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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Here's who I'm not

I'm not a dr.
I'm not a lawyer
I'm not a nutritionist
I'm not a trainer
I'm not promiscuous
I'm not without value
I'm not ignorant

Here's who I am
I am the head and not the tail
I am above and not beneath
I am the first and not the last
I am more than a conqueror
I am more valuable than rubies

I rehearse these things in my ears because so often I am plagued by what I 'thought' I was and I have to remind myself of who I am and WHOSE I am so that I don't fall back into the lifestyle of one who does not deserve good success.

Green Machine - Smoothie

1/2 c Frozen Spinach
3 strawberries (fresh)
1 banana (med ripe)
4 cubes of ice
1 pk of splenda (for sweetness - if needed)
1oz soy milk or almond milk

Put in blender and MIX -WHIRRR...its yummy even though its green you don't taste the spinach:)

Fish and Chips - Talapia & Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Talapia & Sweet Potato Fries (it was SOOO DELICIOUS)

1 pkg Frozen Talapia (if you have fresh even better - I'm inland)
1 pkg 10oz stir fry mix (if you don't want to use this, just cut up onions, red & green peppers - I like it easy)
1 pkg 10 green beans (frozen)
2 tsp Mrs. Dash garlic pepper seasoning (separated)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 pkg Frozen Sweet Potato Fries (packaged - feel free to cut them yourself if you like - remember, I like it easy)

Large sheet Aluminum Foil
1 small tin pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Season the talapia with the 1st teaspoon of Mrs. Dash and put on the bottom layer on the foil.  Top with the stir fry mix, top with the green beans, top with the rest of the seasoning and make a foil pouch. I used NO oil or butter in this recipe and it was DELICIOUS.  Bake for 45 mins (if the fish is frozen - 20 mins if fresh).

Sweet potato fries - I did NOTHING with them but put them in the tin pan and bake for 20 mins. 

Exchanges:  Protein A - Veggie A - Carb B (remember portions 2oz protein, 1/2 cup carb, Go for broke on the veggies)

No more MR. Niceguy


1 Kings 20: 2 And he sent messengers to Ahab king of Israel into the city, and said unto him, Thus saith Benhadad, 3 Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine.

20 And they slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and Israel pursued them: and Benhadad the king of Syria escaped on an horse with the horsemen. 21 And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots, and slew the Syrians with a great slaughter.

29 And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day. 30 But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and there a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.

 32 So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Benhadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother. 33 Now the men did diligently observe whether any thing would come from him, and did hastily catch it: and they said, Thy brother Benhadad. Then he said, Go ye, bring him. Then Benhadad came forth to him; and he caused him to come up into the chariot. 34 And Benhadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.
So, this is a lot of scripture text this morning, but if you read the entire selection, when you get up to this point (vs 34), if you are anything like me, you will be scratching your head - 'Huh'?  WTH?, he (Ahab - King of Israel) had Benhadad - King of Syria, right where he wanted him - in a surrendered position.  AND LET HIM GO!!!  I was like - that is so stupid!  No one would do something that dumb. 

I'm not even a military person and I know better than that.  I'd never do that - shoot, I got my enemy overtaken and I have their KING in my better know its going down!!  Its over.  Finito.  Kaput.  Done.

...and then I get real about it.  How many relationships have I been 'freed' from only to choose the same mess one-mo-gin (that's kuntry for 'another time' for my northern readers:).  How many times have I been 'delivered' (yeah - real live DELIVERED) only to tip-toe back on into it, because 'I'm good - I got this'.  How can I be at a point where I'm seeing GOOD SUCCESS only to allow myself to succumb to OLD thinking (sinking thinking)?
When we have conquered, overtaken, overcome a THING in our lives - food, sedentary lifestyle, sinking thinking, low self-esteem, whatever it is, we have a responsibility to SNUFF IT OUT!!  KILL IT!!  Do not allow it even a tiny toe hold because it is NOT YOUR FRIEND!  Don't you remember it was trying to destroy you?!  EVERYTHING about you? 

We have to GET UP today and choose to utterly destroy the enemy.  The bible says DIE DAILY.  That 'flesh', that 'laziness', that 'urge', that 'man/woman' WHATEVER OR WHOMEVER it is that is not good for your right for you KILL IT!!  DON'T PLAY GAMES WITH IT!
The scripture goes on to show what would happen to the King of Israel because of his slackness - 1 Kings 20: 42 And he (the prophet) said unto him (King Ahab), Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction, therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people. 43 And the king of Israel went to his house heavy and displeased, and came to Samaria.
I will not be utterly destroyed.  I will not have YOU to be utterly destroyed.  God says WE WIN.  But we have a responsibility to be ACTIVE participants in the victory.  Get up, take control of your life and OVER TAKE your enemy - he's delivered into YOUR hands - KILL HIM don't give him a chance to recover and come back and destroy YOU!
Congratulations Time!
Marsharie I. - Down 4lbs!  You go girl!!  I'm so proud of you!  Taking control of your destiny!  No more fried foods - and look at you!  SEXY SEXY!!
Lisa Indyatalks T. - Holding steady with the pounds but losing inches...One day at a time - I HAVE THE VICTORY!!
Kim J. - special shout out to you.  You encourage my soul everytime I think about the commitment you have made to yourself and your daughter.  I pray much continued success!  Please send me some updates girl.  Keep walking tall!!
Recipe: Fish & Chips YUMMY!  Oven easy deliciousness!!
Prayer:  Lord, now that you've shown me the victory, strengthen me to take it through to the end.  It often feels like I could just sit down, stop right here and go back to a 'regular' lifestyle but I know you desire better for me.  I trust you to strengthen me and give me endurance.  You never wanted 'regular' for me.  I settled for it.  You said you came to give me life and life MORE abundantly - nothing 'regular' about that.  In your strength and under your spirit I am able to continue and persevere and encourage and uplift those around me.  I love you for giving me the day and giving me my life back.  I look to you Lord.  I look to you!

Meanwhile...keep walking on water!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Chicken Parmesan - soy, loosely translated


Tomato sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably organic
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Morton Lite Salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves


Cooking spray
4 thin chicken cutlets (about 1 1/4 pounds total)
Morton Lite Salt to taste
2 large egg whites
6 tablespoons dry oatmeal (ground in blender) (season with italian seasoning)
2-3 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal (ground in blender)
1/2 cup soy shredded mozzarella cheese (Trader Joe's)


Tomato Sauce: Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the flavors are blended and the sauce begins to thicken slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the basil.  (You can always use your favorite low sodium, no sugar sauce here instead to save time).

Chicken: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Sprinkle the cutlets with the salt. Lightly beat the egg whites in a medium bowl. Combine the ground oatmeal on a sheet of waxed paper. Spread the finely ground oatmeal on another sheet of waxed paper. Working with 1 piece of chicken at a time, dip both sides into the finely ground oatmeal, shaking off excess. Dip each piece into the egg whites, shaking off excess, and then press both sides into the other oatmeal breading to coat.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken (in batches, if necessary) and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken, in 1 layer, to the baking dish. Spoon the sauce over the chicken then sprinkle with the cheese. Bake, covered loosely with a tent of foil, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly, about 12 to 15 minutes.

duck - duck - duck.....GOOSE!!!

Duck, duck, duck....GOOSE!!!

1 Samuel 16: 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

Alright God, put this together cuz it don't make no sense to me yet...(my prayer right now-lol)

So, I'm sitting here thinking of what to write and I start to think - DUCK - DUCK - DUCK - DUCK.....GOOSE!! I haven't played that game in years!! You know it, you sit in a circle and someone walks around and pats you on the head and says...Duck - Duck - Duck (come on holy ghost) and you sit...BUT when they pat you on the head and say GOOSE you get up and RUN - give CHASE!! You have to reach them before they sit down because....ITS YOUR TURN TO MOVE!!!

Thank you Lord!  I think about David and all days he spent sitting in the field, not even being called to dinner (I'm shouting right now) and he sat diligently watching over the flock in the field his own father had to be ADMONISHED into bringing him to dinner!!!  BUT GOD!!!  When the ANOINTING was poured over him...his season began to change...(he would not rise immediately to his position but it was time to start MOVING in that direction). 

GOOSE!!!  God has TOUCHED you!  He has poured on you the anointing of his Holy Spirit.  Its time to RUN for the Lord.  Its time to MOVE in the direction of your goals.  We have a command from the Lord to present ourselves a LIVING SACRIFICE - holy and acceptible!!  That is not just about how you eat, exercise, live, work but it is about it ALL.  Your work, your worship, your life - everything about you.  God wants you to get up and RUN toward Him. RUN toward your goals.  RUN!!!  GIVE CHASE!!  GOOSE!!!!
I can't stop praising right now.  I know that I haven't even begun to properly conceive what God has in store for us.  And I have a pretty EXTENSIVE imagination.  But one thing I do know - and that is it cannot - WILL not be accomplished if we do NOTHING.    God uses us as His hand extended.  He is waiting for RUN!!  AND there's more...HE WILL HELP YOU TO WIN!  He said He would renew your strength!!  You will mount up with wings as eagles (he gotta be some kin to a goose - lol)  You will run and not be weary, walk and not faint!!  (Is. 40:31 paraphrased)

Congratulations time!
Kim J. (Baltimore, MD) - You keep surprising yourself!!  I'm so proud of you for not giving up on YOU!  Down 6lbs MORE!  You saw that ole' plateau and told it to HIT THE BRICKS!!  My God is ABLE!  Keep going sister!

Michelle C. (Charlotte, NC) - You had me LAUGHING OUT LOUD looking for the ingredients for the Apple/Pecan w/craisins salad.  Glad you got your workout running through the store looking for everything.  And BRAVO for braving the brownie aisle!  The devil put the pecans by the brownies - LOL.

Last Minute Weekend Moves
Ladies from the retreat, ya'll were WALKING and doing the dern thang.  Cardio, 3 miles, 6 miles, chacha slide, dancing...doing the dern thang!  Many of you asked me to keep ya'll moving.  So, meet me at 8:30am on Saturday @ 301 W. 24th Street for a 1 hour walk/run through downtown.  I'm going to go from 24th street to Morehead (on Tryon) and back.  Then stop and snake the stairs at that church on 9th street.  I usually do it by myself but I'd really enjoy some company.  So I'll see you there!!

Lost and Found
All of the lost items from the retreat have been found and delivered to their rightful owners!  AMEN!That's God!

I would LOVE a juicer - if anyone has one gathering dust under their counters PLEASE be a blessing:) 

Chicken Parmesan Recipe
(its on a separate link in the blog so that you can search for it easier later). 

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for waking me up this morning for blessing me with a covering that includes my sisters (Thank you Sis. Karen F.) and brothers who pray for me and love me as I love them.  Thank you for strengthening me for your work.  God, today - help us to be committed to you through how we treat ourselves.  Remind us to honor our temple and honor you out of obedience to your will for us.  Obedience is better than sacrifice.  I believe that everytime we keep our promises to you, you strengthen us and bless us.  I realize that in and of my own strength it is impossible to please you Lord.  But through Christ - all things are possible.  Thank you for CHRIST.  In Jesus name - AMEN!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2010 Charlotte Back to Eden Retreat Menu - Itinerary, etc.

For those who wanted to have all the recipes of the retreat - Here she goes:

Dinner - Friday nite: (Thanks to Sonia M. and E. Chaney for cooking!!)

Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Rice pasta
- Turkey meatballs (1oz/from Sam's Club)
- Hunts no sugar added, no sodium Italian Sausage version (canned)
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder

Breakfast - Saturday
Hash brown casserole
- Grated potatoes
- chopped Turkey Sausage (jennie-o; skinless, low-sodium)
- Soy Mozzarella/Colby Grated Cheese (Trader Joe's)
- Egg Beaters
- Stir Fry Mix (onions/peppers)
- Seasonings

Mid morning snacks
- Various granola bars

Lunch - Saturday
Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
- Diced Gala, Golden, Pink Lady, Delicious apples
- Pecans (not salted or glazed)
- Craisins
- Mixed Salad Greens
- Grilled Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts (Sam's club)
- Raspberry Vinegrette dressing

Mid afternoon snack
- Fresh Juices (Thanks Roz for the use of your juicer)
- Apple, spinach, carrots, spinach, Bok choi, broccoli (WHATEVER YOU LIKE)
- Smoothies
- Pineapple, Banana, Strawberry, Almond milk, (Whatever you like!)

Dinner - Saturday
Arroz con gandules (Rice and peas) & Shrimp & Salad (Thanks Sonia!! for the Spanish FLAIR!)
- Arroz con gandules (no idea how to make it - my recipe...Call Sonia and say real sweet - SONIA, can you make me some Arroz con gandules) LOL...It always works for me:)
- Shrimp (31-40 ct Shrimp, Sam's Club)
- Mixed Salad greens

Late night indulgences
- SMORE'S (yeah - we had 2 a piece!!)
- 2 Graham Crackers
- 1 marshmellow
- 2 Hershey Squares
Heat over the campfire and INDULGE...almost sent me off the wagon! THANK YOU STEPHANIE for saving me - LOL. She took the S'more's right out of my mouth. I was having FAR too much fun with it.

Arrival prayer and release ceremony
Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you! We released our issues with our helium balloons.

AM Prayer Circle and Fitness Exercises (Thank you Gwen!! You liked to KILL US but we worked up a sweat and got our hearts pumping!!)

Hiking - To each group of ladies who took the 3mile, 5 mile, 6 mile hike - kudos to you! I'm so proud of you. I know it was a stretch but you did it!!!

PEARL Ceremony - EACH and EVERYONE of you is a special PEARL to me. A jewel that is beyond compare, unique and precious. Thank you for being a part of me!!

Special big'ups to Cheryl! You made it back to the finish on FOOT even after we sent the car for you. You wouldn't give up. You would not be defeated! We are so proud of you!!

Special atta'girl to Carla! You were right out there sweating and huffing and working it out with the early morning exercise. Such an inspiration! Thank you!!

Little Ms. Munchie - way to hold it down for the teens! Thank you for coming!

Regine' - THANK YOU for our audio video accoutrements & for keeping us in line with our recycling. Couldn't do it without you!

I also want to send a special 'thank ya Salome' for participating in our exercise of 'nuts and twigs' much to your chagrin - LOL. We understand what a sacrifice it is for you to see us all getting fit and giving up all the plus size fluff you love to squeeze so much. Thank you for caring more about our health than your own vices - hehehehe...I love you. Maybe I'll save a little love handle on the left hand side just for you:) (NOT)

I want take time to thank each and everyone one of you because each and everyone of you was remarkable. Expect a call from me over the next week or so. I'm so proud of ALL of you.

Please comment and share your stories so that everyone can experience this event from your eyes.


THANK YOU!!! for making the 1st Back to Eden - Charlotte Retreat such a success. I had an awesome, empowering, refreshing, energizing time. The sisterhood was remarkable!! You'd think we were all family the way ladies were laughing and joking and playing. The comraderie was amazing.

I promised to send out all of the recipes, exercises, etc. so that you can refer back to them and enjoy them again and again, and I will, tonite. I hope everyone uploads their pictures to FaceBook and if they don't have facebook they can send them to me and I'll post them.

I have been asked specifically to share the speech I gave on the last night of the retreat so here goes:


S-Strength - Sharing (you gain STRENGTH when you share)

The beauty of a pearl is cultivated out of abrasive and irritating circumstances.
A grain of sand or some other irritant slips into the oyster, gets between its skin and shell. The formation of the natural pearl begins when an irritant slips in between the mantle and the shell which irritates the mantle. The mantle then covers the irritant with layers of the same nacre substance that is used to create the shell of the oyster.

If I had my hearts desire, in my finite understanding, I would wish that none of you would ever have to go through any of the things that you've gone through or will go through. Or both.

I would be like "Marlin" the daddy clown fish who's son Nemo was lost in the sea who said: I promised I'd never let anything happen to him.
Dory: Hmm. That's a funny thing to promise.
Marlin: What?
Dory: Well, you can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.

That little scene, one of an overprotective clown fish spoke and a absentminded little blue fish spoke volumes to me. I mean, I wish I could keep everyone connected to me safe and protected from all the worlds irritants. But if I did that, the world would miss out on the beauty of who you are and what you have to offer - some of which will actually be birthed out of the overcoming of some painful situation that those of us who love and cherish you will wish you never ever had to endure.

I would love to give you real pearls to wear about your neck, wristlets and ears. Just to remind you that your struggles, your trials, your losses, your pain, its not in vain. Each time you overcome, with grace under the strength of God, the pearl of who you are is cultivated and polished for the world to admire. Cultured pearls and natural pearls are almost indistinguishably similar, however, natural pearls have far more value because of the way they develop. Pearls develop their luster (which determines their value) nacre-its transparency, smoothness and overall thickness of the nacre. Interestingly, the thickness of the nacre is directly related to the ‘irritant’.

Pearls also represent ‘wisdom’, as in, don’t cast your pearls before the swine. I initially thought it would be a stretch to use both of these analogies at the same time because they seem so diverse…but not so. The ‘pearl’ that is being cultivated in you through your circumstances, your trials, your experience, well…they are creating ‘wisdom’ in you. God is enlightening you each day and strengthening you each day. Your wisdom is not just for you. It is for the kingdom. But be careful in the dispensation of your wisdom, it is valuable and while it is for ‘everyone’ everyone will not receive it.

Whether you decide to wear your faux pearls or just keep them as a keepsake, know that they pale in comparison to the pearl that God is creating in each of you. And that I consider it an honor to have had my life touched by yours. Thank you!

I also wanted to share the exercise that we participated in with the rest of the Back to Eden folks...We all were given a helium filled balloon upon arrival. The instructions were simple - cast all your cares, burdens, issues, situations, unforgiveness, whatever, upon the balloon (representing Christ) and release it. I don't know about the rest of you, but I felt an actual physical 'release' when I let my balloon go. I hope none of you picked your junk back up on the way home, if so - you don't need a balloon to let it go again. Just call upon the name of Jesus and cast your cares on Him for he cares for you.

I so loved this weekend and look forward to the stories and pictures from everyone.

Friday, October 8, 2010

I'm not as bad as...

Ephesian 4:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

I'm not as bad as _________________. Well, I could have done ______________. At least I don't __________________. As much as I'd like not to admit, I catch myself thinking this way. A sort of 'minimizing' way that I use to give myself 'wiggle room' for the things that I want to do instead of what I ought to do.

The thing is, if I'm only concerned about doing 'as much as' or 'as good as' ___________ then I should only expect to 'grow as much as' or become 'as good as' ______________ and I call myself standing the line for 'exceedingly, abundantly, above all I could ask or even think'! Doesn't that mean I have to do my part? I believe it does. The end of that scripture plainly says 'according to the power that worketh in you (in me)', so I gotta work my power. What power? I don't have much power. I can barely get out of bed on time in the morning. I can hardly push myself to work out. I can only inconsistenly keep cuss words out of my mouth. What is the power then? Keep reading...'which is in Christ Jesus'. He's so awesome! Even when its about what 'I' have to do, He's still right there, picking up all the slack. The source of my strength, the strength of my life. With all of that, when it comes time to look around for a role model or a mentor or someone to model myself after - it would behoove me to use him.

That being said, as competitive as I am, I've always been honest with me about me. I know my limitations. Jesus is just too lofty a goal. I won't set myself up for failure. At least those are the conversations that go on in my mind. Vestiges of my old self. The me that just didn't measure up. The me that couldn't do anything right. The me that went through life for years feeling unwanted and undervalued. That me is still in there - as much as I'd like to believe she's gone forever. But I have the responsibility to nourish her each day and encourage her and remind her that she is fearfully and wonderfully made. I have to remind her that God would not lie to her. He told her that she is only a little lower than the angels. She has dominion over the creatures of the earth. She has the power of life and death in her tongue. Yeah, I talk to her like she's separate from me sometimes.

She hides in the corner of my mind, afraid that the 'me' out front is just doing too much. How could "I" think that 'we' can be this? Well, I could yell at her. I could try to shut her up as I have so often before. But I've learned that if I don't comfort her and earnestly coax her out of her fear, she will gain strength and she will become the 'me' that I used to be.

Love you. Nurture you. Talk to 'you' and tell yourself all about yourself - your True Self. Your New Self. All about the things that God has said about you that you may not even fully believe yet. Build up that reserve so that when your 'me' is cowering in the corner, you can love on her (or him) and remind her of who she is and whose she is.

Congratulations time!
Judy D. (Charlotte, NC): Girl!! You are down 1lb and 5 inches!! in only 2 weeks! You had already made your weight goal and now you tightening and toning! Aye Mami! Do it girl!!

Vangie H. (Charlotte, NC): Hold it down! Down 2.35 inches in 2 weeks! You are doing it. Stay consistent and keep going. How awesome is it to look 10 years younger than your driver's license photo - I mean DAG what a difference!!

Dr. MJ (Charlotte, NC): That's what's up 'slim'! Down 3 more pounds and 2 inches...keep going. You are almost at goal and already FABULOUS!

LeKisha L. (Charlotte, NC): You have garnered your commitment to yourself and you are doing it! Already down 9lbs! I can't wait for your next weigh in to see how much more progress you are making. Walk it out!!

Porshe D. (Charlotte, NC): I'm so proud of you!! Down 1.2 lbs and almost 3 inches! Sexy, sexy! You look marvelous!!

Prayer: Lord, show us how to begin to exercise encouraging self talk that will nurture and empower us to be all that you desire us to be for your kingdom. Lord, remind me that I am what you say I am and no other opinion has any value, not even my own. Keep us in perfect peace and let us keep our minds stayed on you. Show us your wisdom and help us to rightly divide your word so that we may be able to STAND. Your Word is our strength and your love our encourager. Cover us O Lord. We love you.

Special prayer: Lord, we ask you to send your healing to our sister Maria. As we stand in the gap for her and her sister Judy, we know that you hear our prayers and pity every groan. We thank you in advance for the manifestation of your power. The miraculous healings that are already taking place in her body. We bind up cancer, in the name of Jesus. We thank you Lord for reminding us that you have given us dominion and power to tread upon serpents. We thank you for the authority to speak life and healing. We thank you for giving us life and life more abundantly. We receive her healing. In Jesus name. Amen.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Power Thoughts

Peter on the water: Matthew 14:22

Lisa on the water: Thatch 10:06:10

I can't do this, its too much. I don't believe in me anymore. Any of this kind of thinking will be "sinking thinking".

Dig it:
My desire - to walk on water
My source - Christ
My untimely demise - ME

Sinking thinking...down, down, down, I begin to sink.

All that I am doing with Christ at the healm...water walking...I LOVE walking on the water. Its like floating to me. Its freedom. Its triumphal. Its OVERCOMING EVERYTHING that I ever thought impossible. Its success. I'm walking on water!

Then I think "I'm walking on water"? I'm not walking on water. I can't walk on water. Nobody walks on water. You are stuck between a size 8 and size 10 for the past 3 months - you are not walking on water. Things are insane in your life. Nothing is going as it should. You are losing. You are failing. you are not really gonna do this - SINKING THINKING....and down, down, down I begin to sink...

"Whoa, hey, listen, over, scuse me - Jesus here! What happened? We were doing this together. Why did you leave me?" (me to Christ) Huh? I left you? You left me! I was right here, walking on water and then...o yeah - I started to think 'I' was walking on water. I took my eye off of you. It was 'You' (Jesus) who empowered me to walk on water. Not me myself. Only in my surrender to YOU can I do all things. Thanks bro. And we're walking!! (ode to Regine' - love you sis)

This Saturday at 9am we will have our monthly "Pray in-Weigh in".
301 W. 24th Street
Charlotte, NC 28206

Please plan to attend if you are local to Charlotte. I would like to float locations if any of you here in Charlotte have somewhere that we can host the "Pray in-Weigh in" for November, please let me know. We don't need much room, we can even do it outside if you like (it'll be brisk but hey, at least we know we won't fall asleep while we praying).

God is doing great things in each of you. I'm so excited for the upcoming retreat and overwhelmed by the participation. Not only did you ladies sign up en masse but almost everyone has reached out to me to 'volunteer' for something. You really realize that 'every joint supplieth' and that this is not a "Lisa Indyatalks Thatch" thang but a body of believers thang. I'm glad to be a part of your body.

Congratulations Time:

Lisa Indyatalks Thatch - down 5lbs FINALLY!!!! Jesus! Hallelujah! I have been so 'stuck' and going up it wasn't making sense. But I kept pushing and doing realizing that I was building a lot of muscle which was messing with my 'scale #s' and finally - a breakthrough!

Connie S. (Charlotte,NC) - Doing great lady! Even getting hubby on the plan. I'm so glad its working for you. I can't wait to weigh in on Saturday and get the real 'skinny' on things:)

My church family is in the month of Consecration this month and we are denying ourselves flesh and TV. So this is a vegan recipe that I've enjoyed this week.

Quinoa & Cabbage
(Read about quinoa, pronounced Kin WAH online. It eats like a starch but metabolizes like a vegetable, packed with health benefits and is yummy!!)

Quinoa (prepared package because I wanted to try it without messing it up)
Trader Joes has it with mixed veggies and it is only $2.99 follow directions on the pkg.

1 head Cabbage sliced thin
5 baby carrots
2 celery stalks cut in 2in chunks
1 onion sliced thin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika

Place all veggies in a heavy bottom skillet, add seasoning, cover on medium heat. Cook to desired tenderness. Notice NO OIL and it wasn't missed.

The entire meal is a 'FREE' and it fills you up. Take a little beano before so it doesn't blow you away - LOL.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for reminding me to keep my eye on you. To put my faith and trust in YOU and not in myself or what I see or even how I feel. I can't do this without you. I'm glad I don't have to. You are the strength of my life. You are my all and all. Thank you for surrounding me with loving people to encourage, support and remind me of who I am. I get lost in my 'sinking thinking' and they turn me to you and walk with me on the water. I love you Lord.

Reminder: For those who prayed with us the special prayer over the past months, we are having the Memorial Service for young Kareem Berry who has gone to be with our Father. Services will be held on 10/9/10 @ 2pm 301 W. 24th Street. God showed Himself MIGHTY in KB's life to the very end. We KNOW God is in complete control. The family thanks you for your prayers.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cane Creek Update & Itinerary

Cane Creek Update
See video

All 6 Cabins are BOOKED!! Final payments are due Wednesday (no later than Friday 10/8/10)unless other arrangements have been made. The weekend will be like a Celebrity Fit Camp/Retreat with lots of laughter, prayer, fun and new friendships to be made by all. Pardon the length of this post but I want to provide you with as much info as I can so we can prepare our hearts and our minds for this awesome experience.

Cane Creek Website - Check here for pictures, details and directions! The section that refers to the
'6 rustic cabins' that's us!

The Tentative Itinerary is as follows:
Friday: 10/15/2010
3pm - 6pm (arrivals/happy hour)
Meet and greet, cabin assignments, music, dress up and fun!!

6:30pm - Prayer
7pm - Dinner
(Don't stay up too late - for tomorrow....)

7am - Sunrise Prayer at the creek
(God help us!! Tish and Gwen will be our Fitness Instructors - Have MERCY!)

7:30am - Breakfast

8:30am - Fitness Festivity #1
Details to be provided by our Fitness Team

10:30am - Snack

11:30am - Fitness Festivity #2
Details to be provided by our Fitness Team

1:30pm - Lunch/Adjourn to the 'Day Side' for more fun activities. Miniture Golf ($2/person) Pedal Boats ($3/person). We are also trying to secure a VolleyBall goal for more fit fun!

3:30pm - Snack (or special presentation w/food preparation - TBD)

4:30pm - Fitness Festivity #3 (note: if we are able to provide the special presentation at 3:30pm there will not be a 4:30pm Fitness Festivity...I hear you all saying 'awwww' (sarcastically))
Details to be provided by our Fitness Team or special food preparation provider

5:00pm - Free Time - Shower/hang by the creek/fish (I'm bringing 4 poles you can borrow)

6:30pm - Sunset Prayer/Dinner/Movie

Sunday: 10/17/2010
7am - Sunrise Prayer/Check out

Note: We do not officially 'have' to check out until 3pm. Anyone who would like to linger, please coordinate with your cabin leader and provide 1 blank check (per cabin; to be made out to Cane Creek) or $40/cash to use for the key deposit. You will get it back when you turn in the key. Otherwise, I'm turning in the keys when I leave which is at 7:30 am.

Please do consider staying and hanging out around the area. Its very peaceful and beautiful. I can't stay after 7:30am because I have to get back to Charlotte and ready for church services.

Tentative Menu (subject to change based upon availability and pricing)

Crystal Light/Wylers Packets

Friday Dinner
Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/veggies and/or salad

Friday Treat (PM Snack)
S'More (notice - no 's' at the end - LOL) we'll only be having 1 "S'More" a piece - uncivilized, I know:)
Fruit will also be available

Saturday Breakfast
Turkey sausage/Potato/Spinach Breakfast Quiche (no cheese)

Saturday Snack #1
Trail Mix

Grilled Chicken salad w/Apples & Walnuts

Saturday Snack #2
Special Presentation or TBD (keep your fingers crossed. I really want to be able to have the 'special presentation'

Saturday Dinner
Shrimp Gumbo & Spanish Rice w/peas

PM Snack
S'More - AGAIN!! You will have EARNED this one - LOL!!
Fruit and left overs I am sure will be available for those not wanting this second bit of 'treat'.

Sunday Morning
Coffee and tea and water will be available.

I hope that you all review the itinerary and start to get excited about all the fun we'll have.

What to bring:
All your hindrances and issues (you won't be taking these home with you - we'll cast those cares on Him who cares for us and let them float away on the water)

Tooth brush/paste
Wash cloth/towel/body wash/deodorant
1 twin size fitted sheet (or queen size fitted sheet if you are gonna double up. I'll send the cabin assignments by friday. If you have a preference and have not already communicated it to me, please let me know ASAP.)
1 comforter/blanket or sleeping bag
Shower shoes
Pajamas & Undies - feel free to bring your lucky draaaws (lol - too specific; ya'll know I got a little type A)
Bathrobe (to wear back from the bath house after your shower)
Flashlight (for nighttime visits to the potty)

Work outfit w/comfortable shoes AND A GOOD BRA!
Hand towel or face towel
Yoga mat
5lb hand weights
Resistance bands
CDs of your favorite music and/or DVD you'd like to have us watch together

Note: Don't worry about 'buying' anything in this 'specific' list you don't have. We'll work around it if you don't. No one has to make any additional expeditures.

Also, there is NOTHING in the cabin but your bunk/mini-fridge/bed and heat/air unit (not room for much else either). We are watching movies outdoors on a projector in the common area by the lake so be ready to bring your blanket or your robe to be comfy.

What not to bring
Any negativity (unless you are bringing it to allow the Lord to DESTROY that yoke)!

General Questions:
Q. Do I 'have' to participate in all the stuff?
A. No, of course not. However, in addition to be fun, fit activities they are also a team events. So whatever activities you 'sit out' will not garner points for your team. Be mindful that there are 'points' available for 'non-fitness' related contributions so no worries, everyone will have the opportunity to get points.

Q. Will I be able to choose what cabin, bunk, person, I sleep with?
A. I will make every effort to be as equitable as possible, taking into consideration special needs, familiarity, personality and preference. However there is no way I can guarantee everyone will get exactly what they want. Please be flexible and pray much and oft for me:)

Q. Will there be alcohol at the retreat?
A. I will neither be providing nor prohibiting alcohol. Ya'll is grown folk.

Q. What if I have paid in full and cannot make the trip?
A. I should have mentioned this one up front, but the cost of the cabin is non-refundable. I would recommend you 'sponsor' someone else or allow me to extend your spot to someone who would enjoy the opportunity but could not otherwise afford to attend.

Q. Will someone be taking pictures and videos of the event?
A. YES!! We will be documenting the fun and fellowship to look back on with fond memories!

Any other questions? Feel free to send them on!!