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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Here in North Texas, the temperatures have run in the upper nineties through most of September. Saturday evening, God sent six inches of rain on Wichita Falls, ushering in a cold front. Yesterday, our high was 75 degrees. It felt wonderful.

For one who works at keeping my weight under control, the cooler temperature offered two special advantages.

1. It was cool enough to take a nice neighborhood walk in the afternoon.

 All summer, I only had two options for exercise: a)swimming in our backyard pool, or b) doing inside exercises such as DVDs, line dancing class, or riding my stationery bike. Those are good. Those are profitable. Those are beneficial. However, I love a nice walk in the neighborhood, or the walkway of Lucy Park (a big city park), or a hike around a small in-city lake (Sikes Lake between a museum and our university).

Thank you, Lord, for a cooler day. Though it warms back up today, I hear we're in for another cooler day this weekend. I love autumn.

2. Cool weather makes us hungry for a soup day.

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? Luke 12:24

“….our sufficiency is of God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

 When God placed man in the garden, He provided good food and great beauty. When we awake to our need to lose weight, God doesn't require we give up all good-tasting food. He supplies our sustenance and makes it desirable. When it's turning cooler, I love soup. Everywhere I go I find pumpkin-flavored ice cream, muffins, waffles, or other options. Fall is the time for pumpkin.
How about pumpkin in soup? Here's a pumpkin-flavored soup that is easy to make, low-calorie, and tasty. Pen-L Publishing will be releasing my Divine Dining Weight Controllers Workbook  the end of this year. This recipe is included in the upcoming workbook.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to
Guide You to Healthier Weight and
Abundant Wellness
1 lb. chicken breast
Vegetable spray
3 cans fat free chicken broth
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup white or yellow onion
3 small cans of green enchilada sauce
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 can whole kernel corn
Spray bottom of Dutch oven or 5 qt. pot with vegetable spray
Chop chicken in small bites.
Add chopped onion.
Brown in the pan until chicken is no longer pink and onion is browned.
Add broth and celery and bring to a boil.
Turn down burner and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Add enchilada sauce and pumpkin and simmer for 10-15 more minutes.
Optional: Serve with 1 T. shredded 2% Mexican cheese and 15 baked tortilla chips.
Makes 4 servings of 1 ½ cups each.
Watch for the release of the workbook. Plan to start your own weight loss class or work your program at home by yourself. 
Let me know if you try this recipe for a SOUP DAY!

Saturday, January 2, 2016


Don't you just love new beginnings?
In His wisdom, God ordained new beginnings for us all.
From condemnation, through Jesus, comes salvation. We become new creations with a transformed view of the world, ourselves, and others.
A spring bouquet I received.
Through the cold winter with brown grass, leafless tress, and little color, I spot a green sprout in our front flower bed; a jonquil, and I know it's nearly spring with new life soon to ignite the cold, dark earth.
The day I buried my mother, my heart was heavy. My then ten month old granddaughter climbed into my lap. I clung to her like a life raft, feeling the joy of a  young start to life.
Today, no matter what happened in 2015, we have a new beginning, a new year, and hopefully new goals.
As you determine your goals for 2016, I wish to point out three requirements for a good goal.
1. A goal should be specific.
No: I will lose weight this year.
Yes: I will lose 20 lbs. by March 15, 2016.
No: I will write a book this year.
Yes: I will write, edit, and submit one book by July 1, 2016.
No: I will pray more this year.
Yes: I will sit in my blue chair and have quiet time with the Lord every day before I begin the day's activities.
2. A goal should be written.
It's not enough to have your goal in your mind, but write it down. Involving your senses plants the goal firmly in your subconscious. Writing it down uses touch, sight, and hearing if you put your note on your bathroom mirror and read it every day.
3. A goal should be forgivable.
If you set a goal to lose 20 lbs by March 15, and you only lose 15, praise God for the 15 and forgive yourself for not being perfect.
If it takes until Sept. 1 to get your book ready, be thankful.
If you pray early five days a week this year, forgive yourself for skipping two days.
I leave you with an excerpt, an acrostic, from the December 31 devotion of Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
     Decide if you’re ready to submit to God
     Read this daily devotion book in the new year and everything else that will help, especially the Bible
     Energize through leaving off sugars and fats that drain your vitality.
     Admit your powerlessness and Ask God to take over your life.
     Mentor others as you receive your day-by-day healing.
Set goals for 2016.
Follow these 3 rules.
Have a wonderful new year.
God bless all my viewers. I appreciate you.