Friday, September 8, 2017

Being Transformed...

Writing my blog use to be one of my favorite things to do! Back in 2008 was when I first started writing here... it was my refuge to deal with the loss of a job. At the time, I really felt like I didn't know who I was if I didn't work outside of the home. It opened up a passion that was buried deep inside me.

For the last 5 years, I have not done much on this blog. Life has taken so many twists & turns... and taking time to blog was not on my to-do list. I've missed it! It makes my heart sad when I think about my neglect of things I really love to do. I enjoy operating the B&B, I would not change that at all! What I do need to change and figure out is how to be able to get all I need to get done and then not be too tired to participate in the other things I enjoy... like writing! My hubby is right here in the trenches with me... so blessed that he shares in the cooking and cleaning!

Shining Light Inn B&B had an amazing summer season! We are open all year round, but summer is the high-season here in Ludington. I am just in awe of all the people God brought into our home! "God brought?" you might ask. Yep, our prayer is always, "God, bring us the people you want to come to experience Your love through us." So we believe that good or bad, God allows who He does to come... it is always a lesson in loving people with Christ's love for me!!! :) And the majority of the guests have been wonderful! We have even had a few new friendships start with guests this summer.

Another thing that has been taken some extra time is getting healthier. Last February I decided it was time to take control of my health... as much as I could anyway. Menopause had been kicking my butt, and I used that as my excuse to not do anything to try to do any better. The time really has to be right... no one else can decide when the time is right, except you! I joined Weight Watchers online. This was not my first go with WW. In 2002, I lost 50 lbs. and became a lifetimer. But life happened & little by little the weight crept back up... as I said pre-menopause/menopause kicked my butt!

The WW program has changed since 2002... I think for the better. Plus, this time I know I cannot do it without the Lord. This might sound strange to many, but what I have found is that I need to be filled up spiritually... full on the Living Bread (God's Word) before my physical eating habits will change.

I am down 34 lbs. with another 34 to go... I know I will do it with God's help! My hubby is also on this journey with me. He has lost over 25lbs so far!

I don't share any of this to brag! I share it to encourage each of you that read this that you can make a change... with God's help... all things are possible. For me, it is weight. For you, it could be something different... only you know where that change needs to come.

I am a WW facebook group and on Fridays we do "face to face Friday", so here is the picture I shared on there today:
I had a hard time seeing the change when I looked in the mirror, but in the side by side pic, I can finally see it! Might have a few more wrinkles and a little more loose skin, but that is ok! I am feeling great!

"And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." ~ Philippians 1:6



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

FREEDOM!

Just a quick post today to share how grateFUL my HEART is for being an American! Being born in this country! It is not a perfect country, but it is my country! It is all I know! No matter what may happen that is not so good... or things that go on that I am not happy about... I am PROUD to be living in the Land of the Free... the Home of the Brave!

Here is a little project I have been working on in my "free time"... not that I have had too much of that lately! ;)

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.” (Ephesians 4:3–6 NLT)

The Inn is keeping us hopping this summer, but it is soooooo good! We have the strength we need to do what God has called us to!

Enjoy your 4th of JULY celebration! Freedom is nothing to take for granted! Have a blessed day!




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gratitude... Day 30

GRATITUDE: a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something. I cannot live my life by my feelings, but GRATITUDE is one feeling I should be living my life with every day! GRATITUDE shouldn’t be a feeling that comes and goes… it should be a constant way of living… when you feel GRATITUDE in your heart… you must express it through your words and actions.

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with GRATITUDE in your hearts." ~ Colossians 3:16

November 2016... the month of thanksgiving... is almost a memory! It has been a month full of mixed emotions, and great & small events in life! 

The month of November, we had a series at church called "Fearless"... what a great & challenging series! I am so grateFUL that Father God keeps showing me more & more of who He is... drawing me closer to Him... teaching me to depend on Him more!

Today I show my humble gratitude for the Lord's provision in my life! Not just monetary, but emotional, spiritual, relational, a husband that never gives up! 

I look back at where I/we were a year ago... I cannot even believe how the Lord has provided a way! (Oh me of little faith!) Luke's business is still in the baby stages, as is our B&B, but just when we need what we need... God hears our prayers & answers! My heart is full, running over & leaking from my eyes! 

Also, I am grateFUL for any of you that stuck with me through these 30 days of gratitude! I don't know who reads these, or if it is speaking to anyone's heart, but that is okay... I write for an audience of One!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gratitude... Day 29



Over all it was a pretty good day!

My sisters were here for an over night visit, so we had a nice B&B breakfast!

The sun was shining!

I had a migraine start, but after prayer from friends & meds... it didn't get too bad & is gone!

Bible study with some incredible ladies!

Yummy white chicken chili for dinner!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on TV!

"Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." ~ Colossians 3:17

A pretty good day! Much gratitude for the simple joys of life!



Monday, November 28, 2016

Gratitude... Today and Days Gone By

I was doing so good keeping up with the Days of Gratitude... then we were out of town over
Thanksgiving... and I was unable to get my blogging done! I do have a ton to be grateFUL for, but today I am just going to share one massive thing I have so much gratitude for...

I was reading this morning in Luke 7:36-50... Jesus had been invited to the pharisee's house for dinner. This woman came in to show her sacrifice of love to Jesus. She was not an "upstanding" citizen in society, so the other people at the dinner were judging why Jesus would allow a woman like this near Him. Jesus knew what they were thinking and He proceeded to tell a parable about the 2 people that owed a debt... one owed a big debt and one owed a greater debt.

In verses 41-42 Jesus said... "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, which of them will love him more?" And Simon's answer in the next verse, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more."

Sin is sin in God's eyes! Yes, there are bigger consequences on earth for some sins over others. But this woman, that poured all she had out for Jesus, had lived a rough life of sin, but so did the pharisee, Simon... his sins were maybe just more "acceptable" in the world's eyes.

Okay, so you are probably asking... what does this have to do with my gratitude for the day? Well, let me tell you... I am a sinner! "Big" sins... "little" sins... I am way better than I was, but I have a long way to go! My massive gratitude is because it is only by the grace of God... His love & mercy... and Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross that sin no longer has a hold on me!

Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."... "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace." ~ Luke 7:48 & 50

I share this boldly and courageously... this is what I know for sure... it is only through Christ shedding His blood... dying for the whole world's sins... and being raised from the dead, that I have eternal life in Heaven some day! I am not saying that I am right & you are wrong if you believe differently... what I am saying is that Christ's righteousness is the only way to make your "debt" right! I know this & I believe this with my whole heart because He has done it for me & He will do it for you too!

"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him for the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." ~ Romans 10:9-10