Saturday, February 19, 2011

Menu for week 2-19-11

2/19/11 Today
B: Grapefruit, toast with jelly and peanut butter
l: Ramen soup
D sloppy joes, (ground turkey and sausage 2lbs, 1c ketchup, 1/4 c mustard, 1/2 c bbq sauce, one packet of onion soup mix and 1 tb garlic powder) with Roasted potatoe wedges
Snacks have been fruit and toast.

B: banana muffins, eggs
L: PB and J sandwhiches
D: Turkey, Stuffing, greenbeans

Mac n cheese with tuna and peas (making fromscratch this week in double batches, the box stuff is full of junk)
Roasted Garlic chicken legs and thighs, Biscuits, Broccoli

Yogurt parfeit
Tuna Sandwiches, vegtables
Chiken Pot Pie

Eggs and toast, something different for mommy
Beans and bread

Pancakes and Sausage
Ramen soup
Tomatoe soup w/ beans and Pasta (recipe can be found on

Oatmeal, Fruit
pizza pockets
Cheeseburger rice

Friday, February 18, 2011


I was feeling pretty crummy this morning after a discussion (plus tears) with my husband. I have a huge problem with editing. I should have went to college for this but I figured to make the big bucks, I would need to move to New York or California and I didn't want to move away from family.. Anyway! He had asked me to read one of his devotions. He has been writing quite a few and they are very good. However, he didn't want me to edit it. He said some things in a joking matter but considering these "jokes" have had some sting behind them lately, I was hurt. I normally shrug off these jokes because this is who I am. I can't seem to leave bad writing grammar alone. I have always been this way, I love to write. It just seemed this morning that this character trait I possess is bothering him after 8 1/2 years of marriage. What is the deal this time?
I began to cry and suddenly don't wish to read his devotional. I yell back, "When will anyone accept me the way I am, big and bold? If you can't do it, then know one will." He leaves to the sanctuary of our bedroom. He is tired and can't think straight. I just woke up and can't think straight. Better to leave this alone for now and come back to it later. As I sit in front of this writing of his, I began to cry and pray. I plead with God for everyone to leave me as I am. I want to be accepted and not change anymore for anyone else. I have had so many changes to myself in the recent months that I don't even know who I am. If I don't know myself anymore, how is anyone around me going to love the new me. Then I hear my Father tell me, "I love you just as you are. But I am changing you for your own good and to do my work. Accept yourself and the changes I am causing with in your soul. Then all things will fall into place. Daughter I love you. Be yourself within Me." I open my eyes and look toward Heaven. "Thank you God!"
Then I decide to read my email. In my inbox was a devotion from Proverbs31 ministries. It talks of freedom. Oh how I long to be free! I have been a child of God my whole life but never have I truly been free. I struggle with a few things as we all do. I know that God is changing me for a better reason. He is changing me to be free to live for Him. Ps 119: 45 says "I walk about in freedom from my body weight, my bad self image and self condemnation, and from control, for I have sought out your precepts." Oh Lord, do I want to walk about in freedom. The author goes on to say, " Freedom is my word for 2011, a word I want to truly understand. A word I am defining for me as unconfined by human limitations and my self destruction, free to be an expression of my amazing God and his perfect love." This is my prayer too.
I want to be free from self condemnation and bad self esteem. I obsess over my weight and I have allowed it to hold me back for the kingdom of God. My husband and I just accepted a calling that we felt a while back. However, Satan has been attacking me severely with thoughts like "How can you lead a church when you can't lead yourself. You look awful and no one is going to want to come to a church with an ugly fat worthless and angry minister's wife." Sounds so silly, doesn't it, to believe these lies? However, they have been such a stronghold over me for many years, even from childhood. I hate living this way and pray for FREEDOM. These changes within me are to get me to freedom. I want to one day yell as loud as I can, so the whole world hears, "God set me free. I walk around in freedom."
I also want to be free from control. I don't like to give up control. When family and friends around me do something that could harm them or put them into a deep whole, I get angry. I want to make them do things the right way and so I get irritated. It isn't my place to be their parent or judge. I need to let God work in their lives and let God work in mine. Galations 5:1 says, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." This is the work God has for me. No longer do we need to be a slave to our problems. Change breaks the bonds of slavery, time and time again.
I need to remember that God loves me for me. He made me wonderful and God doesn't make trash. I leave you with this verse today. Thank you God! Thank you and I love you!
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! Psalms 139: 17-18

Thursday, February 3, 2011

3 Effective Strategies to Help You Pay Off Credit Card Debt

3 Effective Strategies to Help You Pay Off Credit Card Debt
We used both Strategy #1 and #2. Use what works for you but use some sort of proven strategy. I apply the debt snowball to outstanding loans also, car payments, the second mortgage, and any debt that is not your home. That will come later. Get a starter emergency fund too. Good luck and my prayers are with you.
Debt free very Soon.