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Monday, October 9, 2017

A New Era---Apparently

I have steadfastly refused to get onto Facebook for years.  Said I didn't need one more thing to be addicted to...and I didn't need to be all that connected.  Well, somehow, I weakened.  I can't remember what pushed me over the edge, but in July, I set up a page--and got hooked.

It was so cool!  I caught up with friends I hadn't talked to in years and found out about things goin on in my own little town and was able to chat with friends who I see regularly, but have little "chat" time with these days. 

Trouble is, I'm just not able to maintain in Facebook and Blogger at the same time.  I'm an old person and I apparently have cyber limits.  :}  So, to the handful of people who still check in here,t his is my last post.  You can find me on Facebook under my real name: Debra Crompton Staffen.  Friend me.  :D  (If you have a different name on FB than you do on Blogger, please tell me who you are when you make that friend request.)

I pray that Jesus becomes more real to you every day & that God's grace fills your life with joy.

And that is definitely & finally the weigh it goes,


Saturday, August 19, 2017

I Must Remeber This: God's Not Done with Me Yet!

The Apostle Paul said,

For I am confident of this very thing,
that He who began a good work in you
will perfect it
until the day of Christ Jesus.
Phil 1:6, NASB
And that's the weigh it goes,

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Comforted to Death

I was having cravings, so I was on Facebook trying to distract myself and silence the rationalizations running thru my brain.  As I scrolled down my feed, I came upon the video below and I paused to listen to the man in the photo sing.  I heard a gentle, beautiful voice  singing a rendition of one of my favorite songs, Over the Rainbow.  He was able to convey emotion in a quiet, soulful way that made me want to hear more. 

Except that he died in 1997--weighing 750 pounds.  My cravings left me as I realized that the comfort food came with too high of a cos.  I'm really posting this so that every time I want to eat what I ought not, I can come bac here to listen, and be warned.

And that is the weigh it goes,

Monday, August 14, 2017

No Longer

I dug this song out to post on a friend's blog so, of course, I feel compelled to post it on my own.  I know you guys don't pause and listen to music often, but although this song has an odd sound to it, it has the kind of message that encourages one to stand tall and march on with expectations of victory.  The scenery  reminds me of the many hikes Bill and I have taken both here at home and in the Smokies before the circulation in his leg went bad and before he fell and hurt his back.  Before...

You know what?  Take a warning from me:  You won't be young and healthy forever.  Don't waste the health you have on sweets and junk food.  If you do, one day this video will have the power to  both nourish your soul...and make you weep, too.

Friday, August 4, 2017

A Weight Loss Strategy from Peter

I was reading this passage yesterday and, all of a sudden, it occurred to me that this passage spelled out the exact steps needed to follow a weight loss plan.  Here's 2 Peter 1:5-7:

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness [some translations have virtue here]; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Faith that trusts God to empower us & bring a good result
Virtue to want what is right  & good
Knowledge to know what plan to develop
Self-control to actually stick to that plan
Perseverance to keep at it
Godliness  which is a reverential attitude towards God that makes us want to do what pleases Him.
And to all of that, I say:  Lord, let  your Word take root in me!
And that's the weigh it goes,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Jesus has the power to make all things new,
to heal broken hearts, and to set the captive free.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Defying Gravity: My Listen

I've been listening to the song Defying Gravity from the Broadway show Wicked.  As I listened, it struck me that it could be interpreted from a Christian point of view, tho I'm pretty sure that was not the author's intent. } 

But if you listen to it, not with a defiant or rebellious attitude--and, of course, skipping that whole Wizard of Oz thing-- but listening instead with the attitude of wanting to  live your life boldly for Christ, the words take on a whole new meaning.

The world and the enemy would drag our attitudes, behaviors, and heart down, miring ust in what is now an ungodly culture.  As I listened, I felt fired up to defy that gravity and walk boldly for Christ.  I realize that no one else may hear what I do in this song, but I hear it, nonetheless.

I hear defying the gravity that would keep me bound in obesity and poor health.  I hear defying, the gravity that would cause me to be circumspect in  what I do or say so that I don't lose favor with others. rather than choosing to soar with  the Lord who has shown me the ultimate favor  It's about the courage to walk this Christian life true to myself in Jesus, regardless of  the cost and raching new spiritual heights in the process. And, of course, there's the Rapture of the church!  Some serious defying gravity will go on there.  :D

At any rate, since I'm all fired up about my own personal interpretation of this song, and the oomph it's giving me,  here it is:

Ohhh, first, for those who'd rather red than listen, here's the lyrics.  :}
"Defying Gravity"
("I Stand" album version)
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same

I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap!

It's time to try
Defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
And you won't bring me down

I'm through accepting limits 'cause someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change but 'til I try, I'll never know!
Too long I've been afraid of losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love, it comes at much too high a cost!

I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
I think I'll try
Defying gravity
And you won't bring me down

Unlimited,   My future is unlimited
And I've just had a vision.  Almost like a prophecy
I know it sounds truly crazy And true, the vision's hazy
But I swear, someday I'll be...

 Flying so high! (defying gravity)
Kiss me goodbye! (defying gravity)

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately,
"Everyone deserves the chance to fly!"

I'm defying gravity!
And you won't bring me down,
Bring me down,
Bbring me down!
Ah, ah [echo

And I just have to add this little clip from Britain's Got Talent of a most amazing child singing a bit of Defying Gravity.  If listening to her doesn't give you goose bumps you're goose bump maker is broken!

Ahhh, and that's the weigh it goes,
or should I say, "Up, up and a-weigh!"
snicker, sorry