Last week I learned about Metabolic Meals. I had long had a feeling that if I could do one of those programs where they prepackaged the food for you, that I could probably loose weight. But because I have a soy allergy, none of them have ever been possible. But Metabolic Meals is soy free (and pork free and gluten free) and tries to source as much grass-fed and organic food as possible.
Which means that it is not cheap.
But I decided to give it a try, anyway. I figure if it does help me loose weight, it will be worth it.
My first box arrived today and so I made today Day 1. My lunch was chicken gumbo. I took one look at the portion size and was immediately dismayed at how tiny it was. In their user guide they indicate that if you still feel hungry to eat vegetables, so I went ahead and made a small salad because I knew my stomach would be growling. But that chicken gumbo was absolutely and completely delicious. By dinner time my stomach was seriously growling again. So I heated up the next meal, turkey meatballs with carrots. Again, the food was absolutely deliciousness. But, my stomach is still growling.
I haven’t blogged in a little over three years. When I first started blogging back in 2001-2002 it was simply for my friends to read. I laugh as I look at old entries that post quiz results and talk about a bad day because it simply reiterates that Facebook really replaced my blog. I started using Facebook in May 2007, not too long after it had become available to everyone over the age of 13. My blog then simply became a collection of book reviews and as I became burned out on reviewing, it simply faded.
But today I felt the urge to blog. Mostly because I want to speak. It’s always lovely to converse with friends, but it’s rare that I am allowed to say everything I need to say without interruption. I realized that writing isn’t narcissistic as some claim but a catharsis that gives us voice.
So with that introduction out of the way….
This week I came across this blog post about the 6 Costs of Real Friendships. It’s not an award winning piece, or presenting any new thoughts, or even old thoughts in a new, fresh way. I do take issue with the premise of the article, “A genuine friendship—is entirely unselfish. It seeks no benefit or good of its own. It does not love—for what it may receive—but for what it may give.”
I need my friends. I need companionship. We all need our friends. We all need companionship. God said that it was not good for man to be alone. What the author described is a ministry, not a friendship. The beauty of friendship though is that there are times when we do minister unto each other. One woman may be struggling through a trial and it is her friends (family can be friends just as friends can become family) that walk alongside her lifting her arms up as Aaron and Hur did for Moses. But as that trial ends or shifts and as life continues she will find herself trading places with someone, walking along side that person, ministering to them. Ministry is one-sided with a minister and the one who being ministered. Friendships are relationships.
But still, the 6 points are valid and true. It is a good post, an honest piece, and it is worth reading. Friendship does cost personal convenience, and it does cost time, and it does cost intimacy, and it does cost love, and it does cost prayer. I have never been what one would call a “prayer warrior.” I’m not sure why; I don’t think it’s a deficit or a shortcoming in my walk with God simply because I do chat with Him a lot and while I do pray for people, it’s not consistent. But multiple times this week I was reminded that a friend prays. And so … I did. And hopefully God will keep reminding me in the future.
Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing and Harvest House Publishers. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and even though she writes romance novels, she is not afraid to admit that she’s never been kissed.
Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and editor who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. But her greatest joy comes from mentoring new writers through her blog and seeing them experience those “aha” moments when a tricky concept becomes clear.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The pirate El Salvador has haunted the waters of the Caribbean for almost ten years. When he snatched Charlotte Ransome, it was a case of mistaken identity. Now Charlotte’s brother, whose reputation in battle is the stuff of legend, is searching for him with a dogged determination. But another rumor has reached El Salvador’s ears: Julia Ransome has been kidnapped by the man feared by all other pirates–the pirate known only as Shaw. The violent and blood-thirsty savage from whom El Salvador was trying to protect her.
When word reaches William of Julia’s disappearance, his heart is torn–he cannot abandon the search for his sister, yet he must also rescue Julia. Ned Cochrane offers a solution: Ned will continue the search for Charlotte while William goes after Julia. William’s quest will lead him to a greater understanding of faith and love as he must accept help from sworn enemy and have faith that Julia’s life is in God’s hands.
I am thrilled that I got to know Kaye a bit before her books started coming out – so I will admit that I am a bit biased when it comes to reviewing her books. But her stories are well written and Kaye does an extraordinary job at creating characters. You will want to read the first book in the series, first, as these are not stand alone books.
Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.
The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.
The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.
Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.
The Sophie’s Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.
She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she’s one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys her outings to the cavern near her father’s homestead, where she explores for fossils and formations, and plans to write a book about her discoveries. The cave seems plenty safe–until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to find her way out.
Rafe Kincaid has spent years keeping his family’s cattle ranch going, all without help from his two younger brothers, who fled the ranch–and Rafe’s controlling ways–as soon as they were able. He’s haunted by one terrible day at the cave on a far-flung corner of the Kincaid property, a day that changed his life forever. Ready to put the past behind him, he plans to visit the cave one final time. He sure doesn’t expect to find a young woman trapped in one of the tunnels–or to be forced to kiss her!
Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he’s ever known, but how can he overlook her fascination with the cave he despises? And when his developing relationship with Julia threatens his chance at reconciliation with his brothers, will he be forced to choose between the family bonds that could restore his trust and the love that could heal his heart?
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. — Psalm 73:21-24 (NIV)
~A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. Psalm 68:5 (World English Bible)~