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An Uncommon Call to an Uncommon Life

Friday, June 13, 2008

I had to post this...this is so awesome. God has given Max such an amazing gift of words.....

Week of June 13

An Uncommon Call to an Uncommon Life
by Max Lucado

Each person is given something to do that shows who God is.
1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG

Da Vinci painted one Mona Lisa. Beethoven composed one Fifth Symphony. And God made one version of you. He custom designed you for a one-of-a-kind assignment. Mine like a gold digger the unique-to-you nuggets from your life.

When I was six years old, my father built us a house. Architectural Digest didn't notice, but my mom sure did. Dad constructed it, board by board, every day after work. My youth didn't deter him from giving me a job. He tied an empty nail apron around my waist, placed a magnet in my hands, and sent me on daily patrols around the building site, carrying my magnet only inches off the ground.

One look at my tools and you could guess my job. Stray-nail collector.

One look at yours and the same can be said. Brick by brick, life by life, God is creating a kingdom, a "spiritual house" (1 Pet. 2:5 CEV). He entrusted you with a key task in the project. Examine your tools and discover it. Your ability unveils your destiny. "If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 4:11). When God gives an assignment, he also gives the skill. Study your skills, then, to reveal your assignment.

Look at you. Your uncanny ease with numbers. Your quenchless curiosity about chemistry. Others stare at blueprints and yawn; you read them and drool. "I was made to do this," you say.

Heed that inner music. No one else hears it the way you do.

What about you? Our Maker gives assignments to people, "to each according to each one's unique ability" (Matt. 25:15). As he calls, he equips. Look back over your life. What have you consistently done well? What have you loved to do? Stand at the intersection of your affections and successes and find your uniqueness.

You have one. A divine spark. An uncommon call to an uncommon life. "The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others" (1 Cor. 12:7 CEV). So much for the excuse "I don't have anything to offer." Did the apostle Paul say, "The Spirit has given some of us ..."? Or, "The Spirit has given a few of us ..."? No. "The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others." Enough of this self-deprecating "I can't do anything."

And enough of its arrogant opposite: "I have to do everything

." No, you don't! You're not God's solution to society, but a solution in society. Imitate Paul, who said, "Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God's plan for us" (2 Cor. 10:13 NLT). Clarify your contribution.

Don't worry about skills you don't have. Don't covet strengths others do have. Just extract your uniqueness. "Kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you" (2 Tim. 1:6 NASB).

From
Cure for the Common Life:
Living in Your Sweet Spot
(Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005) Max Lucado

  
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STEPHANON 6/14/2008 9:27PM

    Very inspiring - makes me want to go pick up the book. Thanks for posting!

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Starting over....again...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Well...just by looking at my blog you can see where I started to fall off the wagon. It started with me trying to keep SP at bay. Not because SP wasn't working, because it was...as a matter of fact, it consumed me. I was constantly putting in my stats, updating, checking the boards out. The problem was...that it was consuming and that is all I seemed to have time for. Well, unfortuanately, that caused me to loose my focus and I started slipping...thinking I didn't need the food calculator, I didn't need the interaction with others. I could do it on my own.

EPIPHANY...isn't this exactly what we say to God...I don't need you, I can do it by myself. It is only when we are stuck so deep in the quagmire that we call out for a helping hand from our loving Father.
Fortunately, I didn't fall so deep in that slippery slope before calling out for help. Only a few pounds...but still...I worked so hard to get them off and now, here they are again. Saying, "hello" like an old friend.

So here I am, crying out to God and falling on my knees for Him to take control and help me find a balance in life. I can't do this on my own....

Happy Father's day everyone.....
God's blessings..
Laurie

  


Last goal met for March...sort of ...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Well, I was very disappointed in myself last week...I went up 1/2lb (weighed in at 147). It was the first time since I started back with SP and the going to the gym in late November that I had a gain. I was very disappointed and more motivated than ever to pump it up and work harder (I had been slacking at the gym w/ cardio and ST, not really paying too much attention to calories, etc).

My resolve has paid off! I am down 1 1/2lbs (145.5).Well, my weigh in is Tuesday, so I am sure that I will work that extra half pound off by weigh day! HOwever, my goal was to be at 145 for our anniversary (tomorrow)...I am at 145 technically.

Since we will be away for our anniversary, I won't be weighing in on Tuesday, but Thursday. I will be hitting the gym at the time share for some cardio daily, and maybe trying to fit in a fitness routine (ala my "anniversary" present to myself...2 Biggest Loser workout DVDs)...it just depends on how motivated I am.

Hope everyone is doing well..
God's blessings..
Laurie

  
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WILDCARD1 3/15/2008 12:50PM

    Wow Laurie, WTG!!! That 1/2 pound last week could have been anything! Like water retention or PMS or something like that. WTG on getting down to 145! Have fun while you are away!

Talk to you later, and keep up the good work!

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March Goal met...YIPPEE!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

I don't usually go to the gym or workout on Sunday, but since I went to church last night and Cole is away at Grammy's, I decided to do cardio today since I have been slacking the last few weeks. Well, I decided to give it a shot and run 1 1/2 miles without walking...I did it! My time will definitely need to improve, but I did run/jog the entire 1 1/2 miles! WHOhhhoooooo! I ran/jogged it in 17:20. I am pretty excited about that!

I met another goal yesterday as well..I was able to fit comfortably (although somewhat tighter than I like to wear to church..LOL) in my size 8 jeans. I am looking forward to wearing them on our vacation in another week.

I am going to try and pump it up this week and see if I can at least loose 1/2 lb or more. I really, really want to make that 145 goal by next week...it is totally doable.

God's blessings...
Laurie

  
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WILDCARD1 3/10/2008 9:39AM

    WooHoo Laurie!!! I know that you have been trying to do that for a while now, and you did it. The time will get better!

Doesn't it feel great to be able to fit into the next size down?

You can do it, you are so close to your goal! Keep up the great work!

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The Season of CRAZINESS!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Well...the title of this blog tells it all! This is the season of craziness...I don't know why, but every year around this time is nuts...birthday parties galore, my SIL and niece and nephews are here for a few weeks every year (last year for 2 1/2 mos)...and on and on. It is very hard to keep on track with all the things going on...but I keep on plugging.

This past weekend was nuts...and I am still trying to recuperate (Sat- Homeschooling fair all day, home to spend time with family, church....Sunday- nursery for church, bday party #1 1-4pm, bday party #2 from 4-6, dropped my friend off, home, bath, bedtime for Cole and then me.......Monday- gym, birthday party #3...home). YIKES!

Is it any wonder why I put all the weight back on 2 years ago with a schedule like this? Fast food becomes a convenience and my resolve flies out the window. NOT This time! I am sticking to my guns...and eating as well as I can despite the circumstances...I pack healthy snacks, eat before I go to parties in order to limit my snacking, and I am eating out healthier.

I WILL BEAT THIS!!!! I will be healthy and be a good role model to my family and to others..

Hope everyone is well...
God's blessings..
Laurie

  
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WILDCARD1 3/5/2008 4:59PM

    Wow, you are busy, and my friends tell me my schedule is crazy, LOL! I am so proud of you for what you are accomplishing! You are making great choices, while still doing everything that you like to do! Keep up the great work!

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