Showing posts with label #Wichita Falls. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Wichita Falls. Show all posts

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I Am Powerless

I work at eating well,  similar to the goals I've followed for twenty years. At that time, I lost one hundred pounds and maintained the loss. Nevertheless, I've failed many times this last month. As usual, I use God's twelve step program.
Time and time again, I face days of eating out several meals in a row, though I believe I've got days to cook at home, I find time out of town when I eat in restaurants, and when I stay at home, my craving for sweets turns me into eating candy corn or a box full of Fiber One bars.

I'm powerless.  God is full of power and brings victory.

Never give up.
Always read my twelve steps.
Pray.
Rely on the Lord.
Though occasionally, I rise four to five pounds above my goal, but as God works in my life, I again drift down to goal weight. I'm a food addict. God is my strength.

I think again of the first three steps where I trust in God.

Honesty. 1. I admit I am powerless over food and that my life has become unmanageable.

Hope 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.

Action 3. Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand Him.

Thank you, Lord, for continuous power over food addiction.

On Oct. 29, I will be the speaker for the district meeting in Wichita Falls, TX for TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly). Lord, speak wisdom through me that day.

In December, 2016, Pen-L Publishing will be releasing Divine Dining Workbook. My upcoming book will compliment my first book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
 
The workbook will provide fourteen classes to begin a class to share problems with others to overcome compulsive overeating and lose weight. If you prefer to work at home by yourself, the new workbook will allow you to follow God's guidance at home.


Thank you, God, for confidence over my food addiction or compulsive overeating. Use me to maintain victory and touch other lives.

I am powerless. God is full of power.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Caprock

Since my post last Saturday, I've had questions about what is the caprock? Anyone living in the northern half of Texas knows all about it.

I'm in awe of God's creation. Writing with God's Hope blog viewers from all over the world might extol the beauty near where they live. Some live in the mountains, and some by the seashore, but despite where we live, God placed breath-taking sights everywhere. I live in Wichita Falls, Texas on the North Texas plains. Our biggest claim to beauty is gorgeous sunsets.


a view from our back patio
When we drive about an hour and a half northwest, we come to another wonder, the Texas' Caprock. Weathermen watch the Caprock for accuracy in their predictions. Storms dissipate. Intensity increases. Fronts head in a new direction after they cross the Caprock.


What is the definition of a cap rock?
 A cap rock is a harder, more resistant rock type that overlies a weaker, less resistant rock type. Usually especially in Texas, this traps oil, natural gas, or water, keeping it from rising to the surface, and thereby creating a reservoir of the resource.

The erosion of our Caprock formed 1 -2 million years ago before the USA came into existence or the land was known as Texas. It stretches from the Texas Panhandle to Central Texas and separates high plains from low plains.

Grandchildren climbing near the bottom of Palo Duro




Our Caprock forms canyons such as the deep Palo Dura Canyon near Amarillo. This is a beautiful place. Find out more about it at:
http://palodurocanyon.com/


My husband, me, & a grandson looking over Palo Dura












Find more about the history of the Caprock at:

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rxc01



Caprock State Park falls halfway between Lubbock and Amarillo (about 2 hours from each) For more info, check here:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/caprock-canyons


God gives beauty in all settings. I thank Him for His mighty creations. Nothing was created without Him.


the part of the Caprock nearest Wichita Falls

Did you find Wichita Falls on the Texas map?


What is the most beautiful thing that your area is known for?


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Why do I Like Libraries?

Wichita Falls Library
http://www.hoodfol.com/five-reasons-this-author-likes-libraries-by-janet-k-brown/

Click on the link to find the Hood County Library site for my post about why I like libraries. I list 5 reasons. How about you? What do you like about libraries?

Burkburnett Library

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Need a Boost to Your Weight Loss?

     Poet, John Donne, wrote "No man is an island."
     Hillary Clinton told us, "It takes a community to rear a child." 
     The fact is that we need each other for wisdom, encouragement, and strength.

Notice in my post about my 10 best tips for weight loss at


that number 7 on my list is going to the support group of your choice.



My devotion book, Divine Dining, gives 365 days of encouragement and inspiration to the food addict. Losing weight is a lonely road. Many times, no one is there to turn us away from a doughnut. At a dinner or pot luck, everyone there may indulge while we stand alone to withstand the temptations. Support from others, even if only given once a week, strengthens our resolve.

During my recent trip to Colorado, I had the pleasure of meeting two sweet ladies in person, who I had previously met online.

I first met writer, editor, radio interviewer, Patti Shene several years ago when I submitted a short story titled Victoria and the Ghost. Because of her advice, that story became my debut YA novel published by 4RV Publishing Co. out of Edmond, OK.

The other new friend, Dawn Orr, found me on Facebook, and purchased Divine Dining. When Patti interviewed me on her online radio station, Dawn heard the broadcast and explained that she and three other friends were doing a weight loss Bible study using Divine Dining as their guide. Of course, I wanted to meet her. How blessed I was to learn the book God gave me was helping someone else in their walk with the Lord.


Writing friend, Patti Shene on my right, Dawn Orr, who started a Bible study with Divine Dining on my left when we met in Pueblo, Colorado in August, 2015


Weight loss encompasses the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our lives. During my weight loss journey, I've attended many support groups because I realize the need for me to be around others going through the same struggles.

I began this path twenty-two years ago when I attended a church group called "Christian Weight Controllers." When our music minister, who led the group, moved, I took over the leadership. The stress got to me, and I stopped the class. By that time, I had already lost about 65 pounds and had 35 more to go, so I still needed that group strength.

I then rejoined Weight Watchers and lost thirty more pounds. I maintained the 95 lb loss for eighteen years and last year lost another five pounds to make it an even one hundred pound loss.

After I lost the weight, I quit Weight Watchers. I accomplished the physical and much of the mental problems, but I found I constantly regained pounds, moving up and down, again and again. I faltered often. I rejoined Overeaters Anonymous. Some of the groups helped a lot, some, not so much. Once, our church offered a generic 12 step program that helped with any addiction or compulsion, similar to the now popular Celebrate Recovery programs. For a few weeks, I attended a TOPS meeting. For awhile, I went to both OA and WW because I felt the need for help in all three aspects of my life.

My next step was to teach a program through my church that addressed all 3: physical, mental, and physical. My first try ended in disaster. I taught with the wrong attitude, and God did not bless it. Divine Dining released in January, 2013. That September, I began a weight controllers class at my church. We named it for my book. Every September, when we start up new classes throughout the church, I debate whether to continue teaching. Always, I remember the importance of support groups.

Do you need a boost for your weight loss?

I know that I must eat healthy, get exercise, and change my mindset about food, but guess what ...

I STILL NEED MY SUPPORT GROUP.

The devil actively tempts me where I'm weakest: putting food in place of God, running to food instead of the Word, not asking for the Lord's strength when I want to quit.

Is it time you joined a good support group where you live? If there's not one, do you need to start one? If you live in or near Wichita Falls, TX., we would welcome you to the Divine Dining Weight Controllers Class beginning anew on Sept. 15 at 6 pm.



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: http://www.redrivercommunityhouse.org/activities/


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?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Is Wichita Falls haunted?

This Weird Wednesday, while I'm waiting for the release of my new YA, I got to wondering if my home town, Wichita Falls, TX had a ghost legend? To my surprise, it does. Here's what I found out about it.

A hang-out for a group of boys fifty years ago, brought about the ghost legend of Pinky's Cave. The spooky tunnel is actually a three-mile concrete drainage ditch that snakes under neighborhood streets between Ardath and Kell Boulevard. Running clear under Kell, it was built by the city of Wichita Falls in the 1960s to prevent flooding in the Brook Village area. A teenager by the name of Robin Pinkman lived near there then and claimed the tunnel as his own, forever branding it as Pinky's Cave.
Photo by Claire Kowalick was featured in the Wichita Falls Times Record News on 4/10/2010

Reading about that reminded me of two things. One: As a teenager along with my cousins, I explored a concrete drainage ditch in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. What fun, what mystery, what carelessness. Two: one of my favorite authors, Bonnie Lanthripe, wrote the middle-grade book, The Ringleader, about teen boys who solve the mystery of the drainage ditch in their home town. I could envision ghosts in a tunnel like the one where I played.

Pinkman, who is now a local teacher and rancher, says he remembers the ditch as being his and his neighbor friend's private clubhouse. They often spent the night there and told ghost stories. Now, I never had the nerve to do that. Of course, my aunt wouldn't have let us, anyway.

The boys told one tale of a man who lived in the cave and would "get you" if he found out that you doubted. The roar of the wind and the rumblings of cars overhead created echoes and thumps that complemented the made-up stories. Sometimes, the boys hid in the drain pipes built into the tunnel and would jump out and scare the girls.

In the tornado of 1979 that blew away much of Wichita Falls, many people were saved by hiding in the ditch. My husband and I moved to the city two years after this storm. I still remember the fear exhibited by the residents every time a strange cloud would form.

Nowadays, the entrance to Pinky's Cave is heavily spray-painted. Lewd words and drawings sprawl across the walls belying the early-time innocence. In the days of drugs and gangs, neighbors worry about what goes on in the under-the-street cave.

Still, many Wichitans remember the days of ghost tales and harmless fun and wonder if the ghost of Pinky's Cave is real.



Saturday, February 15, 2014

6 Pointers for Change in 2014

Change the way you look?

Change the way you feel?

Add more zest to your life?

Draw closer to God?

Heal?

We're all looking for help to change our lives. Twenty years ago, I began to change, to heal emotionally, to lose weight. . Here's my tried and true pointers.



This is my before picture with my newborn granddaughter.

Today, she is 22 years old.


1. Read your Bible daily.
 
   Hearing the Word read on the TV or in church service isn't enough. Read it for yourself. Think about the words. Apply it to weight loss or whatever your habit or temptation might be.
 
   I read Proverbs 9:17. Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
 
   Secret stashes of food hidden around the house put weight on my body and pain in my soul.
 
   What Scripture ministers to you today?

2.Pray daily.
 
   Ask from the fount of God's wisdom what you should eat, how you should live, to whom should you minister.
 
   We are our worst enemy. Our wisdom is as weak as we are sick.
 
   Keep the relationship open with God on the throne and you, his willing servant.

3. Read Divine Dining devotion book or other inspiring literature without fail each day.
 
   Compliment your Bible reading with things that pertain to your particular problem. What you put in your mind shows forth through you life.

4.Come to meeting every week.
 
   If you're fortunate to have a support group for your addiction or habit, attend with regularity. If not, find an online support group. Chat with others who have similar struggles Encourage and hold up each other.
 
   For those who live in or near Wichita Falls, TX, our Divine Dining group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 at Heritage Church. We weigh, we study God's word, we delve into subjects to improve the physical, mental, and spiritual side of weight loss. Then, we pray.

5. Keep healthy foods available.
 
   For those of us who struggle with weight, it's important to be prepared. Keep cupboards as clear as possible of tempting junk food. Buy and have ready healthy snacks.
 
   Tailor this advice to your particular problem.

6. Visualize God working in your compulsion.
 
          Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a "real" experience. In either case, it reacts automatically to information which you give to it from your forebrain.
         Your nervous system reacts appropriately to what "you" think or imagine to be true.
                                                                                   
                                         This is a quote from Psycho-Cybernetics by
                                                                                  Maxwell Maltz, MD

                  If I go to a party expecting to get a dessert, eat half, and then cover it with a napkin to be thrown away, that's what I will do.

       If I see myself as thinner and eating less, I will.

  
 
 
The above picture was taken at Eureka Springs, Ark, the fall of 2013. I maintain the 95 lb loss using the 6 pointers above.
 
 
I welcome any other suggestions or comments.
 
 
Also remember the drawing for a free book and a $10 gift certificate to Amazon. The last day for the drawing is February 18. All you must do is comment and enter your e-mail on the left side to subscribe to my blog.
       

Saturday, August 24, 2013

THIRSTY, ANYONE?

Fire reeks havoc, right now, in Yosemite National Park, California. The lake watershed for my city of Wichita Falls, Texas is now at 32% capacity, a mere 3 years of water supply. My husband and I recently traveled across north Texas, northeast New Mexico, and east and west Colorado. All three suffer from drought.

Fields and forests lack sparkle. Borders of lakes retreat. Creeks disappear. Trees looked stressed , colorless, and wilting.  Everything is dry and brittle.

Life requires moisture to live, to flourish, to be strong, whether it's plants or people.

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
                                                                                                      John: 4:14

Are you thirsty? Are you dry, parched? Or, are you a well of water?

Every day, we see in the news or out our back door evidence that woods and lawns becoming too dry are vulnerable to destruction.

We, also, when we become dry are then vulnerable to ensnarement, temptation, defeat.

Today, I feel the need to refresh my water supply. Lord, send Holy Spirit rain on me and my family.

Thirsty, anyone?