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Showing posts from April, 2012


At the beginning of January when I shared that I was beginning a weight loss journey, I stated that my ultimate goal was "MORE GOD and A LOT LESS ME".  Right now I am averaging a weight loss of nearly ten pounds a month.  The physical change is becoming obvious.

What about the heart change?  It has transformed even more than my body. I hope to the casual observer that change is even more obvious.

More God Less Me?

My heart has been turned back to my home and children.  Before my interests were divided. I was busy, busy, busy and was staying that way intentionally.  As I have sought after God during this time, He opened my heart to see that I had become too busy.  My priorities were out of whack.  I began seeking Him and He has drawn my family closer to Him and to one another.

There have been a lot of big changes over a small amount of time.  From seeking God at home, He led our family to a church where we feel we truly belong.  The heart of the church reflects our own: to re…

Boon's Sunday Sermon #33 - I'm Not Who I Was

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!   2 Corinthians 5:17 

I have recently become a fan of caterpillars.  They remind me of myself.

I often judge myself by the world's standards and what I see is a worm - a lowly, disgusting, crawling on my belly worm.  Praise God though because He has higher ideas of who I am.  He knows where I've been but sees where I'm going.

He says, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Because of His great love for me, He isn't willing to let me stay a caterpillar.  He grows me daily as I spend time in prayer and in His word seeking Him.  And as I grow eventually I will metamorphosize.  The time will come when I no longer view myself as a caterpillar but a butterfly.

Philippians 1:6 assures us:  "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will car…

Boon's Sunday Sermon #32 - Seeing Eye

From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind.  Psalm 33:13

Seeing eye dogs fascinate me.  Their focus is unwavering, and their love for their master is true.  Each dog is specially trained to "see" for the sight impaired, to protect, and to allow his master to function in a visual world.

God's love for you is just as pure.  He is focused on His will for you.  Because of His great love for you, He sees what could happen if a wrong turn is made, and often protects you, even when you choose to misstep.

Psalm 31:3 says, "Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me."
God will be your seeing eye today, if you let Him.

Dear Lord, although I can't see what's ahead, You do.  I trust You with my life.

by: Barbie Bassett
from her book "Carry An Umbrella Even When There's No Rain in the Forecast"
(Used with permission.)

Bark-days Abound

Our Katie "Scarlet" celebrated her 8th barkday on April Fools Day.  She looks GREAT for her age, doesn't she?

We love our Scarlet.  She is what everyone dreams for in the pawfect pet.  We got her some Frosty Paw ice cream to celebrate the occasion.

Sharing the celebration with Scarlet, was our Cosmo.  Cosmo's barkday was two days before Miss. Scarlet's. He turned three.  Cosmo got to spend his barkday at a dog show with his human, Isaac.  They entered the dog/owner look a-like contest and won third place!

We do love our Scarlet and Cosmo!!  We love celebrating them everyday but especially on their barkdays - especially when Frosty Paws are involved!!

Three months in.. still going strong!

I am happy to report that since Jan. 10 I am down a total of twenty-six pounds!  I am hopeful to have lost another twenty-five by July 23.

I am feeling better than I have in years and actually have energy!!  I haven't had any of that since my first child was born 13 1/2 years ago!  It feels GREAT!

July 23 is the first day of our annual dog camp.  I am hoping to have lost a total of fifty pounds before it begins.  I will set my next goal after that.

God is good and has been my strength and deliverer in this journey.  I am excited to see what the future holds.

Boon's Sunday Sermon #31 - Seeking

Last year marked the start of a new family tradition in our home.  We began having an annual Easter egg hunt for the dogs.

Last weekend we took two dozen plastic eggs, stuffed them with Cesar softie treats, and hid them throughout the yard.  Each child took a dog to help guide them to some of the less obvious spots and to keep them from chomping into the plastic eggs.  Once the dogs got hold of their first egg, they each had one mission in mind:  FIND THE REST.  They dragged the kids behind them determined to seek out and enjoy their treats.

Matthew 6:33 tells us: "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."
God is not hidden from us.  We don't have to hunt for Him as we do an Easter egg.  He is always there, but sometimes we have to look. 
Jeremiah 29:13 assures us: "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

Take time to seek after the Lord today.  Spend time in the Bible and i…

Orijen Dog Food Review

We wagged our tails with excitement when none other than world famous, Mr. Chewy asked us to take part in another review.  This time we were offered a bag of Orijen Dog Food if we'd give our opinion of the product.

You guys know how I am with food - bring it on!!  WHOOP WHOOP!  I had no problem agreeing to test it.

When it arrived at our house - promptly two days after being ordered (props to Mr. Chewy for his swiftness), I was eager to check it out.  Mom debated on which of us dogs to use as a test subject.  Can you imagine such a silly thing??  I quickly worked my wiles and convinced her that the only logical choice was ME... after all, I'm young and healthy.  I mean if the food was really that much better, what could it do to improve the health of a buff, young stud such as myself???

I trembled with enthusiasm as my bowl was prepared.  The aroma was to die for.  I quickly scarfed down my serving and did not hesitate to ask for more - which the humans denied... sheesh.

The fi…

Boon's Sunday Sermon - My Hope is in the Lord

Even youths grow tired and weary,   and young men stumble and fall;   but those who hope in the LORD     will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  - Isaiah 40:30, 31