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Fearless... Fear Less

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I was surprised the other day when I found a scripture that said that the place for the fearful is reserved for the lake of fire. The fearful were named with the murderers and liars and the others we deem so unworthy of anything good. It seemed so harsh to me. We all have fears. They are what hold us back in every area of our lives. Look at the English language and consider how many words we have for fear. Fear of heights, snakes, closed in spaces, name it there is probably a fear for it. Then in church Sunday the scripture was brought to my attention that said God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. Bells, whistles and flags all began to explode in front of me! That was the definition of the opposite of fear. Things I never would have thought of, but it makes sense doesn't it? Most fears are very irrational. Especially to the one who doesn't suffer from it. So that is where the sound mind comes from, recognizing just how irrational those fears are. If we are bold and confident we have power. We need to know that greater is He who is with us than he who is against us and if God is for us the who, I say again who, can be against us? Love, as I said yesterday is the greatest force in this world. We will not fear that God will not come through for us if we are patient to wait on the answer no matter what. Love is patient. There is so much more to this than space will allow. But think on it for a while. Power, Love and a sound mind. Cultivate these things and become bold as a lion my friend! Have a fearless day :)

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3CATSLEP 2/15/2011 6:08PM

    Well said!!! I remember as a child having to go down into the basement to lock the basement door (and being scared) so I started singing hymns and all my fears went away:)

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HONORINGGOD 2/15/2011 2:28PM

    we are fearfully &wonderfully made Praise God Amen

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GRACENFAITH 2/15/2011 12:53PM

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The Life of Love

Monday, February 14, 2011

There is no greater force in this world than love. Love produces life, preserves life and protects life. Without love and human touch a newborn baby will languish and die. The force of love will cause an average man to lift a car to save the life of someone he loves. In a Bible study years ago, am man said, "You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving." That is so very true. God so loved that he gave....It was his love for us that caused him to endure great pain both emotionally and physically. Why? The hope of gaining us back. He paid the ultimate price for us with every drop of his blood. My favorite verse in the Bible is "God is love." Before I got saved, I craved to know that I was loved. Don't we all? Remember the baby? I didn't care if God so loved the world, I wanted to know that God so loved me. The day that I realized that I WAS loved by God, everything changed. We should never let a day go by that we do not express our love. If we did there would be a lot fewer suicides and broken hearts. It could be the one thing that would change a life. Love produces life in every aspect. They go hand in hand. So today let's go spread a little life around and remember those who are feeling unloved.

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3CATSLEP 2/14/2011 6:20PM

    I took my mom some red tulips and a box of chocolates today and gave her a great big hug:)
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The Price of Love

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Joe preached a wonderful love story this morning from the story of Hagar and Hosea. Can you imagine any of the church leaders going down to the red light district and picking out a wife. Oh how tongues would wag. Yet he did what God asked of him in obedience. Though she kept going back to what she knew he truly loved her and and went in search of her time and again. Then when she became a slave he paid a mighty price to gain her back again out of his love for her. Pain did not stop him.
God saw us prostituting ourselves by ignoring him and following hard after the ways of this world. Yet he dearly loved us. He sought us with all his heart and tried to woo us back by giving us everything we could ever possibly want. He provided a much better life for us. But we were so used to our wicked ways that we continued to return to them time and again. When we became a slave to unrighteousness, he paid the ultimate price to buy us back. He gave the blood of his only son as a payment of ransom. Out of his great love for us, he could not just sit back and watch us become a slave to death. He could do no less. He loved us then and he loves us now. He will never stop pursuing us. We mean the world to him. We are his one and only Valentine :)

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3CATSLEP 2/13/2011 5:12PM

    I love that story. It cuts me to the heart. emoticon

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An Honest Look

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately. I am tired of not having reached my goal. The first twenty five pounds were a breeze. The next twenty-five have been stubborn. My thinking changed to begin with. After reaching the halfway mark, I took a mental break and evidently have been there for over a year now. So I have taken an honest look at where I am.
I have fudged on my exercise times, not quite giving one hundred percent and calling it good. I am exercising and that is an improvement, but fudging is not acceptable. If anything, I am prepared to give more and count less. I have not reached my goals because I have not been tracking all of the food I eat. Sometimes I have quit tracking when I reached my allowances, but continued to eat. That was something I made sure was accurate before. This will stop today.
These tools we are given work, when used properly. I am tired of trying to fool myself or make myself feel better about my shortcomings. I am tired of trying to deceive myself and others. It is time for me to be completely honest with myself and with all of you. I want this to become a reality. I want to enjoy the fruits of my good labors. I no longer want to pay the price of failure, I want to enjoy the rewards of success in all areas of my life. This is my pledge to you to be completely honest in the next five months until I reach my goal. This is my pledge to you that I will do everything within my power to reach my goal and will not slack off. This is my pledge to you that I will reach my goal and it starts by being honest.

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3CATSLEP 2/12/2011 9:43PM

    Good for you Cindy! I will make that pledge with you! I think because I'm sitting more, I need two workouts a day instead of one! But it is slowly coming off. I know I can do better. I know WE can do better!

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PURPLELVR7 2/12/2011 9:09PM

    great blog. I know you can do this

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IUHRYTR 2/12/2011 8:18PM

    Tracking what I eat, all of it, opened my eyes to how I was consuming. I thought I knew about nutrition but wasn't aware of how much I was eating until I started tracking. That will be a huge help to you. We do this for ourselves so why should we not be honest with ourselves? A good lesson for all of us. Thank you. -- Lou

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For Jeremiah and Me

Friday, February 11, 2011

My co-worker is on a diet that she has lost three pounds a week so far. I can't hardly compete with that. She enters the maintenance phase shortly. She tends to get sidetracked pretty easily and I am hoping she does again. I am really hoping this puts slow and steady to the test and I come out on top. I really want to win our Biggest Loser competition. She won the last round with a measly 9 pounds. I should have beat her with at least 12. I will have to make sure I stick with my strength training and cardio at least five times a week. Maybe it is time I add a little more cardio. I know I can easily handle it. It doesn't help that I have actually gained two inches in my hips over the last year. I am ten pounds above my lowest weight right now and want to do no less than reach it again. I have lost a pound a week so far and am pleased with that. Competition can be a really good thing for my motivation. I am extremely competitive in nature and love the thrill of the hunt. I just don't want to be let down again, thinking there was something more I should have done. My goal is to have lost my last 25 pounds by my son's birthday this June. This is an emotional goal because my weight gain is tied to my feeling I wasn't a good mother to him by abandoning him to go to work. That is when he got into pot and I began to lose him. He is aware of my reasons for wanting to lose the weight and I want him to see that he was worth it. I know it will take a lot of hard work to accomplish and it can be done. I just have to sit down and figure out where I am so that I know where I am going. How many calories a day will I have to burn in excess to my intake to lose 25 pounds?

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REBECCAMA 2/11/2011 3:57PM

  I wouldn't wish that your coworker gains back lost weight, but I do wish you success in losing more weight than she does. :-)

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