Sunday, January 16, 2011


when i was in college i took a lot of english classes

because i loved english and each course was an easy "A" for me

until i got dr. demott for american lazy ways didn't fall under his radar and i did not love his english class

a "d" on a paper!  and when i rewrote it (with little effort), a "c"

but i became a better writer, a better thinker because of dr. demott

and i felt better about that "B" in his class than all my "A's" put together


i am reading two books right now whose authors may just be related to dr. demott

i've been praying for a kick in the pants on behalf of my expanding backside {i love to eat, hate to exercise} and on behalf of my lukewarm spiritual life {how my mind can wander to such great lengths during prayer is beyond me}

from author paul e. miller:

oddly enough, many people struggle to learn how to pray because they are focusing on praying, not on God

and this...

so don't hunt for a feeling in prayer.  deep in our psyches we want an experience with God or an experience in prayer.  once we make that our quest, we lose God.  You don't experience God; you get to know him

miller has called my bluff (which seems to be the bluff of a lot of people, which is comforting) and is teaching me to re-think prayer

and from a most surprising author {DJ from "full house"} i am rethinking how i go about weight loss

{her book is getting great reviews}


i nearly laughed out loud when a few nights ago i read this

remember, the heart will deceive us with all sorts of negative thoughts: ..."you're getting older and people can't take the weight off" 

{i have been using this excuse a lot lately!} 

i suppose the biggest lesson i'm gleaning from candace's book has nothing to do with food or weight

but everything to do with willpower, delayed gratification and moderation

{things i already knew...but candace reminds me that it's all about body, mind and spirit together}

Candace Cameron pictures photo gallery 4

i hadn't really planned on reading either of these books 

but i'm glad they have found their way onto my nightstand

i want to grow spiritually and shrink physically {grin} this year

so on this sunny, but wintry cold, day

i leave you to curl up by the fire to read

happily welcoming more wisdom

from unexpected places


Pansy Cottage Girl said...

I love you Cathy. Thank you for sharing your deepest heart's desires. I love how fearless you are and that you are not afraid to be transparent.

patty said...

hello cathy! i love how you write... your posts just soothe me. miss candace is just beautiful and i hope she continues to give you the insight and motivation you crave. love to you~

Kellee said...

So happy that you have found things that speak to you. <3

Mrs. C... said...

So my pastor was just talking about that prayer book yesterday at church. Ah, spiritual spankings are never fun to get, but worth the transformation if we choose to learn from them. As for physical fitness ~ I hear you friend, I really do! We got a Moose of a dog, that reminds me daily that he and I both need excercise! :)

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