Saturday, December 25, 2010

He Came!!

He came!!!

He came and He left gifts!!!

Not a silly fat fairytale man in a red suit needing mumma & dads everywhere to help him keep his "promises"

I'm talking about the most significant event in our lives, in all earths history. He came. Wrapped in cloth, laid in a manger, Alive in the body of a man to restore His children to their Father. To give what we were unable to give.

He came. He didn't have to, God had been talking to people through prophets for centuries, He sent celestial wonders and miracles and spoke through holy men and women, but He knew He had to give us something more- Himself, for us- no other gift compares, no other gift has such significance, no other gift has such sacrifice. Jesus came because He loved us more than we will ever know this side of Heaven, but thanks to the fact that He came we will one day be rejoicing in understanding and glory with Him in Heaven.

Im Praying you have a lovely Christmas experiencing the gift that Jesus came to this world to give us- relationship with the Father.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Who have you talked to??

I have talked to many woman about this journey, I have given and sought their encouragement and have had lots of opportunities to chat about The Glory Gals and often I have found that many of us struggle with our weight and it is one of the major things that really effects what we think about ourselves in a negative way.
I have also heard over and over again that it is often a big part of our lives that we dont commit to the Lord, we pray over our families, our jobs, bills and many things but we seem to hold back on this area.
I know I have.
I felt like my weight was evidence of my failure, and in guilt and condemnation, I felt it was my problem to get my act together alone.
I could chat with my girlffriends and bloggy buddies but when it came to praying about it I was silent.

I enjoy reading a chapter of Proverbs for each day, Chp 1 on the 1st and so on, & since there is 31 of them they fit beautifully. Do you do this too?

Today I was reading Chapter 16 and I never stop being amazed that you can read the Bible and get fresh words for your day each time even if you have read the passage many times.

Today was such a day, two verses stood out for me:

3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
   and he will establish your plans.

 9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
   but the LORD establishes their steps.

Today in Prov 16.3 God says afresh- commit whatever you do- not some things. He is interested in all that we are doing and He wants to be a part of it. This lead me to thinking about the reality of commiting my weight journey to the Lord.

A commitment- that sounds pretty serious. It involves accounatbility and perserverance.

If everyday I am struggling and not sure of my direction, resolve and success and then I have to ask myself: Am I planning this journey or is He? If I have commited my journey to the Lord, He is establishing my plans.

If I am planning it, and I'm woried, anxious or defeated then I have not committed it totally to the Lord.

If God is establishing my planning  then I am not discouraged, uneasy or worried, I am walking where He want me to be and I  can reject all of that negative thinking and know I am in His plan. He has established the plan- He has set it in motion -just as establish is defined by Mirriam Webster as to institute, to bring into existance, to make firm or stable.

The word established is repeated: God establishes your plans and God establishes your steps.

This is really significant.

Its not just an idea, a plan that has been instituted, bought into existance and made firm and stable by God as we have commited what we are doing to Him. Then something else happens, the plan goes into our heart. It becomes part of us. It is no longer a chore but it is in my heart. God doesnt leave it there. God works things out of our heart into our everyday life.

Proverbs 16.9 speaks of how God also wants to set up our action- our doing- our steps. 
Steps aren't the goal themselves, they are the little movements that make up our journey.
They are intentional, they are purposeful, they are goal oriented.
They are the consequence of what is in our heart and they are established by God.

Thoughts to ponder and pray over:

Have you committed your journey to The Lord? If not what is holding you back?

What steps is God asking you to take to make this journey?

How do these Scriptures challenge you today?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Define Me

I sat at my computer to write a "profile" post and got a huge shock- I am not defined by my past, my sin, my circumstances, my relationships or my moods.

I challenge you to look at how you usually introduce yourself- the definition you give to sum yourself up when you meet new people:  Are you defined by your children?  "I'm Bubba's Mumma," Your marital status,  "Im Hubby's wife, divorced, single"  are you defined as a career?

More personally how do you define yourself when you speak about yourself in general conversation?

I'm short,

I'm fat,

I'm cuddly,

I'm lazy,

I'm tired,

I cant do this....

Let's look at the negative statements that we make starting with "I'm...." today – write them down or make a mental note of them. Then pray over the list.

 "But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19


Let's start speaking some truth into our day!

God is good,

He is very interested in us,

He has a good plan for our life and He is already working right at this minute to bring it about.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cauliflower Fried Rice- nope Im not crazy!!

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Well I was a lot sceptical because I am not a big fan of cauliflower and I do quite like rice so when I decided to try this as a rice substitute I was a bit hmmmm.
 But it is delicious, truly yum.
Hubby and the kiddos loved it and went back for more!
Take a head of cauliflower, grate it through the large holes side of the grater or if you are lazy like me blitz it in the food processor til it is crumbly grainy (aka like rice!)
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok,
Add some onions and stir about til translucent, add some bacon if you would like some ( I again took the lazy option and used 50gm of shredded ham) the toss all the cauliflower into the hot wok, keep it all moving until it is tender- about 4-5 minutes then add whatever veg you like, I used fresh peas from the garden,  diced capsicum, chopped spinach leaves, garlic, mushrooms, You could also add a chopped up scrambled egg (but DD13 hadn’t collected them yet!)
Add 2 tablespoons of dark unsweetened soy sauce ( i use mushroom soy because it is really lovely)
You are done- just like fried rice and we really did enjoy it.
At under 70 calories for a big bowl- I was really pleased & the kiddos got a heap of good veg and almost didn’t know it!!

This post is linked up at tempt my tummy tuesday at Blessed withh Grace

Sunday, November 28, 2010

What are The Glory Gals about?

God is my strength, apart from Him I can do nothing, yet in the area of weight loss I somehow exclude God.

I have thought about this and I think it is because I feel a bit ashamed of how little self control I have. I have read many other gals stories who are on this weight loss journey too and it seems like alot of us have similar feelings of inadequacy, guilt, failure.

I think that it is time to say "Enough of that!"
It’s not about us, our lives are for His glory.
 Lets walk with The King and live how He made us to- with our image of ourselves lining up with His word. I don’t want to open the door for the enemy to whisper condemnation and guilt in and to rub my nose in my failures.
I want to run to God, seek His truth and ask for His support on this journey.
If you would like to join me lets read and encourage each other along this journey, today is a good day to start but most of all lets invite God in.

In His Grace,

Meal Plan Monday- Nov 29

              Ok! Im starting to get myself organised and this week my plan is :

               Monday:  Steamed Fish,  Buk choy with soy sauce dressing
              Tuesday:   Pork & Veg
              Wednesday: Lemon Chicken Nibbles & salad (fast& nice!)
              Thursday:  Salmon steaks & rocket salad
              Friday:      Thai lime beef stirfry
              Saturday:   Fish Tagine,
                                   maybe a choc mud cake (made low carb/ low cal)
              Sunday:      Chicken tagine

Thursday, November 25, 2010


I have recently strated back on a weight loss journey and I am looking forward to having this blog as a place that we can share some thoughts, recipes, encouragement and most of all invite God into the journey.

I would love to do study's together and find put some spiritual food into my diet too.

I track my progress, but this is not my only goal, my hearts desire is to press into God in every area of my life and learn what His word says about it all,

I'd love you to join me- its good to have buddies to walk with!!