Seeing a difference…

This week has been a GREAT week…  I am eating way more raw veggies than anything. PLUS the juicing has been really FUN. I am trying a new thing – Farm2U – and it is organic fruits and veggies for juicing FRESH from a local farm =) So far it is GREAT!

I tried a new app for my running… RunKeeper – and I LOVE it! It keeps track of my route AND tells me when to run and walk! I set a new one for me – to PUSH me a bit… I tried it out on Thursday. I planned to run 1 minute then walk 1.5 minutes knowing I was going uphill… then when I thought I was going to be going downhill I set it for 1.5 min to run then 30 seconds to walk…  I was WRONG in my calculations tho =)  PLUS at one point it said to walk a mile instead of a minute… and I was PRAISING JESUS for this one! I was headed uphill once again! I did ALMOST 5.5 miles! I planned to do 4 – so now I know I can go at least that far! I am really SLOW at this point… BUT I can do it!!

I can see progress to… I have lost 8 lbs since a week ago Sunday =)  I am NOT getting on the scale a lot… BUT I do feel my clothes getting a bit looser =)

This week there were a few sad moments and I did NOT grab the ice cream! =) V I C T O R Y – WOOHOO!!  HAHA!! We don’t have ice cream anymore… BUT I did NOT even want it!

Here is a GREAT verse… I AM relying on GOD to help me thru this =)

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THE Beginning… for me.

I have been feeling so convicted by GOD to get healthy… and exercise…

I was filling my days with ANYTHING but healthy and sitting ON the couch!   NOW…. I am saying YES LORD!

A couple of weekends ago I shared with our WHOLE church the area that I MOST struggle with is physically… I really HATE to exercise AND I love ice cream =) SO I am committing to walk/RUN a half marathon on January 5th 2014.

I LOVE this pic that Nate took of both Chuck and I on stage as I was sharing…  this is the pic I ALWAYS imagined  of Chuck and I growing old together… I am so thrilled that GOD brought us together to grow OLD together serving Jesus!

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I am so overwhelmed with LOVE and support from all of my Crossroads family!

I have started training… walking for 4 miles last week then on Saturday I actually RAN one FULL minute and walked 30 seconds for MOST of my 2 miles!! HAHA!  THANK YOU to the Crossroads Running Community! If you want to JOIN us we meet Saturday Mornings at 7:30am to START -PLEASE COME!

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NEXT I am going to eat REAL FOOD and NO processed food… slowly replacing MORE raw fruits and veggies on my plate than anything else! It has been fun! I LOVE VEGGIES too! I watched “Hungry For Change” on netflix and LOVED it!  I am reading ” Crazy Sexy Kitchen” by Kris Carr AND Lisa DeBence sent me “Eat to Live”  by Joel Fuhrman MD – AND I LOVE IT!

I am juicing…  and really LOVING this… raw veggies on steroids!!  YUM!

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I have been trying to eat the things I NEED to to get healthy! BUT I am realizing I need to learn to cook =)  I have NO clue how to cook REAL food… NO microwave… =( AND eating at HOME more than eating out…. which is NOT us! HAHA!

PLEASE be praying I get comfortable with COOKING organically! I have no clue what Miso is OR turmeric??  HAHA!

Today… Thursday was a rough run! I just had NO energy to go UP the hills. =(   I did it tho… and NOW I feel GREAT! I am so glad I finished!

This IS my verse today… AND ALL the while I am doing this!

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work,
and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Romans 12:1 the Message

WE CAN DO THIS!

I am OVERWHELMED with LOVE and support for this NEW journey I am on… I am going to post at least weekly how I am doing.  Training for the half marathon… other runs I may do… AND my change in eating habits! I am juicing… and I will share recipes and things that help! PLUS the Bible verses that get me thru…

This is one of the verses Chuck shared on Sunday and I LOVE it in The Message translation!

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:
Take your everyday,
ordinary life—your sleeping,
eating, going-to-work,
and walking-around life—
and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Romans 12:1

 

I don’t even know where to begin to get ALL of us together – I am praying thru this…

MANY Crossroaders are willing to train and lead me – and US – thru this!

Right now… I know that Crossroads has a running/walking group on Saturday mornings at 7:30AM – they meet at the church. I will be there THIS Saturday Oct 5th IF you want to join me! I need help in making sure I am training correctly!
Here is the link to their FB page…  https://www.facebook.com/groups/157531987635853/556807437708304/?notif_t=group_activity

HERE is the sermon that Chuck preached… and  I shared my struggle in the physical area of life. I want to be SURPLUS in this are by next year! http://vimeo.com/75777846.//

AND a PIC of one of our GREEN juices =)

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Life… it’s not about me.

Life seems to be flying by…  and taking time out to blog has been put on the back burner for a while! I am realizing writing is not easy for me =)  As much as I want it to be EASY… it is NOT! I LOVE pictures… I see life in pictures… and I learn BEST with pictures! So… maybe I just need to share pictures! HAHA!!

These verses have been speaking to me for a while now…

Phil 2 1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Life is not about me…

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Pastor’s WIVES are FUN!

I really LOVE our Crossroads Church’s Pastor’s wives!  We have been looking for a place to go… and do work for GOD… and we found a place that is not too far away… Oklahoma! I have had the privilege to work along side all these beautiful women… I am praying we get to to do MORE work IN Moore!!

AND a FUN photo shoot IN a field with HAY BALES!!!

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Clearing debris… to the curb…

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Lifting trees to move them  =)

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It was a BLESSING to have other Pastor’s with us too… Charlotte, Sam and Paul!

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I am getting OLD =)

I am trying to update my blog with cool things… like a fun header that is a “slider” – well.. I do not understand HOW to get it to work =(   I was on my computer for 3 HOURS trying to get it… my brain doesn’t get it! Oh well…….

Here is a pic – just because I want to post a pic =)

 

It is Carolyn and Paul… from our Oklahoma trip… we found a FUN field with these GREAT hay bales!!!

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PRAYERS answered… Wedding dress update =)

Just a quick update!!  We have FOUND Linda Woods!  I talked with her this morning!! Be praying for her… she is not feeling well right now… and JUST got medication!!

Anyway… A HUGE THANK you to Evelyn Gilbert – a wonderful GODLY woman that goes to our church, Crossroads. She saw the story and her niece and nephew in law (Larry and Pam Love) live in Moore! She called them to see if they could help! Larry is a police officer IN Moore too  =)  Well… they found her AND talked to her while I was back IN Oklahoma! WOOHOO!!

Linda was thrilled that the dress is saved!! Her daughter… Pamela… will be thrilled!

I am in AWE at seeing GOD work… thru all the Pam’s!!  I don’t know that many Pam’s… BUT this is so FUN to learn all the Pam’s that are involved in this one EVENT!!!

PLEASE be praying… I am planning to bring it back to them in August! I can’t go any sooner… I am headed to Kenya this month!!  HAHA!!   We are hoping to film this too…  =)

THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH for praying!!!  GOD ANSWERED!!

A story from Oklahoma…

I am asking for PRAYER too!

As were were driving thru the devastated streets… we came across 2 families going thru the debris of their homes. One family had a shelter that holds 12 people – and they STUFFED 23 people and 2 dogs in it! All their lives were saved! Their homes… not so much.

He is a retired Pastor – so we clicked INSTANTLY with his wife… the Pastor’s Wife =) She showed us around her home – that has NO side or back wall!  Stuff was EVERYWHERE! Here are a FEW pix of her once LOVELY home…

This is her back porch door…

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Here is her front door… and NO ROOF =(

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Here is her grand daughter’s bedroom…

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As we were walking thru the house… I noticed a white garment bag laying on a chair – filthy dirty.  I asked if it was a wedding dress. She said it was her daughter’s dress and she was saving it for her.  Then she went on to tell me that she was leaving it there to be collected as TRASH – she couldn’t bear to tell her daughter what happened to her dress. It broke my heart!

As she was leaving her home for the last time… I couldn’t leave that dress (I had NO clue HOW damaged it was because it was in the bag) – SO… I ran out to talk to her – just to let her know how much it broke my heart to leave the dress… so I ASKED her if I could have it!!  She said YES! Take whatever you want!  I felt sooooo BLESSED that I had this treasure!!  Not really knowing what I would do with it OTHER than take pix of it – which I LOVE to do!!

We got back to the hotel and took it out of the grimy bag… and it was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! The only dirt on it was from getting it out of the bag!! It was damp but NOT dripping wet! I was AMAZED!

So… I began to PRAY back then… That I could get it all cleaned up and deliver it to her! Well… we have NO address or INFO on them at all… they left!  Well I got the dress back yesterday and WOW! It is perfectly CLEAN!! NOT one spot of dirt on it at all!!!  SO… NOW I am really PRAYING for GOD to put her in my PATH as we head back to Oklahoma on Thursday! I am not bringing the dress… but, PHOTOS of it and I would LOVE to bring it back to her and her daughter our next trip!

HERE are a few pix of the DRESS… from my iPhone =)

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I just LOVE the beading!!!

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SO… PLEASE PRAY that God does a miracle with this dress!!

I JUST found out her name is Linda Woods… from Moore OK – IF any of you out there know a LINDA WOODS from OK that is a Pastor’s Wife… PLEASE LET ME KNOW =)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma trip…

I don’t even know if I can explain these pix… other than it is heartbreaking… but GOD IS there!

I was so BLESSED to be able to go to Oklahoma a few weeks ago…

Click the link to see ALL the pix…

http://www.pameesplace.com/Other-1/Oklahoma-1/30177723_4kMwdb#!i=2595811125&k=GPp4SLV

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Our trip was soooooo AMAZING! Even in the midst of ALL this devastation… we saw GOD at work!

I am so excited to be going back this week… with some of the other Pastor’s Wives from Crossroads! PLEASE pray for us as we go…

Starting OVER…

I have been wanting to start blogging again…   it is more like a personal journal of my days. I have traveled so MUCH this year – and I do not have it documented =(   SO…. as I go thru my pix I want a place to put them to remember my YEAR this year! It may be out of order, but at least I will have it written out!

Here is a collage I made from one of my trips to Israel this year…

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