dressing or an assortment of fruit with chips & guacamole, snack again on some fruit or carrots in the afternoon, and dinner is either a salad or stir-fry veggies with long grain brown rice. I know, mouth-watering huh??:)

I have however come to notice something about myself. I have little/no patience 😦 This is not a good thing with my family. I am asking any of you who read this blog to pray for me. I need to be able to stop & breathe instead of yell and over-react. Thanks to you who will pray!

Now onto other news…I am SO proud of my little sister. She has recently recognized her distance from the Lord and is drawing back to Him!!! I Love you Laura and I am SOOO excited to hear all that God has planned for you and Devin! In fact in my reading a few days ago I came across a verse that I hope will speak to you. I’m reading through a One Year Bible plan using the Message translation so here it is:

Matthew 11:28-30
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I know that you, Laura will now feel a free/lightness that only God can offer you!! I’m praying for you and want to hear all about God’s grace/mercy flowing through you!!

Here are some other things that I want to share with you all from my last week of readings. First I’ll start in Matthew.
I’ve read from Matthew 9 – Matthew 12. I was reminded of the incredible life that Jesus lived, the miracles he preformed & yet was still questioned and doubted, the men he chose to follow him & how he used them to His glory. I could go on and on but instead I’m just going to share the verses that spoke to me the most.

Matthew 9:10-13

10-11Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?”

12-13Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”


Matthew 9:34-38

34The Pharisees were left sputtering, “Hocus-pocus. It’s nothing but hocus-pocus. He’s probably made a pact with the Devil.”

35-38Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”


Matthew 10:1-11

The Twelve Harvest Hands

1-4 The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives. This is the list of the twelve he sent:

Simon (they called him Peter, or “Rock”),
Andrew, his brother,
James, Zebedee’s son,
John, his brother,
Matthew, the tax man,
James, son of Alphaeus,
Simon, the Canaanite,
Judas Iscariot (who later turned on him).

5-8Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:

“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.

9-10“Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.

11“When you enter a town or village, don’t insist on staying in a luxury inn. Get a modest place with some modest people, and be content there until you leave.


Matthew 10:17-23

17-20“Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.

21-23“When people realize it is the living God you are presenting and not some idol that makes them feel good, they are going to turn on you, even people in your own family. There is a great irony here: proclaiming so much love, experiencing so much hate! But don’t quit. Don’t cave in. It is all well worth it in the end. It is not success you are after in such times but survival. Be survivors! Before you’ve run out of options, the Son of Man will have arrived.


Matthew 10:40-42
“We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”


Matthew 11:28-30
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”


Matthew 12:30
“This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.”


Matthew 12:33-37

33“If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.

34-37“You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”


Born to Run?

Okay so this book was suggested to me and I HIGHLY recommend it for any athlete (runner or not). It is a great story and offers up some information that has caused me to think harder about how I treat my body, what I use my body for and what I put into my body. Just a quick thought as I have finished and digested 😉 this book.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

New book list for the week of 01/16/2011

Once Upon a Princess and a Pea by Ann Campbell

the Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

April Foolishness by Teresa Bateman

Roar of a Snore by Marsha Diane Arnold

Oodles of Noodles by Diana Hendry

Gary and Ray by Sarah Adams

Horace and Morris Say Cheese (which makes Dolores sneeze!) by James Howe

Julius the baby of the world by Kevin Henkes

Daniel Fast Days 2 & 3

So we’re 3 days in and I’m doing okay 🙂
I have had a horrible headache for 2 full days but I guess that’s what your body does to detox off of at least 1 Dr. Pepper a-day for the last year:) I’ve learned that not all food has taste naturally…salad without dressing has NO taste. I mean it has taste but just like a wet vegetable taste. Sorry to all you salad lovers out there!

Also I’ve eaten more naturally popped popcorn in the last 48 hours too…man that stuff is GOOD! Water too about 5 bottles a day, not sure if that’s normal but hey I’ve also lost 4 pounds in 3 days. Weight-loss is not really my goal in this but hey if it’s a perk I’m in!

I’ve used this time to truly think about God’s plan for us and asked Him to show me ways in which I need to improve my life. I’ve already seen (very clearly) two areas that I need immediate work on; parenting and grace. They kindof go together but are also very separate. I’ve been loosing my patience with my kids & sometimes my hubby so easily lately that I need to work on my communication and the way I go about speaking to them. Sometimes I need to get-over-it and walk away and sometimes I need to take a BIG breather before I speak. Both of these need an added measure of grace but specifically I need grace with my actions towards my family. Please help hold me accountable if you read this!

Back to the food part of the fast, I’ve been feeling pretty weak over the last 14 hours so I’ve prayed about it and I’m adding dairy back into the mix, so like eggs and cheese to help get me more protein and calories.

Well that’s about it for me today. Hope the next 17 days are as easy as the last 3 have been.

The Daniel Fast – Day 1

Justin and I have decided together to do this fast for the next 21 days. I had never heard of it until Saturday afternoon (yes, 2 days ago). Justin mentioned that some of the staff guys would be doing it and he wanted to join them. Well I guess I’ll do it too so I don’t have to cook different meals for everybody in our house:). But actually the more I read about it the more excited I became, this is going to be a great cleansing for my body as well as a time for prayer and thanksgiving to my Lord.

Please join me in praying for our church staff (Experience Life), for the city of Lubbock, for our families, and for the future. Also I KNOW I will need prayer because I don’t think I’ve gone a full day without caffeine in over a year! God is my strength and my source so I know I can do it!

If you want to learn more about this type of fast, click here.

The One Year Bible Reading – Days 6 – 9

So I wrote previously about my reading from days 1 – 5 and I want to express once again that I am SO excited to DO this THIS year! I know I’m only 9 days in but I’ve already highlighted and re-read so much that I believe God is speaking to me through His word in a new way, it’s been a HUGE blessing to my every day.

Here are some other things that I’ve pulled out of the readings over the last 4 days that I want to share:

Sodom and Gomorrah:
Sodom & Gomorrah are the current day Las Vegas & Hollywood in my opinion. These are two places that promote and encourage the hiding of sin, help to work & cover up sin, and blatantly advertise these actions. According to the Bible, Sodom and Gomorrah were deliberately disobeying God’s law and then flaunting it in His face. I read Genesis 18-20 in The Message translation again and it brought this story to new light. Enjoy!

Genesis 18:20 – 19:29The Message

20-21 God continued, “The cries of the victims in Sodom and Gomorrah are deafening; the sin of those cities is immense. I’m going down to see for myself, see if what they’re doing is as bad as it sounds. Then I’ll know.”

22 The men set out for Sodom, but Abraham stood in God’s path, blocking his way.

23-25 Abraham confronted him, “Are you serious? Are you planning on getting rid of the good people right along with the bad? What if there are fifty decent people left in the city; will you lump the good with the bad and get rid of the lot? Wouldn’t you spare the city for the sake of those fifty innocents? I can’t believe you’d do that, kill off the good and the bad alike as if there were no difference between them. Doesn’t the Judge of all the Earth judge with justice?”

26 God said, “If I find fifty decent people in the city of Sodom, I’ll spare the place just for them.”

27-28 Abraham came back, “Do I, a mere mortal made from a handful of dirt, dare open my mouth again to my Master? What if the fifty fall short by five—would you destroy the city because of those missing five?”

He said, “I won’t destroy it if there are forty-five.”

29 Abraham spoke up again, “What if you only find forty?”

“Neither will I destroy it if for forty.”

30 He said, “Master, don’t be irritated with me, but what if only thirty are found?”

“No, I won’t do it if I find thirty.”

31 He pushed on, “I know I’m trying your patience, Master, but how about for twenty?”

“I won’t destroy it for twenty.”

32 He wouldn’t quit, “Don’t get angry, Master—this is the last time. What if you only come up with ten?”

“For the sake of only ten, I won’t destroy the city.”

33 When God finished talking with Abraham, he left. And Abraham went home.
Genesis 19
1-2 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening. Lot was sitting at the city gate. He saw them and got up to welcome them, bowing before them and said, “Please, my friends, come to my house and stay the night. Wash up. You can rise early and be on your way refreshed.”

They said, “No, we’ll sleep in the street.”

3 But he insisted, wouldn’t take no for an answer; and they relented and went home with him. Lot fixed a hot meal for them and they ate.

4-5 Before they went to bed men from all over the city of Sodom, young and old, descended on the house from all sides and boxed them in. They yelled to Lot, “Where are the men who are staying with you for the night? Bring them out so we can have our sport with them!”

6-8 Lot went out, barring the door behind him, and said, “Brothers, please, don’t be vile! Look, I have two daughters, virgins; let me bring them out; you can take your pleasure with them, but don’t touch these men—they’re my guests.”

9 They said, “Get lost! You drop in from nowhere and now you’re going to tell us how to run our lives. We’ll treat you worse than them!” And they charged past Lot to break down the door.

10-11 But the two men reached out and pulled Lot inside the house, locking the door. Then they struck blind the men who were trying to break down the door, both leaders and followers, leaving them groping in the dark.

12-13 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have any other family here? Sons, daughters—anybody in the city? Get them out of here, and now! We’re going to destroy this place. The outcries of victims here to God are deafening; we’ve been sent to blast this place into oblivion.”

14 Lot went out and warned the fiancés of his daughters, “Evacuate this place; God is about to destroy this city!” But his daughters’ would-be husbands treated it as a joke.

15 At break of day, the angels pushed Lot to get going, “Hurry. Get your wife and two daughters out of here before it’s too late and you’re caught in the punishment of the city.”

16-17 Lot was dragging his feet. The men grabbed Lot’s arm, and the arms of his wife and daughters—God was so merciful to them!—and dragged them to safety outside the city. When they had them outside, Lot was told, “Now run for your life! Don’t look back! Don’t stop anywhere on the plain—run for the hills or you’ll be swept away.”

18-20 But Lot protested, “No, masters, you can’t mean it! I know that you’ve taken a liking to me and have done me an immense favor in saving my life, but I can’t run for the mountains—who knows what terrible thing might happen to me in the mountains and leave me for dead. Look over there—that town is close enough to get to. It’s a small town, hardly anything to it. Let me escape there and save my life—it’s a mere wide place in the road.”

21-22 “All right, Lot. If you insist. I’ll let you have your way. And I won’t stamp out the town you’ve spotted. But hurry up. Run for it! I can’t do anything until you get there.” That’s why the town was called Zoar, that is, Smalltown.

23 The sun was high in the sky when Lot arrived at Zoar.

24-25 Then God rained brimstone and fire down on Sodom and Gomorrah— a river of lava from God out of the sky!—and destroyed these cities and the entire plain and everyone who lived in the cities and everything that grew from the ground.

26 But Lot’s wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.

27-28 Abraham got up early the next morning and went to the place he had so recently stood with God. He looked out over Sodom and Gomorrah, surveying the whole plain. All he could see was smoke belching from the Earth, like smoke from a furnace.

29 And that’s the story: When God destroyed the Cities of the Plain, he was mindful of Abraham and first got Lot out of there before he blasted those cities off the face of the Earth.

How Blessed are We!!!
So in Matthew i read and re-read the fifth chapter I think 20 times over the last few days and I will continue to re-read it until I understand just how blessed we are (which could be until the day I die!). I hope you are reminded as well. Remember this came soon after Jesus’ testing in Matthew 4, where God allowed Satan to test Jesus in three ways. If you’ve never read it, do it now!

The title of the fifth chapter of Matthew is “You’re Blessed”. I don’t think I can sum it up any better than that. Oh yeah and then He challenges us on the end of that to be Salt and Light, so here you go, enjoy!

Matthew 5: 3- 16The Message

3“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

4“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

5“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

6“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

7“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

8“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

9“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

Salt and Light

13“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

14-16“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

I totally forgot to share this with you in my last post (Days 1 – 5) so I’ll share it now:
Proverbs! I LOVE this book. Not only is it short and easy to read but it is chalked full of USEFUL information! In the intro to Proverbs in The Message translation it says, “Many people this that what’s written in the Bible has mostly to do with getting people to heaven – getting right with God, saving their eternal souls. It does have to do with that, of course, but not mostly. It is equally concerned with living on the earth – living well, living in robust sanity. In our Scriptures, heaven is not the primary concern, to which earth is a tag-along after-thought. “On earth as it is in heaven” is Jesus’ prayer. “Wisdom: is the biblical term for this on-earth-as-it-is-in-heaven everyday living. Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we find ourselves. It has virtually nothing to do with information as such, with knowledge as such. A college degree is no certification of wisdom – nor is it primarily concerned with keeping us our of moral mud puddles, although it does have a profound moral effect on us. Wisdom has to do with becoming skillful in honoring our parents and raising our children, handling our money and conducting our sexual lives, getting to work and exercising leadership, using words well and treating friends kindly, eating and drinking healthily, cultivating emotions withing ourselves and attitudes towards others that make for peace….Proverbs concentrates on these concerns more than another other book in the Bible… Proverbs distills it all into riveting images and aphorisms that keep us connected in holy obedience to the ordinary.” – I could have quoted the entire intro…so good!

Proverbs 1:1 – 7The Message

A Manual for Living

1-6 These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living,
for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

Start with God

7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

We have a CLIMBER!

So Owen has proven to be a very different child than Addyson. I know he’s a boy, a second child, and has been different since pregnancy but recently we have gotten quite a few glimpses into his budding personality and I AM WORRIED!

First, he is an OBSERVER. He will watch you do something with a quiet anticipation and then turn around and when you’re not watching he will be trying to DO IT.

Second, he is a CLIMBER. He will climb anywhere all the time. He has recently mastered climbing onto our sleigh bed in our Master bedroom using the small chair Addyson got for her first birthday. We sat it in our room at the foot of our bed because Addy likes to watch TV in there. She now has graduated to sitting/laying on the bed but now Owen wanted to be in there too so I thought he would sit in the chair but when I glanced in there a few minutes later he was ON THE BED. I asked Addyson “How did he get on the bed?” and her reply was, “He just climbed up here.”. Oh boy do we have our work cut out for us! There are pictures below that I captured in secret while he was doing it again this morning even with no Addyson in sight.

Third, he has a TEMPER. Since birth he’s had a tint of red in his thin hair and everyone joked that he would have a temper, man he can’t even talk and they were all right! He does not like being disciplined – he’s learning to run away (more about that on the next point), he doesn’t like you taking things away from him – he will put his arms out in front of him and scream while his whole body shakes, he loves to throw things – the bigger the better, and he does NOT like to be removed from a room – especially if it is his big sister’s room and he has gotten into something he is not allowed to play with or our master bathroom, he’s never really been allowed in there so when the door is open, WATCH OUT!  On a plus side he is very predictable 🙂

Fourth and next to last he is very SYMPATHETIC. He has on numerous occasions followed me into Addyson’s room as I am taking her to time-out or to the very rare spanking & time-out combo to watch and cry along with her or to observe and then hit me as I pick him up to take him out of the room. If either of these instances occur he will then wait on her outside her closed door until she comes out.

Fifth and finally he is a SWEETIE. That little laugh and smile can melt ANY heart!!

Addyson & Owen playing their new tent - Thanks DeeDee!

Climbing has started...

Climbing...strong little guy!

Up and over the edge...strong arms!


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