The Power of Seven Normal Things

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There are normal things that average-size people can do that morbidly obese cannot. I know this for a fact because I used to wish I could the things that most people just take for granted every day. Today, I found a list I wrote back in 2004 when I weighed 430 pounds. I am happy to […]

Raising Butterflies: Emergence

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This is part two of a two-part series. You can find part 1 of Raising Butterflies: Caterpillars HERE. A butterfly that is prematurely released from its chrysalis would not be able to fly. The strength necessary to free it from that tomb is what creates the “muscles” necessary for flight. This part isn’t new information to […]

When Shopping Became Fun


This week I hit some of the spring half-off sales all over town! I was looking for a specific style of suit coat, which I never found, but I found great deals. Just for fun, I tried on a size 12 suit because I liked it and there wasn’t one in the size 14 I’d […]

The Risk Of Surrender

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There is a moment in life when everything changes. You are ready to completely surrender to God and His ways. And they are completely different from the way you were headed. It’s that moment you feel like you’ve been punched in the gut because you know your life will never be the same again. It’s […]

Raising Butterflies: It Begins With Caterpillars


First one, then two…and three…and another…and another…. My daughters experienced the tug of war between staying to see more and running to the door to share their excitement until finally I heard the enthusiastic cries of their discovery. My kids are total nature nerds, and I absolutely love that about them because—well, let’s just say, […]

Caution: Exploding Brain


What does it feel like when your brain explodes? Most people probably think it’s something bad, but in actuality, our brains, well okay, let me say it straight, MY brain likes to be in charge of everything, everywhere, all the time. The problem is my brain, although I don’t use but a smidgeon of it, […]

Beginning Is Always the Hardest Part

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I’ve heard it said the hardest thing about beginning is starting. I don’t know about you, but I can spend a lifetime thinking about how to start something and never get it done. There’s always one more angle to think of, one more stone to over turn, one more typo in the book to find […]

The New Thing God Is Doing


It’s extremely interesting to me that we serve a God who is as old as time itself, but who is always into new things. He said, “I am the Lord and I do not change.”1  And yet, He’s also the God who says such things as, “Look I make all things new.”2 “The old life is gone. The […]

Wow, You Look Great!

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“Wow, you look great,” the customer service rep at the auto repair shop exclaimed. “I haven’t seen you since last year, but what are you doing to lose so much weight?” Most of you know I’ve lost 260 pounds, but not in the last year. In the last year I’ve lost like 10 pounds. I know […]

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

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“Come out. Come out wherever you are!” When I was a kid, the way we played Hide and Go Seek was to get to base before the one who was “it” could find our hiding place. Hiding However, my take on it was to find the best hiding place, the place no one would ever think […]