Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pray it Off 02/23/2012 Song - Love Goes On by David Phelps

LOVE GOES ON by David Phelps

A shooting star tumbles down,
Its flame cannot endure.
A scarlet rose withers brown
To lose its fragrant lure.
The moon illuminates the night
To vanish at the dawn.
Oh, but love, love goes on.

Fortunes fail and disappear,
Like castles in the sand.
Power spoils and causes fear,
But yields to stronger hands.
Fame lasts for a moment,
Then, in a moment, it is gone.
Oh, but love, love goes on.

Beauty fades, and passion wanes,
And faces show their years.
Death steals a lover's touch away,
But time dries up the tears.
Tunes are soon forgotten,
And singers lose their song,
But love goes on.

A baby Boy, a starlit night,
Kings on bended knee.
Healing hands giving sight,
Then tortured on a tree.
A woman sings, rejoicing,
"He is risen, He is gone!"
Because love, love goes on.
Oh, love goes on.

Pray it Off 02/23/2012 Offering it Up

Redemptive Suffering: "Offering it Up"

LENT - Diet, Exercise, and Cold Showers
Sacrifice isn’t sacrifice unless it hurts, at least a little bit.

Pray it Off 02/23/2012 Lent and Fasting

What Is A Proper Diet For Lent?


Pray it Off 02/23/2012 Beginning Lent & Imitating Christ

What is Lent

Beginning Lent--The Beginning of Imitation of Christ

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pray it Off 02/16/2012 A Eulogy for Our Friend PAT EGOLF

Pat Egolf

Our Friend, In This Life and The Next

There Will Be A Day by Jeremy Camp

I try to hold on to this world with everything I have
But I feel the weight of what it brings, and the hurt that tries to grab
The many trials that seem to never end, His word declares this truth,
that we will enter in this rest with wonders anew

But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering
Chorus: There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we'll hold on to you always
I know the journey seems so long. You feel you’re walking on your own
But there has never been a step where you’ve walked out all alone
Troubled soul don’t lose your heart cause joy and peace he brings
And the beauty that’s in store outweighs the hurt of life’s sting. But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings. That there will be a place with no more suffering (Chorus)

I can’t wait until that day where the very one I’ve lived for always will wipe away the sorrow that I’ve faced. To touch the scars that rescued me from a life of shame and misery this is why this is why I sing (Chorus)

Pray it Off 02/16/2012 Chair Exercises & Turkey Crust Pizza

Chair Exercises

Ellen’s Turkey “Crust” Pizza

2 pounds of Turkey Ground Turkey
1 Egg
Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs
Parmesan Shaker Cheese
Garlic Powder
Mrs. Dash Italian Seasoning
Homemade or Jar/Can Tomato Sauce
No Salt
Fat Free Mozzarella Cheese

Mix all ingredients very well, except mozzarella in large bowl, using a liberal amount of Mrs. Dash and around two cups of bread crumbs. Spread mixture in a square or round pan with a lip (sprayed with Pam first). You can add parsley, garlic powder and Mrs. Dash first to “jazz-up” the sauce if it is not homemade.
Cook in preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Add Slices of the Mozzarella on top, cook for 10 more minutes till cheese is bubbly light brown.

Pray it Off 02/16/2012 The Heart of Weight Loss and Are You Afraid to Be Thin?

The Real Heart of Weight Loss by Dr. Matthew Anderson

Are You Afraid To Be Thin? By Dr. Matthew Anderson

Pray it Off 02/16/2012 Weight Loss Obstacles


1. My life sucks. The only thing that helps is food.
2. Knowing you're making progress and then people still giving you a hard time; saying that you're still fat, ugly and will never change. WORDS HURT!!
3. My whole life is one big disappointment.
4. Whenever I think of losing weight I feel deprived.
5. I am afraid of being thin.
6. The biggest obstacle for me in trying to lose weight is my mind set. Often it is difficult to overcome.
7. I would like to do away with PIO log.
8. My husband (saboteur) wants me to stay fat because I won't leave him, since no one else will want me.
9. My life is not my own - I have an irregular schedule based on my children that makes regular meals difficult.
10. My brain still thinks I am 20 and can eat what it wants and my body has moved on to 40 and doesn't care.
11. My biggest obstacle is carbs - I love them. (Listed Many Times)
12. My goal is to manage carbs with protein control.
13. Not having self control. (Listed Many Times)
14. Having a boyfriend with the opposite problem. He can't gain weight and I am having a hard time losing it.
15. Learning to balance the needs of my family and my own needs.
16. I think about exercise and then I do other things in the house that don’t burn calories.
17. I am LAZY and too tired to exercise.
18. Being lazy by not exercising and preparing meals ahead.
19. I constantly, and consistently, choose the wrong foods.
20. Poor time management.
21. My obstacle is planning.
22. Manage my time better and plan my meals.
23. I eat no chicken; no fish.
24. I figure there is no sense in losing the weight, because at some point in the future it will all come back.
25. Too many tastes "my mouth".
26. Binging
27. Loving food too much.
28. Not knowing enough to stop eating.
29. I am always hungry.
30. My biggest obstacle, among many, in losing weight is refraining from indulging in social settings (drinking, picking, tasting and eating).
31. Prowling through the kitchen looking for snacks.
32. Controlling Sodium.
33. I give up and don't try hard enough.
34. My obstacle is in the evening watching TV.
35. The biggest obstacle to my weight loss is inconsistency.
36. I need to pay attention to what I am eating and turn up the exercising.
37. My biggest obstacle is eating 3 meals every day.
38. I have a problem eating breakfast.
39. My biggest obstacle to losing weight is the hard work that it takes and how
consistent you have to be with it.
40. Sometimes I just don't want to think about it.
41. Desserts.
42. Eating late at night.
43. Coming here makes it easier to deal with my obstacles.
44. Portion control.
45. Going out to eat. (Listed Many Times)
46. Restaurants and/or family dinners.
47. Stress. (Listed Many Times)
48. Family
49. I don't like to exercise; hut will keep trying.
50. Lack of organization and structure to maintain and retain loss of everything I lose.
51. Craving carbohydrates around 4-6 pm daily.
52. Eating too fast while being busy.
53. Using measuring cups and spoons to eat correct portion sizes.
54. Sweets - - - Carbs - - - Food
55. Boredom in the evening. (Listed Many Times)
56. Always wanting to have a snack.
57. Lack of exercise/activity and the motivation to do it. (Listed Many Times)
58. My biggest obstacle is emotional eating.
59. Disorganization.
60. Lack of will power.
61. Feeling hungry and craving foods.
62. Drinking enough water.
63. Exercise - not doing enough of it.
64. Making myself a priority.
65. Doing what is necessary to go forward.
66. The hours I keep - leaving home at 7:30 am and getting home between 7:30-8:00 PM, except on Thursdays.
67. I love sweets.
68. My will power stinks.
69. I cannot push myself away sometimes.
70. I like food too much.
71. Self motivation.
72. My biggest obstacle is "ME".
73. I need to improve my attitude.
74. No matter what I do, I have been at the same weight for 4 weeks.
75. Alcohol.
76. I love salt and crisp chips.
77. Difficult to exercise daily.
78. Going back to old habits.
79. My biggest obstacle is my love of food.
80. Addiction to food, especially junk food.
81. Regrets in my life.
82. Being an unappreciative and inattentive daughter; regret those years.
83. Planning for meals for the family.
84. Stress at work.
85. My biggest obstacle to losing weight have been not having many people to walk with; but, I still walk by myself anyways - just not as much fun.
86. Realizing that weight loss takes time.
87. Maintain willpower when faced with many choices of food.

Thank you Charmaine for typing these up!

Overcoming 5 Weight-Loss Obstacles

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pray It Off 02/08/2012 Song Only Grace by Matthew West

“Only Grace” by Matthew West

There is no guilt here
There is no shame
No pointing fingers
There is no blame
What happened yesterday…has disappeared
The dirt has washed away
And now it's clear

CHORUS: There's only grace
There's only love
There's only mercy and believe me it's enough
Your sins are gone
Without a trace
And there's nothing left now
There's only grace

You're starting over now
Under the sun
You're stepping forward now
A new life has begun


And if you should fall again
Well, get back up, get back up
Reach out and take my hand
And get back up, just get back up
Get back up again


Pray it Off 02/08/2012 Health Benefits of Walnut Oil

Health Benefits of Walnut Oilby Dr. Linda Posch MS SLP ND

Pray it Off 02/08/2012 Healthy Lunch Tips & Pedometers

Healthy Lunch TipsBy Sarah Robbins

Pedometers: Do they make a difference?Device can bring benefits if used correctly By Karen Collins, R.D.

Stepping Out With a Pedometer*Studies show that people who wear pedometers walk more. Try one and see if you can log 10,000 steps a day! by: Carole Carson

Pray It Off 02/08/2012 Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing a Healthy Lunch
Making the Most of your Mid-day Meal

Pray it Off 02/08/2012 Can Ten Pounds Really Make a Difference?

Can ten pounds really make a difference?James Beckerman, MD, FACC

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pray it Off 02/02/2012 Song - Sing Me a Lullaby by Twila Paris

Sing Me A Lullaby by Twila Paris

'All I see is that I don't see what's ahead of me , I'm afraid my life will never be all I hope for in the end.
All I know is that I don't know where the road will go, If I dream, then will I find it so – will tomorrow be my friend?
Sing me a lullaby, sing me to sleep tonight. Sing me a tender lullaby cause all my heart can do is cry.
Help me compose my soul, quietly take control – sing me a lullaby and tell me I'm your child.

All my plans are falling through, and I don't understand – yes, I know, my world is in your hand, but won't you tell me once again?
Sing me a lullaby, sing me to sleep tonight. Sing me a tender lullaby, cause all my heart can do is cry.
Help me compose my soul, quietly take control – sing me a lullaby and tell me I'm your child.
Help me compose my soul, quietly take control – sing me a lullaby and tell me I'm your child.

Pray it Off 02/02/2012 Esther Ward Be Still and Seeking Perfection

Be Still Esther Ward

Be still and know that I am God; He will be exalted among the nations; He will be exalted in the earth. Ps 46:10

Being still. As a child, having the time to just be still was something I always took for granted. Now, as an adult I find it very difficult to find the time to just be still. The busyness of life so often prevents it. It’s funny, I find that the times I need to be still the most, are the times when it is the most difficult, if not impossible to do. These busy, crazy times are when it so important to make the time to just be still. I think about my impatience to get things done, and my hurriedness to get somewhere and I wonder, “How on earth do I make time to for that with this busy schedule?”

God tell us that if we are still however, we will know that He is God. These quiet times with the Lord are most important; this is when God has the opportunity to speak back to us. In our busyness, it is hard for Him to give us wisdom, direction, hope, well… anything if we don’t listen.

Not only will we Know that He is God, we will see Him high and lifted up if we take the time out to spend with Him. What a great privilege we have to see the result of God’s work in our lives, in the lives of others, and even in other parts of the world! How awesome to see His mighty hand at work and be able recognize that it was Him! Without that stillness each day, we will miss seeing where He has been, and what He has done.

Let’s make being still with God a priority in our lives so that we can know Him better and see Him exalted.

Seeking Perfection Esther Ward

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

If this is true, why do we as flawed human beings, still strive for perfection? Why don’t we accept our own human failing’s, and the failings of others more graciously? It was quite a shocker for me, when I realized that I really can’t do everything right. I don’t know about you, but many things I do never seem to be good enough. I fail to reach my own personal standard every day.

I have also disappointed other people in the process. As hard as I try to please everyone, I find that I just can’t. I always seem to mess up. Knowing that about myself, I work very hard at forgiving others, and not being offended when others mess up and disappoint me. I realize I’m imperfect, and so are others, so that usually makes it fairly easy. I have discovered however, that other people are not quite as forgiving. That means remembering to focus on Christ, and what He thinks, and not be concerned with the judgements of others.

How grateful I am to know that while we ALL fall short of God’s glory, He doesn’t condemn us for our failings and mistakes. If we confess, repent, and are in Christ, according to Romans 8:1, “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Pray It Off 02/02/2012 Work out With Heart & Watercress

Feeling Good Is Contagious: Work Out With Heart by Dr. Oz


Watercress-Cauliflower Soup By Martha Stewart

Pray it Off 02/02/2012 Lose Weight Through Better Sleep

Lose Weight Through Better Sleep By Dr. Michael Breus, PhD
The Sleep Doctor

Pray it Off 02/02/2012 Make Sleep a Priority

Feeling Good Is Contagious: Make Sleep a Priority by Dr. Oz

Sleep and LongevityBy Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D.