Wellness Tuesday: Tracking What You Eat

For years Mama worked various eating plans, such as First Place 4 Health and Weight Watchers.  She would discuss the importance of tracking what you eat.  She kept a journal and print out pages that she religiously filled out each day. I didn’t want to hear this and felt that it was more work than it was worth. In recent […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series –Coping Mechanisms

During my abusive relationship, I withdrew into myself for a long time.  Although others tried to warn me of what was happening, I refused to see or acknowledge the hell I was living in. Some coping mechanisms victims use are: Depression Emotional withdrawal Denial Anger Apprehension Helplessness Anxiety Fear Aggression Suicide Hyper vigilance Change in eating patterns {either eats too […]

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Behind the Song: His Eye Is On the Sparrow

One day in 1905, Mrs. Civilla Martin visited a friend that was bedridden. Concerned for her friend she asked her how she dealt with discouragement. The friend replied, “Mrs. Martin, how can I be discouraged when my Heavenly Father watches over each little sparrow and I know he loves and cares for me.” Hearing these words Mrs. Martin immediately put […]

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Wellness Tuesday: The Power of Accountability

One important factor to weight loss is the power of accountability.  For years, I struggled to lose weight but had no accountability partner.  Mama and I tried to hold one another accountable, but quickly discovered that as I’ve previously written about; we enabled one another more than we held one another accountable. A friend and I decided to hold one […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: Blessed Assurance

  Fanny Crosby went blind at the age of six weeks in 1820. Her blindness was not necessary but was due to an improper medical procedure. One day in 1873, Fanny was visiting her friend Phoebe Knapp. Phoebe began to play a tune for Fanny, which she {Phoebe} had composed. She asked Fanny what the tune said to her. Fanny’s […]

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Wellness Tuesday: Staying Motivated

  Over and over I have struggled with the same basic issue when it comes to weight loss.  That is to stay motivated. I set my mind and determine to work hard, eat healthy and exercise.  For a few weeks I do really well, but eventually I lose the motivation to keep working hard. The factors that lead to this […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: Because He Lives

  Because He Lives, was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. The couple are still a popular Southern Gospel performers and songwriters of our day. The couple met while they were both teachers and were married in 1962. By the end of the 1960s, the Gaither’s had two daughters and were expecting their third child. They were traveling and singing […]

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Song Story: My Father’s Eyes

In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to do a special song for the father’s out there. My Father’s Eyes was released by a young Amy Grant on her 1979 album. This song gave Amy Grant her first Christian #1 hit. The song was written by Gary Chapman, who later became Amy Grant’s first husband.  The two toured the song together […]

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Wellness Tuesday: The Power of Indulgence

After leaving an abusive relationship, I returned home to my family.  I have worked to rebuild my life and although I still have a ways to go to be where I’d like, I’m thankful that I’m not where I was. One of the biggest issues I have discovered in trying to maintain my weight loss goals, is how difficult it […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: Just A Closer Walk with Thee

Just A Closer Walk with Thee was considered one of the favorite southern gospel hymns of the 20th Century.  However, its origins remain a mystery. The hymn is considered to be one of the most requested songs at funerals. The song gained national popularity in the 1930s, when African American churches sung it at musical conventions.  By the 1940s, the […]

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Behind the Song Sunday—It Is Well With My Soul

Imagine all of your children were dead?  Would you still be able to praise God?  That is just the beginning of the story behind It Is Well with my Soul. This was not the first, nor the last, tragedy endured by the author, Horatio Gates Spafford. The beginning of their suffering began in 1871.  In 1870, Horatio Spafford and his […]

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