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I am a first and foremost a follower of Jesus. He came to earth to make a way for men to become right with God. Through his death, our sins were paid for, and God offers eternal life to all who place their trust in what Jesus has done. That's the message of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

In late 2013 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Life as you know it stops dead in that moment. There is a faith decision to be made for a Christ follower. Do I really trust God, even if he allows something like cancer? During the last two years, over and over and over, I've seen His hand in my life. I've found that when you choose to trust God, He gives peace and joy.

Jill Briscoe says that peace is faith resting and joy is faith dancing. It's possible to dance your way through cancer treatment, to rest in Him in perfect peace.

I am a pastor's wife from Nebraska and mother to 5 girls and 1 boy, ages 17-30. I just became a grandmother in February.

If you are reading this, post a comment, so I can read your page and get to know you, too.

Member Since: 12/28/2007

My Goals:
1. Daily food log
2. Low calorie diet
3. Exercise 3 days a week
4. Daily time with God

My Program:
1. Use Nutrition tracker
2. Work out at home or Y
3. Blog at least weekly
4. Get on SparkPeople daily

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Recent Good Reads:
Satisfy My Thirsty Soul by Linda Dillow
A Praying Life by Paul Miller
50 Days of Heaven by Randy Alcorn
Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxes.
Faith Dancing by Jill Briscoe

Some of my favorite fiction authors are Jane Austen, Dorothy Sayers, Rex Stout, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Frazer, PD James.

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    Hi, Lydia. I stopped by your page because it looks like we have a few things in common. Mainly, your current weight and goal weight are exactly the same as mine (I don't have it showing on my page). I have 4 girls and 1 boy ages 14-5 and I play piano. Your husband looks tall next to you in the picture. Mine is 6'4" and also, of course, a pastor. We live in NE PA. I wanted you to know I visited your page. Keep up the great work!
    4215 days ago
    Hi Lydia! Thanks for stopping by my page. How are things with you? I'm continuing to track food and move every day, though weight loss has slowed considerably. I just keep telling myself I'm in training for maintenance when I get discouraged by the slow progress. Slow and steady forward motion is what it's all about!
    4272 days ago
    Hi! Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy and Healthy Sunday! And to also WELCOME you to Spark and to the team C + M = WL! Hope you have a wonderful day and Best wishes on your Journey!

    4344 days ago
    How's it going, Lydia? I pray you had a wonderful weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day!
    4357 days ago
    HI, thankyou for the encouragment. Great to meet you!
    4361 days ago
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