Okay, so it's been exactly one month since I started the Atkins and gluten free diet. I honestly can't believe that I've made it a month already and it flew by. I've never experienced an easier month of dieting in my life! I'm seriously not kidding. This diet has been so easy and I'm very happy with the results. Below is a list of what to expect from the Atkins diet and how I fared. 

✔️ Changes in your energy levels - There have defiantly been changes in my energy level. The fits two weeks, I had NONE, but after that I had days of high energy and some no so much. 

✔️ Decreased hunger and carb cravings - This one was the most amazing. I've never in my entire life been able to quit sugar altogether much less sugar and gluten at the same time. The lack of appetite and cravings is amazing. I don't usually crave anything and if I do see something that looks good like this past Sunday at church when all the ladies brought yummy deserts for dinner one the ground, I look at the stuff and think, "oh, that looks nice." And the thought is over and no cravings. Also, the loss of appetite is crazy! I had to be careful and still do because it's very easy to skip meals and not even realize it till it's too late. Decreased hunger and carb cravings? ABSOLUTELY!

✔️ A few negative side effects - The only real side effect other that being pretty pooped the first two weeks was constipation. It's a problem but can easily be avoided by drinking lots of water and taking a herbal laxative each night. In biggie!

✔️ Rapid weight loss - I'd say this was a yep! They say you can lose 15 lbs in the first two weeks and some people have so it is possible. I actually lost 11 lbs the first two weeks. I lost like .6 the next week and today I was down 4.8 lbs. so for the month I'm down 15 lbs. and that's not to shabby if I do say so myself. 

So month #1 is done, finished, kaput! Now on to month #2. I'm hoping to lose 10 lbs this month and continue on till I make it to my goal weight of 145 for the first time in my adult life. I am doing it and with out much effort thanks to The New Atkins Diet. 

The Good Friday Lie

It is imperative that God’s people learn to study and think! Too many Christians are content to go with the flow of the mainstream religious community; they fail to contemplate and confer with the Scriptures, and this failure leaves them unable to rightly divide truth. Today’s Christians are a generation illiterate in the Scriptures. As a result, we are easily intimidated by our Christian friends and acquaintances. We are so unnerved when we find ourselves out of the mainstream that we quickly capitulate on any potentially controversial subject. 

In this day and time of terrorism, the word fundamentalist has literally brought fear into the hearts of those Bible believers who hold dear the literal interpretation of the Scriptures. As a result, we find ourselves outside the religious loop, grappling with issues that were crystal clear to the past leaders of fundamentalism. However, we must not allow religious tradition to take precedence over the inspired words of God.  This is a day when those who study and digest the Word of Gomust become a breath of fresh air.


In this chapter, we will discuss the subject of Good Friday in light of the Bible, rather than religious tradition. Dr. John R. Rice, founder and editor of The Sword of the Lord, once told about a man who was running for office. After a day of campaigning, he went to his campaign manager and said, “Guess what my opponent did?”

“He called me a liar.”
“That’s too bad.”
“But he did worse than that.”
“What was that?”
“He proved it on me,” the politician answered.

Now I am going to prove to the religious world that its teaching and practicing of Good Friday is wrong. All over America, on the Friday before Easter Sunday, Good Friday services are conducted. In fact, many Baptist churches and schools shut down on that Friday in observance of a Catholic holy day. Some Baptists even hold Good Friday services. They start the services at noon and end the services at three o’clock in observance of the supposed day of crucifixion so many centuries ago. This belief and practice is erroneous!

I will prove to you that our Lord was crucified on Wednesday. He was laid in the grave about six o’clock on Wednesday evening. He was in the grave Wednesday evening, all day Thursday, Thursday evening, all day Friday, Friday evening, and all day Saturday; He rose from the grave on Sunday.

It is very important to remember that the Jewish day started with the evening. The Bible does not say that the morning and the evening were the first day. It says,were the first d“And the evening and the morning day.” (Genesis 1:5) The Jewish day began at six o’clock in the evening,not at midnight as our day does.

Our Lord was in the grave three days and three nights.  Which days was Jesus in the grave? He was in the grave during the days of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Which nights was Jesus in the grave? He was in the grave during the nights of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. He came out of the grave at the evening time early Sunday morning.

Let us take a closer look at the matter of the three days and three nights. In the Bible, the day is usually the light part of a twenty-four hour period. Thus, three days would be three periods of the light part. There are other meanings of the word day in the Bible.  It can be used to refer to such periods of time as “the day of the Lord,” “the day of calamity,” “the day of vengeance,” the day of “visitation,” and so forth.  However, normally the Lord speaks about the light time in the twenty-four hour cycle when speaking of the day.

In Genesis 1:3-5, is the Lord talking about a twenty-four hour period when He talks about a day? No. He called the light day, and the darkness He called night. So, when the Lord talks about a day, He is talking about the light part of the twenty-four hours.  When He is talking about the darkness, or night, He is talking about the dark part of the twenty-four hours. So, the evening and the morning were the first day.

When our Lord talks about three days in the grave, what does that mean? It simply means three light periods. When He talks about three nights, He means three dark periods. The evening and the morning are a complete day.

John 11:9 says, “Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in a day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.” According to our Lord, there are twelve hours of light in one day. Exodus 13:21 says, “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light; to go by day and night...” So, when the Lord says day, He does not mean the day and the night; He means the light part of the twenty-four hours.

Matthew 12:40 says, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shallthe Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights. How many hours are in a day? There are twelve hours of light and twelve hours of darkness, which equals twenty-four hours. Three times twelve equals thirty-sixhours of light, and three times twelve equals thirty-six hours of darkness. Thirty-six hours of light plus thirty-six hours of darkness equals seventy-two hours all together. Therefore, Jesus was in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights or seventy-two hours.

The Lord Himself told us how many hours are in the day—twelve—and how many hours in the night—twelve. Thus, the Lord told us that He was in the heart of the earth for a total of seventy-two hours.

For the sake of discussion, let us assume that Jesus was crucified on Friday afternoon at three o’clock. We have nine hours left until midnight. So, from midnight Friday until midnight Saturday we have twenty-four hours. Now, add twenty-four and nine, and you have a total of thirty-three hours. Jesus came out of the grave sometime Saturday night. So, let us add six more hours to the thirty-three, and we end up with a total of only thirty-nine hours.

It is impossible for Jesus to have been crucified on Friday! Since Jesus had to be in the heart of the earth for seventy-two hours, if He had been crucified on Friday, He would have needed to stay there Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. However, Matthew 28:1 says, “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” The Bible tells us plainly that Jesus rose on the first day (Sunday), not the second day (Monday).

Why do so many churches observe Good Friday? They do so simply because their churches are built on traditions, not the Scriptures.

Luke 23:52-54 says, “This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.”

The Sabbath was the day after the crucifixion. What day is the Sabbath? Saturday.  If the Sabbath was the day after the crucifixion, then what day would it normally seem that our Lord was crucified? Friday! If we do not study the Scriptures carefully, it would seem that our Lord actually was crucified on Friday, as the Catholics teach.  This is where the Good Friday doctrine emerges. The answer is an easy one.

There are two kinds of Sabbaths. There is the seventh day Sabbath and the high day Sabbath. In Leviticus 23, we have seven Sabbaths apart from the weekly Sabbath. These seven Sabbaths are the high day Sabbaths. They are as follows:

Ø  The first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath (the day after Passover – verses 6-8)

Ø  The second Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath (the seventh day of the feast – verse 8)

Ø  The Pentecost Sabbath (fifty days after the first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath – verses)    (15-21)

Ø  The Sabbath of the Trumpets (verses 24-25)

Ø  The Sabbath of Atonement (verses 27-32)

Ø  The first Feast of Tabernacles Sabbath (verse 34-35)

Ø  The second Feast of Tabernacles Sabbath (verse 36)

None of these Sabbaths deal with the seventh day of the week. Thus, we have seven Sabbaths plus the weekly Sabbath.

John 19:31 says, “The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.”

The question is, Was Jesus crucified before one of the seven Sabbaths of Leviticus, or before the weekly Sabbath? John 19:14 says, “And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!” According to this verse, Jesus was crucified the day before the Passover Sabbath (or the first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath), not the weekly Sabbath. Thus, Jesus had to have been crucified on Wednesday, with Thursday being the Passover Sabbath.

Matthew 28:1 says, “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” Now, to which Sabbath is this verse referring? It is referring to the weekly Sabbath. The Sabbath after His crucifixion—which occurred on a Thursday—was a high Sabbath, and the Sabbath before His resurrection was a weekly Sabbath—Saturday—because the Bible says that the next day was the first day of the week.

The conclusion is quite clear. Jesus could not have been crucified on Friday because there were two Sabbath days that had to occur before He was resurrected. Therefore, the first night our Lord was in the grave was the Passover Sabbath (the first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath), or Thursday, the first month and the fifteenth day. Therefore, the second Sabbath was the weekly Sabbath.

That is why Mary Magdalene said, “…after the sabbath.” Jesus was in the grave during two Sabbaths: the first Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath (also called the Passover Sabbath) on Thursday, and the weekly Sabbath on Saturday.  

By Bob Gray Sr. 

Okay so this post is actually close to being a month late but better late than sorry, right? Last month for my 41st, yes I said 41! I'm officially 9 years from 50! That's only 19 years from 60! *sniff* Anyhoo, for my 41st, my amazing husband planned a surprise trip to Salzburg, Austria, home of The Sound of Music. Are you kidding me??? I LOVE The Sound of Music!!  

Anyhoo, we left on Monday and spent several days walking all over Salzburg. It was amazing!
Besides all the SOM (sound of music) stuff there is so much to see there. The city is amazing and built around the river Salzach that was used to transport salt to other parts of the continent and Salzburg actually means Salt castle. Bet ya didn't know that!

Don't ask me? I don't know what the deal is with the man standing on the big golden ball. Hmmm. 

Anyhow, here's a bookoo of photos from our trip. You'll have to wait till the end of the post for the SOM photos. I'm saving the best for last!

Salzburg is amazingly beautiful. It's so pristine and it just feels like walking around a fairy tale town. 

Oh yea and Mozart is from Salzburg and was actually born in this very house!

Untersburg standing at 6,400 ft. was awesome to see. We took the cable car thinggy to the top and half way up it was covered with snow. The photo above is the back side but half way up there was snow and hopping along the ridges when mountain deer. It was amazing. 

BTW, it was so cold up there, we were defiantly not dressed for the occasion. 

Hannah also loves the SOM, she was all smiles. 

Salzburg is a distinctly Catholic city. It houses the oldest nunnery in the world! 

The city was scattered with Catholic statues and sites. The above statue was sad to see. The statue of Peter holding the crucified Jesus.  Little do they know, Peter is actually with the resurrected Jesus!!

Remember the scene when they Von Trapp family was hiding from the Nazis in the cemetery that was shown to be in the convent, well...It isn't actually in the convent, it's in this old cemetery just below the convent. 
If you notice in the above photo there are some windows about half way up in the photo, they're actually cut out of the mountain. They call them the catacombs, they really aren't since they're not underground. 

This was the photo from the above windows. 

Instead of a place to hide Christians it was a burial place for who knows who. It was very interesting to see. 

Another photo of the burial plots. love the old fence. 

When did a ton of walking and from the top of the mountain the view was amazing. Such a pretty town. 

I loved seeing it with my besties! I'm so blessed. 

I super-love this photo. I love that little house in the middle of that green pasture. I wanna live there!

I took this photo inside the castle on the hill. 

It's a lovely town and I love the discolored copper roofs. BTW, I actually had to look up the word roof  'cause roofs didn't sound right but neither did rooves. FYI, it's roofs!  

Okay now for the moment you've been waiting for with baited breathe!
The Sound of Music Tour courtesy of my 41st birthday. Birthday's aren't that bad after all. 

Johnny and Hannah in the park whene the kids sang Do Re Mi. Btw, know what's in the bag Johnny's holding?? It's CRONUTS!! Can I just take a moment to insert some opinion here? I believe with all my heart that the food we are going to eat at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will indeed me Cronuts!!!

Aren't the flowers amazing!

Why yes that is the fountain the kids danced around. So cool!

First of all, don't ask me what I was looking at, I have no idea, at least Hannah looks normal. Those are THE stairs the kids and Maria bounced up as they sang. WHAT!

The view from the stairs was amazing. That's the castle up on the hill on the other side of the river. 

Yes, my eyes are closed, dunno why. It was a long couple days!

Again, those grave plots that the scene in the movie was copied from. 

TAKE A DEEP breathe!!

 Yes that is the Von Trapp Family home! Okay not the real family but the beautiful movie family actually pushed their car out of that fence in the night trying to escape the Nazis.

Hannah loves the SOM. She was so excited. 

Now wait, we're not strange we just think it's incredibly cool to actually touch the wall that maybe Maria touched. 

FYI, this is the actual house that was used for filming the back of the house when the boat tipped over and they drank pink lemonade. They used two different locations. 

 We looked! The Von Trapp kids are gone, they weren't hanging from the trees even those these are those trees!

 We couldn't leave Salzburg without seeing THE gazebo. We didn't dance or sing like they did but we had to get a kiss in. So fun! Being a missionary in Eastern Europe has it's perks!

So my 41st birthday was amazing. I'm so thankful to have such a considerate husband and if this is what I can expect for all of my 40s birthdays, bring them on!!!


We moved into a new house a few months ago and I was all excited to start putting curtains up and setting up house till I realized that the big kitchen window is almost a whopping 3 meters high.

This is what the dining room looked like when the landlord lived here. 
Btw, check out the paint choices,  green, brown, tan and blue, to each his own!

What? Who makes a window so big? Anyhow, I started shopping for curtains for that window only to discover that they don't sell 3 meter long curtains here. So off to Ikea we went. I found some white sheer fabric for 2 bucks a yard and purchased enough to cover that monstrous window. We headed home and then I realized that I have always failed when cutting such large pieces of sheer fabric. The stuff is the hardest stuff to work with and it such large dimensions it was sure to be a booger!

I searched the net and read all the tips I could find about working with sheer fabrics and off I went. Amazingly, I actually figured out how to work with the fabric and not lose my testimony through the experience. So here are some tips that worked for me.

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Tip #1 Take a twin fitted sheet and cover your work space, ie. my kitchen table. I used a twin sized fleece sheet and the fuzziness :0) really helped the sheer fabric not to slip and slide all over town. What's cool is that my kitchen table happens to be the size of a twin bed. Go figure!

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Tip #2 Use chairs to support and cold your lengths of fabric. This was the fabric doesn't have to be on the floor and it's not constantly pulling while you're cutting. 

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Also you can put a towel over the chair back to keep the fabric from sliding down. This makes it much easier to keep the fabric stationary when cutting. 

I didn't actually take photos to go with my other tips so you'll just have to use your imagination. 

Tip #3 Use a yard stick of even a strait edge of any kind to lightly mark your cutting edge. Line up the folder edge of your fabric with the edge of the table to make sure your fabric is strait when marking. 

Tip #4 Double check! Make sure you're checking your measurements as you go 'cause cutting one wrong could throw off your whole project if you only have just enough yards to get the job done. 

Tip #5 Pin! Pin! Pin! I know you experienced gals can sew a sows ear into a silk purse without even pinning anything but for the rest of us normal gals, PIN! Sheer fabric slips everywhere and it's almost impossible to keep it still without pinning. 

Tip #6 Press! After pinning I pressed all my seams. Not only did it give me a crisp edge but it also allowed me to take another look-see at my measurements. 

Tip #7 Make sure you have a new sharp needle in your machine. Some folks say to use a needle made for this sort of fabric but my normal needle did fine. 

Tip #8 Take your time. Remember slew and steady wins the race 'cause no one wants to get ol' seam ripper out, now do we. Take your time. 

So there ya go. These are the few hints that actually helped me not to throw the whole bunch in the trash. I hate all the lines of the window and the brown color but I think the sheers do well to diffuse it a bit. Still a work in progress but it's coming along. 

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Oh btw, notice how empty the wall above the red buffet is, well... I used a Pinterest hint about using hot glue and safety pins to attach decorative plates to the wall and so I jumped on board. Figured that at least I could say I used one of the tuts I found on Pinterest. *wink* Anyhow, we're having dinner at that table with a young family in our church when we hear a terrible crash. We turn around to see that one of the plates had fallen and shattered all in the dish of fajita chicken. Are you kidding me? So I reverted to serving beef fajitas. Luckily they weren't in the vicinity when the next plate fell and shattered. So, thanks a lot Pinterest, you ruined my fajitas! I'm gonna try duct tape next time!

Anyhoo, happy sewing!!!


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