Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am up late and just finished watching an old, old Shirley Temple movies called "The Little Princess." It reminded me of faith. The substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. You know, faith-the just shall live by faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith. We must have faith to get up in the morning and step onto the floor again believing that it will not cave in on us. We must have faith to walk down the flight of stairs to the parking lot believing that they will not buckle under our feet. We must have faith even to believe that the driver behind us will stop...and most of us do.
Do we have faith that we will conquer this enemy that many of us have carried around the majority of our lives?
In the Little Princess, the little girl Sarah lived with her Father because her mother had already passed before the movie started. Her daddy went off to war and later was presumed dead. He was on the LIST. Sarah refused to believe that report. It was in black and white; why didn't she believe? She had a gut feeling that he was still alive. So, everyday she went looking through the wards at the hospital to see if her dad was among the living...yet. She did this only to say...I will be back tomorrow. She was laughed at and scorned by adults but she did not let this stop her. Sarah had FAITH that she would find her father alive. Well, those of us who already know the rest of the story saw that Sarah did find her father alive in that hospital that she searched everyday. She did not give up no matter what it looked like or how people laughed at her belief. She trusted that gut feeling. She had the faith to believe that one day she would see her father again. No matter what, she believed.
Do I have the FAITH to believe that I will get to my goal weight this year? Is it more than just emotion? Am I doing something in order to achieve my goal weight? Yes, yes and yes. I am actively doing what I believe. Just like Sarah, I will not give up until I see that new Deb alive on November 22, 2009 or before. I have given myself some extra time...just in case those last few pounds are stubborn. I will not cave in, quit or give up. I got this and it will happen. I am like that little princess running through the wards of that hospital searching for the me I know I can be. Healthy, fit and whole. A no excuse Deb. I am a doer of the Word of God so I am blessed in my deeds. I can't wish myself thin/healthy/fit. I must actively pursue it daily in a positive way. If I fail even one second, I pick myself up and keep going. Faith sees the end from the beginning. I visualize the new me daily and I smile and say, "Soon you will be manifested in the flesh". I am so excited!
The Little Princess is a very good movie to watch. It is old and you may not know any of the actors in it but it can move you to tears as I am every time I watch it. Check your local library to view it without having to purchase it. I like old movies so I did not have a problem with black and white. Maybe you can't but it would be something different for you.
Remember that to please God we must live and walk by Faith.
My nephew Quincy from my brother...by faith. Born 1/11/2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wed night was not a great night for me. My son got in the truck and asked me why was I playing Christian music. Later on my daughter took my keys and drove to Dallas in my vehicle and she does not have a license. Thursday morning I woke up drenched in sweat because Texas was showing me another side of the crazy weather that I thought I would not have to endure anymore since I left Oklahoma.
Then I went to the mall , walked into Dillard's and over to Origins, a natural made product company, in the Perfume Department to experience a FREE mini facial. God is so good to me!!! I thought I had died and went to Heaven.
These products smelled so refreshing. The facial really relaxed me and any problems that were on my mind just drifted away on a cloud back where I would never go and get them again. God gave me a beautiful day. I met the young lady on Friday that worked in Origins after I left the movie, "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail". That movie was therapy for me also. I laughed so hard I almost cried. That was a very funny movie and I recommend you to go because it will lift your spirit. Laughter is the best medicine. God says a merry heart does good like medicine. We all should take time out of each day and just laugh. Go sit in your "prayer closet", and add laughter to your thanksgiving, praising, confessing, intercession and meditation. It will please the Lord greatly. We Christians walk around looking like we lost our best friend. We should be the ones with the biggest smiles and the most positive words because we believe that the Lord is our Shepherd, we have everything we need.
Well, let me get back on point. That facial made me feel so relaxed and my face felt so clean and fresh. I washed my face before I left the house but it was so invigorating. I recommend Origin to anyone who want to experience natural products that are great for all skin types. You can find them in Dillard's and out in the mall area in some cities. Some years ago, Oprah had one of their body creams on her favorite things list and today(Thursday) I finally bought it. I don't know what she wears now, but back then, she told the audience that she did not wear perfume, only creams and she had on Origins A Perfect World White Tea skin guardian. It smells great and it feels great. I bought the other one she had on her list, Origins Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream. So all you Oprah lovers probably no what I am talking about. Yes I am doing a commercial just like they do on Biggest Loser. LOL
The sun was out and the wind was blowing. I arrived at the mall around 10 am and left after 3pm. I walked around the entire mall to familiarize myself with a mall that I had been too only twice before in the year I have lived in Euless. Then I saw the clothes I would be wearing before the year is over. This year is a big birthday year for me and I am going to start celebrating this summer. I should be closer to my first weight goal of 145 lbs then I want to get down to 130. So many have said I will be real skinny, but I want to see how skinny really feels.
I was so pumped up that after I got home from picking my son up from school, I put on my workout clothes and went to the park and tore that track up with 3 miles of Tye Tribbett praise stumping fun. I could have went around some more, but I promised myself that I would not overdo it.
I took that picture of myself today(Thursday) in the mall bathroom. After I took my jacket off and saw how much smaller I had gotten I was so excited. I told you all I hate that scale and this just proves how wrong it has been. I had not worn that shirt I had on for a while so it was a noticeable change. These inches are coming off and I thank God. It took a beautiful day like today to even notice the change.
See, I am a scale-a-holic and I had been letting that thing frustrate me. I made a promise to myself that I would not weigh myself every day but only once a week. Seems like after that I was weighing myself every time I looked at that scale.
If I had not went to that mall on this beautiful day for that free facial, I would not have been encouraged and motivated even more to keep doing what is working for me. Note to the losers: The weight is coming off. The inches are going down. You are a winner already.
I know this is a different kind of blog for me, but I just wanted to share this information with you all. Being beautiful starts on the inside. But, I like being beautiful on the outside too. I love smelling beautiful too. This journey is about being fit and healthy in every area of our lives. We should take care of ourselves so that when we get older no one else will have to take care of us. We are made by our Father to be healthy and strong spirit, soul and body. We are doing it and this new lifestyle will remain. We have the VICTORY!!!
Much Love to my wonderful Spark Family!!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Those are my children when they were little. Matthew is now 18 and Jacinda is 21. He is a senior this year and I am so happy....Now.
I had what you might call an emotional fitness breakdown after Thursday's late Cardio workout. It is a very hard and challenging DVD. Belly Dancing with Indian flare. I worked hard and persevered for 75 mins.
Then I burst out in tears because some things in my life don't make me smile all the time. I love the Lord and I know He is my first focus. Without Him there is no me. I can't lose this weight in my own strength. None of us can. We need God's supernatural help to keep us going. He let me know in my heart that it was ok to cry. I went to pick my daughter up from work and I cried again.
Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.
My morning came quick. I began to think on the goodness of God in my life and I had to be thankful that my children are not out in the streets. I am thankful that my children are not cheese heads, crack heads, meth heads, weed heads, pill heads, alcoholics, deadbeats, street walkers, gang bangers, robbers, murderers or thieves.
They both have jobs. My son is doing well in school and passed the Taks test that this state requires for students to graduate. He wants to be an accountant. I am thankful for that. I am thankful that my daughter was given gifts of an artist, singing and basketball playing.
I had to think of the good that was going on. I pushed myself during cardio
because I am going to conquer this life long torment of fat that I let stand in the way of the plans God has for my life. I am required to finish no matter how much I weigh. I thank God for all the gifts that He has given me from Jesus. God is so good to all of us!
Everything is going to be alright. I am encouraged in the Lord!!
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty...He is my refuge and my fortress; my God in Him I trust. Psalm 91:1,2 .
I trust God Who made this universe. I don't put my trust in politicians or the media. I am in the Kingdom of God. God is in charge. He wants me to walk in THE BLESSING. Thank You Jesus for making this possible.
Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have EVERYTHING I need. The Lord is on my side why shall I fear what can man do to me?
It is WELL with my soul. I have a sound mind. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but love peace and a sound mind. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever. He lives in me. He leads me and guides me to success everyday of my life. Praise the Lord for a new day!!!
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