Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I ran into someone tonight at work who works for our sister program in town. I don't very often see her. She commented on how it looks like I have lost weight. I don't even know how long it has been since I last saw her. I proceeded to tell her how I did it, then gave her and her co-worker a Spark card so they could start their own journey. Sure stokes your ego up a bit to hear it anyway. I tell you the last 48 hours have been fantastic. Today is the weigh in for our Biggest Loser so I am really hoping to tell you I won it tomorrow. Talk about one heck of a week.
On a more sobering note, my husband told me yesterday that he is too busy to lose weight. You know, I have never heard that one, but I think he is right. He rarely comes home for lunch and stops at a fast food joint or restaurant for lunch if he eats at all. When he does eat, it rarely includes any fruits or vegetables. His doctor has told him to lose 100 pounds and he just can't seem to start a decent program. He was so winded working sheep the other day that it scared me. I have told him about Spark and he has even signed on, but just doesn't have the time to punch the numbers. I would do it for him, but it means more when you see the numbers and breakdowns for yourself. This is a program where I have learned about myself as an eater. I don't want to learn about someone else. It means far more when you see where to make the changes in your own lifestyle. I can't go with him everywhere he eats and tell him, you'll go over your allotment of calories if you eat that. This is not for anyone but ourselves to police us. He would gain so much from the support of others. But he is too busy with too many people to talk to and too many places to be. It's sad, but you know, that is how life passes us by and we live our life with regrets. Our deathbed is not the place to tell others we love them. I just hope I get the chance to tell him good- bye. One day at a time. One decision at a time. I am grateful I found Spark when I did, for me.
Monday, April 12, 2010
The cross is sheer absurdity to those who are perishing. I have crossed many people in my life who just couldn't seem to accept the simplicity of the gospel message. They always read so much into it that really isn't there. The Bible says we are blessed if we are not hindered from seeing the truth that is in the pages of the Bible. We should not be surprised when we find the ones who are offended by the gospel. Though I really can't understand it, I know they have their reasons. They only stumble, according to the Bible, because they are disbelieving and disobedient. Oh that my heart would be full of faith and submission in all I do today, for I know that in many ways I am not so different than they.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Our message today came from John 19.
As an interesting note, of the four women around the cross that were mentioned, only one was not named Mary. They were Mary His mother, his aunt, Mary the wife of Cleopas and Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was also first to the tomb. To me this speaks of great love and affection. The one that is forgiven much, loves much played out here I think. I will soon be studying her a bit more too.
As I was reading some of the verses around his text, I found something very interesting. Trying to explain the trinity is difficult, because I am not so sure most people have a clue where to begin. The verse I found is in chapter 20. It is verse 17. He says "I am ascending to My Father and your Father and to My God and Your God." Jesus was born as the child of Mary and Joseph. The seed was not Joseph's, but God the Father's. That is why He is called the Father. He was truly man and truly of divine origin. I find it very interesting that He calls the Father His God. I am also going to have to dig a little deeper on this note very soon. In Genesis it says "Let US make man in OUR own image." The Son was there from the beginning. Any thoughts on this whole thing anyone?
The first thing He said when He showed Himself to them after the resurrection was Peace be to you. Then He breathed on them the Holy Spirit. Then He said, "Now that you have received the Holy Spirit (being led and directed by Him) If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven; if you do not forgive the sins of others, they will not be forgiven" Wow! Are there those in our lives that we need to allow God to forgive? I know I sure do.
A lot to chew on for today that is for sure.
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