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Weeding… October 31, 2008

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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Weeding is hard….

I remember the garden I had at the last house we lived in.  I liked my garden, and endeavored to spend as much time in it as I could.  It had three levels, and different flowers on each level: Sweet Williams,  marigolds, candytuft… all beautiful flowers.  Each year I would replace whatever needed to be replaced, to keep the garden full and create quite an eyeful of color.  When it was in good shape, it was beautiful.

And I used all the usual means to keep weeds out, but you know how weeds can be.  Even when you work at gardening on a daily basis, you just can’t keep weeds from showing up!  They come anyway.  Which is very irritating to me.  I mean, I’m doing the best I can, right?  Why do weeds have to come and mess things up?? (more…)


The Jogging Lady October 15, 2008

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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There comes a time in everyone’s life where they really need encouragement, and God delivers.

I’ve been battling with weight loss now for months. Nine of them, to be exact.  The first three months went very well, and I was excited about it. Thirty pounds down, and I was well on my way to my goal weight.  I was starting to exercise, and I really felt good about myself.

Then, all of a sudden, it stopped. I kept doing what I knew I was supposed to do, and yet the weight just wouldn’t budge. And I know all about “plateaus.” I’ve hit this brick wall before. But for some reason, this time, I just couldn’t work past the roadblock.  I was stuck, and I was getting discouraged fast.

So I’ve spent the last 6 months, fudging and repenting, fudging and repenting. And getting nowhere, but down on myself. I want this to work! Why does it have to be so hard? Why can’t I just keep doing what I’ve been doing, and the weight continue to come down? (more…)