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Life’s Journey ~ Day 6

Just a quick update tonight.  The day was really rough due to stress issues involving my son.  The stress is not really helping my motivation.  It was a really long day especially since I worked 13 hours.  Then I made the mistake of torturing myself by watching Diners, Drive-in & Dives!!!!  I love that show because I love small restaurants like the kind he features.  But, no real worries.  I’m not truly even hungry, I just miss eating.  I love the taste of food.  Of course smelling what my family eats is hard, but without real hunger pains, I’m doing ok. 

I am just really tired today.  So I am off to bed so I can meet a friend for ‘breakfast’ tomorrow (how ironic).

Good Night and God Bless!!




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Life’s journey ~ Day 2 ~ April 2, 2009

Click here for –> Day 1 

Day two started off with me being pretty grumpy, mild headache and cramps (which I gave in and took ibuprofen for) and just plain tired.  I truly dislike being a girl sometimes, although my husband always makes me happy that I am!   

Anyway, I think I will do juice through Friday and then water only on Saturday & Sunday.  (Of course I will be drinking the Mona-Vie on water days as well but only the 4oz)  I will be adding some cardio today as well, either walking at work or on the exercise bike at home.  It will be mild, but with the sugar intake from the fruit juice, I need to incorporate some calorie burning exercise so as not to have this whole thing backfire on me and end up gaining weight. 

I have really had to turn to God today for strength!  Not only do I not feel well, but I think all anyone talks about at work is food.  Not to mention that my ‘roommate’ always has some kind of food going on at her desk.  Not helping the hunger pains any.  We just got back from Publix, we went looking for fruit alternatives besides OJ.  My hubby keeps telling me to make fruit smoothies (no milk) but I am concerned about that defeating the purpose of the fast.  Without a juicer, anything we do with fresh fruit is still going to have the fruit fibers in it and that is what takes time to digest.  This is a bit frustrating.  I should have done a bit more pre-planning as far as the juice side goes I am seeing now.  But I will not falter.  Actually, I sure did whine a lot today…”I’m never going to make ittttttt!”  WAIT!!! It’s only been two days!!  Can you stupid little demons at least give me until, say day 7 before you start this crap?!?

Anyway….sorry for the outburst there.  Days 1, 2 & 3 are usually the hardest so I am sure I will be a basket case tomorrow! I’m trying to figure out how I avoid eating at a friend’s wedding tomorrow night. Yeah, this ought to be fun.  “Umm, I know you spent all this money on the food and stuff, but I can’t eat it.”  I know, I’ll make my husband & daughter eat my portion!!  That’ll work!

Ok, I think I am done babbling for tonight!  I’m tired and still have a headache so I’m going to bed!

Thanks for coming by, hope to ‘see’ you tomorrow!! God Bless!


PS: I failed miserably at doing the cardio thing today.  Oh well, tomorrow’s another day!

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Life’s Journey ~ Day 1 – April 1, 2009 ~ revised

The moment of truth has arrived.  Today God & I start my 30 day fast.  I say God & I because I am no fool, I know I will need His strength and love to make it through.  I have committed to spending more time in prayer with Him along with doing the fast.  My husband will also play a huge part on this journey with me.  He has done a lot of research on fasting like this and between him and our friend I am confident that I will be guided and watched over well.  My friend sent me a link to a site that my husband may have already seen but I really enjoyed it.  Freedomyou has great information on fasting and the owner freely speaks about God!!


The fast is going to rotate between juice and water days.  Here is some nutritional information on what I will be drinking mostly on my juice days.


2oz Mona-Vie 30 calories (5 from fat)


Total Fat:        .5g                               Vitamin C:     25%

Sodium:         5g                              Vitamin K:     10%

Potassium:     55mg                        Iron:                2%


MV in 8oz of OJ (+ Calcium) 110 calories (0 from fat)


Sodium:         0mg                            Potassium:     450mg

Protein:           2g                                Carbs:  26 (22 from sugar)


Vitamin C:     13%                             Vitamin D:     25%

Riboflavin:     4%                               Vitamin B6:   6%

Magnesium: 6%                                Calcium:         35%

Thiamin:        10%                             Niacin:           4%

Folic Acid:      15%


I will drink this 3 times a day on the days that I am doing juice only.  On top of that I have to drink approx 170 oz of water daily. 


I have also decided to use this time to begin the book A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.   I figure it is a good time to do it as I really want to commit myself to this and reading this book one chapter a day for 40 days will help me build a habit of making time every day for scripture and time for God. 


So there you have it.  My journey begins.  Feel free to come along with me and see how it goes.  I’ll take all the prayers I can get along with comments or suggestions.  (Be advised ~ all comments are monitored for content) I plan on updating this site at least once a day maybe twice.  Thank you for stopping by! God Bless!




Update: 10:17 pm ~ Well most of the day was good, until around 4:30…and then I got HUNGRY!!!  I know these first three days are the hardest, but the timing is a little rough.  Let’s just say I need chocolate or some other comfort food at the moment.  But, alas, it is not to be.  I made this commitment…I will succeed.  I am hoping to make a lot of changes over the next month.  I’m hoping that by getting closer to God, I will overcome my fears that constantly hold me back in life.  By spending this month praying, I hope I will hear Him and discover what He wants from me.

Well, that’s it for day 1.  Thanks for coming by! ~ Jena 





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No matter how hard you try…

…you can’t keep change from happening.

We just found out that our pastor is leaving our church next month.  I wish I could put into words how hard this is to grasp.  Most of us had the same initial reaction, I think a friend put it best when she said, “I am selfishly disappointed”.   We have so many concerns that I just don’t have time to go over here but we are coming together with the decision that together we will get through this as long as we keep God as our focus.  I am struggling with asking God to let me see what His plans are for me during this time as I remind myself to not be judgemental and harsh as the church politics begin.

I explained to a few people that my biggest concern over this change is losing pur pastor and his family as our friends.  As I am sure you are aware that even the best of intentions and the best laid plans have a way of being lost once you lose regular contact with a friend.  We lost contact with some very special friends when we stopped atteneding the main campus of our church to plant the new campus even though we ‘committed’ to keeping in touch.  Thanks to Facebook, I am in process of getting back in touch with some of them, but life is still happening and honestly it is still getting in the way.  I wrote a poem on this subject a while back called ‘If Only for One Season’ that helps remind me that we never know how long we have with the friends and family around us and that we should work to make each day special in some little way.

The days they come and go just like the tide.  And, also like the tide, you never know what they might bring.  I am grateful that God has graced me with the ability to be flexible and to roll with most anything that comes my way.  And knowing that I am truly blessed on this day, I want to share that with anyone I can.  Someone we know of says, “If you are going to be blessed, you must be a blessing” (Dallin Larsen) and we truly believe that.  God doesn’t bless us just for ourselves, we are supposed to pass it on.

So today I pass this on to you:

Dear Heavenly Father ~ I want to thank You for all the blessings You have given my family and me.  I can see clearly Your hand in all that is working for us and feel Your strength on the harder days.  I ask that You allow the person reading this now to know You and to feel Your presence in his or her life.  Please protect them from the enemy’s attacks as You guide them on the path You have chosen for them.  For we know that when we are doing Your work and following Your will that is when the enemy attacks are the fiercest.  Help us all to be able to see Your work in our lives and to be able to see the people You put in front of us that You want us to reach out to.  Father, again I thank You for all the blessings in my life and the friends You have given me and I pray that You will protect them and their families throughout this new year.  ~ In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen!


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Bad Day?

May your day be better than you could imagine and if not then know that I
am praying for you and that you are important to me, no matter who you are!
Have a blessed day and know that God loves you
BECAUSE of your flaws not INSPITE of them!!

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How true is this???

Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord’s Prayer are not allowed in most public schools anymore
because the word ‘God’ is mentioned….
Supposedly…A 15 yr old kid in Arizona wrote the following:

NEW School prayer :

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!


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The things we take for granted.

I sit here today in my own little piece of the world and thank God for the many blessings I have, especially those I take for granted daily. I have an amazing husband, he is gentle, loving, patient (most of the time LOL) but most of all he has never given up on me. I have two HEALTHY kids, who, even though they are teenagers, are smart, caring, & good hearted. While we aren’t rich in money, we are truly rich in family and friendships. I get up every morning with no real worries, least of all something as seemingly simple as my kids school. Which leads me to the point of this post…

My sister, the only sibling I have and whom I once thought would never be a real part of my life, has some major struggles. Now, for the most part, she and her family are happy and healthy. However, my nephew is autistic. While that in and of itself is not a major catastrophe, it does present itself in some difficult ways. Right now, they are struggling with what they are going to do with his schooling next year. Middle school changes the rules for him. He is a very smart child and just a joy to be around, and although he needs certain things that aren’t usually offered in middle school, he doesn’t need to placed in a ‘special needs only’ school. From what my sister has told me, he has made great progress being around ‘normal’ kids (is there such a thing???) Then you have to factor in that middle school students have a very bad rep for being the meanest of all ages. It is a proven fact, that middle schoolers, with all the changes they face, are just not nice.

Anyway, all this to say that I feel helpless in this situation. I can NOT imagine what my sister is going through. I can only pray for God to guide them and show them the right path for my nephew. It wouldn’t hurt if you said a prayer for them too, if you feel so inclined. They would welcome the care and concern. And while we each face our own daily struggles, take a minute to look at them, REALLY look at them and see if they are as bad as they seem or only bad to us. (wait!! before you throw tomatoes at me) I realize of course that there are real problems out there and I’m not saying that the problems you are facing are not valid or real. What I am saying is, if you are like me and your problems consist of a dirty house, lack of money at times and maybe even depression, then look to someone around you. Think about the friend who has a child with pretty bad health issues, or the sister who would do anything to protect her son and help him grow any way he can. Yes, your problems are real. But are they insurmountable? Are they life altering? Or are they just a pain in the rear end?

No matter what our problems are, if we give them over to God, He will help us. He may not always give us they help we want, but He will give us what He knows we need. I will keep all of you in my daily prayers. Take care and God Bless.

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