LIGHTWEIGHT PROBLEMS IN PERSPECTIVE by Jeanne Gowen Dennis

Lightweight Problems

Lightweight Problems

Losing Weight at Last

For thirty years, I complained that I couldn’t lose weight. “Eat less. Exercise more,” people said. It never worked.

Then suddenly last fall, the inches started coming off. I can only attribute it to cutting out gluten and other foods that disagree with me. Getting more sleep. Drinking more water.

And possibly spending a month in Southeast Asia. There I fell in love with fresh vegetables. Vegetables with small amounts of meat for breakfast. And for lunch. And for dinner. I walked almost everywhere I went.

Keeping It Off

Here at home I cook more variety of foods, but I’m still losing weight. I don’t walk nearly as much as I did in Asia, but I exercise several times a week. Because I don’t want to gain the weight back. But now I’ve developed some new problems.

Lightweight Problems

For so many years, I looked in the mirror and dreamed of wearing a smaller size again. I never believed I would. I never realized how many more wrinkles would appear on my face when I did.

In March, I needed a smaller size in jeans. By June, I had to buy the next size down. The March jeans didn’t even show wear. Then because none of my better clothes fit, I purchased new ones for a convention. It was beginning to get expensive!

Now I’m altering my favorite clothes so I won’t have to replace them all. And that requires a huge expense of time.

Who would have thought losing weight could cause so many “lightweight” problems?

Real Problems

All of these small issues come into proper perspective when I observe the real problems happening all around us:

  • Hurricane Harvey and the incredible heartache and devastation it has caused.
  • The plight of persecuted Christians all over the world.
  • And those precious children whose bellies bulge like a woman eight months pregnant. Because they’re starving or filled with parasites.

How dare I complain about anything? Anything! All of my problems are lightweight compared to those.

The Solution

So I’m going to do what Scripture teaches. “By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” (Phil. 4:6), I’m going to make my requests known to God. I’m going to thank Him for His faithfulness and for my small problems. And I’m going to:

  • Plead for those who bear the heavy burdens of grief and suffering.
  • Intercede for those who feel too hopeless to pray for themselves.
  • Pray for the lost who need the sure hope of salvation found only in Jesus.

I’m turning over my lightweight problems – and their heavy ones – to the only One who can truly help.

Would you like to join me?

“Live your faith. Pass it on.”

Author Jeanne Dennis

Author Jeanne Dennis

About Jeanne: An award-winning author of a dozen books, Jeanne Dennis hosts Heritage of Truth TV at https://jeannedennis.com. She is a commissioned Colson Fellow and Centurion. Through her writing, speaking, original music, and online ministry, she encourages families to live biblically in our spiritually confused culture.

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Jeanne Dennis

Jeanne Dennis, host of Heritage of Truth TV

A Creative Challenge: Try Something New

By Jeanne Dennis

Life for me has been changing rapidly. After 11 years of part-time caregiving and the deaths of several family members and friends, I’m finally coming up for air. I’m able to enjoy writing, art, cooking, and music again.

One writing project especially challenges and excites me. My dad used to journal often and made me promise to do something with his musings. He died three years ago, but his journals and notes had been missing for five years, ever since my sister died. We thought they had been discarded accidentally with some of her papers.

What joy it gave us to find them in an old file cabinet a few months ago! Now I plan to sort through his writings and “do something” with them, probably in the form of a memoir about Dad’s and Mom’s lives. When Mom told others their story, people always said, “You should write a book.” So perhaps I’ll do it in her stead.

In the past month, I’ve also tried my hand at urban sketching. Drawing buildings and bustling street life has never appealed to me before, but I’ve found it enjoyable. Scribbles done the right way can look amazingly similar to people, cars, and architecture.

Though I’ve always enjoyed cooking, I’ve recently faced new challenges in the kitchen. Last fall I discovered I have gluten and other food sensitivities. Tragically, my favorite homemade whole-wheat sourdough bread had to go. Now I’m learning to cook with vegetables, fruits, and proteins with little to no grains. It has stretched my creativity and our food budget, but we’re feeling healthier and I was able to lose weight for the first time in many years. I also make my own dark chocolate–yum!

Finally, I’m writing music again and working on a Christmas album, which will be my third album.

Can I challenge you to make the most of your summer and try something new, fun, and creative? Don’t get frustrated if you don’t succeed at first. Half the joy in accomplishment comes from the journey it takes to get there. So enjoy the creative journey!

Jeanne Gowen Dennis hosts Heritage of Truth TV http://heritageoftruth.com, is a commissioned Colson Fellow and Centurion, and is a multi-award winning author of a dozen books. For over twenty years, she has been helping families understand, live out, and pass on biblical heritage through her writing, speaking, teaching, original music, and online ministries. She and her husband of over 40 years serve actively in their local church and enjoy spending time with their family, including three amazing grandchildren.

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ISBN 978-0830754908
Publisher: Gospel Light
Release Date: 10/21/10

The gift of God’s grace transforms our lives as it did for Paul and many other early Christians. As we walk in grace we understand our significance to God, his merciful forgiveness, and how to extend his grace to others. The study explores Jesus, the source of grace, the gift of the grace of salvation, the encouragement of extending grace to others, freedom we have because of grace, the connection between grace and peace, and many other aspects of grace.

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Guardian of the FlameT.L. Higley

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ISBN-13: 978-0-8054-4732-3

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ISBN: 978-080073342

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