Archive | November, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

28 Nov

My dad wrote this thanksgiving day devotional for a team of missionaries serving in Bangkok, Thailand. I thought is was really good and expressed what I am truly thankful for this year. His grace.

I hope you have a great day with friends, family and loved ones…wherever you may find yourself.


As we look forward on this side of the ocean to this holiday that originated in gratitude but has morphed into food, football and family time here are some thoughts on thankfulness. It is hard for me to be thankful if I think that it all depends on me. The feeling that I must do this or it won’t get done often flows out of a desire to be responsible and a hard worker. The downside is that we often lose sight of how dependent we are on Christ. These verses in Colossians 3 have challenged me to see how thankfulness relates to who Christ is to me.

15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17.

In these closing verses of this section of Paul’s letter to the Colossians Paul speaks of three characteristics of Christian character. 1) The peace of Christ should rule, 2) the Word of Christ should dwell richly in us as we teach and sing, and 3) whatever we say or whatever we do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus. That is quite a challenge. Totally absorbed in Christ, His peace, his Word, and His name. But there is one other common element in these three verses, the word – THANKS. Be thankful, have thankfulness in our hearts and give thanks to the Father. Thanks comes from “charis” the same root as the Greek word for Grace. Being filled with Christ, knowing his grace toward us creates in us thankfulness. Not only outward thanks but thankfulness in our hearts. A heart of thankfulness flows out of a heart that knows how dependent they are on Christ. Thankfulness flows out of dependency. When my heart acknowledges how dependent I am in all Christ is for me, and what he has done for me, thankfulness will flow. May God give each of us a realization of how much Christ is for us, and what he has done for us. May that flow into thankful hearts that openly give thanks to God the Father.


#wholenovember update

20 Nov

I said I would update you on how whole november is going…

I’ve hummed and hawed over even writing this. because I’m embarrassed to say I have utterly failed at whole november. I have no idea what is going on with me at the moment but I’m in a funk that I would love to shake out of. I’m praying it happens quickly. That said I’m just taking it day by day.

In the mean time I’m clinging to these truths.



just want to be real with y’all…sometimes you’ve just got to abandon a plan…no matter how good…and focus on other things.







starting fresh #wholenovember

1 Nov

what just happened?

Life’s been a little nutso lately and I’m struggling to figure out where the last 6 months have gone.

I resigned from my job
I turned 30
I spent more time out of town then I did in town this summer
I hit my ‘goal’ weight.
I had surgery
I started working part time while finishing working full time
I got a new full time job at a new church
I’m leaving my beloved church (this Sunday is my last Sunday there) to go work at said new church

the list could go on and on.

With all this craziness let’s just say my eating habits have gotten all out of whack. Learning how to live and be after losing a significant amount of weight is soooo much harder than actually losing the weight. People told me this but I don’t think I believed them. Well I do now!

I’ve also noticed some less than desirable side effects (one is being played out right now…insomnia…yuck) and habits pop up because of all this that I’d like to see go away.

Basically…I need to


So it’s November 1. I’m starting fresh. Getting clean. Going whole. I’m calling this #wholenovember .

I’m basing it off of the whole 30 diet but altering it some to make it non dairy vegetarian.

All I will eat is vegetables, fruits, lentils, chickpeas, some eggs and oats. nuts, seeds and other gluten free grains will be very limited. All of these things need to be in their whole forms. nothing processed and as plant based as I can get.

I am not going to weigh my self or track anything but my food for the entire month. This isn’t about losing weight. It’s about getting back on track.

I am under no illusion that this is going to be easy. Especially with the holidays around the corner…but I have to do something. I need to get back in the mind set of why I started this whole journey in the first place…to be healthy.

I’m sure I’ll be posting pics along the way of the journey on Instagram etc. so you can find those there. I’ll also try and give small status updates here on the blog too.

Do you need a fresh start? Feel free to join me in this journey too! Things like this are always more fun with friends. 😉 Just use the hashtag #wholenovember on your fav social media outlet so we can track with each other.

Y’all have been so encouraging to me on this journey thus far. Thanks in advance for continuing that.

Here’s to #wholenovember !

BTDubs. I’m going to start an Instagram series called #30daysofthankfulness where I attempt to post a pic a day of something I am thankful for. Join me, won’t you?