ARCHIPPUS – who the heck is he?

I am reading through the Bible with a plan the church is using. It is kind of fun knowing we are all reading the same thing. I’ve done this before with a group in Illinois, and it was delightful when we got together and discussed it. Lovely.

Today, in my reading I came across the name Archippus. I’ve seen the name before and I guess just skipped right over it. My reading today was in Colossians. Paul says very simply in Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” Simple and profound. Continue reading

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Focus on the Important Stuff

Truth. Right?

But what if you have too many “Important Stuffs”?

I am working on eating a plant-based diet. It takes focus. Maybe it shouldn’t take so much focus, but it is taking my focus!

And I am back in the children’s ministry game! Yay! I will be launching a new website shortly showcasing my best-selling product line — The Party Plans! So much excitement has surrounded these products, so much excitement surrounding getting them revamped and re-released.

AND I am attempting to get myself back to writing daily. Continue reading

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Do What is Right For You aka Eat The Broccoli

Everyone is different. We all know that. HOWEVER, we feel uncomfortable when someone does something “different” than us. Doesn’t really make sense, though. If we are all, in fact, different; then we will do things differently.

And it is not just our personalities that are different. Our bodies are different, our minds are different, our purpose is different.

What is right for one person, may not be right for someone else.

And what someone has to walk through may not be something you have to walk through. And vice versa. Continue reading

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Savor the moments

Have you ever wanted to just sloooooooow down? We all have. Well, I assume we all have. Things get crazy. Life gets blurry. The task list is long and can get cumbersome. The constant unending chores to get done.

It is regular. It is normal. It is disheartening.

And we miss things.

I hate missing things.

When my kids were young, I wanted to savor the moments. But I was a working mom and a children’s minister and had a great friend circle and a home. And meals. And laundry. And … and … and … like you, probably. Continue reading

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Nothing Just “Happens”

Well, I guess that isn’t true, so things do just “happen.” Like old age. It just happens, right. Of course you do have to exercise some semblance of sanity to make that happen. You know, like looking both ways before crossing the street, you know, stuff like that.

But other things … they don’t just  happen. It takes us.

Image result for self cleaning house

Our house doesn’t clean itself. Ever. Right? Our clothes do not  magically wash themselves. Our car doesn’t refill itself with  fuel. Our books do not get written by themselves. Our goals do not just surprisingly get met.

Nope.

It takes us. Continue reading

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So long 2016 …

Looking back on a trip around the calendar is an excellent use of time. And my 2016 was a crazy one. How was yours?

  • It is the first year we did not add on a grandchild for the past 5 years! Crazy! (But we are adding one in 2017, so all is well.)
  • We moved from Illinois to Nevada! What? Really? yup!
  • I turned to a plant based diet! I did what exactly? It still seems strange. (Not as strange as the fact that we live in Las Vegas.) I wrote a little blurb about it here. Vegan, Really?
  • My writing took a serious back seat to the other things happening in my world. (Not my favorite thing on the list.)

It is vital to look at where you were and where you are. What are you happy with? What are you frustrated by? Continue reading

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Best Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie EVER!

I don’t mean to brag, but seriously. . . SERIOUSLY! It is just so good. So good, in fact, that I thought I would share  it with you. I’m not a food blogger, so I’m not skilled at taking photos every step of the way. In fact, I find it a little frustrating to scroll through a dozen pictures to get to the recipe (sorry food bloggers). So, I’m just going to share it with you.

Why?

Because  it is the end of Thanksgiving week! And I am so thankful for discovering that cooking this way can be delectable. For me and for meat-eaters as well. Continue reading

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I DID IT!!!

Seriously, I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am. I made it the entire length of the 60 Day Challenge I set for myself.

ALL THE WAY TO THE END!!!

60 days for myself

YAY ME!

 

Sometimes you just gotta stop for one second and be proud of yourself. Sometimes you gotta just pat yourself on the back and say YAY ME!

That’s where I am. However, I am absolutely not stopping here. I have set a Challenge for myself for the next 30 Days. AND I am joining with a friend for a series of 10 Day Challenges where we are pushing ourselves in one or two areas and holding each other accountable.

There is nothing like the feeling of success. Not. One. Thing.

Are you challenging yourself in an area right now? Please comment on this blog (below). Share it with the world. Make it public. It seems a little more real when you do.

I can’t wait to encourage you back.

Pat Meyers
Day 61 of the 60 Day Challenge!!!

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Vegan? REALLY?

I know what you are thinking. Vegan? What is that word doing on a post title?

On, more specifically, my post title???

Well, I’ve been on a health journey. I felt lead to put myself on a 60 day challenge (I talked about it already here.and here.) But I never would have expected it would take me here.

N.E.V.E.R.

I would have argued with you if you said it would. Actually, I think I did argue about it. Continue reading

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Not quite halfway there

I’m not even half way through my 60 day challenge … but serious progress has been made.

How have I been doing on the whole “60 first day” thing? (You can read about that here.) Not fabulous. Not terrible.

When it is all said and done, that really isn’t bad, is it? Not bad, not great?

Somewhere in the middle is something to celebrate.

Somewhere in the middle means you are sticking with it. You aren’t so over-inspired that you might fizzle out, you aren’t so under-motivated that you don’t get up and work on it each day. Somewhere in the middle is safe from falling off the edge in either direction. It means you are focusing on forward, not anywhere else.

I have managed to re-inspire my motivation when it waned. I have stayed steady in my goals.

I am eating an 80-90% plant-based diet (kind of difficult to switch to that) and I am getting movement and sunshine every day. I also began juicing twice a day.

The result so far?

  • 7 pounds lost
  • 12 points down in my glucose level
  • BP completely normal
  • Dramatic improvement in my kidney

AMAZING!

Yes, it is work. Every single day. Work. Hustle. Try. Repeat.

But totally worth it.

Whatever your goal, your pursuit, your dream, you goals — stay the course. Every little thing you do counts. Every tiny step gets you closer. Stay the course.

I am anxious to see what day 60 will bring. I know anxious is rather a negative word. But that is what I am.

 

Patricia Meyers
Waiting impatiently

 

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