Monday, January 19, 2009

Snow! Snow! Snow!

It's finally here! The snow is here and it's a perfect day to blog! The logs are on, and it feels so nice to sit with my feet propped up and drink a cup of coffee and know that I can't get out. As I have said before, winter is definitely not my favorite time of year, but a day or two like this is great.

We were not able to go to church yesterday because of ice so this is the second day of staying inside. I know that my northern friends think that we down here in the south are wimps especially in light of what they have been through this winter, but using the weather for an excuse to do nothing except stay by the fire, sip hot chocolate and relax is okay at least for a little while. The forecast is for another day tomorrow like today. Maybe I will be able to go to my study on Daniel on Wednesday.

My memory verse for January 15 is Isaiah 41:10 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. NIV What a promise! I am so awed that He would love me so much that in spite of my disobedience and all my faults he assures me that He will always be with me, strengthen me and help me. The problem lies with me - I need to not fear - not be dismayed at all the junk that upsets me and that I have NO control over - and allow Him to strengthen me and help me.

In the study of Daniel, which I am just really getting started in, I am learning again about how God honors discipline and self control. At my last Dr appointment, Dr. McDavid shared with me that I was definitely on a downhill path. My cholesterol was high (299), my triglycerides were high, I am bordering on diabetic and my weight was up. At that point I decided that I must, whether I wanted to or not, loose weight and watch what I am eating. That would fall into the self control and self discipline. I have two friends who are in the same boat. We began on a new regime of diet and exercise on the 5th. On the 7th I began the study of Daniel. God truly is using the example of Daniel to show me how I am not to give into the temptation of eating. My friends and I pray for each other, encourage each other, and because of those prayers and encouragement feel the strength we need to overcome satans powerful influence. Oh yes, I almost forgot the most important part - I have, since the 5th, lost 5 pounds. That might not seem like much, but to me it is tremendous. By the first of May, when we go back to the campground, I hope to have several more pounds off. Please pray for me to be victorious in the weight loss, and faithful to exercise.

Saturday was Kaden's birthday (bethanne's baby boy), his 5th, and one of the Mommies there was my blogging buddy, LuAnn. She has lost 40 some pounds and looks so good! Her loss is also a great boost to my loosing morale. Each time I see her I am so proud of her and want to forge ahead with my own plight. LuAnn - thanks so much for your example. You are a real encouragement.

Guess I have rambled just about enough. This afternoon will be devoted to washing and the study of Daniel. Stay warm and dry!


jcdisciple said...


Here's another blogging buddy to cheer you on. I have gained a little back since Christmas....but I lost and have kept off 25 pounds through First Place last year. With Christ I can do all things. I am not bragging because I did not do it...He did. In fact, I'm not sure why He's continued to honor my weight loss as I have been slipping the self control department and must get back on track. I'll be praying and cheering you on as you endeavor to follow Him in this area.

Love you Donna,


Greg P. said...

Hey, 5 pounds is good Donna! You could have just as easily gained 5 pounds. Be thankful for what you have, don't have ... anymore.

I agree also about LuAnn and her weight loss. I've only seen pictures, but, I've seen a difference. That lady is driven.

Enjoy your leisure time with "all that" snow.

I look forward to your posts. You mentioned something about posting pics of your mission trip to Costa Rica. Would like to see them.

Mommyluann said...

What kind words, Donna. You can so do it..and you don't have near as much to lose as I did and still have my support and I'll root ya on! Amanda has beena good encouragement to me from time to time and Beth is a great cheerleader...(of course, like I always say, if I looked as good as you three I would'nt be doing weight watchers. My dad's sister is 56 and has lost 50 pounds...she is keeping it off really well. She lost 44 to meet her goal and has lost 6 more. I was so convicted when I went to the Outer Banks with David and the kids. The Lord has been so good to help me with this journey. I have a good husband than encourages me and helps me "stock" the house with foods that are good to snack on.
Thanks for your kind words...I give HIM all the glory....and I still need HIS help to get off the 7 more to at least meet my doctors goal....and then we'll go from there!

AnnaElizabeth said...

Thank you for always encouraging me, Meemaw! I love you!