Monday, December 02, 2013
Straight to the point...I don't have any. I mean, I want to lose a bit of weight (or not even that, just tighten and tone) before the wedding. (May 2015, so long as we can secure the venue.) But I don't have a goal of a set amount of weight to lose by a certain date.
I want to buy a house. That will come after the wedding. But I could at least have a goal of how much money to save towards a down payment per paycheck. I don't.
I want to go to seminary to get my Bachelors of Theology in Christian Counseling . But again, no timeline for that. Could be 5 years...could be 20 years.
I can honestly say I've never been one to set concrete goals. Should I? Not sure. It seems like I'm the type of person that WOULD set goals. I'm anal about things, I like things organized, planned, etc. I'm not a spontaneous person at all.
Not sure why this train of thought popped into my head just now...but that's it, lol.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
This question was presented to the group last night at Bible study.
"How much of your life is motivated by morality rather than the Spirit of God."
I was stopped in my tracks! I've been tossing it around in my head since then and everytime I find a "suitable" answer, I argue against it. So I'm wondering what your take is on this!
(P.s. Happy hanukkah and Have a great Thanksgiving!)
Monday, November 25, 2013
I realized I haven't blogged about anything personal in a while (aside from the engagement, of course.) ....so here's some ramblings about life right now.
On Wednesday I posted something on FB, and I've now decided to share it here. I have for a long time wanted to go to seminary. I don't necessarily want to be a preacher, I just LOVE learning in general, and especially about Christ and the Christian religions. ( And Jewish, but I'm just beginning the study of this, so I'm not well-versed at all.) basically I want to go to seminary for fun.
I am currently an x-ray tech at a clinic. I love my job. But Monday (coincidentally on my 30th Birthday,) I heard the whisper of God. "Bachelors in Theology for Christian Counseling."
Um, what?! God? Are you serious? I *have* had many friends call me their life coach. I tend to be the one they go to for advice. I have been through a lot and have truly grown from it all. I am not the same person I was before. But counseling? True, I did love seeing a counselor when life attacked me so bad i couldn't even think straight. (Ugh, still having nightmares about that. my subconscious doesn't want to let go of the bitterness, lol. Though my conscious self is working hard at it.) Plus, I'm me. To everyone. I don't "act" a certain way around some people, then a different way towards others. What you get is me, all the time. I think that's important in the field!
I can't even say I want to get a job as a counselor.... just the degree. Is that odd? Perhaps. But I am far from normal, lol.
So once the "news" from God sunk in...I was happy. Joyous! How funny that on my 30th Birthday I should find out what I want to be when I grow up! (Yes, those are the words I posted on FB on Wednesday, lol. "when I grow up...".)
I do so much studying of the Bible...through Bible studies and independent reading and research... Seminary would be like a fun extracurricular. Plus, the fact that I can do most of the courses online would be awesome, since i could keep my full time job. Now I have no idea when this will happen. I might be 50 when I begin this phase of life, but the seed has been planted!
So in other news....
I found the venue for our wedding! It was plopped right in front of me out of no where. (Can you say 'God's hand'?!) We are in no rush to wed... May 2015, but wedding venues book out a long ways. This place fits us PERFECTLY! Plus, it is an all-in-one ceremony and reception site. I LOVE planning so this has already been super fun for me.
We've lived in the new place for 4 months now.... (4 months? Really? Sheesh! Time flies when life is awesome!) and my recumbent bike has been sitting the basement the whole time....while my gut has been expanding. Ick. So I finally had sweety move the bike up into tthe bedroom. No more excuses!
On that note, Ive been dealing with a nasty case of Plantar Fasciitis for just over a week. Hurts so bad to walk! Gah! Working on tennis ball-ing my arch, and stretching my calf. Hopefully it will ease up soon.
So....I'm happy. Just stinkin' happy. There is soooo much crap going on in life right now (e.g. every one of my immediate family members having a condition that could kill them tomorrow. Advanced Alzheimers, Severe Arachnoiditis, Severe POTS, Severe Lupus (not responding to ANY treatments.) It's hard to watch my family suffer so much. And yet I can feel so much joy from having such a wonderful family.
Sweety and I were in a position in which we had to find a new church after over a decade at our previous one. We were quite upset. However, we found a new church that we LOVE and can't understand how we were ever satisfied at our previous church!
*Shrug* That's it for now.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Book: "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence
(Did NOT like the book. Seemed VERY holier-than-thou. But I did pull away a few great nuggets!)
"If we are truly devoted to doing God's will, pain and pleasure shouldn't make any difference to us."
~That is a hard one to grasp, but ultimately true.
"If Brother Lawrence didn't sin, he thanked God for it, because it is only God's grace that could keep him from sinning."
~LOVE this one! So true!
"Therefore we shoul rejoic in our difficulties, bearing them as long as the Lord wills, because only through such trials will our faith become purified."
" We must continuously walk in God's Spirit, since in the spirit-life not to advance is to fall back."
~I've always loved the thought "if you aren't actively growing closer to God, then you are inactively falling away."
"I honestly cannot understand how people who claim to love the Lord can be content without practicing His presence."
"God won't allow a soul that is searching for Him to be comforted by anything other than Him."
"During any daily duty lift your heart up to Him, because even the littlest rememberance will please Him. You don't have to pray out loud; he is nearer than you think."
"I consider god my King ... This King, who is full of goodness and mercy doesn't punish me. Rather, He embraces me lovingly and invites me to eat at His table. He serves me Himself and gives me the keys to His treasury, treating me as His favorite. He converses with me without mentioning either my sins or His forgiveness."
"We have to know someone before we can truly love them. In order to know God, we must think about Him often."
"The more we aspire to be perfect, the more dependent we are on the grace of God."
"We must try to converse with God in little ways while we do our work: not in memorized prayer, not trying to recite previously formed thoughts."
~This is why I have a problem with Catholocism and Lutheranism. (No offense to anyone who is, I respect your decision.) It just doesn't seem genuine to recite things rather than speaking your own thoughts to God.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sweety and i decided we were going to go hiking on Saturday when we had heard earlier in the week that it was supposed to be in the 50's...in Wisconsin....in the middle of November!
As the weekend approached, they were calling for rain. A lot. 80% chance.
We decided to go anyways! We love hiking...and hey, that's what ponchos are for! We headed out for Devil's lake. It's about a 2 hour drive, but our favorite park to hike at.
It was cold, rainy, foggy and icky, but we were so happy and had a great time. Devil's lake is just a beautiful place, regardless of weather conditions!
We did a bit of rock climbing as usual (which was probably not the best idea, since it was raining and the wet rocks were extremely slippery.)
We got to a large flat rock overlooking the lake and I turn around to find my boyfriend on his knee, holding out a gorgeous ring.
What a beautiful proposal! (Devil's lake is not only beautiful but it is important to our relationship.) He proposed on the bluff, at our fave park, overlooking the whole beautiful area. It was PERFECT!
I love this last picture. it is the epitome of US. Happy no matter the circumstances, as long as we are together. We are always having fun, laughing and loving.
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