The Grace for Change — 26 Comments

  1. I hear two words stick in my head here: change and grace.

    I certainly can’t do change without grace. I pray for you as
    you make changes, and I look for inspiration myself from it. I need to make
    changes too…

  2. Wonderful grace list and post!  I’ll be praying for his sufficiency to strengthen you as you are obedient to what he is asking you to do! ~ I guess I had not clued in that you worked full-time.  I was kinda glad when I read that because I work full-time too and sometimes in blog land I feel like I’m the only one who works full-time outside of the home.  Didn’t really know if anyone could relate.  I however don’t have children of my own so you are even busier than me! ~ Also, I noticed you signed up as a follower on Pinterest!  Thanks!  I’ve been having fun with it, but can see how one might get obsessed with it.  I’ve been pinning like crazy, I hope you don’t get tired of seeing my name pop up on your homepage.  I will be slowing down with that a bit soon; I just think the newness of it has caputred my attention right now.  You’re my only follower, but that’s Ok, maybe I’ll pick up some more.  Well, have a terrific evening!!

    • I am always so thankful when I found other women in blogland that work full time. Even though you do not have children, you still come home to the responsibilities of your home and relationships. Not that those who stay home are any less busy. They are extremely busy. Thanks for your encouragement. And pin away! I love it!

  3. The Lord has  been speaking to me about exactly these same things … how I treat my body with my eating, sleeping, and time management. May He be our Helper as we conform to His image and become all that He created us to be! Blessings to you today, and thank you for your beautiful post and your beautiful list!

  4. It IS hard to from realizing we need to change to changing. Glad you have friends encouraging you along the way! Blessings to you =)

  5. God has been whispering to me about nurturing my body, too, Barbie.  “Grace to embrace difficulties” – yes, I need some of that 🙂

  6. Oh, this is my very favorite verse — and for years so difficult for me to take in!  Now, I rejoice that my weakness is my strength.  I never need to be strong, because He is.  I love your post, here.  So beautiful, brave, and true.  Thank you!

  7. Barbie, I love Sprouts! The best little market, isn’t it? I wish you the best on making the changes you want to make. You are beautiful; don’t be too hard on yourself. 🙂

    And I just have to tell you again how pretty your blog is. Every time I am here, I sigh and settle in. Thank you for the tranquility!


    • Well, I never made it to sprouts.  I did go to Fresh and Easy and Trader Joes though.  Got some more coconut ice cream!  Thank you again for the blog compliments!

  8. I love your transparency Barbie.  The older we get, the harder it is to deal with health and body issues.  I had gained weight with all the stress in my life over the past few years but have been determined to deal with it.  I started getting up an hour earlier to go for a brisk morning walk and cutting back on the calories.  It’s working slowly though.  I love Trader Joe’s too!  I’ll have to link to see what book you’re mentioning.  You know, I’ve been reading “Made to Crave” and it’s good.

    Hugs to you and loved your list,

    • Oh Debbie, you are the second commenter who mentioned “Made to Crave”, which I have on my MAC Kindle.  I started reading but haven’t gotten very far (that was months ag0).  Maybe the Lord is directing me to pick it up again.

  9. Beautifully said Barbie! He never intended that we walk the journey alone. Beautiful and true. I try to think of verses like that while I am struggling at working out. 🙂  I haven’t gotten Emily’s book yet, but looking forward to reading it too! I love coconut… where do you find that ice cream?

  10. Oh, bless your heart, these type of changes have got to be tough. I’m so thankful that my precious Momma was so concerned with healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle and those habits have served me well over the years.  And, my Dad always led such a healthy, healthy lifestyle and it makes it even harder to accept the sad, sad state of his body right now.  Just don’t understand it, but as the Drs. told me if he had not taken such good care of himself the GBS would certainly have taken his life sooner rather than later. 

    May the Lord give you all that you need to adapt to a new healthy lifestyle.  Hugs to you my friend!

    • Jamie, I have the Made to Crave on my iMAC.  I started reading it a few months back.  I think I have a serious block in the brain, emotionally.  I haven’t been able to continue. Maybe I will pick it up again!

  11. Coconut ice cream?  Is that any good and is it healthy than regular ice cream?  Sounds interesting.   Many blessings as you continue on this journey of change.  🙂

    • Hi Lisa!  I had my first coconut chocolate ice cream last night and it was very good.  I would guess if you don’t like coconut though, you wouldn’t like it.  I love coconut and to me it tasted like a Mounds bar, which I love.  I am taking dairy out of my diet at least for the time being.  There are many benefits to coconut.  You can find some of those listed here:

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