Tuesday, April 05, 2011
I love strolling along the waterfront and enjoy carrying a camera just incase that photo opp becomes available. While walking along the Osaugie Trail along Lake Superior, I came upon a seed pod beginning to release its seeds, ready to be eaten by wildlife or planted by the wind or birds. Nature also has a wonderful sense of humor . . . do you see the seedy plant as forming a crane?
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
1 Kings 22:30b
“I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.”
Hopefully something you come across in your day gives you an opportunity to smile, laugh a little, or experience joy.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Being attuned to Mother Nature is often when I enjoy the power of God’s beautiful creation the most. I am fortunate, in that I find something to see joy in every day.
Today I enjoyed a veggie buffet at the local Thai restaurant with a good friend. Oh what fun it is to enjoy good food with perhaps a little less curry sauce than might normally be served with the dish when ordered off the menu. I love that I was able to maintain six of the seven of the nutritional ranges that more closely monitor: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, calcium, and sodium, while my fiber intake was a bit high.
I can remember a time when watching people at the buffet would mean selecting crab and cheese fried wontons, other fried wonders, smothered with sweet and sour sauce, or just selecting certain meats from a favorite dish, leaving, what we might have called, the boring veggies behind. I've come to love veggies so much, I often leave the meat behind. I think people watching me probably think I’m a bit strange. Oh well . . . I've had that all my life, so now that I feel I have it under control, I’m actually enjoying that aspect of my quirky and creative personality . . . who else could feel right at home dressed in a Sri Lankan, Indian, or Nepali native outfit regularly? I'm so blessed by the diversity around me. I praise God for such great glory.
So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
I find the transition from winter to spring magnificent in its own right. The water falls are more powerful with the melted snow. It was all I could do to keep my camera lens dry this evening . . . the mist was that powerful!
“Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears."
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
May your path cross a segment of beauty that makes you take pause and reflect.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Just a couple weeks ago, I was shelling on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
Two days later, Lake Superior was truly in a beautiful turmoil. I can appreciate that turmoil today as I went over some of my nutritional ranges. Being that I remained less than 2000 calories, I can’t really beat myself up too much. For the most part, my head and tummy reminded me that I did poorly and it made me a bit more sluggish today. Now I’ll go walk down to the grocery store for some veggies.
[ A Time for Everything ] There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
If you are reading this, know that 1) You are loved! 2) You are forgiven! and 3) You are beautiful! May you find relief and calm delight in getting back on track when you slip up, whether it be big or little.
Friday, April 01, 2011
It's been a while since I've written here. The good news, is that my March goals seem to be right in line with where I need them to be with the exception of one goal, which simply wasn't that high a priority: enjoying a movie in the theatre. I had intentions of seeing The Grace Card, but just never made it and didn't have any success at this late date of finding it in our smaller communities, so I'll carry this goal into an opportunity to complete during the Spring season. Can anyone recommend a good romantic comedy?
1) Shed three pounds
2) Average 30 minutes or more in daily cardio and strength training
3) Track daily
4) Average six or more servings of fruits and veggies daily
5) Drink at least 10 cups of water daily
6) Satisfy meeting all seven recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium twice weekly.
7) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word.
8) Go see a movie at the theatre (can’t remember the last movie I saw)
9) Complete the knitting of one prayer shawl
Being that the one goal I did not achieve was a “fun” goal, I must confess that I found great enjoyment and fun in God’s creation and was blessed to capture it in photography, as well as replace my failing camera. Happy, Happy!
What a beautiful day to lay in wait for Spring. I hear we may be getting snow tomorrow. In the meantime, two of Wisconsin’s State Parks were gorgeous while the ice begins to thaw.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
I hope you're successfully reaching your goals this month.
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