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The Skinny on One New Thing

file000237525306The world has an obsession with SKINNY. It’s a love/hate/deny/embrace kind of obsession. People desire skinny and will destroy their bodies to get there. People look at skinny with a jealousy and hate. People close their eyes to skinny or see it everywhere. Yet what is skinny? Everyone’s perception of skinny is different, as well as beliefs about if it’s a good thing or not.

Am I skinny?

I’ve lost a lot of weight. According to my BMI, I went from overweight to normal. Remember the belt I tightened another 8 notches? I lost six inches!

But I don’t always feel skinny. When I go shopping, I still look at clothes that will hide what used to be there. When I look in the mirror, I smile at the changes. But on bad days, I just see what else needs to change – the flab that remains. One thing is for sure – Instead of getting on the scale to beat myself up, I get on to tell myself what a great job I’ve done.  Yet I still wonder if I’m skinny. The world has such a mixed up view on beauty and skinny that I don’t know what skinny is supposed to look like. So I’m going to stop looking for it. I’m going to stop asking that question.

One New Thing is NOT to promote skinny. As women, it’s easy to get caught up in the world’s mindset of that undefined word.

One New Thing is about striving for healthy living.

And if the pounds drop off (only to reach healthy) then it’s a good thing.

While I’m not looking for skinny, I am looking for healthy.

Am I healthy? It’s what I’m striving for!

And that’s what One New Thing is all about.

Sweeping While Wearing Muddy Shoes

It just took one glance at the floor for me to drop everything and grab the broom. I quickly swept the area near the back door and walked off without bothering to clean up the pile and throw the dirt away. Walking back into the kitchen, I resumed preparations of oatmeal. While the water rose in tempurature, but not yet boiling, I saw more dirt on the floor. I grabbed the broom again (easy to do since I hadn’t bothered to put it away) and swept more dirt into yet another unpicked up pile. Oatmeal making commenced. It didn’t take long (I used super-fast instant-in-a-minute oats) and the oatmeal’s ready. As I called the kids for breakfast, I noticed another pile (in the entryway this time) of dirt waiting to be picked up and thrown away. Coming from the pile were tendrils of pine needles and, you guessed it – DIRT that spread out over the entryway. Our floors just were not staying clean! I felt like I was sweeping while wearing muddy shoes!

Then it hit me. That’s just like my life. I sweep unwanted behaviors, thoughts, and actions into a pile. And I leave it there. Because I don’t take the simple step to scoop it all up and throw it away, the dirt spreads out again creating a messy floor. It’s as effective as sweeping while wearing muddy shoes.

Take the time to dispose of the unwanted dirt (sin) in your life.

Sweep the dirt into a pile by acknowledging the sin (dirt). Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5

Don’t stop there. Scoop it up and throw it away through confession and forgiveness. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Shake the dust off your hands through a repentant heart. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19

One more thing – To keep dirt out of your house, don’t even bring it in. Take your muddy shoes off at the door so no dirt enters your house. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Now excuse me while I sweep up my piles – right after I take off my muddy shoes.

One New Thing – Top Five

When I started One New Thing back in October, I had no idea where it was going or what I would write about. I just did it. This week I’m taking a look at what the bloggy world thought was the most interesting. So here it is, the Top Five One New Thing posts.

5. Family Style

4. The Beginning

3. Paleo Plan

2. The One I FAILED

1. Kombucha!

Yes, the most viewed post was Kombucha! I’ll definitely be posting more about that topic! Be on the lookout for a post this week on the results of all my hard work!

What is YOUR favorite One New Thing? Did it make the list?

Dime-sized Bite

file0001097164283A dime-sized bite of cracker = three days of sickness.

Welcome to the world of food allergies. In my One New Thing post this week, I told you about having a discouraging week. I have to persevere through my allergies. It’s my race to endure.

Without thinking I picked up the cracker my kids were discussing with their aunt and popped it into my mouth. I thought, it’s only cheese. I know just what happens with cheese and I can handle it! Just one. Just one dime-sized bite. It wasn’t until I was swallowing that I realized the overpowering taste was garlic. GARLIC! My foe. One of my bigger allergies.

For awhile, nothing happened. Then a headache appeared right in the middle of my forehead. It wasn’t too bad and I thought, maybe I’ll be OK this time! Thirty minutes later the headache was in full force. With the headache came the mood swing. By the time we were almost home, I was over-reacting to all situations with my kids. The kids knew I ate something and was right in the middle of a reaction. They knew the drill. They knew to stay away from mom and just give her space. A few hours later I was better, except for the headache that lasted for three days, despite any meds.

What won’t go away is the fear. If a bite the size of a dime can set off that much of a reaction, what would an entire meal laced with my poison  allergies do to me? Why did I react so much? I normally don’t react to this degree. What else in my system is off? I’ve been working with my doctor to regulate my thyroid. It’s off. Again. When it’s off, my system is overloaded. When my system is overloaded… you got it! I react more to my allergies. I know all of that, but it still doesn’t take away my fear.

A few plans needed to be set in place.

  • First, we looked at our calendar. Any plans that would place me in danger with food were re-evaluated.
  • Can I control the food?
  • Can I request special items?
  • Can I bring my own food?
  • Some events were cancelled. One in particular was a difficult decision.
  • Some events will just take extra planning – calls to local restaurants to find one to work with me or extra time around a kitchen so I can cook safe meals.
  • Plans for date nights – find at least one place that will work with my food allergies.
  • Plans for lunch out with friends -Salads are easy, but that means I need to bring my own dressing.
  • Plans for coffee at coffee shops – Once again, I can take my own add-ins – I just have to remember to!

Instead of planning, this week I pouted. Until my pastor read this verse:

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.                                     1 Peter 1: 6 – 9

Now I’m finding joy.

I can make the best of this.

One bite at a time.

One New Thing – Endure the Race

The Houston Marathon was yesterday. It was cold, rainy day. When I woke up, I didn’t want to leave the house. I don’t think any of the runners woke up and thought, It’s cold and rainy, I think I’ll stay home today. After months of hard work and preparation, a little bit of rain wasn’t enough to keep the runners from their long anticipated race.

As the New Year is still new and fresh starts are each morning, be encouraged to run the race before you.

My race is my health.

What is yours?

I’ll admit, this message is for me too. It’s been a discouraging week. I’ll share more about that in a detailed post later this week. There was one bright spot. I put on a belt I haven’t worn in a few months. When I started to tighten it, I couldn’t believe how much tighter I could fasten it! The leather is crinkled, cracked, and worn – it does not lie about where it used to fit. I counted 8 notches tighter! Next week I’ll tell you how many inches that equals and how One New Thing has spurred me on towards my goal! Until then, I leave you with this verse:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3

The Trust Fall

Have you ever been in the group team building exercise where someone is going to fall and  you have to catch them?

Have you ever had the same thought I did, “Of course they are going to catch me! They won’t just let me fall!”

Time and time again, people stand posed to fall and have friends or co-workers catch them. Time and time again, people are caught.

I’ve often wondered if there were times when people were not caught.

Then I watched this video.

On the Today Show, Matt Lauer called it the “dumbest thing he’s ever seen.”

I think it’s brilliant.

  • How many times do we put our trust in someone who is caught completely off-guard?
  • How often do we place our trust in someone we barely know?
  • Do we end up flat on our backs?

I would love to see that scenario played out again. This time with a warning. If the unsuspecting people were given a sufficient warning, I have a hunch they would catch the falling person.

If you humbly ask for help in a clear way, people, even strangers, will surprise you with their generosity and aid.

But that is not the same as true trust.

Trusting someone who is not faithful when trouble comes
is like a bad tooth or a disabled foot. Proverbs 25:19

Now, let’s look at this a completely different way:

How many times do we set ourselves up, giving someone an opportunity to hold our trust, but in reality, we are setting ourselves up to fall? I see this over and over with teens. They tell their bff not to tell anyone who their crush is, only to be heartbroken when news gets back to them that bff 1 told bff 2 who immediately texted bff 3 who then facebook messaged the teen to tell them what they heard. It’s not just teens… a mom shares her heart with a friend from her Bible Study group, knowing she’s prone to gossip, yet thinking, “since we are in Bible Study group together, what happens in Bible Study stays in Bible Study.” You see where this is going… misplaced trust.

Misplaced Trust = Trust Fall Fail

When you share your heart with a friend, remember there is a friend that will NEVER allow you to fall.

The Lord is the one you will trust in.
He will keep your feet from being caught in a trap.         Proverbs 3:26

Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.     Psalm 9:10

One New Thing – Water

One New Thing is back for the New Year!

Last year I began a journey to healthy living. Quite a few changes needed to be made, but I didn’t think I could do everything at once, so One New Thing was born. (Tip: the underlined words in orange will link you to information on a different post!)

This year, many of you have at least one item on your list of Resolutions pertaining to healthy living. I challenge you to follow the One New Thing posts as you strive for your goals.

My One New Thing to start off the year – Water.

I know I don’t stay hydrated enough. Did you know that if you are thirsty, you are already showing signs of dehydration? I didn’t.

I found some interesting facts about water, especially drinking first thing in the morning.

As I start my mornings drinking water, I’ll also fill with the Living Water.

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13, 14

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1

What’s your One New Thing?

Am I Ready for 2013?

I only thought I was ready for 2013.

My brain is stuck on the list of things I didn’t complete in 2012. Instead of wiping my slate clean, I just wrote on top of the old stuff. Now my slate is muddy and barely readable.

When I said Goodbye to 2012, I pledged to evaluate what worked and what didn’t.

I’m still working on it. (Honestly, God is still changing my heart. His whispers are turning to red flags and I’m still dragging my feet and in denial.)

Back to the slate. The problem –  it’s a mental exercise. The slate exists in my head.

I need to get out of my head.

It’s time to put pencil to paper and map it out.

So here goes.

Problem is…

I can’t find a pencil.

Or paper. Where did I put those things?

Problem is…


There. I said it.

What are you struggling with this year?

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