“A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road.A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

July 1, 2008


We have two weeks under our belts on this SIX WEEK JOURNEY TOWARDS CHANGE and the one word that would describe what is happening over here is … “OUCH!” Other phrases being used are: “But WHY… ?” “Not that, too!” “Can’t we deal with that later?” “But…but…but…”

We are pleased with the changes that we are making and the progress we see so far with our schedules, nutrition, education, finances, etc. Our young men are adapting well, although they are discovering loop holes to our plans that require us to tweak our guidelines frequently.

I understand more and more each day that the CHANGE that I desire to see in my life requires that I develop a new way of looking at routine aspects of my life. I have to allow myself to see from another perspective so that my mind is changed and renewed. There are situations that I have passively stumbled into, however, in order to get out of them I will have to make some tough decisions. Dave Ramsey says that there are situations that have to be approached with ‘GAZELLE INTENSITY’ as if being chased by a CHEETAH!!!! I have to want FREEDOM bad enough to fight to get it.

An example of this would be my body weight that I now refer to as my LOVAGE. (Isn’t that HOTT? My brother gave me that!) Well, because my name is Drea and I don’t respond well to negative reinforcement, I decided to change the way that I view and refer to weight on my body, while still being truthful about what it is. The glass is half full, my friend!

F-A-T is ‘stored energy or fuel’ in the body. It is only there because I have chosen to take more food into my body than my body could burn at one time… along with over indulging in STUFF that did very little to maintain or promote wellness in this AWESOME, life-giving, self-healing machine that I call my body, but God calls the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Well, just like the STUFF that is in my garage and closets that I keep ‘just in case I need it’, but have not used in YEARS… If I haven’t used it by now, I ain’t gonna use it and it’s gotta go! All it does is create CLUTTER or, as I like to call it, extra LOVAGE that is not required to do life WELL as DREA!

I am learning a lot of things through our process. Some of these lessons have been personal revelations, while other concepts I gleaned from others. These words and ideals are proving to be a source of strength for me.

I love this quote:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~Marianne Williamson

When the Masons come to your heart…
Just keep prayin’!
Just keep prayin’!
Just keep prayin’, prayin’, prayin’!

Love ya!

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