I guess I never realized how much I was letting the number on the scale DEFINE ME. Define me, did I just say that? If the number on the scale went up, or even stayed the same, I basically starved myself for the day; which usually ended up turning into multiple days.

NOW, I realize that starving myself left me with severe brain fog, which I thought was caused mainly from the medications I take for Psoriatic Arthritis. Not eating left me feeling light-headed, dizzy, weak, fatigued, and just not myself.

After watching my wonderful friend and mentor, Lisa’s Facebook Live on the topic of the number on the scale, and not letting that number define us, I realized I DO have an unhealthy relationship with my scale. The only way for me change this is to #1 admit my problem, #2 get the scale out of my house quickly, and #3 reach out to my hubby and a few close friends God has placed in my life. So last Monday I handed over my scale to my amazing and dear friend, Robbin.

After getting the scale out of the house and four days of eating (not just picking at my food) three square meals a day, I want to share a few things I’ve learned. My brain fog has almost vanished, or is at least 80% improved. I have a lot more energy and feel so much better both physically AND mentally. I didn’t realize how much starving yourself, also starves your brain!

Still a work-in-promise, but aren’t we all?! Yesterday I didn’t do so well. I had a lot going on, and only ended up getting in my Bulletproof coffee and Fit 365 shake, which lead to a poor choice at 9:00pm when I realized I hadn’t eaten much, but I sure didn’t want to consume a full meal that late in the day. What did I choose, Coffee and Chocolate Chip ice cream! Oh my goodness, was it good? Yes! Was it worth the awful headache, joint pain, and blurry eyes the next day? Not at all! Y’all, I know that my body can’t handle that much dairy and sugar, but barely eating all day had me vulnerable, therefore making that poor choice.

I gave myself GRACE, instead of beating myself up like I used to do. I’m choosing to look at this as a learning experience that God will use and allow me to help others with this same or similar struggle.

If you would like to watch Lisa’s Facebook Live, which I highly encourage you too, click HERE

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Five Scriptures About a Sensitive Subject
Oh friends, such a sensitive and touchy subject to many, and definitely not one to bring up around the table at family gatherings. Ha! Ha! The Bible teaches us that we are responsible for managing our finances faithfully, and in a way that honors God. A phrase commonly used is that we are to be good stewards of the wealth that God has given into our care. The word “steward” clearly implies that it is God’s money that we are managing and not our own. There are several verses of scripture in the Bible about money. Here’s a few I have chosen to share with YOU!
  1. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
  2. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:10
  3. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
  4. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:33-34
  5. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17

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Your story is the key that can unlock someone else's prison. Share your testimony.

YOU have a story… We ALL have a story…The enemy wants us to believe that God does not love us, that He cannot use us for His glory, that we should live in fear and shame, and feel unworthy. Satan is a LIAR! “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, NLT) The enemy does not want us to fulfill our ministry and purpose that God has planned for each and every one of us.

Friends, I don’t know if you have ever struggled with feeling loved unconditionally. I know I have, and it definitely hurts. God loves YOU, and ME, unconditionally. No matter what we have done, or what has been done to us, God loves us unconditionally.

I absolutely LOVE this quote by Pastor Rick Warren. “Unless you give a testimony about how God works in your life, your story will never be told. As you share your story, you’re expressing gratitude to God. You’re not only letting others know about what God is doing in your life, but you’re also being a model for a life of gratitude — which is incredibly important.”

Is it scary to share your testimony? Yes! Does it push you out of your comfort? Definitely! Will your testimony bring glory to God? Oh, absolutely it will!! I believe that sharing our testimony will show both believers and nonbelievers how God has and is, working in our lives.

Sharing YOUR STORY is the key that can unlock someone else’s prison.

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One kind word can change someone's entire day!

Happy Sunday friends! Our words matter. They are powerful, and in a matter of seconds, they can build someone up, or tear someone down. It is our choice, the words we choose to speak to people, the tone we use. It is not our choice the way a person whom we are speaking to chooses to interpret what we say. (That will definitely be another blog post soon.) The wounds caused by harsh words cannot be erased, and often never forgotten.

The Golden Rule, treat others the way you would like to be treated is a phrase many of us have heard at least once in our life. It is putting ourselves in another person’s shoes. When you or I make a mistake, how do we want to be treated? Although the phrase, The Golden Rule is not found in the Bible, many people refer to it when Jesus gave His sermon on the Mount. “Here is a simple, rule-or-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” Mathew 7:12 (MSG)

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There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. John 15:13

Being married to a military veteran who served 20 years in the United States Air Force, this day holds an extra special meaning for my family. For so many, Memorial Day is just another reason to enjoy a three-day weekend. It marks the unofficial start of summer, and a time to catch some amazing shopping deals. However, the true meaning of Memorial Day goes far beyond cookouts, heading to the lake or beach, taking in the latest movie hit, or shopping for the greatest electronics deal. Yes, my family usually celebrates Memorial Day with a cookout, but my hubby and I make sure ourselves and our kiddos remember the real meaning of this special, memorable day.

The first Memorial Day was declared on May 30, 1868 and known as “Decoration Day”. It was a day to honor fallen heroes of the Civil War and decorate their graves. Later the name was changed to Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor ALL of the American soldiers, our fallen heroes, who have died in the military serving our country.

As Americans, my family included, we should take some time from our celebrations and leisure activities this Memorial day, to remember our fallen brothers and sisters in the military and all the sacrifices they gave they gave for our freedom. My friends, what does Memorial Day mean to you and your family?