Thursday, September 30, 2010
We all have many laws that we have to obey on a daily basis or suffer the consequences. There are traffic laws for one and it is a rare person who has not, at some time in their life, broken one and gotten caught. We seem to not understand, though, that there are spiritual laws as well, and we break them so many times a day. When we break those we will experience the consequences as well. Because we cannot see spiritual things for the most part, we tend to put spiritual things in another category. Out of sight is out of mind in so many ways. We sometimes tend to give them less importance just because we cannot see them, christian and non christial alike. That does not mean that we do not recognize the importance of spiritual things, it's just easier to deal with what we can see, like a stop sign. There are constant reminders of things here and now like speed limit signs, but we seem blind to the spiritual signs because they are invisible. The consequences of ignoring the spiritual laws are far greater than ignoring the black and whites as we speed along through life. The spiritual laws govern life and death themselves. The effects are eternal, whereas the things we see are so very temporary. Should we not give the spiritual laws far more significance in our lives? Today let us seek to have the law of life fulfilled in our lives for all to see so that they might be drawn to the Giver of Life. Let us move from Romans 7 and into Romans 8! :) Have a good one everyone and I hope I got you thinking!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I have changed since coming to Spark. I now read nutrition labels which I totally ignored beforehand. It is so bad that I went to Costco with a good friend the other day. The whole time I told her, "Choose this one over that one. Look at the fat content, or the sodium content or all the sugars." She told me that she wasn't going to let me come with her next time because I wouldn't let her get all the foods she wanted. She said she would take my husband instead who is 100 pounds overweight! She was kidding of course, or at least I hope she was! Those things have become so important to me now. Or take the conversation the other day with co-workers. One said they love Red Lobster. I told them I used to, but now I can't afford to go there. My choices had nothing to do with the monetary values, but rather the cost to my nutrition. They all looked at me like I was nuts. It's them that's nuts, they're still eating there! Don't even get me started with how I talk to my husband! He gets a running commentary on almost every bite. Not really, but I'll bet he would have a few words to interject here. Health and nutrition are now extremely important to me. And yes, I do get a bit fanatical about it. I was letting my life go down the tubes with every bite I put in my mouth. I knew I should eat more vegetables, but didn't. I knew fat was bad for me, but hey, it made things taste good and I was going to enjoy life and that meant my food! I thought I ate a lot of protein until I came to Spark. Now I understand the value of balance in my life starting with what I eat. I have struggled with it, but at least I am doing it knowing what I am doing now. I have learned to make wise choices nutritionally, intentionally. I make my choices carefully with the big picture in mind rather than just eating blindly. Now I love vegetables because I can eat a lot of them and still have calories to spend in my calorie bank account! I am creative with what I eat during the day. Now though many of my choices are calorie centered, I am really eating better. I want to be around for my daughter's wedding, and believe me she isn't getting any younger either! I want to watch my grandchildren graduate from high school and college, unlike their grandparents. I love life and have a lot I want to experience and my health is the first step to doing that. I know that I am not the only one. Everyone has many of the same dreams. To have the answer and not share it is tragic. Now the nutritional labels on foods have become my greatest friend. I enjoy every bite I eat. I have missed nothing and still occasionally eat the high fat foods, but in smaller amounts. I am making deposits that have lasting benefits. I want others to be around for the important things in their lives because I know the pain it has caused our family to have missed those things. How can I not tell others?
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