Go Ahead, Laugh

Sometimes life’s just too funny. So go ahead, laugh. You know God has a sense of humor. Sometimes I think I hear Him laughing, not at me, but with me. Since He has plans for our lives and works out all things for our good, maybe He knew I needed to laugh more. Maybe you do too. So go ahead, laugh. Continue reading Go Ahead, Laugh

Awards For Ya’ll- Free

Several blog friends have sent me different awards over the last few months and I’ve been very slow in responding. Dear friends, I treasure each award. You honor me and I appreciate your love. I humbly ask your forgiveness.

Now I wIMG_4449ant to grant each and every one of you an award with some kisses too. But I’m changing the rules. . .

If you read my blog, thank you. If you make comments, I appreciate it. If you share or re-blog my posts,  I think I love you.

So help yourself to an award too. Just mention my blog link as a favor. You may answer the award questions if you wish. If your schedule is full like mine, just help yourself to the award without answering questions. Enjoy the fact that you are loved and I want to award you.

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Continue reading Awards For Ya’ll- Free

Catfish With A Kiss

img_8713It’s after 7p.m. I’m starving. Eating a half tuna wrap for lunch just wasn’t enough. We’ve been visiting out-of-town all day, left for home late, and now he wants to eat supper at this “all you can eat” catfish house on the way. I’m looking at this menu. Lord, help me. Continue reading Catfish With A Kiss

Tasting His Sweetness

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Lord, I’m declaring today “Day One” of a my new maintenance plan. I want to finish losing this weight. It would be nice to say, “I’ve lost a 100 pounds,” but I know it’s just a number. Right now it seems I gained two pounds. Sigh.

My fingers are swollen and I feel fat. I weighed after my usual cups of coffee. Wait, . . .  I weighed after drinking a pot of coffee. I should have known better. Sigh. IMG_4314

img_8506Help me to walk in victory, victory in obedience to You and what You say, victory over food, and victory over the words and thoughts that pop in my head.

Lord, thank You for being my friend and helping me as I go forth. Direct me as how to please You in all I say and do. And yes, I am hungry for more of You. Teach me how to get full of You and all You have for me. Lord, fill me with Yourself.

This is my plan for my eating today, “Wait until I am hungry.” It seems logical, but Lord, I know what seems logical to us is not always logical to You. So, is this Your will for me?IMG_4304

You may try this for today.

Lord, I don’t think I’ve been overeating.  (Eat only three meals with half-servings and no snacks.) Yes, I’ve stuck to the rules, but maybe I’ve eaten too many half-servings. Too many half servings is still too much even if it is a half serving. I know two halves make a whole serving and four halves make two full servings. Sigh. . . . img_7617

Lord, I want You.

My child, I AM here.  img_8424

Lord, I want You.

I AM here.

Thank you. Lord, I want a “new” with You. Grant me a “new” beginning.  Fill me with a new filling of You. I want the sweetness of You. I have tasted the sweetness of crème filling, but I want to taste more of Your sweetness. That is sweeter.

My child, I AM here and I will fill  you with Myself. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!            2 Corinthians 5:17

I am the Lord your God; who brought you out of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10

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Remember the sweet taste of  a crème filled donut. Now take a moment to praise God for His sweetness. He is sweeter!

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Gym. You Vote. Yes or No? 

Lord, do You remember her, the world’s oldest body builder?

Yes My child, I know her very well. She’s one of Mine.

Look at her. Wow! Is there is hope for me? Here I am, age 63 trying out this gym experience. Yes, I know I’m weak. Yes, I know You told me to walk, but I confess I’ve been slacking in exercise. Continue reading Gym. You Vote. Yes or No? 

I AM.

Lord, there’s so much work to do. I have several blog posts started, but not finished. Ideas are swirling around in my head. Write this, write that. That’s a good idea. No wait, this is a better idea. Which one should I write first?

My wonderful blog friends have sent me several awards I need to answer. I so enjoy their praise and I do like being noticed.  Everyone likes a pat on the back. They are wonderful with their words of praise to me. I do enjoy reading about their lives, both their struggles and their victories. I ‘m attached to several of my blog buddies.

But Lord, I feel overwhelmed and I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know where to start. What do I tell them?

Continue reading I AM.

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award

 

 

sunshine-blogger-awardSeveral of my blogging friends have been more than generous in nominating me for seven different awards. I accept them all and plan to post about each one. Thank you so much, my dear blogging friends. I feel so blessed by all of you. It is such an honor to be recognized by your peers.

One dear friend, susieshy45 nominated me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you Susie for this nomination. Your award is the first on my list to accept. You are my wonderful dear friend on the other side of the world.

Susie lives in a dangerous place. Therefore she keeps all personal information about herself a secret and I understand why. Her blog is about everyday events observed through her eyes of wisdom. She also has a challenging cat. We have prayed for him more than once. You can check out her blog by clicking on the above link.

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As most of you may know, God has allowed me to write a book, The God Plan, Daily Inspiration for Victory Over the Scales. Thank you Lord.

Since the release of this book on January 1, 2016, my life has become very busy and exciting. I’ve been invited to several churches both in town and out of my state to share this story of my weight loss ( 92 pounds) using God as my weight loss counselor.

I also make a Periscope posts Monday-Friday at 6 A.M. Central time under the name, Deborah C. Crocker. So in my defense I have become slightly preoccupied.

Hubby and I have returned from trip to Gatlinburg and Nashville, Tennessee. This trip was to share with another ministry the story of my weight loss healing and to share my books. I met some awesome people giving their life to help others.

I feel like a walking, talking miracle healed from obesity in the prime of my life. (60’s ?)Isn’t God  just wonderful! I recommend using Him as your counselor too for whatever you need. He’s the best and your life will become full of joy.

Here were the Sunshine Blogger Award Rules given to me:

  • Thank the person who nominated you!
  • Answer the 11 questions. ( answered below)
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and let them know they are nominated.
  • Ask the nominees 11 questions.

The questions asked me:

    1. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is blue, the color of the ocean and the sky. Blue is a peaceful color. Couldn’t we all use a little peace in our lives?
    2. Does the color of your clothes reflect your mood for the day? Not necessarily, I just try to wear colors that makes me smile when I look in the mirror.
    3. What do you do when your mood is off- the-mark? I used to eat anything I could find and a lot of it. Now I read, blog, pray, sing, wash clothes, do dishes, etc. It seems there is always laundry to do. How could two people mess up so many clothes? And how did the sink get so full of dirty dishes? I think they are breeding in there.
    4. Why do you blog? In the beginning I blogged to give me something to do besides eat. I thought maybe it could help someone else too. Sometimes I write while Hubby is watching TV. I can’t stand most of what he watches on TV, its so boring. One time we were eating a meal and what do I see on that TV? A spider eating its meal too. Yuck! Gross!
    5. What sort of blogs do you like to read? I mostly enjoy reading blogs of people who are trying to lose weight as well. I enjoy making comments to encourage others. I also enjoy reading about the events of your life. Y’all have such interesting lives. How do you find time to blog? Oh, I just remembered about your recipes. After seeing pictures of what you cooked, I could eat the computer. It’s a good thing computer isn’t fattening. But it kinda tastes like plastic and metal. Not very good.
    6. How do you select the blogs you would follow? I look for those that are striving to lose weight too, those who worship and serve the same God as I, and those about food. God helped me lose 92 pounds
    7. Does offensive language on a blog post put you off? Yes, it does. As children we were taught that if someone used profanity, it was only because they weren’t smart enough to think of another word to use.
    8. What would romance mean for you? My Hubby got me a ring for our anniversary. He couldn’t save until our anniversary several months from now, but he was so excited that he gave it to me a couple of weeks ago. When he gave me the ring, he said, “You deserve it.” Now boys and girls, those words say romance to me more than the ring.
    9. Write a small poem about yourself:               Debbie  was fat.                                                                                Losing weight with  God                                                                                He gave her a new bod                                                                                Now she’s where’s  it’s at                                                                                And that’s a fact.
    10. Do you make New Year Resolutions? In past years I have. The number one resolution was to lose weight. But God has healed me of 92 pounds, so I don’t need that one. Since my book, “The God Plan” was released on January 1, 2016. I’ve been extremely busy, but it’s a good busy.
    11. Do you enjoy changes in your life or do you shy away from them? Since January 1st , God has brought about a lot of changes in my life and all of them are good.

 

Susieshy45, I hope you don’t mind if I change the rules to make it easier for all involved. I’m only going to ask 5 questions and pass the award to only five blog friends. My friends, if your blog isn’t mentioned in this post, don’t worry it’ll probably be listed in the next award post. I’ve made a long list of blogs I enjoy and plan on spreading all this love around.

Now for the questions, I’m asking only five. Since my blog is Talking to My Weight Loss Counselor- God, the questions pertain to my blog. I might use your answers in another post. Would you mind?

Hmmm, . . .  I may use these same questions in all the award posts and then compile the answers in one general concluding blog. Wouldn’t that be interesting? Think of this as a research survey

  1. What food temptation seems to call your name the most?
  2. Where do you find strength to resist this temptation?
  3. If you have lost weight, what helped you the most?
  4. How do you spend time with God?
  5. How has He touched your life?

 

Now for the first five nominees:

http://changeispossibleblog.wordpress.com

http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com

http://bridgettesdigits.wordpress.com

http://cookingforthetimechallenged.wordpress.com

http://fatgirllosing.com

If you aren’t listed this time,  you will next time. I have seven more to go.

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LORD, I’M HUNGRY

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Thank you Lord for this “Word” from You. Yes, I am hungry, feeling empty, needy, and greedy for You. I know more of Your Presence is what I need.

Yes, the trip was hard and I did eat some humble pie. But Hubby and I did enjoy our travels. The sites we saw were beautiful.

My child, I orchestrated that trip and your visit with the others yesterday as well. Even last night at the “Singing” when you were ashamed of being so sleepy. Others were saying how much they enjoyed feeling My Presence and all you felt was tired and sleepy. Yes, I am using all of these events to teach you more about Me. Yours is not to worry about what to say or who to see. Instead, you are to trust and obey Me, for I will lead you as long as you are willing to follow.

I am directing your steps. Instead of thinking about how tired you are,  praise Me for your victories. For I have provided many and you will see them if only you open your eyes to look. I will organize your time if you make Me your first priority. I will direct your paths according to My plan.

Before you feed others, you must feed yourself of My Presence first. Remember how I told you to steal away moments to sneak off with Me?

Yes Sir.

You are to sneak, steal moments of your time to be with Me just like you plan times with your Hubby. You are to plan times with both of us without your cell phone or your work. You are to seek the precious sweetness of communion with both Me and Hubby. I am First, then him. This is your highest calling.

You have heard, “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.” I’ll give you another saying, “If Mama ain’t full of My Presence, she can’t feed the others.” So stay full of Me. Stay full of My Word, stay full of praise for My victories. Even if you perceive your day as full of struggles, know that I have provided victories.

Therefore, instead of looking at the demands of your time, I say focus on My victories. You know, the ones I ‘ve already provided both now and for the future. I say  “tithe” your time. The more you give to Me, the more I will increase what you have.

You need more time to accomplish your set tasks. Therefore, as you give your time to Me, I will increase your time available to complete these tasks.

But Lord, that’s 2 hours and 40 minutes. How can I do that? I feel as though I have no time now. I only have about 12 unfinished blog posts to complete.

That is your problem, My child. You are looking at your needs instead of looking to Me as your supplier. As you do the dishes, steal 5 minutes with Me. As you do the laundry, steal minutes with Me. While driving the car, steal minutes with Me. 

Your mind is a wonderful thing. I know, for I created it. Instead of focusing on your “to do” list, commune with Me. Tithe your time for 40 days. Give Me the seed of your time and you will see what I will do. As you surrender and give to Me, I will increase your supply. Tasks will be finished and you will be amazed at how they get accomplished. I will multiply your seed of time with Me into a 100 fold of much increase. Now do as I say and watch what I will do.

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But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him. I Corinthians 8:3 NKJV

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way,  . . .
 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107: 6-8 NKJV

  

 

Eating in Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Dieters Beware.

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Leaving half but I did eat all the pecan topping.


Breakfast Friday morning at the Pancake Pantry.

Hubby bought a sausage dog from a street vendor for lunch and we split it.

For those inquiring minds who want to know, I didn’t gain weight on this trip. Didn’t lose either, stayed the same.

My half sausage dog. Yum

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For dessert I had one bite of this fudge. When the clerk saw I ate only one bite, she said, “No one counts calories in Gatlinburg.” I smiled and told her, “I don’t count calories. This is all I want, just a taste.”  (Thank you Lord.)

 

Continue reading Eating in Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Dieters Beware.

Warm Beach at the Gulf of Mexico

For all you that are snowed in, snuggle up in your chair with a blanket and enjoy this  beach scene from  the Gulf of Mexico, taken last January, 2015. It was a beautiful warm  day then.

It’s too cold to go to the beach today, but I can still enjoy the my video. I thought you might enjoy a little sunshine in your day..

The following views are from the bay taken by my Dad today, January 23, 2016.  One of his hobbies is to take pictures of the sunrise across the bay each morning and then share them with us. Hope you enjoy them.

This has been our coldest day this winter so far, 37 degrees with the winds blowing outside. Brrrr! I imagine some of you are snowed in. Stay warm.

This is my Dad’s dog, Uggie. See that expression on his face. It seems that both he and I have the same opinion about cold weather. Ugh! When it gets cold, I have the same expression on my face. I also whine a lot.

I hope you are snugly and warm wherever you are. Be blessed and walk in the victory  God has planned for you.

 

 

– – -” For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

– – – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57