Thursday, January 20, 2011
Recent blogs by SparkPeople MrsPrincipal and Ninja-Ned have started me thinking seriously about coming up with one word to serve as a motivational force throughout 2011. They have used www.myoneword.org and www.happiness-project.com/happiness_
project/ respectively to aid in coming up with that one word. What a fun concept and exercise!
For about a month, I've been actively listening for a phrase or word to add to my SparkPage or aid my weight loss journey, whether it be living mindfully, intentionally, deliberately, purposefully, or Godly. As a life-long learner, I consider myself a “work in progress.”
Googling the word(s) also helps me to understand people’s perceptions. For example, Google mindful and you’ll find many Buddhist and yoga references; Google purpose and Rick Warren’s best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life comes up; while Intentional will also bring to light Focus on the Family and Christian radio.
I have two words that I would like to take better ownership in: joyful and rejoice! Both words match the way I look at life . . . as something to be celebrated.
I also have taken to showing emotion and humor, making it a signature of mine to often repeat one word twice . . . (hug, hug) . . . (smile, smile) . . . (snicker, snicker . . . snort, snort) . . . etc, etc. Imagine my joy when I came across a YouTube video of Joyful, Joyful, Lord we adore Thee from Sister Act.
This process is still new, so I will think on the process a bit more.
Care to find your own one word?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
While I love all four seasons, for some reason, the thought of enjoying some scenic trips with some of our international students returns me to more of a summertime mode.
My alma mater just welcomed eleven new students from France, China, South Korea, and Japan last night with a nice dinner. Afterwards, four joined me for a shopping trip to a strip mall area with TJ Maxx, Dollar Tree, Sushi and Best Buy.
In the meantime, winter still looks beautiful. For that, I praise God for all our great seasons. Time for a good walk. "All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever." (Micah 4:5)
I hope you're enjoying your day, too!
Friday, January 14, 2011
The Twin Ports northland continues to be a gorgeous winter wonderland today. I took some university students to the mall and along the way, enjoyed the wonderland.
Psalm 147:16 reads, “He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.”
The theme of Psalm 147 is what gives God joy. Although God created everything, his greatest joy comes from our genuine worship and trust. (Author unknown)
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
This is the decorative grass outside the Yellowjacket Union.
This week has been extra special as I successfully fulfilled several challenges within the SparkPeople (Peeps, Teddy Bears, and Christians with 100 Pounds to Lose) Communities. Glad to see 2.2 more pounds gone this week . . . am just 1.8 lbs from my 10.2 weight loss for the nine-week challenge to lose 5.2% of my weight. [Actually I meant to do just 5% or 9.8 lbs; but I guess my math wasn’t working the day I logged my goal!] (smile, smile)
Praise God for the beauty of four seasons so that we may enjoy each and every day as it is presented to us.
Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful day!
Friday, January 14, 2011
When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD;
he brought me into a spacious place.
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
I praise God for the miracle of life given us. I believe SparkPeople can very much be an active part of a Christian’s life. The web site is truly spacious and welcomes a wonderfully diverse group of people striving to improve their health . . . these mere mortals are awesome!
Keep making a difference!
Hug, hug --Evelyn
Thursday, January 13, 2011
SparkPeople is free! What a great joy it is that SparkPeople is not a monthly expenditure of cash. I strive to take responsibility to provide a unique commitment, dedication, and hard work in becoming a healthier individual. And in kind, I may even buy a book, product, or click on an ad that helps keep SparkPeople free. I get a delightful community of upbeat and enthusiastic people who all have similar goals. I also get a site that listens to many voices and makes changes accordingly. Welcome to the world of being empowered.
Speaking of bargains, this week I happened by a sale where lamb was under a dollar a pound! I just finished making PSDAHRI’s Rogan Josh (Lamb Curry) and it came out ever so yummy with a pleasant tickle of heat that remained on the lips. Can't say the same for the leg of lamb roast that I cooked up yesterday. While my hubby liked it, I found that the meat tasted a little gamier (a much better fit for curries). I'll eat the curry and he'll enjoy the roast.
My last great bargain for today is of the “priceless” variety. While I love to celebrate all four seasons, I took lots of pictures this week (some only mentally by traveling by car) while being in the snow. I spent much of the day with my Dad. We prayed together, broke bread together (lunch), played games together, and shopped for some of his necessities. At age 87, these are connections that are priceless.
Where did you find your joy today?
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