Showing posts with label #Red River New Mexico. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Red River New Mexico. Show all posts

Saturday, April 9, 2016

What's the Magic Exercise?

Overeaters search for the perfect eating plan or the magic exercise to aide in weight loss.

Well, I have the magic exercise.


For me, it’s dancing.

For my Weight Watcher friend, Kay, it’s walking on a nearby high school track.


For my Bible study friends, Diane and Tara, it's Crossfit and marathons, respectively.


For an online friend, Penny, it’s sumo squats.


In other words, it’s whatever you enjoy and will continue to do because you like it and like the people you do it with.


Does that mean you won’t have moments of failure? No, you probably will. It’s then that your attitude will make the difference.

Timely tips: 

Don’t give up.

Look at your stumble as a new dance step.

Find the humor.

Count only what you did right.
Reward yourself for small goals. (Like dancing to fast songs picked out by someone fifty years younger than yourself. Ha!)


At Red River, NM. Hey, I tried!
Any exercise that you enjoy will be magical, and the right attitude works wonders.


Saturday, October 3, 2015


God gave water to us. Have you ever thought what a blessing that is? Anyone trying to lose weight has learned the importance of water.

On a hike near Red River, NM
I love the pools of water found in the mountains. Nestled between two spruces or pines, we find a gurgling river. From a stark mountain side, we might spot a water fall. Sitting and watching moving water relaxes our minds. Drinking water helps minds and bodies.

During one trip to the mountains, I forgot a water bottle. My thirst was driving me crazy. I cupped my hand and tried to get a drink from a water fall, but all I could scoop up was a sip.

My husband ran to the car for his leftover coke. “Would you like to use this?”

I took it. “It still has coke in it.”

“Just dump it out,” he said.

I did. The cup was now empty. I climbed back over the rock and held the cup under the water fall, filling it quickly. The taste was cool and refreshing.


In Yellowstone Park
Watching the mountain streams this summer reminded me of that experience. What if I had dumped the coke (the bad stuff) and lifted my empty cup and asked God to fill it with life-giving water?
It's not impossible. Nothing is impossible for God, but God prefers using us to work the miracle. I climbed over the rock and put my cup under the source to receive my drink.


Neither is it enough to give up the fattening foods. We must fill our lives with Jesus. We must put in the extra time of Bible reading, prayer, and meditation to receive our refreshing victory.


In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.
                                       John 7:37 KJV


Are you hungry and thirsty for Jesus, or do you just want to lose weight?


Drinking water is important to:

1.     Give energy

2.     Lose weight

3.     Flush toxins

4.     Improve skin

5.     Help digestion

6.     Relieve leg cramps

7.     Improve your mood


Seek physical water and spiritual water.

Good health and weight loss requires them both.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Faith, Hope, and Love at Red River, New Mexico

 "Faith, Hope, and Love - That's what this center was built on." One woman active in Red River's Community House said this at the anniversary celebration.

We spent a week in cool Red River, New Mexico and arrived just in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Community House. How exciting! We learned that people from our hometown of Wichita Falls, TX. were instrumental in starting Red River's Community House.

Five people met. Two were from Enid, Okla., one was from Oklahoma City, and two were from Wichita Falls, TX. These five began a program to attract new tourists to the beautiful mountain hideaway. The flooring for the initial log cabin was made out of wood from the J.C. Penney store in Wichita Falls, after it burned. The first meeting, held on August 9, 1940 was a worship service.

Families were bound together by love of family, love of their country, love of God, and love of their adopted town, Red River. The log cabin was enlarged or improved nine times in the last seventy-five years. People flocked to the singings, the classes, and the church services. As a writer, I found it interesting that their first project was a book review. Sunday school visitors grew, often having their classes outside. These students now bring their kids and grandkids to enjoy the Community House activities.

Red River Community House today
Today, the building houses daily events that appeal to tourists and home folk alike, A banner is run across the front to let everyone know what's happening there that day. Though staff is hired to run the place, it's volunteers that make it possible to continue. Many volunteer for jobs including moving tables and chairs to create a ballroom into church seating. Volunteers teach lots of activities from boat building to quilting to Sunday school classes. Some pass around offering plates. Others clean up the kitchen. Without the hundreds of volunteers, the place could not keep going.

Young & old (me) alike learn new line dances
I line danced there on Saturday night. We went to church services there on Sunday morning. Then, Sunday night was a country music sing-along. After seventy-five years, the community center's purposes are still family fun, worshipping God, and learning more about the area.

We camped in Roadrunner RV Park

We took our RV and had a wonderful vacation in the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. How neat to be a part of something begun so long ago that fosters things I believe in. I pray Red River's Community House continues for seventy-five more years.

For information on the activities at the Community House, go to:

Who of you out there have gone to the Community House in Red River, New Mexico? Did you feel the faith, hope, and love of the area?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

After God's Healing, What Next?

Have you ever prayed and felt God's forgiveness wash over you and cleanse you? What a wonderful feeling! The weight of sin drops from your life. You sparkle with excitement. Your energy level expands. You're free, free indeed.

You go your merry way, living your life as before, but forgiven and clean. In a few days, or weeks, or months, new burdens build up around your soul. What happened to your freedom? Why didn't it last? God forgave you. Why did you sin again?

Discouraged over not being able to sustain our salvation, we delve further into the anger and envy that plagued us before, so that the load we carry now is heavier than it was previously. Our minds fight greater demons. Our hearts break with failure. We are farther from God, not closer.

I've sensed this problem in the realm of weight loss. My mother started me on my first diet when I was fourteen. For over thirty years, I tried every diet imaginable. Some were healthy, some were not. Often, during that time, I called out to God, "Lord, keep me from craving sweets. Help me lose weight. Make this be the diet that works."

I began each new eating plan with great assurance. In the beginning, my hope and belief that I would lose my weight, keep it off, and never struggle with this problem again rose as high as the mountains that I wished to scale when we traveled to Red River, New Mexico. In later years, my hope grew weaker because of my failures. I would begin fresh, renewed with the promises of the new diet, only to find that in a few days, weeks, or months, food consumed my mind and my life.

Once again, I ate and ate. "That diet didn't work," I declared. I gained back the pounds I had lost, plus a few extra, so that by the time I tried a new program, I was even fatter than before. My situation was worse.

    But when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through dry (arid) places in search of rest, but it does not find any.
    Then it says I will go back to my house from which I came out. And when it arrives, it finds the place unoccupied, swept, put in order, and decorated.
    Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and make their home there. And the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first. So also shall it be with this wicked generation.
                    Matthew 12:43-45
                  The Amplified Bible

These are Jesus' own words during a sermon to His followers.

Recently, God convicted our church leaders of the need to focus more on making disciples out of those who come to the altar for salvation. New converts were leaving the altar and going back to their usual lives without the strength and understanding that the Lord longs to give them for protection and strength from the devil's snares.

When sin is removed, God must fill the gap. After salvation must come lots of studying God's Word and lots of prayer. Friends and mentors are needed for instruction and guidance in the beginning until the new convert learns to rely on his own understanding of what God is saying to him, step by step.

In my Divine Dining Weight Controllers weekly class, this is also true in the realm of following Christ in weight loss. Just as before, if we begin a new plan and take away the food that brings us comfort and love and joy, we must fill our minds with something else or the food moves back in to take its usual place.

Food is not your friend.

Food is not your enemy.

Food is just a pleasant way of getting nutrition. Period.

Put God on the throne, instead of food.

Food doesn't belong there. God does.

When you start on the path of weight loss after years of compulsive overeating, concentrate less on what you eat or don't eat (or cleaning out your bodies) but concentrate more on drawing closer to the Lord, of filling your life with His presence.

Fill those empty places in your heart with God's love.

Fill your mind with God's wisdom.

Fill your life with truth, and the truth will set you truly free.

January is a good time to begin reading a devotion book like my Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. I find that daily reading God's Word and literature that guides us in the area of keeping our eating in God's control has helped me not only lose the 95 pounds but keep it off for nineteen years now. I recommend this to all compulsive overeaters like me.

Praise God, I'm now a recovering compulsive overeater.