Weight on the Lord: Biblical Weight Loss Program

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This weekend was the Reformers Unanimous kickoff weekend at our church. We had Bro Benjamin Burks (National RU Director) come in and spend the weekend with us. He trained our church members, and more importantly (to me, anyways, I had already been to Rockford for training…) he preached on Sunday. I woke up Monday feeling physically exhausted from a long weekend, but I felt spiritually renewed! So many truths were revealed on Sunday that I’m going to have a lot of studying to do from here to Christmas! He set up a book table (I can’t tell you how thankful I am that he did that. Everyone that attended Sunday services left with something!) and I picked up a few books that I have been wanting to read. The numero uno is “Weight on the Lord”. It’s designed to help the participant overcome the stronghold of FOOD! I just started this journey and I can’t wait to see what the Lord reveals to me!

WP_20151006_002It’s not gimmicky, it’s not a “when all other weightloss programs have failed” program. It’s bible study, meditation, understanding the sinful nature of our hearts, and bringing that to the Lord to gain victory over emotional eating, gluttony, and over indulgence. I can’t wait!! I’m doing a challenge or two per week.

WP_20151006_004It’s set up into two phases. Phase one.

WP_20151006_005And phase two. Each phase has 16 challenges. I am going to do roughly 2 challenges per week. Maybe on some weeks (the challenges get harder as the program progresses) I’ll only do one challenge. I’m shooting for 12 weeks total. I’m going to guess that the challenges that require exercise are going to be my once per week challenges, lol.

WP_20151006_003Since the daily journal and the WotL curriculum is bound in the same book, I used some tabs to divide my journal. It was hard to find the text. For some reason it gets lost in between the other sections. Now I have easy navigation.

I can’t wait to keep you updated on my progress. I don’t have a goal weight or a goal amount of weight I want to lose. I mostly want to develop healthier habits.

Enjoy! ❤

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Planner Companion Update

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I made a “planner companion” and explained how to make it here. Well, after using it a few days, I made some minor adjustments that are actually perfect!

IMG_1120Instead of using each page for one day, I decided to make it for a five day week. One page each day was too much space. I figured it’s perfect for five days and I’m not keeping everything in this companion like I do my main planner. This is my on the go book. It just needs the basics. Not too much, but it needs to have enough.

IMG_1121Then I added an “at a glance’ calendar bar for the five days. I left myself enough room for important bullet points.

IMG_1123I added another calendar bar specifically for Reformers Unanimous stuff. Since that is what takes up a lot of my time. It NEEDED its own calendar.

IMG_1122I also added a fitness tracker on top of my water intake. I just started the Reformers Unanimous “Weight on the Lord” weight loss program and need that to keep track of my activity.

IMG_1124The morning journal is a place where I can jot down devotions.

IMG_1119This is it. My planner companion! It’s been easier keeping a planner companion AND a planner, but my main planner gets OUT OF CONTROL. And I don’t need that mess when I’m on the go. I went into this thinking two planners to keep up with would be over kill, but it’s actually simplified a lot of things in my life.

Enjoy! ❤

Learning Spanish through the Bible

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I’ve been in the process of learning Spanish for the last few weeks. I bought a Spanish workbook and it came with a CDROM for audio and extra practice. It’s tourist Spanish, but I’m mostly using it for sentence structure.

Why learn Spanish, you ask? Well, I really want to be able to reach out to a HUGE demographic where we live with our ministry. We currently live in the gulf coast region of South Texas, about an hour and a half from the Mexican border. My husband and his family are fluent Spanish speakers, and I can speak a whole lotta German. Spanish? Not so much. I think that by learning Spanish and bible Spanish we can reach people for Christ more than ever!! Reformers Unanimous has Spanish materials, so it’s just me not knowing how to speak or understand it that is keeping us from becoming a bilingual ministry.

WP_20150915_027I am using a Reina Valera Santa Biblia revision de 1909. It’s the KJV equivalent.

WP_20150915_025I am currently memorizing Isaiah 55:7 for one of the Reformers Unanimous challenges. I have the English verse down, but am still working on the Spanish translation. My goal is to memorize all the RU verses in both English and Spanish!!

Reformers Unanimous Daily Journal

WP_20150914_003I am in LOVE with the Reformers Unanimous Daily Journal. It’s the perfect book to allow me to reflect, take note, and document my time with God. It’s user friendly, the paper is decent enough for my wet ink instruments, and it’s small enough to throw in my purse. It really is a blessing to use in concordance to attending the Friday night RU meetings.

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Today I read Proverbs 14… and of course, I jotted down something that I took away from it. I love reading a chapter in Proverbs every day. It’s like waking up every morning to an “ah-hah!” moment! They just make sense!

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Friday nights at 7pm!

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RU tracts– labeled and ready to go!

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My trusty KJV Rainbow Bible. Perfect for morning devotions!

Reformers Unanimous Bible Study

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I am currently writing every scripture verse mentioned in the chapters of the “Nevertheless I Live” book for our Reformers Unanimous ministry. I love it and it is really helping me understand scripture in reference to addictions and strongholds and how it can help those with addictions and habitual sin turn from them and become stronger in their walk with Jesus. I am using a Holman Rainbow Study Bible (KJV) and it’s been such a help in concordance with the RU curriculum.

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WP_20150902_009This awesome bookmark that was included in the bible tells you what the colors mean for easy reference.

WP_20150902_010Aside from the bible, this is our main curriculum. It’s so well written and personable. Addictions or not, I suggest every Christian read this book. It’s a wonderful testimony and filled to the brim with scripture helps. I cannot wait to share the love of Christ with others! **squeeeeee**

Our ministry is a week away from opening its doors. It is going to be exciting to witness firsthand the work of Christ in people’s lives!

Sunday Get It All Done Day

WP_20150830_001We are in full swing. Our school year is getting busier, fuller, and more hectic. One reason for that is because we (my husband, my church, and myself) are launching a new ministry: Reformers Unanimous. It’s a faith based addictions (and strongholds) program that I guarantee you will change your life and your walk with Christ. Plus, it’s FREE. You can find a RU chapter here just by clicking on this string of words! So on top of lesson plans for my almost 5 and my 6 year old, I’m working with my husband on RU lesson plans and Sunday School Bible studies as well as tying up a bunch of loose ends before this gets up and running. Not to mention my 6 year old and my 2 year old are down for the count with the funk. Both are sick sick sick and while one is getting better, the other just caught the bug and, well, it’s going to be a long week. I’m just hoping everyone is better by Friday. We are taking our annual Labor Day trip to visit my parents. So here I am trying to minimalize this weeks lessons to account for sickness, planning, trips, and life so that I don’t have to mess with any of the other weeks I have planned out, but still trying to fit it all in and not overload my kiddos. Because I hate whiteout and I hate having to get out everyone’s pile of school books and essentially re-do everything up until Christmas break. Uh uh. That isn’t happening.

WP_20150830_002This book is my life right now. It’s a homeschool planner. Yes, a planner that I said I would NEVER buy because I don’t want to plan school because that was one of the reasons for choosing homeschool. And yet, I don’t think I could live my life (or teach my children) without it. And I don’t even use it for personal planning. That’s an entirely DIFFERENT BOOK. Cray.

WP_20150830_003I cannot plan, prepare, organize, or get stuff done without HEB soda. HEB Zero Cola is one of those generic products that out ranks it’s name brand competitor. I’m looking at YOU, Coke!

WP_20150829_016My super comfy Korean socks are what’s needed for this job. It’s got a rock and roll bear with an awesome 80’s bandana thingy that looks like a skinny tie wrapped around his head. That’s EXACTLY what’s needed for this job.

RU Countdown Begins!

WP_20150819_001            FINALLY our banners arrived this past week! It’s been a whirlwind process, but we are finally coming to the end of preparing and to the beginning of beginning! We have a worker’s meeting on the 23rd (Sunday) and I am praying that the Lord sends us eager workers AND students from our church family to get this ministry up and running. We open our doors to church families on September 11 and to the public on September 25. EEEK! I have never been so excited and scared at the same time! I can’t wait to help others and what I’m most excited about is helping myself. Reformers Unanimous is such an amazing discipleship program (as well as an addictions program) that I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for me and my church!

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I’ll have more to update at the end of the week!

DIY Tract Holder/Folder

I came across a pin the other day after looking up “tract holder” on Pinterest. Guess who has tract holders galore on Pinterest?? Jehovah Witnesses!! Guess who had ZERO tract holders?? Christians! I was shocked! Not to be outdone, I made my own using a template for making journals. I added some paint using stencils and there you have it– a gospel tract holder!!WP_20150724_016 I can easily keep it in my purse or in my Bible for easy access during soul winning or when I’m out and about. It will be perfect when Reformers Unanimous starts in September as well!

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You can even hole punch them and keep them in a binder or small planner!

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Nevertheless I LIVE: Living Freely in a Bound World

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It’s here! It’s finally becoming a reality! Reformers Unanimous will open its doors to the public on September 25, 2015! My heart feels like it is going to burst out of my chest and my mind is going to explode with all of the knowledge I’m cramming into it. I just finished reading, studying, and outlining the first chapter of Steve Currington’s book “Nevertheless I LIVE”. It’s the core curriculum for RU and it’s paired with the “It’s Personal: Daily Journal” and the challenge book. I’m a n00b, so I’m on the first book: Overcomer. WP_20150724_002 The little book on the bottom is “Recovery Without Relapse” and it’s going to be the curriculum for the RU Sunday School class. That one was written by Dr. George T Crabb, D.O. and Mr. Ben Burks. Mr. Burks was one of our trainers when we went to Rockford, Illinois for training in the RU program.

What’s great about Reformer’s Unanimous is that you don’t have to be addicted to just drugs and alcohol to go through the program. It can be any stronghold in your life. Food, anger, covetousness, envy, or any other area in your Christian walk that could use some beefing up. It’s also a WONDERFRUL discipleship program!!

The first chapter: One Way, One Truth, One Life, Once to Die is such truth that it took my breath away! I’ve never understood what it meant to “draw near to the Lord” or to “walk with Him” or to “have fellowship with Him”. Sure, I read my Bible and I pray and I am an active member in the church, but to be completely immersed in Him was something in which I had no clue. Until I lost a baby at 21 weeks. It was a precipice in my Christian walk. It was go forward or give it up. I felt like if I didn’t completely surround myself in Him, if I didn’t completely saturate my life with Jesus Christ I was going to, as they say, lose my faith. I read the Bible, I prayed, I listened to sermons 24/7, I fasted, I attended church as often as the doors were open– I made sure that every minute that ticked by I was surrounded by Christ. Proverbs 16:18 says “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (KJV) Chapter one sums this verse up by stating that if we believe in ourselves to do something that only God can do for us, we will stumble and eventually be destroyed through our self-centered efforts. How true! There was no way I was going to survive that miscarriage without Jesus Christ. Sure, I would have physically survived. It wasn’t going to kill me, but I would have been a shell of a person. I can proudly use the loss of my baby for His glory. Do I get discouraged? Sure. Do I have thoughts creep in on me that make me doubt, get angry, or sin? YES! But I continue to faithfully give this burden to Him. And that’s what RU is about. Giving our sin, our stronghold, our addiction to Jesus Christ because He is the only one that can overcome. Chapter one gives us the formula for success: believe on Jesus + continue in His Word + be His disciple + know theTruth = FREEDOM. WP_20150724_005

“Freedom from addiction is NOT freedom from drugs and alcohol; it is not freedom from pornography; and it is not freedom from smoking, television, or the love of money. Freedom from addiction is being out from under the control of this world and under the control of Jesus. Freedom is control. It is not what controls you that separates freedom from bondage, it is WHO controls you that separates freedom from bondage. That is God’s honest Truth.” ~Steve Currington, NIL, p. 30

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