Monday, October 12, 2009
I finally started to participate in the Team challenges I'd been putting off and I'm so glad I did. Little did I know how much incentive to work out a challenge would give me. I've set goals for myself before but this is different. I'm not aimlessly exercising, I'm helping out a team and my team mates. I don't know why, but this is making a big difference in my motivation. I guess I don't want to let them down and I realize that my active participation is important to the team.
There are great benefits other than getting healthy too. I'm meeting and connecting with some inspired, wonderful women and have made new Spark friends. All good things. I must say that I'm pleasantly surprised. Who knew this would make such a difference?
Friday, October 02, 2009
Many people suffer from back pain and I'm one of those individuals. A few of my discs have decided to go their own way and it can cause me some pain, especially in the inclement weather. It's cold and rainy today and my back is acting up. I had plans to go to the Y after work and then come home and make a healthy dinner. Dinner plans haven't changed but I doubt I'll make it to the Y, unless it's to sit in the whirlpool and soak.
As I stated in my Activity Feed, I have the house to myself this weekend, til Tuesday, as my dh is hunting ducks in NY. I'm looking forward to some time alone with God, playing the piano, which I only do in private, and worshipping with abandon. My back pain will just have to step aside for now. I'm not going to let that stop me from my appointed (or is that annointed?) plans.
If any of you have a special prayer request, I'll be glad to lift you up in prayer over the weekend. Drop me a line. I'm here if you need me and I will gladly help you out, as you all have so graciously helped me in the past. I have the best of friends here at SP and love you all.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I don't know what's going on in my head or my body but I haven't been hungry lately. That's really odd for me. I've stopped eating after dinner, which was a conscious choice but I could very easily skip breakfast, like the old days. I lost 5 pounds in a week. That has been unheard of for me lately. I had been on a plateau for months and this weight just dropped off. I recently had my bloodwork checked and everything came out aces. So what's happening? I'm eating to fuel my body but not my bad habits. Maybe it's the stress of having a sick loved one or maybe my body is adjusting to less food. I read a blog that suggested to eat only an amount of food the size of a clenched fist, which is the normal size of our stomachs. I took that to heart and it is working. I'm getting calories and fat and carbs within my range and still I'm losing.
I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth I guess. Just wondering where my appetite went.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This is going to be a long post so grab a cup of coffee and your Bible and I hope you get as much from this as I did. It's a devotion from David Wilkerson and I felt compelled to share.
He writes: "As I was in prayer, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about four expectations that God's people should trust Him to bring to pass. These expectations are based on absolute promises the Lord has made to us. Our God is a promise-maker and a promise-keeper."
1. EXPECT TO BE REWARDED AS YOU DILIGENTLY SEEK THE LORD. "God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
You can ask in faith for a token from the Lord to encourage and rekindle your confidence. God is always on time, and He knows you need a ray of hope and good news in your time of testing. Expect Him to keep His promise to reward you now, when you are in greatest need. God cannot lie-He has said He rewards those who diligently seek Him-so seek Him daily. And truly believe this will be your season of great spiritual blessing.
2. EXPECT TO SEE EVIDENCE OF A PROGRESSIVE MIRACLE IN YOUR LIFE. "With God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27)
I have written about instantaneous miracles and progressive miracles. Progressive miracles start in unseen, quiet ways and unfold little by little, one small mercy at a time. You are now in such a miracle. Expect to see God working in mysterious ways, unseen to the human eye. This should be the season you can say, "I don't know how it will come to pass-I don't see much happening right now-but I believe God set into motion an answer to my prayers the very first hour I asked."
3. EXPECT TO ENTER INTO GOD'S PROMISED PLACE OF REST. "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God...enter into that rest." (Hebrews 4:9, 11)
The recent year has been one of the most stressful for many believers. It was a year of incredible calamities, problems and trials. Now the Lord desires that you trust Him to bring you into His promised rest. God never intended His children live in fear and despair. We need a reckless faith, a trust in Him in the face of fear and trouble. Now is the time to lay it all on Jesus.
4. EXPECT THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE ALWAYS "IN HIS TEMPLE." "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit." (1 Corinthians 6:19)
The Holy Spirit abides in the heart of every believer. His is omnipresent throughout the world and universe. I face each day acknowledging that He is here in His temple to comfort and guide me, encourage and anoint me, to reveal the glory of Jesus Christ in ever-increasing revelations. He desires that you expect Him to make His presence manifest to you, and more so each passing day.
Believe these promises. Lay hold of these four expectations. and you will see marvelous things in this season of your life.
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