Monday, June 23, 2008
Happy Monday everyone. It is a beautiful sunny day here today in Central Fl. I am so grateful that I was able to walk to The Woman's Club this morning for my Weight watcher's Meeting. It's about a 15 minute walk one way, so I walked 30 minutes total.. The meeting was very good and the topic very helpful. Our leader talked about tips we could use to trick our body into thinking it's eating more. One was use a smaller plate. Another was eat soup with a teaspoon rather than a soup spoon, It'll take you longer to eat the soup and you will begin to feel full since you're eating slower and taking longer to eat that soup. Someone else suggested eating your main meal with a salad fork to eat smaller portions. I thought these were all very good suggestions.
My parents don't eat as much now that they are older, and they eat their main meal around 12 or 1 pm, so that'll work our well for me while I am visiting them this next week or so. I am determined to have a good time and stay in my maintenance range as well. My brother and his family eat very healthy, and I'll be with them the first 4 days. No problem there.
Now, about my friend's name change. My DH and I were talking before he made the stencil for my walker. I decided to keep the full name of Darryl's Mother out of respect for her rather than shorten it. Her friends called her "Miss Norma V." Darryl said his Mom's middle name began with a V, so she became know as Miss Norma V. So, on my walker it has been stenciled lovingly on it in bright yellow reading:
Miz . Norma V. Yep, that's correct. Miss has become Miz. that's M I Z and I love it! You can be sure I thanked my dear hubby for that. I know Miz Norma V will approve of her name on the walker and she and I will enjoy our walks together.
Here is today's lesson form Joyce Meyer.
" The Ministry of the Holy Spirit"
As long as we keep trying to do everything ourselves in our own way and in our own strength, we not only frustrate ourselves, we also frustrate the grace of the Holy Spirit, because it is a vital part of His ministry to help and strengthen those who serve the Lord.
"...As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul--not the grim strength of gritting your teeth - but the glory strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us."
That was Paul speaking in Colossians 1: 10-12 ( The Message )
I love reading what Paul writes. He tells us exactly what God told him to tell us through Jesus.
Joyce's message is always good, and always what I need to be reminded of. It also fits in with my 12 Step For Christians Study as well. We are just finishing up learning about the Third Ste, which is, " Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him."
I tried for too many years to run my life, and didn't do it well at all. God knows much better than I do what I need, so I will let him take charge!
Dear God, Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to guide me so that I can do Your will, and not mine. Help me continue to have the Glory Strength to keep doing your will so I can please you, dear God. In your name I pray,
Your loving, adopted daughter,
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Happy Sunday everyone. I had a great day. Started with my delicious bowl of cinnamon roll oatmeal which my D H bought for me last week. It is soooo good. Tastes just like a cinnamon roll, too, and smells wonderful too.
Went to Sunday School and we talked about God's discipline. in Hebrews 12:1 we read that the author of Hebrews used athletic terms and analogies to dramatize the point that Jesus has acted to perfect our faith for perfect obedience to God. As a runner in a race sheds ever ounce of dead weight in order to run faster, so the Christian is cautioned "to lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely...and run with perseverance the race that is set before us." Our faith race takes a life time to run. We need to be strong especially when trials come and we are weary. We are to follow the lead and way of Jesus since he has already run this race and knows what we will run into and he will help get us through to the finish line.
Then I went to church and worshiped the Lord. We also saw a slide show of Vacation Bible School and it was fun to see all the kids participating in various activities. Our Scripture lesson today was Matthew 10:24-39.
Our Pastor preached on "Unflinching Faith." We had a big thunderstorm all through Sunday School and the Worship Service, but at least we didn't lose power, and we are getting much needed rain.
It rained all afternoon, so Miss Norma and I didn't get to walk today. I am hoping to get out early in the morning before the rain starts again. We are getting more showers tomorrow. I took a nap because of a nasty sinus headache. I still have it tonight. Oh well...such is life!
Here is Joyce Meyer's message for today:
"Be Filled With Life."
Meditate daily on all the things you have to be thankful for. Release them to the Lord in prayer, and as you do, you will find your heart filling up with life and light,
"In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Elayne's Personal Reflection:
This was perfect today. It ties in nicely with what we were taught last week in VBS. The very first day the theme was, "Jesus gives us the power to be thankful." This also goes back to me Gratitude list which follows my Attitude of Gratitude that I am working on. I have so much to be thankful for. I am truly blessed by God.
Thank you so much for this wonderful day to worship You and to Praise and Thank You for all you have done for me. Now I want to give so much back to you, God. Help me to live a disciplined life so I can finish the race of Faith that is pleasing to you, Father. In your name I pray. As always, your loving daughter,
Saturday, June 21, 2008
We have had a lot of rain here for 2 days now, and I have been unable to get my walks in. I am in walk withdrawal ! I am not really complaining, because we need the rain badly. So I am praising Jesus for the rain he is sending us here in Central Fl.
Not much happening today. We finished up Vacation Bible School last night. It was a huge success for the kids. We had about 30 of them from ages 5 to 12. Not a bad range at all. However, the adult class that I taught was very small. Most nights I had 3 or 4 total. I am not surprised at the low turnout. The ones that I had felt it was a very good week for them, so that was good to hear. We did have some very good discussions. We'll have to wait and see what God has planned for us next summer...if we try it again or not.
Now to change the subject: I love Joyce Meyer and her teaching style and have read some of her books, and I hope to read more of them. She "shoots from the hip," so to speak, and tells it like it is. She is not an ordained minister, but she loves the Lord and she and her husband now have a international ministry and she is helping so many women and men change their lives and live for Jesus. She has turned her life over and wonderful things have happened to her. She was a victim of sexual and emotional and physical abuse as a child well into her teen age years. She teaches and reaches out to other women and shows them how to take back their lives and learn to love themselves with the help of Jesus, and show them how much He loves them, and how lovable they are. As you can tell, I have the greatest love, respect and admiration for her both as a woman, and as a teacher of the Gospel.
Having said all of that, I have her perpetual calendar which is a teaching calendar all by itself. I'd like to blog her teachings day by day and see how you all like it. I just find each day's reading so refreshing and gives me energy for my day. I hope you will too. I will be quoting the Scripture she refers to and she uses from my Life Recovery Bible, New Living Translation rather than the King James Version because It is easier for me to understand. I hope you don't mind.
Here is today's reading:
"I am Worth It"
If you can believe that God, Who is perfect, loves you, then you can believe that you are worth living.
Jeremiah 31:3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel, " I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you unto myself."
What wonderful comforting words for us today. When I read that I closed my eyes and was able to see God drawing, or pulling me in closer to him, like he does to little children. I long at tomes to be like that little child sitting on Jesus' knee having Him talk to me like that. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Someday that will happen when we go to Heaven to be with Hm forever.
But, I found this teaching today to be so comforting, and to re-affirm that "I an Worth It" in Jesus' eyes.
Please be with all of my wonderful friends tonight and comfort those who are suffering and those who may not even know you yet. If it be your will, Lord, please let my blogs and using the words of the Bible and the teachings of Joyce Meyer , and my own testimony of your love help lead others to you. In your name I pray,
Your loving adopted daughter,
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday was a beautiful, hot sunny morning, but there was a breeze. I added a wire basket to my no-name walker, so now it looks like the one pictured on my other blog. I will pick a name out tonight when I get back from the auction and find out what Darryl's Mom's name was. Then I'll go over all the suggestions and pick one from the list. I thank you all for your help in naming my walker. I must say it told me it's tired of not having a name. It reminded me that even my Dad's walker has a name and he calls her "Betsy". All of his cars were named "Betsy" as well. So, I promised my walker it will have a name Wednesday nigh. It rolled along with joy and anticipation on Tuesday's walk. It took me even farther today. We walked into down town and reached the perfect place to stop for 5 minutes. I sat on a nice concrete wall in the shade and drank my Ensure and enjoyed the nice breeze and shade. Then we walked back to my home. The sky was blue with little puffy clouds, and some that were building into thunder heads, so i knew we'd be getting rain later in the day. Praise God, as we need rain very badly.
When we got back home I looked at my watch, and we had walked 45 minutes. I already had subtracted the 5 minute break from the time. Then I checked my pedometer to see how far we had walked. I couldn't believe it. I blinked and checked my reading twice to make sure I was reading it correctly. It read 1.22 miles. Not bad for my third walk. I felt good. My legs didn't even hurt. I only used my asthma rescue inhaler once, and that was when I got back home. I am so happy to be outside walking distances again. Today is my day off from walking, and it's just as well because I just looked out the window and it's raining! I'm looking forward to tomorrow's walk.
MY PRAYER JOURNAL
Yesterday I read a very good article on Writing Your Prayers. I used to write Love Letters To God. I don't know why I stopped, but after reading the article I have decided to start again. So I have set it up in Spark's Journal, This way I'll be focused when I pray. I will include Prayer Concerns and Joys. I will also be listening for any messages I receive from God, and also write down a Scripture verse that is very meaningful. I'm looking forward to being able to sit and talk to God and have our conversations written down so I can refer to them anytime I want to see what all has happened from my prayers.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
This week is going well. We have about 30 kids, which is great. The adult class, which I'm teaching, has only had 4 of us. We have talked to the parents that bring their kids and have invited them to stay for the class, but they don't seem to want to do so. Some go back home, and some just site at a table al together and talk while their kids are participating. It's sad to see the adults not take part in a class for themselves. What a wonderful opportunity to be an example for your own children, but they choose not to attend. We certainly can't drag them into class. So, I am blessed by the ones that do come, and we are having a good time and a lot of good discussion. I have activities that I do with them as well. I took my white 2 ft. pre-lit Christmas tree in, and we call it God's Tree of Light.
The last 2 nights I had them write on a pretty blue sticky paper things like..what they are thankful for because the theme was Jesus gives us the Power to be Thankful. The they hung it on the Tree of Light. Last night they wrote things they like to do to help others, and they hung those on the tree. Last night's theme was Jesus Gives us the Power to Help Others.
Tonight's theme is Jesus Gives Us the Power to be Brave. I'm going to ask them to write a positive affirmation about facing their biggest fear. Then I'll have them give that fear to the Lord. Then either tonight of tomorrow night I'm going to treat them to a wonderful story. I'm going to read them "The Velveteen Rabbit." Here's an excerpt from that wonderful story:
Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.
"What is REAL?" asked the rabbit one day? "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"REAL isn't how you are made" said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are REAL, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because you are REAL, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
How beautiful. I'm on my way to becoming REAL!!!!
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