Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Barb's phone app

I Deserve a Donut iPhone App


The I Deserve a Donut weight loss app is now available in iTunes! Here's the link: I Deserve a Donut

I'll be starting a three week weight loss Bible study at my other blog beginning Monday, June 25th. Would love to have you come. Here's the address: www.beyondthesinnersprayer.wordpress.com.


If you need to contact me regarding the app, e-mail me at barb.raveling@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Two new blogs!

Wow! My dear friend Barb, author of Freedom from Emotional Eating, has been super busy!

I had been so busy with our adoptions, I did not notice her two new blogs!

Both are very good!

They are here~ http://www.ideserveadonut.com/

and here~ http://beyondthesinnersprayer.wordpress.com/

I can't wait to read more of them!

((((HUGS)))
Joyfully~ Eliz

Saturday, February 11, 2012

My new purchase























I bought this from timberdoodle.com
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I am loving it!
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It is a blank journal; but on each right side page is written space to write/copy Proverbs. They have numbered 1,2,3 etc. so you just fill in the verses.
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On the left side they may ask a question or you just write your notes and thoughts.
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I try to do one page of copying a day. I love it. It has helped me retain more of Proverbs in a new way!
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Timberdoodle says- yes you could just copy into a blank journal from Walmart. But I really think this book is worth the extra expense. I like the look of it, and it always catches my eye by my bed side. It is $12.75 + shipping.
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I'm more encouraged to do my bible copying in this format. My homeschool "four" (I teach 6, but the 4 closest in age are the most impressionable at ages 8,8,9 and 11) think it's Great that mom is bible copying too! :o)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Verses that speak to my heart

Ecclesiastes 6:7
7 People work just to feed themselves,
but they never seem to get enough to eat.(NCV)


I should clarify my earlier post. There is nothing wrong with food, I eat it, I enjoy it, my body needs it. But it had become something I would not give up to follow Christ. I thought I was free from all idols. I have consciously worked hard to release all the attachments I had to everything..........but.........food. Sadly a food idol is quite acceptable in the world- in fact you can build a career on food and eating. But I was loving food, using food for comfort, not using it as God had intended. I would have denied this before. I have lied to myself for years. That was before I realized how much I had in common with the rich man.


Micah 6:14
14 You will eat, but you won't become full;
you will still be hungry and empty.(NCV)


These verses have been very helpful to me, if you too are encouraged by them, please read the entire chapter (Ecc. 6, Micah 6, John 6, Col. 2, Isaiah 55) in your bible to read them in full context. :o) If I have taken them out of context in any way- it was not intentional.


John 6:53 53-58 (NCV)
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, you must eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood. Otherwise, you won't have real life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.55 My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me, and I live in them.57 The living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father. So whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 I am not like the bread your ancestors ate. They ate that bread and still died. I am the bread that came down from heaven, and whoever eats this bread will live forever."


The food I was living for was worldly food. I had slipped away from the real food I needed, the food God had sent to give life to us all.


Isaiah 55:2-3
2 Why spend your money on something that is not real food?
Why work for something that doesn't really satisfy you?
Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good;
your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.
3 Come to me and listen;
listen to me so you may live.
I will make an agreement with you that will last forever.
I will give you the blessings I promised to David.


Growing old gives the blessing of sweet wisdom from God. That wisdom is so humbling. I see so many errors of my youth. I confess each sin with great relief. God's forgiveness grows sweeter every year I'm alive. I reach for Him over and over again with godly sorrow and remorse. My goal is to rise above these pit falls and follow Christ closer and more completely. Until He comes for me, I anxiously await Him!

Luke 18

I had been reading Luke 18, when the Lord spoke loud and clear to me. I LOVE how the Word is living. It speaks to me every day!


I was reading about the rich man in Luke 18. How he was reluctant to sell all he had in order to follow Jesus. I've read this story many times and I have had great pity for this man. After all I give away my money, I gladly give away my things. I share all I have with others and I have no emotional attachment to anything I own. I know it all belongs to God. It brings me joy to share it! When I die others will live in my home, because it is not really my home, just where I reside till I get home.


Poor rich man I thought, as usual. So glad I'm nothing like him.


Right Lord? I'm nothing like him. Right? I sheepishly asked God. My confidence (pride) was waning. I suddenly realized I have been lying to myself with all the wonderful things I do. Just as the rich man told Jesus that he did follow all of those commandments. But me?...........


I knew that I would not give up my food.


I comforted myself with food instead of Jesus. I was not letting go of it to follow him. I AM like the rich man. I am holding on to something I shouldn't that is of this world.


Please forgive me Lord. I do see the error of my ways. The thing I would not let go of....................the food I used for comfort, I will let go of it now.


It will be hard. But hard is not bad. I can do hard with Your strength Lord. I can do hard for You!


Please continue Lord to show me the error of my ways, so that I may seek all of my comfort only from You.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

goodness.............



I apologize for not posting sooner.


I'm not where I need to be in Christ. It is a struggle right now. I wish I knew why.


I do know that once on the other side of this struggle He will point out my errors. I hate these struggles, but I need to learn something that I'm just not "getting". I don't know how I'm missing it.


I'm on my knees.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Out of the mouths of Babes :o)

We are intensely studying the book of James for homeschool. I printed off the whole book in large print for the 4 youngest. Each chapter a different color. I put it in a folder for each child.

We then read each chapter together. After that they under-lined their favorite verses. Then they copied their favorite verses onto index cards (Almost the whole book of James was copied onto the cards as their favorites! LOL! with joy!)They are now writing "Devotionals" on their favorite verses. Next we will memorize the book of James to the best of our ability. (I am not one who remembers easily and it is getting worse as the years go by. :o( We are also illustrating the book as they love to draw. And they have illustrated their favorite verses of other books before. We also "sing" verses. So as you can see there is so much you can do to study!

Kitty (7 yrs old) my bouncy joyful child who struggles with concentration was copying the last book of James, chapter 5. It is interesting to note that she was the first to complete her copying! The others who can concentrate much better have not finished as quickly. Kitty looked up at me and said "Mom, it says here, (James 5:5)*Your life on earth was full of rich living and pleasing yourselves with everything you wanted. You made yourselves fat, like an animal ready to be killed.*
People will not like the word fat!"

I love her insight. Yes people will not like to be called fat. But it is the truth. When we sin the truth hurts. Even though I have PCOS which causes great weight fluctuation, I have still eaten more than "my portion". I have still failed to be satisfied with Him as my portion instead of earthly food. I am guilty of having lived richly in the world. I need to repent. I need to start fresh.

I love when a child's fresh innocent eyes are opened to the precious Word of God. We can learn so much from each other.

I am blessed beyond measure! :o)