One Foot Forward


If you have been reading either one of my blogs (Baby Mama’s Blog and Fragrance of Marriage) you will realise that I have four goals, prayers, desires in my life: Now, I have always had four prayers: That God would protect and nurture my marriage; That God would aid our financial situation and provide for… Continue reading One Foot Forward

Why I want to continue on my gratitude journey…


I’ve – several times – over the last couple of years have completed a number of gratitude challenges – the 21 day challenge, the 30 day challenge, the marriage challenge, all challenging us to think of new things to be grateful for.  But, I am realising two things: You can’t do a gratitude challenge for 21 days… Continue reading Why I want to continue on my gratitude journey…

Gratitude – Day 5


Yesterday, I made a decision to block hubby’s sister on Facebook.  I am tired of viewing this perfect life, and all these comments about the new favourite sister-in-law, when for 15 years she has treated me like dirt.  I don’t like what it is doing to me, or the person I am becoming. I wanted… Continue reading Gratitude – Day 5

Gratitude – Day 3


Whatever you keep doing becomes a habit. That’s why James says, ‘…do not complain…’ Author Jon Gordon says, ‘A complaining fast won’t just make everyone around you happier…you’ll experience more joy, peace, success and positive relationships.’ So instead of complaining when things go wrong: (1) Practice gratitude. Giving thanks for three blessings every day energizes you and… Continue reading Gratitude – Day 3

Day 17: Don’t fence me in


DAY 17: DON’T FENCE ME IN

Thought for the Day: Boundaries are not restrictive fences meant to keep you from enjoying life, but gifts from a God who cares about your well-being.

Sometimes, the words “no,” “boundaries,” and “limitations” stir up feelings of deprivation and resistance in my strong-willed self. But I’ve learned that I must embrace the boundaries of the healthy eating plan that I chose. I must see these limits as parameters that define my freedom.

I learned this principle through my sweet, little dog, Chelsea, who isn’t the brightest canine around cars. She’s obsessed with trying to attack the tires crunching against our gravel driveway inside our fenced-in yard. As a result, she had an unfortunate encounter with a moving vehicle about the same time I started my healthy eating plan.

Day 7: Finding my beautiful


DAY 7: FINDING MY BEAUTIFUL

Thought for the Day: “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t know a woman alive who is completely happy with her body. No woman I’ve met has ever said, “I eat healthy, I exercise, and I love the way I look 100 percent.” Not me, and I doubt you do either. Some perceived flaws are related to weight. But just as often, we find imperfections that exercise can’t cure, such as body shape, height, genetics, or signs of aging.

We tend to focus on what we see wrong with our bodies, including negative impressions and comments that stick with us from childhood. In middle school, weight wasn’t my biggest concern, but rather my ankles . . . yes, my ankles! A boy I liked once called them “tankles.” You bet that left a scar.

Day Fourteen: Weight Loss God’s Way


DAY FOURTEEN: WEIGHT LOSS GOD’S WAY

“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

This verse has always excited me – it is filled with such promise and such hope, and such love from God to us, if only we would (could) trust the process, trust him. Guess that’s why my word for 2015 is trust.

We can’t trust what we see. We can’t trust what we hear. We can’t even trust our own thoughts. It’s not like God is playing a trick on us or something. In fact, it’s his way of helping us take a load off.