Yep, I Feel Like A Turtle. (Blog Award)

Yep, I Feel  like  a turtle . . .


I’ll call this my Turtle Award


I unknowingly posted about a “Spirit Animal” Blog Award. My dear friend, Rachel informed me, “There is no such thing as a spirit animal. Only the Holy Spirit can abide in us if we ask him too. He is all the wisdom we need.:)”

So true Rachel. Thank you for the reminder. I went back and made the necessary changes. The Holy Spirit (Lord) is what delivered me from obesity (over 90 pounds) and I don’t want to hurt His feelings. I owe all that I am to the Lord, Holy Spirit. I appreciate Rachel helping me realize my error. Isn’t that what true friends are for, to help us along the way.

Chape at sent me the Spirit Animal award. She’s a personal trainer who encourages you to get up off the sofa and do something, anything. She has a playlist of music to move your body. Wow! How did she do that? Check out her blog for more inspiration. Very motivating.

She asked,  “If you could be an animal, which would you be?”

Hate to admit it, but lately, I feel like a turtle.     img_9091-1

Turtles are slow, it seems I am too. Events of life and people keep getting in the way.  Wait a minute. Doesn’t God place these people in our lives as an assignment? Aren’t we to minister His love to them? Maybe their assignment is to minister His love to us? What do you think?

It gives me comfort to know that if I just keep going forward, even though I’m slow, I will achieve my goals and win this race. Victory is just ahead. Your victory is just ahead too.

Wait, could it be that what slows us down is that we keep reaching out to help others along the way? Could it be that as we help them achieve their victory, we reach our victory at the same time? Other people slow us down in reaching our goals, but as we help each other we combine our strength and achieve victory together. There is safety in numbers, but there’s combined strength in numbers too? Think about it. We’re created to show forth His love, strength, joy, and peace to one another. One seed of love spreads forth to create abundance.

Remember that old song by The Beatles, “What The World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love.” Truth.

 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

 Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. Galatians 6:1-3 (The Message)

The turtle is round in shape. I used to be round in shape. But not now, thank you Lord Jesus.



Weighing 241 pounds.









The turtle ate my cat’s leftovers. I also ate the leftovers that others left on their plate and everything else too. As the turtle walked, he waddled. I don’t know how he carries his large round body on those little legs. I used to have really big legs (size 18-20) and also waddled when I walked, but not now. My  bottom and legs are still the largest part of my body, but now size 8-10.

img_9250Rules for the Award I’m sending to ya’ll:

As far as I’m concerned all of you are wonderful, so I give you an award without strings attached. Just take it as a gift to you, my friend. If you don’t want to complete the assignment- don’t.

Enjoy this award as a free gift to you. But if you want to complete this assignment, go for it.

1. Post the award picture on your blog.

2. Write a short paragraph about your blog and what it means to you.

3. If you could be any animal what would you be?         Since this is just an award for your wonderful blog. It’s not necessary to write about being an animal.

4. Pick 10 nominees.

  In the beginning this blog provided something for me to do at night beside eat. After supper, I used to settle down in front of the TV and snack until I waddled off to bed. The blog served to replace a bad habit with a good habit.

In 2013 it provided a connection to the outside world when I was homebound with my 95- year- old mother-in-law for four months. She was promoted to Heaven in Feb. 2014.

I wrote to share  with others what God spoke to my heart during my early morning weight loss counseling sessions. Other people enjoyed reading it and said it helped them with their weight issues too. I remember when the first few people subscribed I was so surprised and excited.

God delivered me from obesity (over 90 pounds). I feel like a miracle. God shows no partiality, so He’ll do the same for you. For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2: 11

This blog also resulted in a book, The God Plan, Daily Inspiration for Victory Over the Scales, available through
I want to take this blog to another level and I’m trying to learn how to improve. My biggest struggle is time management due to a retired husband who thinks he’s the center of my universe, grandchildren, and the others God has placed in my life.



Now I grant this award to the following:













About deborahcrocker

I am a retired public school teacher. I have been married for 44 years to my high school sweet heart. We have two grown children and six grandchildren. For many years I have written my prayers in order to maintain both my focus and as a release from my stresses. These prayers are written in the form of dialog with God. I write my concerns, questions, and then write the answers just as they came into my heart. This website contains the conversations I had with God concerning my constant struggle with my weight and my compulsion to overindulge in the pleasure of food. I have gained, lost, and regained over 60lbs several times throughout my lifetime. I am now in the process of surrendering this addiction to God’s control and I know He will give me the victory. I believe that God speaks to all of His children in different ways. With me, He speaks both in my heart and in my dialog writings. ”My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 It is my hope and prayer that these dialogs will both encourage and bless you throughout your own journey of breaking free from your addiction. I hope that you will also begin having your own personal dialogs with God. He will speak to your heart as well.I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and that He rose again on the third day so that we may have a “new” life both here on Earth and later in Heaven. I also believe that my overeating (gluttony) is a sin (addiction) that has held me in bondage with a constant struggle for most of my adult life. This addiction, like all addictions, has prevented me from living a life to my fullest potential. I have always felt controlled and defeated by this overwhelming compulsion to overeat. This compulsion, at times, has damaged both my confidence and my potential. John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly. BUT I know that Jesus Christ has come to set me free! HE IS THE ANSWER! As I surrender the control of my life and desires to His direction and His will, He will set me free from all addictions! He promises and He will make you free too! John 8:36 Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. VICTORY IS COMING!!!
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3 Responses to Yep, I Feel Like A Turtle. (Blog Award)

  1. susieshy45 says:

    Hi Debbie,
    I feel like a turtle too- I didn’t see this post or the nomination until today. Thank you though I don’t deserve it or your friendship.
    I am better with my appetite now- maybe its your prayers but I seem to have gone off food- a few bites and I am done. I can’t eat any more- all I feel is drinking water. Sometimes I get a migraine and I try to copy drinking a coke or some soda bicarb because I am so sure it is acidity and another thing, I can’t eat any food from outside- promptly comes a migraine.
    As you mentioned in a previous post- God certainly has a sense of humor- he is laughing with us- I don’t want to think ” at” us.
    I haven’t lost much weight yet but I am so relieved that my appetite is gone that I am thrilled for life- hope it lasts.
    Happy Mother’s Day !

  2. Now, I think I am a Turtle. Lovely, humour filled post

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